Author Archives: Karen Blum

About Karen Blum

Karen Blum is AHCJ’s core topic leader on health IT. An independent journalist in the Baltimore area, she has written health IT stories for publications such as Pharmacy Practice News, Clinical Oncology News, Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News, General Surgery News and Infectious Disease Special Edition.

Freelance writer finds wearable technology can boost health

Andrea King Collier

Andrea King Collier

Can you use wearable devices to improve your fitness and health? AHCJ member Andrea King Collier, an independent journalist in Michigan, was determined to find out.

In an article for AARP The Magazine, Collier detailed her experience trying several portable technologies for a 30-day period. She not only had an interesting experience but lost 10 pounds in the process and received positive feedback from family and friends. As an added bonus, Collier’s story won a gold award for AARP from the National Mature Media Awards. Continue reading

Stigmatizing language, inclusive solutions and telehealth big topics in health IT

Ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion has been a major theme at medical conferences this year, and the American Medical Informatics Association’s recent Virtual Clinical Informatics Conference was no exception. Hospitals and health systems shared some of their projects to promote diversity and equity across the field of health IT.

Here are three examples:

Stigmatizing language in electronic health records

Hospitalist and informaticist Subha Airan-Javia of the University of Pennsylvania was caring for a patient in a long-term acute care unit last summer when she read in the chart that the patient had refused his morning medications. When she talked to the patient, he said he didn’t refuse but declined to take his medications because he didn’t understand why some of them were ordered. He wanted to talk to the doctor first. Continue reading

AMIA conference offers glimpse into innovative clinical informatics 

Doctor using computerJournalists looking to stay on top of what’s happening in health information technology or get ideas for health IT stories may want to check out the American Medical Informatics Association’s Virtual Clinical Informatics Conference May 18-20.

During the conference, physicians, nurses, physician assistants, technicians, HIT developers and others will share their recent technology innovations. Many presenters are from hospitals and health systems nationwide. Continue reading