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Barry Holleman

Barry Holleman is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Myca Health, the parent company of Hello Health, Inc.
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Replacing your EHR doesn’t have to be scary

Posted by Barry Holleman on Wed, Sep 24, 2014 @ 12:03 PM

I was not surprised to read the report released a few weeks ago by KLAS Research showing that more than a quarter of physician practices are in the market to replace their EHRs.

KLAS interviewed more than 400 practices of different sizes. The survey revealed that 27 percent of respondents are considering replacing their EHR; another 12 percent would like to do so but are constrained for financial or organizational reasons.

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Topics: health information technology, Electronic health record, implementation

Telemedicine Improves Patient Access and Satisfaction

Posted by Barry Holleman on Fri, May 09, 2014 @ 10:34 AM

I heard an interesting story this week on National Public Radio about the ways North Carolina is dealing with an alarming lack of available psychiatrists for patients in rural areas. This comes at a time where ER visits for mental health reasons are increasing. North Carolina has responded by increasing the use of telehealth technology, namely videoconferencing, for psychiatric patient consultations in areas without psychiatrists, and finding that the program is working well. While the details of this story are a little outside our Hello Health wheelhouse, I was still happy to hear that video visits are being so widely appreciated for their many benefits.

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Topics: patient engagement, Telemedicine, Psychiatry

Hello Health and HIT: Looking back, looking forward

Posted by Barry Holleman on Tue, Jan 07, 2014 @ 02:59 PM

What a year 2013 turned out to be! The Hello Health development team released EIGHT platform updates over the course of the year, each in response to the feedback and needs of our customers. Hello Health’s interactive relationship with our users makes it possible for us to achieve this continuous improvement. It’s easy to stay excited in this field – new opportunities to instigate innovation arise every day. As we pack away our holiday decorations, we here at Hello Health are excited to embark on the journey of Health IT that lays before us in 2014. But before we look forward, let’s hit the highlights of what went on around the industry last year.


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Topics: Hello Health, health information technology, HIT, patient engagement, EHR, Meaningful use, Health IT solutions

Faster Product Development the Sign of an Innovative EHR Vendor

Posted by Barry Holleman on Mon, Nov 25, 2013 @ 10:05 AM

With the world of Health IT booming and hundreds of EHR vendors vying for attention, the prospect of choosing the perfect fit for a practice can seem daunting.  Many physicians have
reported jumping on board with an EHR only to later question whether or not the vendor they
are using is reliable.  Medical Economics recently posted an article noting that an EHR vendor's development cycle is a strong indicator of its financial health.

“Your company should be sending you information about updates and developments for the next 18-24 months,” says Derek Kosiorek, Principal Consultant for the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and certified EHR and healthcare technology professional.  “If not, their lack of innovation could be a red flag.”

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Topics: health information technology, Electronic health record, EHR development cycle, innovation

A Tribute to National Health IT Week

Posted by Barry Holleman on Fri, Oct 04, 2013 @ 05:14 PM

As organizations across the country joined together to celebrate information
technology and the incredible impact it is having on our health care system, National Health IT Week gave us the opportunity to stop and consider the many ways that  increased adoption of health IT has enabled a more efficient U.S. healthcare system.

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Topics: Hello Health, health information technology, HIT

Hello Health Bids Farewell to National Coordinator for Health IT

Posted by Barry Holleman on Mon, Sep 16, 2013 @ 04:03 PM

Along with a new wave of summer heat, the beginning of August brought the announcement that Farzad Mostashari, M.D., will be stepping down from the national coordinator for health information technology post this fall. Mostashari spent four years with the federal health IT office, first as a deputy national coordinator, then taking over as the National Coordinator in 2011. In a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) staff, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said, “During his tenure, ONC has been at the forefront of designing and implementing a number of initiatives to promote the adoption of health IT among health care providers. Farzad has seen through the successful design and implementation of ONC's HITECH programs, which provide health IT training and guidance to communities and providers; linked the meaningful use of electronic health records to population health goals; and laid a strong foundation for increasing the interoperability of health records — all while ensuring the ultimate focus remains on patients and their families.”

Social media has been buzzing ever since the announcement and many are feverishly trying to predict who will fill the shoes of Mostashari come the changing of the seasons. Before he leaves, we at Hello Health wanted to take a moment and thank Mostashari for everything he’s done for Health IT.  As Sebelius made clear in her statement to the HHS, we have come a long way and much of it is due to the man directly in charge.  Below is Mostashari’s e-mail to his ONC colleagues explaining his resignation.

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Topics: health information technology, Farzad Mostashari

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