Blogs

Paul Tang’s New-Century Challenge: Time to Start Treating Patients Like People

January 26, 2015     Mark Hagland
At iHT2-San Diego, an appeal to healthcare leaders to begin thinking about person-centered healthcare—and to begin to think about the implications of the concept for care delivery going forward

Designing PHRs with Accessibility in Mind

January 22, 2015     David Raths
Because they are high-volume consumers of health care, people with disabilities would benefit greatly from accessible personal health records. The Accessible Designs for Personal Health Records project set out to design a prototype.

Healthcare Data Security: Battles are Being Lost, But the War Can Still be Won

January 21, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
Right now, the healthcare industry is clearly losing the battle when it comes to data breaches. But as the old saying goes, you can lose battles and still win the war.

Will FDA Clarify Approach to Clinical Decision Support in 2015?

January 21, 2015     David Raths
The FDA also has released its schedule for developing guidance for the 2015 fiscal year, and prioritized on the list is medical device clinical decision support software. Many in the health IT industry are relieved that the FDA has prioritized clinical decision support, but they...

Carolinas HealthCare Links Portal, Health Tracker Data

January 19, 2015     David Raths
The Carolinas HealthCare System is working to bridge the gap between all the new health trackers in the consumer space and the clinical data people access through their patient portal.

RSNA Ventures Into More Societally Relevant Arenas: Looking at High School Football Impacts

January 16, 2015     Mark Hagland
Will the RSNA Conference offer more societally relevant clinical presentations going forward? One presentation, on the brain impacts of high school football play, hints that it might be possible

What you Need to Know about Hiring Veterans

January 16, 2015     Pete Rivera
They are taught to look at the big picture and understand the impact of decisions on the rest of the team and overall mission. But if you think you are going to get someone that just says, “Yes Sir/Ma’am” and will keep their head down, that’s not the modern military

No Time For Debbie Downers: Latest MU Results Offer Something to Ponder

January 16, 2015     Mark Hagland
Some good news on Stage 2 meaningful use attestation has come at a time when good news around meaningful use has been at a premium

Respect the Threat: Obama Gives Data Security Some Needed Momentum

January 15, 2015     Gabriel Perna
The recent focus on data security from President Obama and the Attorney General of the State of New York is encouraging for healthcare, even if the industry isn't the specific focus of these legislative efforts.

Six Steps for Outcomes-Based Improvement

January 15, 2015     John DeGaspari
What are the key components for eliminating waste and improving efficiency and customer satisfaction while strengthening the bottom line? That’s the focus of a white paper released by Naperville, Ill.-based Impact Advisors, which provides insight for boosting the value of...

Using Crowdsourcing, Mobile Apps to Re-Think Participants’ Role in Clinical Research

January 14, 2015     David Raths
The federal government has put a lot of resources behind the concept of patient-centered outcomes research. So with large clinical research projects, what would patient-centric research look like? And how are big data, mobile apps and new approaches to consent involved?

Connecting Public Health and Clinical Care

January 12, 2015     John DeGaspari
I recently had a conversation with Marcus Cheatham, Ph.D., health officer with the Mid-Michigan District Health Department in Stanton, on some of the challenges he sees in public health. In addition to his work directing the public health department, Cheatham is co-chair of the...

What We Know About the “States” of HIE

January 9, 2015     Gabriel Perna
The ONC recently released a report on State HIE Program to determine how it did in establishing statewide data exchange across the country. What’d they find? Some progress, some challenges intact, and a whole mess of questions.

Risky Business?

January 8, 2015     Joe Marion
A recent book by Walt Robb suggests we aren't taking as much risk as we used to. What would healthcare look like today if the industry was willing to take more risk?

Time for Everyone to Get Real on ACOs

January 7, 2015     Mark Hagland
It was fascinating to speak this week with Alison Fleury, who was CEO of Sharp HealthCare ACO last year, when the Sharp organization pulled out of the Medicare Pioneer ACO Program

A Bold Endeavor: Five Predictions for Health IT in 2015

December 31, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
In the ever-changing and often unpredictable world of health IT, I expect 2015 to be no different. As we head into the New Year, here are five things that I think will happen in health IT in 2015.

Surprise, Surprise: Healthcare Policy Developments That Grabbed Our Attention in 2014

December 31, 2014     Mark Hagland
Perhaps even more than some years, 2014 has been a year filled with surprises, big and small, in U.S. healthcare. And some surprising healthcare policy developments were particularly worth noting.

RSNA Conclusions

December 30, 2014     Joe Marion
RSNA 2014 is now history. The latest technology advancements in Imaging Informatics point to an exciting future.

My Favorite Quotes of 2014

December 29, 2014     David Raths
Each year in the last week of December I like to look back at the interviews I’ve done and meetings I have attended that year and pick out my favorite quotes of the year. Sometimes I think that pulling these snapshots together gives me a better overall picture of trends in the...

JPMorgan Chase’s Weak Link—and What It Means for Healthcare

December 27, 2014     John DeGaspari
Cybersecurity threats have certainly been front-and-center in the news lately. The latest in a Hit Parade of large corporations to acknowledge a breach, Sony Pictures, has reached the international stage with the reported involvement of North Korea. As noted by HCI Editor-in-...
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