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A Web Services Approach to Public Health Clinical Decision Support

October 22, 2016     David Raths
Could clinicians subscribe to real-time public health clinical decision support 'knowledge nuggets' from within their EHR workflow?

Imaging IT: “The Cart or the Horse”

October 21, 2016     Joe Marion
The 3 main stake holders (Strategy, Clinical, and IT)must come together to create an effective imaging IT solution for multi-facility IDN's

The MACRA Final Rule: More Options for MDs, More To-Do’s for IT Leaders

October 18, 2016     Mark Hagland
Initial responses to the release of the MACRA final rule have mostly been positive—and in any case point to more to-do’s on the to-do lists of healthcare IT leaders

Does CMS Need to Dramatically Rethink Readmissions Reduction?

October 17, 2016     Mark Hagland
Two new studies published in Health Affairs raise questions about some of the policy assumptions underlying the Medicare program’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program

Realities of Man versus Machine Diagnosis

October 13, 2016     Joe Marion
Who is better at medical diagnosis? Will machines take over from humans?

Can Medicare ACOs Learn from Commercial ACOs?

October 13, 2016     Mark Hagland
It was fascinating to read a new analysis from Commonwealth Fund researchers that looked at differences between commercial and government-sponsored ACOs in terms of making progress in key areas around accountable care development

Diving into Healthcare’s Data Blocking Enigma

October 11, 2016     Rajiv Leventhal
A recent conversation with the notable Dr. Farzad Mostashari left me further pondering one of the core issues in health IT right now.

Will “Telehealth” Soon Become, Simply, “Health?”

October 2, 2016     Mark Hagland
A discussion at the Health IT Summit-New York probed some truly exciting potentialities around policy, payment, clinical, and technological changes that could transform U.S. healthcare delivery

How Will the Presidential Election Impact Health IT? A Recent Survey Indicates Where Health IT Leaders Stand

September 30, 2016     Heather Landi
Just in time for both National Health IT Week and the first presidential debate, a new survey was released this week that gauges healthcare IT professionals’ opinions about how the 2016 presidential election will impact health IT from both sides of the aisle.

Jonathan Perlin’s ‘Elevator Pitch to the President’ on Health IT

September 26, 2016     David Raths
What would you say if you had to make an “elevator pitch” in just three to five minutes to the President of the United States about what to focus on in terms of the nation’s healthcare system?

Editor's Notes: Is the "Genius In All of Us" Smart Enough to Propel MDs into the New Healthcare?

September 24, 2016     Mark Hagland
I've been absorbed in a book about the "dynamic environment"--the interplay between genetically inherited traits and learned experience. And it's made me think about physicians and the new healthcare.

A Generation of Digital Patients is Coming: Is Healthcare Ready?

September 22, 2016     Rajiv Leventhal
I recently had a captivating conversation with Anil Jain, M.D., of the Watson Health business unit, about the next generation of healthcare consumers and what it means for the industry going forward.

Movement in the Workforce

September 20, 2016     Tim Tolan
In a recent article I read in Money Magazine, more than 50 percent of today’s workforce would leave their current job if they had a chance to make more money. These figures should concern every CIO in every hospital or integrated delivery network in the country as the HCIT job market for technical...

What Is CDS Hooks? An Interview with Josh Mandel About FHIR and Clinical Decision Support

September 16, 2016     David Raths
An interview with Josh Mandel, M.D., a research scientist in biomedical informatics at Harvard University and lead architect for SMART Health IT, about a new a FHIR-based approach to clinical decision support

In the World of Hospital Readmission Rates, There is More than One Story to Tell

September 15, 2016     Rajiv Leventhal
CMS revealed data earlier this week pointing to a nationwide reduction in avoidable hospital readmissions. But is there more to the story?

Ambulatory Clinic HIE Activity Declines, Minnesota Survey Finds

September 14, 2016     David Raths
Despite all the successes when it comes to EHR adoption, e-prescribing, and clinical decision support, a Minnesota survey found HIE activity actually declining. What are the implications?

Researchers’ Look at HIT Development: Are their Perceptions of Co-Development Up to Date?

September 13, 2016     Mark Hagland
I read with interest an op-ed article in The New England Journal of Medicine entitled “Accelerating Innovation in Health IT." In critiquing provider-based solutions development, did Dr. David Bates and his fellow researchers get it right?

How Digital Health Is Improving End-of-Life and Advance Care Planning

September 13, 2016     Heather Landi
Healthcare provider organizations are deploying digital health technologies to improve end-of-life care, and it’s an area that is long overdue for modernization and innovation.

Timely Patient Portals

September 13, 2016     Joe Marion
Patient portals are gaining in popularity, but need to be considered in the proper perspective when conveying exam results.

With CMS’s MACRA Announcement, the High-Speed Train Has Already Left the Station for Practicing MDs

September 9, 2016     Mark Hagland
The announcement by CMS on Thursday that the agency would not delay the start of the MACRA program and its new requirements, has put Medicare-participating physicians on notice that the policy and reimbursement train has officially left the station