Blogs

The Worldly XDS

March 26, 2015     Joe Marion
Some would say that the IHE XDS Profile is premature. World case studies examples may suggest otherwise, and that is it time for greater application of the profile in the U.S.

Stage 3 Proposal Embraces Open API Movement

March 24, 2015     David Raths
Although it rejected recommendations to limit Stage 3's focus to interoperability, CMS is looking to application programming interfaces to provide patients with access to their health information through third-party applications with more flexibility than often found in...

For U.S. Physicians, the Healthcare Policy Train Has Already Left the Station

March 21, 2015     Mark Hagland
With two tremendously significant healthcare policy developments taking place within the same week, no one can doubt any longer the broad direction of federal healthcare policy—especially for practicing physicians

ACC.15 – The Awakening of Cardiology?

March 20, 2015     Joe Marion
Last weekend I attended the exhibits at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology (ACC). Several trends suggest to me that cardiology is awakening to the changes in healthcare.

EDITOR'S NOTES: Will Old-Style Healthcare Leaders Get “Googled” by the New Healthcare Pioneers?

March 20, 2015     Mark Hagland
Will "old media" types learn to adapt to a "new media" landscape? What about "old healthcare" types facing the new healthcare?

In the Pacific Northwest, a Breakthrough in Population Health Management

March 19, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
It is Innovators week for us at Healthcare Informatics, an exciting time when we reveal our four 2015 Innovator Award-Winning teams, as well as six runners up. Specifically, one winning team is doing special things when it comes to population health.

Four out of Four Panelists Agree: Meaningful Use Needs Fixing

March 18, 2015     Gabriel Perna
In the wake of a Congressional hearing on meaningful use, it’s clear that all industry stakeholders are in favor of adapting the program to address the issues of interoperability and innovation. How should this be done? One organization has already laid out some suggestions.

Will Financial Incentives to Radiologists Propel IT-Facilitated Quality Processes Forward?

March 17, 2015     Mark Hagland
Some of the financial imperatives facing practicing radiologists may prompt the adoption of IT-facilitated peer review—but forward progress remains slow

Mobile Apps Aren’t Just for the Big Guys

March 16, 2015     David Raths
I spoke recently with Larry Barnes, vice present and CIO, and Michael McEldowney, director of IT, for Salina Regional Health Center, a small two-hospital system in north-central Kansas. They are proving that fairly sophisticated mobile solutions are not out of reach of community...

Are Consumer-Directed Hospital Ratings Systems Confusing the Public—and Even Providers?

March 14, 2015     Mark Hagland
The wildly divergent ways in which various entities currently sponsoring national hospital quality ratings programs are evaluating the quality of care are creating a miasma of confusion

As Another SGR Patch Deadline Approaches, Is a Horrifying Sequel in the Works?

March 12, 2015     Gabriel Perna
We very well may be headed towards another temporary Medicare “doc fix,” and possibly another ICD-10 that once again could come with it. Why does this horror movie keep replaying over and over again?

The New Next Generation ACO Model: Cause for Optimism?

March 11, 2015     Mark Hagland
Tuesday’s announcement of the new Next Generation ACO model being offered by CMS signals potentially more flexible thinking on the part of CMS officials

Clinicians Developing Mobile Apps on Several Fronts

March 10, 2015     David Raths
Many clinicians are working on developing mobile apps with specific agendas in mind. Some are creating narrowly focused apps that reach across their discipline to solve particular pain points. Others are developing consumer-facing apps tied to specific chronic disease management...

Physician Alignment Around Physician Data: Simple in Theory, Complicated in Practice

March 7, 2015     Mark Hagland
As industry leaders at the Health IT Summit in San Francisco noted, aligning physicians around data-driven performance improvement to support value-based payment and delivery models is multi-dimensional—and deeply challenging

Ohio Hospitals Begin to Apply Predictive Modeling to Patient Safety Efforts

March 6, 2015     David Raths
the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA), has offered its members access to software called Wayfinder developed by Healthcare Colloquium Inc., a subsidiary of Columbus, Ohio-based research nonprofit Battelle. Wayfinder software uses records to compare an individual hospital’s...

VA’s ED Situational Awareness Software Begets Process Improvement Tool

March 5, 2015     David Raths
The VA's Emergency Medicine Management Tool is designed to help EDs figure out where delays are and understand roadblocks.

The Book Hasn’t Been Written on HIEs Yet

March 4, 2015     Gabriel Perna
A recent study determined that nothing conclusive has been written on the benefits in cost and care improvement from HIEs. We knew that already but why does it feel like people are trying to act as if this is the final chapter?

For Talented CMIOs in the Emerging New Healthcare, the World Really Is their “Oyster”

March 2, 2015     Mark Hagland
Speaking with Dr. David Levin about the roles and reporting relationships of “2.0 Generation” CMIOs was exciting and possibility-filled

AMA’s Stack: CMS Should Have Declared Victory After Stage 1, Gotten Out of the Way

March 2, 2015     David Raths
Meaningful use Stage 1 helped create a vibrant health IT sector, said Steven Stack, M.D., AMA's president-elect. But he added that one of the things the government doesn't do well is course-correct.

When Peggy O’Kane Speaks, Providers Had Better Listen

February 27, 2015     Mark Hagland
The blog last week on the American Journal of Managed Care’s website by Margaret E. “Peggy” O’Kane, president of NCQA, provided a strong element in a clear roadmap for providers going forward
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