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Why Did Two Very Similar EHR Satisfaction Surveys Produce Two Very Different Results?

August 26, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
I became quite intrigued when I read two surveys on electronic health records (EHRs) over the past few weeks that garnered very different results.

Glass Half-Empty, Half-Full, or Opaque? CMS Spins the New ACO Numbers

August 26, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
With the release of the latest results coming out of the MSSP and Pioneer ACO Programs, CMS officials choose unnecessarily to spin the numbers—when in fact, being frank about the challenges would have been better for everyone

Readmissions Penalties Get Very, Very Real

August 23, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
As the mandatory readmissions reduction program under Medicare expands and ramps up, hospital leaders need to ramp up with it—or face dire consequences

Can Healthcare IT Leaders Beat the Expectations Game with Good Governance?

August 21, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
Good governance, industry leaders participating in a panel at iHT2-Seattle agreed, naturally emerges out of strategic vision-driven clarity in every organization

New CISOs Must Shift Gears to Strategic Planning

August 20, 2015   |  David Raths
Many chief information security officers in healthcare are promoted into the roles from more technical positions working on specific implementation projects. One of the most challenging aspects of that transition is shifting from IT project work to more strategic and...

Is a New Era of Patient Engagement Upon Us?

August 19, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
Inspired by the HIMSS Analytics model to track EMR adoption, a new patient engagement model has been created with the aim to spur activity towards a patient-centered healthcare

Could Well-Implemented IT Help Reverse Primary Care Physicians’ Skepticism Over the New Healthcare?

August 17, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
The results of a recent Commonwealth Fund survey point to both opportunity and risk facing healthcare IT leaders when it comes to end-user acceptance of IT for ACOs and PCMHs

Five Drivers for Internal versus External Software Support

August 11, 2015   |  Pete Rivera
Migrating to a new platform is daunting enough. But after the go-live party, the vendor installation team moves on to the new client and you are left with a phone number to call.

Can Healthcare IT Leaders Help Radiology Leaders Improve Radiology Quality through New Peer Review Strategies?

August 10, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
Innovative processes like retrospective time-limited radiological peer review absolutely call out for strong, smart IT facilitation and support

Goal of Medical Hackathons: ‘Unlikely Conversations’

August 9, 2015   |  David Raths
“Hackathon” events focused on healthcare are becoming increasingly popular, as digital apps developers apply their skills to solving some of healthcare’s most intractable problems. I asked Cleveland Clinic execs why they are participating.

What Does IBM’s Acquisition of Merge Healthcare Say About the Healthcare IT Market?

August 7, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
IBM’s acquisition of Merge Healthcare caps a series of recent acquisitions, and reflects major shifts taking place now in several healthcare IT vendor sectors

IBM and Merge: Here We Go Again!

August 6, 2015   |  Joe Marion
IBM's acquisition of Merge could be a game changer, assuming the company and the healthcare industry have evolved past previous IBM initiatives.

Adopting Physicians

August 5, 2015   |  Pete Rivera
I have been going to my family practitioner for years. During these visits I have been able to witness the devolution of the EMR.

Peeling Yet Another Layer of the Onion: Polypharmacy and Readmissions Reduction Efforts

August 4, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
It turns out that the number of medications prescribed to the discharging patient is a significant indicator of readmissions risk—a factor that clinician leaders and clinical informaticists need to consider, as they pursue readmissions reduction work

Five Key Questions That Will Need To Be Answered About the DoD/Cerner Contract (and Cannot Possibly Be Answered Right Now)

July 29, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
The capture of the immense DoD/VA contract for a vast new EHR implementation by Cerner and its partners Leidos and Accenture Federal, inevitably leads to speculation along a number of dimensions

What the Senate’s Push for a Stage 3 Delay Might Mean—If Anything

July 27, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
Last week, during a Senate hearing, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said that he has asked HHS to delay Stage 3 of the meaningful use program. Will his request have an impact?

When In Belgium… OK, Time to Rethink Phishing Drills

July 26, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
What managers in the Flemish regional government in Belgium learned when they tried to test employees for phishing vulnerability

EDITOR'S NOTES: Have You Met the Four Villains of Decision-Making?

July 24, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
Thinking narrowly and being over-confident can prove disastrous when it comes to scanning the landscape to plan for the future

Is the Collective Will Present for a Concerted Push on Cybersecurity?

July 22, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
It was very gratifying to moderate a panel discussion at the Denver CHIME Lead Forum on “Healthcare Cybesecurity Solutions,” as the industry hurtles forward into uncharted territory in that arena

Debe Gash’s Midwestern Common Sense and the Ubiquity of Images

July 19, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
The success of the cloud-based information exchange for diagnostic images at Saint Luke’s Health System in Kansas City shows that HIE with a vision grounded in reality can work wonderfully well
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