Blogs

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

“What Have We Learned? As Usual, Nothing”

February 24, 2015     Gabriel Perna
Conflicting studies are muddying what we know on the effectiveness of publicly reported health information. In this nascent phase of the transparency movement, this makes sense.

Population Health Would be Easy, If it Wasn’t for Our Patients!

February 24, 2015     Pete Rivera
We focus on the technology and clinical side of Population Health, but there is another aspect that is harder to control; Patient Compliance.

Business Intelligence for ACOs: Where’s the Urgency?

February 23, 2015     Joe Marion
In this age of accountable care, there are increasing demands for data for reporting and reimbursement purposes. Since healthcare providers are often structured around clinical departments, much of the data pertinent to accountable care may be managed/stored within departmental...

What Stephen Nuckolls Knows About Accountable Care—and Why It Really Matters

February 23, 2015     Mark Hagland
Stephen Nuckolls and his colleagues at Coastal Carolina Health Care know that they can make accountable care work—and do it outside the markets already best known for risk-based innovation

Steering the Healthcare Ship: A Call to the Logical, Not the Loud

February 20, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
Last week at the iHT2 Health IT Summit in Miami, Fla., one CMIO compared the shifting healthcare landscape to a massive ship that needs a major push to be steered in another direction.

Dr. Prakasam’s Excellent Social Media Adventure

February 19, 2015     Mark Hagland
It was inspiring to read the recent interview with Dr. Gnanagurudasan Prakasam, whose innovative, social media-based program for children with diabetes is making a difference in Sacramento, California

What Dev Culver Knows: The Secret of HIE Sustainability

February 18, 2015     Mark Hagland
What the executive director of Maine’s HealthInfoNet knows—as do his counterparts in Michigan, Ohio, and Colorado—is how to provide practical value to stakeholders across the healthcare spectrum

The Interoperability Blues

February 17, 2015     David Raths
Interoperability is the buzzword du jour. It is the focus of almost every 2015 conference, white paper, road map, etc. That is why I believe it is important to get reminders from chief information officers and physician leaders themselves of what the actual pain points are.

Mining Social Network Data for Health Insights

February 15, 2015     David Raths
Staffed with researchers from the Indiana schools of nursing, informatics and computing, and liberal arts, a new lab’s goal is to leverage advanced computing methods to better understand how health science researchers can make use of social network data.

The Debate over ICD-10 isn’t that One Sided

February 12, 2015     Gabriel Perna
This week’s Congressional hearing on ICD-10 made it seem like the debate over the controversial mandate is one-sided. Anyone who has been following this story knows that is simply not the case.

Is the AMA Right in Calling Meaningful Use “Still Broken”?

February 11, 2015     Mark Hagland
The AMA comes out to decry low eligible-professional attestation rates so far under Stage 2 of meaningful use—but could the use of hyperbolic language end up being counter-productive?

Personalized Medicine Informatics: The Sky’s the Limit

February 10, 2015     David Raths
Linking structured clinical data with genetic data promises to transform routine clinical care, said A. John Iafrate, M.D., Ph.D., director of Mass General Hospital’s Center for Integrated Diagnostics.

Could the Anthem Lawsuits End Up Establishing De Facto Legal Standards for Data Protection?

February 9, 2015     Mark Hagland
The filing within the past few days of class-action lawsuits against Anthem in four states, for its recent massive data breach, could help set legal precedents for the legal liability of health insurers and other healthcare organizations, for consumer data protection

An Inflection Point for Federal ACO Development? Provider Leaders Throw Down the Gauntlet to CMS

February 7, 2015     Mark Hagland
As clearly as they possibly could, the leaders of the nation’s accountable care organizations threw down the gauntlet at the feet of CMS officials this past week, asking for major changes to the MSSP program—before it’s too late

Lessons from a Hack: Have You Caught On Yet?

February 6, 2015     Gabriel Perna
If healthcare leaders weren’t listening to their data security officers before, they’re listening now. Anthem’s disastrous, monumental hack—leaving 80 million customers exposed—made sure of that.

Do You See Your Health IT Platform Becoming an Open Ecosystem?

February 6, 2015     David Raths
Many CIOs are supportive of the public API approach and are starting to see their health system IT environment as more of an open ecosystem that could take advantage of web services and less of a walled garden where they own and control everything.

Live From eHealth Initiative: Why You Should Care About Patient-Matching Algorithms

February 4, 2015     David Raths
How important is accurate patient matching to the interoperability of health data? Here’s the problem in a nutshell: In Texas, the Harris County Hospital District’s database has medical records on almost 2,500 people named Maria Garcia and 231 of them have the same birth date.

Of Thoreau and Thoughtful Standards: Building Foundations for Interoperability’s Worthy “Castles in the Air”

February 4, 2015     Mark Hagland
The Jan. 30 release of the interoperability roadmap from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, followed by statements made by ONC leaders at the agency’s annual meeting on Feb. 2, have cheered U.S. provider leaders

Why Cardiovascular Information All In One Place Makes Sense

February 3, 2015     Joe Marion
Managing complex cardiovascular cases benefits from systems that manage all studies in one place. Philips IntelliSpace Cardiovascular is a good example of such a system.
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