In this heated political season, there is one debate I am really looking forward to: “Resolved: The lack of interaction and collaboration between health IT vendors and academic clinical informatics units is stifling innovation and will continue to have a detrimental effect on...
Midterm elections, Ebola, ISIS---October has turned into the month of anger. Of course, this has seeped into the health IT world with nearly 14,000 nurses at inpatient facilities recently declaring their dissatisfaction for EHRs and their IT departments.
CMS’s new projections on overall U.S. healthcare spending from 2014 through 2023 are alarming—and they should be
A recent study in JAMA from researchers at the University of California at Berkeley found that the trend of hospitals and health systems consolidating medical groups and physician practices is increasing costs for the patients. And here I thought bundling services lowered costs...
MedChi Network Services (MNS), a subsidiary of the Maryland Medical Society, operates three Medicare Shared Savings Program Advance Payment ACOs, and has learned some lessons about the importance of data integrity to the overall mission of ACOs
In a recent conversation with Jeff Timbrook, global vice president of healthcare, Perceptive Software (http://www.perceptivesoftware.com/), the subject of an ROI analysis came up with respect to the vendor neutral archive (VNA). Jeff was curious as to whether ROI analyses come...
As developments move forward rapidly in the growing Ebola crisis in the U.S., could the leveraging of strong clinical decision support tools make a difference in patient care organizations?
Early last week, KLAS research released a much-anticipated report on provider organizations’ journeys towards greater EHR interoperability. The study’s results might make things murkier at first, but a deeper look helps gain some perspective.
With a $1.6 million grant from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, researchers at the University of Michigan will investigate how communication technologies are being used in hospitals and where common failures occur.
What do the first- and second-year Pioneer ACO Program results just published by CMS really mean?
A new study in Health Affairs confirms what we’ve known for a while. Physicians should consider secure electronic communications with patients as part of their job description.
A recent study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco demonstrates how difficult it is to reduce readmissions—especially given the diverse patient populations served by safety-net hospitals with limited resources. In a telephone interview, Margot Kushel, M...
During Monday's CHIME/iHT2 LEAD Forum Event on Cybersecurity, an interesting discussion of the role of liability insurers in data security processes in provider organizations
The folks at the Kaiser Health News service have done a phenomenal job in examining what’s going on with Medicare readmissions penalties on hospitals, and the numbers are in—and they are dramatic for hospital leaders nationwide.
In the era of hyperbolic news, electronic health record (EHR) workflow issues have been dragged into Ebola virus panic as one particular vendor is put under a microscope.
Many of the projects involving patient-centered outcomes research and comparative effectiveness research will need to find long-term business models to continue. A special issue of the eGEMS Journal looks at the sustainability issue.
When we get home, the last thing we want to do is sit down in front of a computer. The whole “keyboard/mouse” thing seems like we are at work or away from the rest of the family.
What is Patient 3.0, and what does it suggest about how the doctor-patient relationship can be made better? This was the theme of the keynote address delivered last week by Paul Tang, M.D., a practicing internist and chief innovation and technology officer at the Palo Alto...
This week's announcement that three more Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are leaving the program will bring out the naysayers and cynics in droves. But let's take a step back and think positively for a change.
Small, rural hospitals need to study their patient data trends but often lack the resources to invest in systems and informatics personnel. But with HRSA's help, some critical access hospitals are starting to pool their resources to create analytics platforms.