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Can the “Doctorless” Patient Model Be Effective?

November 20, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Earlier this week at the NYeC 2014 Digital Health Conference, Eric Topol, M.D., gave a speech about using digital health tools in a push towards a “doctorless” patient model. After listening to the keynote, I wondered about the practicality of this approach.

AMIA Debate Highlights Tensions with EHR Vendors

November 18, 2014     David Raths
An American College of Medical Informatics debate held Nov. 18 at the AMIA Symposium in Washington, D.C., brought out some of the challenges academic informatics teams and commercial EHR vendors face in working together.

AMIA Panels Offer Mixed Messages on Stage 3 MU

November 17, 2014     David Raths
At the AMIA 2014 Annual Symposium, talk about Stage 3 of meaningful use reveals tensions among members about what the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT should do.

“Houston, We Have Solutions”

November 17, 2014     Mark Hagland
The 1995 movie “Apollo 13” made famous the (slightly misquoted) quote, “Houston, we have a problem.” How about coming to Houston for discussions that will offer (healthcare strategic) solutions, instead?

Live From AMIA: Translating Diabetes Decision Support Tools Into the Safety Net

November 16, 2014     David Raths
Can clinical decision support tools and approaches developed over time in a sophisticated integrated health system be adopted for use in community health centers with few IT resources? Researchers in Portland, Ore., say the answer is yes.

Could the Medicare ACO Program Be in Deep Trouble? Check Out the Latest Survey

November 13, 2014     Mark Hagland
If the results of a newly released survey from the National Association of ACOs are any indication, the Medicare Shared Savings Program for ACOs is in very deep trouble

The Elastic Universe and its Impact on Imaging Informatics

November 13, 2014     Joe Marion
I’ve always been fascinated by the universe, galaxies, milky way, etc. and the vast size of it all, plus the forces that are forever creating changes within it. The same might be said of imaging informatics, particularly as they apply to radiology.

Building Your HIE as a Business: Yea or Nay?

November 12, 2014     Gabriel Perna
Should the leader of an HIE run it as a business or a public utility? And how does the answer relate to the future of HIEs in a critical year for the concept? In case it wasn’t clear, the questions on HIE still seem to very much outnumber the answers.

HCI’s Innovator Awards Program: In this Time of Transformative Change, You Deserve Recognition

November 12, 2014     Mark Hagland
We have opened our website to submissions to the Innovator Awards Program. Will one of your organization’s top teams be named one of our magazine’s top teams in 2015?

With Dr. DeSalvo Focused on Ebola, Did the Federal Government Get Its Priorities Wrong?

November 11, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Given her background, there is a legitimate rationale for Karen DeSalvo, M.D., to be helping out with Ebola response. But at a critical time for the industry, should her new job come at the expense of her role as National Coordinator for Health IT?

Why Intermountain Partnered with Healthbox

November 8, 2014     David Raths
Large health systems are increasingly eager to work with startups because they want to look at the broad base of innovation in health care and see where trends are going. Basically, they don’t want to be left behind.

Let’s Hope “Ol’ Blue Eyes” is Prophetic When it Comes to Community Health

November 6, 2014     Gabriel Perna
If you can make it in New York City, you can make it anywhere…or so the song says. Can this be true for an effective population health management initiative targeting low-income communities?

A Data-Driven Approach to Take Out Waste Pays Off

November 4, 2014     John DeGaspari
Process improvements in hospitals are a big challenge, and one that requires more than technology to make an impact: it also takes executive commitment and employee participation to make a real difference. Case-in-point: Beaufort Memorial Hospital, a 197-bed community not-for-...

Mass ONC Departures: Are the Lights On With Nobody Home? Five Critical MU Questions Federal Health Officials Must Answer

November 4, 2014     Mark Hagland
In recent weeks, an atmosphere of concern among healthcare IT leaders nationwide has turned to one of increasing alarm, as virtually all the senior officials at ONC have left or stepped away, leaving industry leaders dismayed and seeking answers

Hiring Leaders that Quickly get Distracted with New Opportunities…Squirrel!

November 4, 2014     Pete Rivera
Navigating the political waters is an essential trait of leadership. But too often we reach out to the recruitment pool and pluck someone that is eager to leave their job for greener ($$$) pastures.

Live from the CHIME Fall Forum: Dr. Steele's Message from the Future to Healthcare Leaders Living in the Present

October 30, 2014     Mark Hagland
Glenn Steele’s message to CHIME Fall Forum attendees was surprising, in the very best way—and offers a doorway of hope for the future of U.S. healthcare

Big Data and Positive Deviance: Can it Work?

October 30, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Currently, the U.S. healthcare system values learning from the sick more than learning from the healthy. But with a mix of big data and positive deviance, a new way of thinking has potential to solve some major problems.

What I Am Looking Forward to at AMIA Symposium

October 29, 2014     David Raths
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...

Why do Most Nurses Dislike their EHR? Take One Guess

October 29, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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.

The Good News- Bad News Scenario on U.S. Healthcare Spending: Big Numbers, Big Impacts

October 25, 2014     Mark Hagland
CMS’s new projections on overall U.S. healthcare spending from 2014 through 2023 are alarming—and they should be
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