E-Prescribing for Controlled Substances: An Informatics Challenge Worth Tackling

April 27, 2015   |  David Raths
When three-hospital Nebraska Methodist Health System set out to enable e-prescribing of controlled substances, its clinical informatics team found itself with a huge project management task to ensure compliance with all state and federal regulations and a smooth rollout.

HIMSS Observations: Better Late than Never

April 27, 2015   |  Joe Marion
Other obligations limited my time at HIMSS15 and meant that I needed to focus on specific topics. Living within two-to-three hours of downtown Chicago also made it an attractive proposition to attend this year!

New York-Presbyterian: Dashboards at the Nursing Unit Level Drive Quality Outcomes

April 26, 2015   |  David Raths
Reports based on electronic health record data that is two months old is of limited value to nurses trying to manage pain in a cardiac unit. But a dashboard view of current patients, with the patients who have reported a pain level greater than 7 in red, provides an actionable...

The Pain (and Gain) of Building a Private HIE in NYC

April 24, 2015   |  David Raths
NYU Langone Medical Center has been working to build a private health information exchange to link 200 practices and 1,900 clinicians using 26 different EHRs as the state and country work toward building larger exchanges.

Looking for Safety Insights in Medication Order Changes

April 20, 2015   |  David Raths
Despite the widespread adoption of computerized provider order entry systems, medication management remains a huge patient safety challenge. healthcare system. Could looking at data from multiple sources across the hospital help identify previously unknown safety risks?

At HIMSS15, the Signs Were Everywhere—and They Were All Pointed Towards the Future

April 18, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
All the signs and signals at HIMSS15 were clear—and promise an exciting, challenging rocket ride for healthcare IT leaders in the next year, before HIMSS16

Waving Goodbye to the Windy City: Five HIMSS15 Takeaways

April 16, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
HIMSS never disappoints when it comes to "buzz," as you would expect when 43,000+ health IT minds gather in one place. While it's always difficult to narrow it down to just a few things, here are my five big takeaways from HIMSS15 in Chicago.

HIMSSanity Boiled Down to One Quote

April 16, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
It’s the end of the road for HIMSS15 and a hectic week in general for health IT followers. How do you put the craziness into words? I think one HIE thought leader did a good job of doing just that.

Population Health is Not a One-Man Operation

April 14, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
When it comes to population health management and value-based care, there is a recurring theme that I’ve heard everywhere, over and over at the 2015 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference in Chicago.

Revolution at the Door: A Genuine Focus on Patient Engagement Powers Its Way onto CIOs’ Radar Screens

April 13, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
The release of the HIMSS Leadership Survey Monday morning heralded the long-awaited recognition of new realities around patients in healthcare

Disappointing Proposed Change to Stage 2 Looms Over Patient Engagement Symposium

April 12, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
The air was let out of the room towards the end of a great panel at the patient engagement symposium, part of the pre-HIMSS education at the 2015 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference in Chicago.

An Important Reminder at HIMSS15: It's All About the Patient

April 12, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
On April 12 at the HIMSS15 pre-conference patient engagement symposia at McCormick Place in Chicago, clinician leaders continued to push a healthcare in which patients are the focus, reiterating the benefits of giving patients access to their data.

Five Things to Watch For On the Exhibit Floor at HIMSS15

April 10, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
What will be the hot concepts in the exhibit halls this year at HIMSS? Will policy clarity lead to vendor messaging consensus of any kind? We’ll know when we see the vendor booths at HIMSS15

For Some Midwesterners, Pay-for-Performance is Paying Off

April 9, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
No one will deny that we have a ways to go when it comes to fully embracing pay-for-performance, value-based care. However, a few recent studies highlighted that in some areas of the country, significant progress is being made.

At the 2015 HIMSS Conference, Time to Think About the Big Picture—the Really Big Picture

April 8, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
Thinking back to HIMSS annual conferences of a quarter century ago, and forward to HIMSS15, what’s clear is the need to keep the big picture around healthcare in mind

Tech Investment Is Just One Step on Path to Value-Based Payment

April 7, 2015   |  David Raths
Speaking at the Population Health Colloquium, Continuum Health Alliance offered up insights into how healthcare organizations should think about transforming their care models to move to value-based payment, and particularly how they should think about the use of technology.

What’s the Best Foundation for a Health Information Exchange? How About a Practical One?

April 4, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
In his interview with me last month, David Watson of Cal INDEX, the statewide HIE established last month in California, addressed some concerns that really speak to core sustainability issues for statewide HIEs

It’s Time to Rethink Security

April 3, 2015   |  Mac McMillan
I had a conversation with the CEO of a very progressive hospital recently and as I sat in my home office afterwards reflecting on that discussion, and the rest of that week’s events which included near miss security incidents at two other hospitals we work with, it occurred to...

Survey Says: Physicians Aren’t Happy with Meaningful Use

April 2, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
When the story of technology in healthcare is retold years from now, it’s very possible that doctors will blot out the words “meaningful use” the same way little Jewish kids blot out Haman during the story of Purim. A recent survey we conducted made it clear that’s where we’re...

The SGR Repeal Bill Looks to be ICD-10-Free; That’s a Great Thing

March 31, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
The proposed SGR repeal legislation that is expected to pass in the Senate in two weeks looks to be free of any ICD-10 language. If true, this is a good thing for the industry, as another delay would have rippling effects.
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