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It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s… an Automated Flying Ambulance? Inspiration and Our Innovator Awards

December 3, 2016     Mark Hagland
Innovation is taking place across the U.S. healthcare system these days. Is your team creating recognition-worthy innovation in your organization? If so, it’s time to submit an entry to the Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards Program, and let us know about it!

Farewell to RSNA 2016, Hello to the Future of Radiology

December 2, 2016     Mark Hagland
The clinical practice of radiology is on the verge of transformation—and so is the policy, payment, business, and operational landscape of radiologic practice in the U.S., as radiologist thought leaders noted during RSNA 2016

Obamacare: This Time It’s Personal

November 17, 2016     David Raths
I wish I could be sanguine about the possibility that the Republicans are likely to repeal most elements of the Affordable Care Act. But I can’t, because for me, it’s personal. I buy health insurance through the exchange.

Let’s Think Internationally about Healthcare Policy Challenges—and Where HIT Fits In

November 17, 2016     Mark Hagland
The results of a new, 11-nation study of healthcare consumers, are shedding light on some of the challenges—and opportunities facing the U.S. healthcare system—along with opportunities for IT leaders

Editor’s Notes: Thinking about “The Genius In All of Us”—and MDs’ Current Challenges

November 16, 2016     Mark Hagland
I’ve been absorbed lately in an intriguing book called “The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You’ve Been Told About Genetics, Talent, and IQ Is Wrong”—and thinking about its conclusions in the context of the current moment in healthcare

Coming Back From a Hiatus

November 15, 2016     Tim Tolan
I recommend several steps in explaining a hiatus and a big absence from the HCIT workforce.

In Trump’s Presidency, Value-Based Purchasing, Health IT Must Push Forward

November 15, 2016     Rajiv Leventhal
The results of last week’s presidential election were extremely unexpected to many. But now it’s time to ensure that value-based healthcare and health IT stay on track.

Why Leadership and Alignment are Crucial to Success in the New Healthcare

November 8, 2016     Rajiv Leventhal
CIOs at CHIME16 noted the importance of healthcare C-suite leadership and the alignment of business and information technology goals.

Want to Get Real about Change? Look at How FQHCs Are Moving the Needle on Care Access

November 8, 2016     Mark Hagland
Drs. Patrick Tellez and Denise Gomez and their colleagues at North County Health Services offer a great example of how IT can be leveraged ingeniously to improve care delivery and access to indigent patients

Could MACRA Ignorance Mean a Huge New Lift for CIOs and CMIOs?

November 2, 2016     Mark Hagland
The impending start of the huge new Quality Payment System is going to be a bombshell event for physicians—and their lack of preparedness for it will put unprecedented pressure on CIOs, CMIOs, and other healthcare IT leaders

Family Pedigree Tool Uses FHIR to Access Web-Based Risk Service

October 28, 2016     David Raths
The family health history tool in use at Intermountain Healthcare creates a message in FHIR and sends it to a web-based risk service, which examines the pedigree and sends back a risk score. The Intermountain family health history tool sends the pedigree and risk data to the Cerner EHR using FHIR.

The Ongoing Struggle to Get Actionable Genomic Data to the Point of Care

October 26, 2016     David Raths
Speakers at an HL7 genomics policy conference describe how difficult it is for providers to make sense of genomics lab results without related clinical decision support.

A Web Services Approach to Public Health Clinical Decision Support

October 22, 2016     David Raths
Could clinicians subscribe to real-time public health clinical decision support 'knowledge nuggets' from within their EHR workflow?

Imaging IT: “The Cart or the Horse”

October 21, 2016     Joe Marion
The 3 main stake holders (Strategy, Clinical, and IT)must come together to create an effective imaging IT solution for multi-facility IDN's

The MACRA Final Rule: More Options for MDs, More To-Do’s for IT Leaders

October 18, 2016     Mark Hagland
Initial responses to the release of the MACRA final rule have mostly been positive—and in any case point to more to-do’s on the to-do lists of healthcare IT leaders

Does CMS Need to Dramatically Rethink Readmissions Reduction?

October 17, 2016     Mark Hagland
Two new studies published in Health Affairs raise questions about some of the policy assumptions underlying the Medicare program’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program

Realities of Man versus Machine Diagnosis

October 13, 2016     Joe Marion
Who is better at medical diagnosis? Will machines take over from humans?

Can Medicare ACOs Learn from Commercial ACOs?

October 13, 2016     Mark Hagland
It was fascinating to read a new analysis from Commonwealth Fund researchers that looked at differences between commercial and government-sponsored ACOs in terms of making progress in key areas around accountable care development

Diving into Healthcare’s Data Blocking Enigma

October 11, 2016     Rajiv Leventhal
A recent conversation with the notable Dr. Farzad Mostashari left me further pondering one of the core issues in health IT right now.

Will “Telehealth” Soon Become, Simply, “Health?”

October 2, 2016     Mark Hagland
A discussion at the Health IT Summit-New York probed some truly exciting potentialities around policy, payment, clinical, and technological changes that could transform U.S. healthcare delivery

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