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Editor's Notes: Is the "Genius In All of Us" Smart Enough to Propel MDs into the New Healthcare?

September 24, 2016     Mark Hagland
I've been absorbed in a book about the "dynamic environment"--the interplay between genetically inherited traits and learned experience. And it's made me think about physicians and the new healthcare.

A Generation of Digital Patients is Coming: Is Healthcare Ready?

September 22, 2016     Rajiv Leventhal
I recently had a captivating conversation with Anil Jain, M.D., of the Watson Health business unit, about the next generation of healthcare consumers and what it means for the industry going forward.

Movement in the Workforce

September 20, 2016     Tim Tolan
In a recent article I read in Money Magazine, more than 50 percent of today’s workforce would leave their current job if they had a chance to make more money. These figures should concern every CIO in every hospital or integrated delivery network in the country as the HCIT job market for technical...

What Is CDS Hooks? An Interview with Josh Mandel About FHIR and Clinical Decision Support

September 16, 2016     David Raths
An interview with Josh Mandel, M.D., a research scientist in biomedical informatics at Harvard University and lead architect for SMART Health IT, about a new a FHIR-based approach to clinical decision support

In the World of Hospital Readmission Rates, There is More than One Story to Tell

September 15, 2016     Rajiv Leventhal
CMS revealed data earlier this week pointing to a nationwide reduction in avoidable hospital readmissions. But is there more to the story?

Ambulatory Clinic HIE Activity Declines, Minnesota Survey Finds

September 14, 2016     David Raths
Despite all the successes when it comes to EHR adoption, e-prescribing, and clinical decision support, a Minnesota survey found HIE activity actually declining. What are the implications?

Researchers’ Look at HIT Development: Are their Perceptions of Co-Development Up to Date?

September 13, 2016     Mark Hagland
I read with interest an op-ed article in The New England Journal of Medicine entitled “Accelerating Innovation in Health IT." In critiquing provider-based solutions development, did Dr. David Bates and his fellow researchers get it right?

How Digital Health Is Improving End-of-Life and Advance Care Planning

September 13, 2016     Heather Landi
Healthcare provider organizations are deploying digital health technologies to improve end-of-life care, and it’s an area that is long overdue for modernization and innovation.

Timely Patient Portals

September 13, 2016     Joe Marion
Patient portals are gaining in popularity, but need to be considered in the proper perspective when conveying exam results.

With CMS’s MACRA Announcement, the High-Speed Train Has Already Left the Station for Practicing MDs

September 9, 2016     Mark Hagland
The announcement by CMS on Thursday that the agency would not delay the start of the MACRA program and its new requirements, has put Medicare-participating physicians on notice that the policy and reimbursement train has officially left the station

It Is Time to Drastically Rethink Password Management in Healthcare? Some Might Say So

September 6, 2016     Mark Hagland
It was intriguing to read an op-ed article in InfoWorld this summer, in which its author suggested that business organization leaders rethink their password management policies and practices. How might such suggestions play out in the unique operating environment of patient care organizations?

Shouldn’t CMS Officials Be More Straightforward About ACOs’ Level of Progress? Sorting through the Jumble of Numbers for Clarity

August 27, 2016     Mark Hagland
CMS’s August 25 release of the latest numbers on the progress of ACOs in the MSSP and Pioneer ACO programs was clouded by the framing and presentation coming from the agency itself. Couldn’t CMS officials have been more transparent and straightforward about all of this?

EHRs’ Evolution: Are They Advancing Too Slowly?

August 24, 2016     Rajiv Leventhal
Last week, a commentary from physicians in JAMA about their dissatisfaction with electronic health records got me thinking about the different stages of technology’s growth.

CoxHealth CMIO Louis Krenn Talks SMART on FHIR

August 24, 2016     David Raths
CoxHealth CMIO Louis Krenn, M.D., believes the “app store” model for modular improvements to EHRs is very promising. “Everybody has a smartphone in their pocket and everyone understands apps and add-ons."

A Strong Message from Two HIT Leaders on Leadership and Strategy and What Lies Ahead

August 21, 2016     Mark Hagland
Two presenters at the Health IT Summit in Seattle last week, coming at the subject from different vantage points, ended up reinforcing the same exceptionally important points about healthcare strategy and leadership in the current operating environment

The Little Things That Matter

August 15, 2016    
The five things not thought about in the interview process that could lose the job.

Size Matters

August 15, 2016     Pete Rivera
When you look across the various practice management vendors, they tend to be ambiguous as to what size physician groups they cater to. The reason is they don’t want to turn down large sales, on the other hand no software vendor wants to talk about response issues with larger clients.

Pondering the DeSalvo Era at ONC—And the Healthcare IT Policy Challenges That Lie Ahead: An Analysis

August 12, 2016     Mark Hagland
As Karen DeSalvo, M.D. leaves the ONC, a kaleidoscopic array of policy and process issues faces her successor and the agency itself, at a time of tremendous change and challenge for healthcare IT and healthcare IT policy

The Hidden Secrets about Software Implementation Costs

August 11, 2016     Pete Rivera
From a budgeting perspective there are various factors that have to be considered in order to properly plan all your expenses. The actual cost of the software being just a small component.

Big Data: Only as Good as Analytics Capability

August 11, 2016     Joe Marion
Big Data is a current topic. Success will depend on data validity and analytics tools for access.

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