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Adapting to a Flexible Work Environment

January 20, 2017     Tim Tolan
The ever-growing millennial workforce cares about soft benefits like working remotely a lot more than you might think.

Hospital-Acquired Conditions Cases Plummet: Good News, on Multiple Fronts

January 19, 2017     Mark Hagland
One area in which progress appears to be steady in U.S. healthcare has been in efforts to reduce healthcare-acquired conditions, particularly hospital-acquired conditions—as noted in a report published in December by HHS

Lessons Learned from 2016: It’s Time to Address Internal Security Threats to Health Data

January 15, 2017     Heather Landi
Throughout 2016, the message from cybersecurity experts has been fairly consistent and increasingly urgent—leaders at patient care organizations need to prioritize IT security. And, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, a recent year-in-review report on health data breaches makes one thing...

Scorecard: Keeping Track of Potential ACA—and Other—Federal Law Changes

January 3, 2017     Mark Hagland
Even as Congress comes back into session, with anticipation around possible action to repeal the health insurance elements of the ACA, what might happen to the non-insurance-related internal health system reform elements of the law remains deeply unclear

Five Health IT Trends I’m Looking Forward to in 2017

December 22, 2016     Rajiv Leventhal
Here are five broad health IT trends that I am looking forward to reporting on in 2017

My Favorite Health IT Quotes of 2016

December 20, 2016     David Raths
For the past several years, I have taken the time during the holiday season to reflect back on the past year by picking my 10 favorite quotes from stories I have written during the year. I often find these quotes help to illuminate some of the major trends of the period and they can be thought...

Yes, They’re Making It Happen: How Healthcare Leaders Found Their Way Forward in 2016

December 20, 2016     Mark Hagland
As the pace of change across healthcare accelerates seemingly by the day, the pioneers of U.S.—and international—healthcare, are showing that transformational change is not only possible—it’s happening now

Crossing the Atlantic—and Embracing this Global Moment in Healthcare

December 15, 2016     Mark Hagland
It was great to attend the World of Health IT Conference in Barcelona last month, and to get to know European healthcare leaders, and to be reminded of the universality of the challenges and opportunities in this global moment in healthcare

Coming Soon to Your Hospital: IoT, Cognitive Computing, Robots and More Ransomware

December 15, 2016     David Raths
IDC’s FutureScape predicts that by 2018, there will be a doubling of ransomware attacks on healthcare organizations.

RSNA 2016: A Treasure Trove of Technology

December 14, 2016     Joe Marion
The major Radiology show of the year did not disappoint when it comes to technology addressing the changing healthcare IT landscape.

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

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