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If You Thought You Knew Exactly What Was Going to Happen at HIMSS17, You Might Have Been Wrong

February 27, 2017     Mark Hagland
The whirlwind that is the annual HIMSS Conference hit Orlando, Florida this year—and brought with it a mix of predictability and surprises, at a time of unprecedented change for U.S. healthcare

Insights from HIMSS17: Industry Leaders Share Their Observations and Key Takeaways

February 26, 2017     Heather Landi
During HIMSS17, industry stakeholders spoke with me about health IT innovation, and they also shared their insights about this year’s conference from their specific perspectives, and with their particular priorities in mind.

On the Way Home from Orlando: My HIMSS17 Takeaways

February 23, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
What were the biggest lessons learned at HIMSS17?

5 Things That Will Derail Your Project This Year

February 15, 2017     Pete Rivera
Success only comes with the “Constancy of Purpose” tied to the organizational Mission. If it doesn’t help the Mission, then why are you doing it?

Flying Down to Orlando: This Year, Could HIMSS Be Different from in Years Past?

February 15, 2017     Mark Hagland
At this pivotal moment in U.S. healthcare and in the evolution of healthcare information technology, there’s never been a better moment to explore insights and innovations at the annual HIMSS Conference

Will the “Good Guys” Ever Catch Up to the “Bad Guys” When It Comes to Cybercrime in Healthcare?

February 7, 2017     Mark Hagland
A new, global, cross-industry survey on cybersecurity and cybercrime, produced by Thales e-Security and 451 Research, confirms that the issues are both international and trans-vertical—and menacing

The Industrialization of Health IT

January 30, 2017     Dave Levin, M.D.
A colleague recently made the case to me that APIs are revolutionizing healthcare in the same way that the adoption of interchangeable parts transformed manufacturing, economies and the world. It’s a brilliant analogy.

Physician Leaders Are All-In: The Value-Based Care Train Cannot Be Stopped

January 27, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
It was quite engrossing to read reports this week that physicians, both in the field and in key leadership positions, are determined to make sure that the core elements of value-based purchasing and accountable care continue to push forward.

Editor's Notes: What Links Early Tibetans’ Survival Techniques and the Present Moment in U.S. Healthcare?

January 26, 2017     Mark Hagland
I was fascinated to read a recent Scientific American article that looked at how early Tibetans figured out how to use fire strategically to improve their chances of survival—and how such insights might speak to the current moment in healthcare

Vendor Fatigue: Real or Imagined?

January 26, 2017     Joe Marion
Do customers get fatigued with vendors, and what might help avoid it?

For Health IT Leaders, a Highly Unsettled Business and Policy Landscape Demands Maximal Agility

January 24, 2017     Mark Hagland
Monday’s federal court ruling blocking the Aetna-Humana merger served as a warning to IT leaders in patient care organizations that the U.S. healthcare system is headed into an unprecedentedly unsettled period for the foreseeable future, one requiring maximal agility in planning and execution

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.

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