Clinical Documentation, Decision Support

Lack of Interoperability Holding Back 'Robust Health Data Infrastructure'

April 16, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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The lack of interoperability is a major impediment to the development of a robust health data infrastructure, according to an independent report commissioned by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), with input from the Office of the National...

It Takes a Village to Treat a Child…Data Helps Too

April 16, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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At one of the largest pediatric hospitals in the country, a multidisciplinary team is using population health technology to measure and analyze outcomes data in real-time for patients and providers. The initiative has created a culture shift and improved care.

Report: Huge Growth Potential for Financial Modeling Applications in Hospitals

April 15, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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Financial modeling, bed management, and enterprise resource planning (ERP) have the highest potential for growth in terms of IT applications supporting the business of a hospital, says a new report from HIMSS Analytics.

When Clinical Transformation and Technological Change Come Down to Process and Cultural Change

April 15, 2014     Mark Hagland
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Achieving the Triple Aim—the idea of improved quality, enhanced patient engagement and satisfaction, and improved cost-effectiveness in healthcare—will inevitably involve a great deal of process, cultural and technological effort, agreed members of a panel...

Three Things Healthcare IT Leaders Need to Know About Medicare’s MD Data Release

April 12, 2014     Mark Hagland
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By week’s end, the news had been overshadowed by the news that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was resigning; but the massive Medicare physician payment data release on April 9 was a very important development indeed

“Flight Patterns” for Physicians Leading ACOs: Dr. Mostashari Shares Critical Success Factors

April 5, 2014     Mark Hagland
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The American Journal of Managed Care recently published an online commentary from Farzad Mostashari, M.D., and James A. Colbert, M.D., focused on ”Four Key Technologies" for physician-led ACOs—with major implications for healthcare IT leaders

At the Johns Hopkins Center for Population Health IT, Supporting Care Delivery and Payment Change

April 5, 2014     Mark Hagland
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Jonathan Weiner, Dr.P.H., is leading activity at the Johns Hopkins Center for Population Health Information Technology that is helping to support care delivery change generally and also to support a statewide payment and delivery initiative in Maryland

An Innovative Approach to Pre-Authorization At Mass General Hospital

April 3, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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Healthcare spending in the U.S. is widely deemed to be growing at an unsustainable rate, and efforts are being made by policymakers to seek ways to eliminate waste. At Mass General Hospital in Boston, some of this waste has been reduced by determining risk...

Clarity on the New Diagnostic Imaging Ordering Mandate in the “Doc Fix”/ICD-10 Law

April 2, 2014     Mark Hagland
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When President Obama signed into law on April 2 legislation to provide a 12-month “patch” to avert physician pay cuts under Medicare’s SGR law, he also approved new requirements regarding clinical decision support in the ordering of diagnostic imaging tests

ACC14: Cardiology Getting on Board

April 1, 2014    
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ACC 2014 is now history! Washington, D.C. weather was perfect for a conference – it rained the entire weekend! Prior to the meeting I speculated about what might be new. In a nutshell, it was a fitting venue in Washington, D.C. as cardiology seems to be...

Pushing Ahead on Quality and Performance Improvement at Piedmont Healthcare

March 29, 2014     Mark Hagland
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At Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta, Mark Cohen, M.D., VPMA and chief quality officer at flagship Piedmont Atlanta Hospital, is helping to lead an ongoing initiative towards improved care quality and clinical performance improvement
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