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

April 16, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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.

e-Patient Dave: How the Patient Engagement Movement is Evolving

April 10, 2014     Gabriel Perna
Dave deBronkart, famed and noted patient engagement advocate, knows all about sending the right kind of message to any institution, especially one that is as established as healthcare. In an interview with HCI, he previews his message for the upcoming...

'Entering a Minefield': The OpenNotes Mental Health Conundrum

April 8, 2014     Gabriel Perna
The OpenNotes movement, which invites patients to review clinical notes written by clinicians, was an unequivocal success in its three pilot locations. Now one of those organizations is trying to determine whether it’s appropriate to expand this kind of EHR note...

Providers Identify Workflow Challenges with Stage 2 Transitions of Care

April 8, 2014     David Raths
At Health IT Policy Committee listening sessions on Stage 2 transition-of-care requirements, providers and vendors identified health exchange ecosystem maturity levels and workflow changes as their biggest challenges.

Giving Recovering Addicts a Digital Support System 24/7

March 27, 2014     Gabriel Perna
At Memorial Hermann Health System’s Prevention and Recovery Center (PaRC), leaders have implemented a digital platform that provides its recovering addicts with a support community from the touch of their phone. Thus far, the center has gotten patients to buy-...

THSA’s Tony Gilman: HIE is the Cornerstone of Healthcare Transformation

March 26, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
In preparation for a panel on health information exchange at the Healthcare Informatics Executive Summit in May, Tony Gilman, Texas Health Services Authority CEO, gives his thoughts on HIE developments in Texas and across the nation, as well as challenges and...

Secure Messaging MU Requirements a Struggle for Some Providers

March 25, 2014     Gabriel Perna
The patient engagement requirements for Stage 2 of meaningful use under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) could be a struggle for providers who have been late to adopt an electronic health record (EHR), a recent study...

Looking at the Meaningful Use Mountain: An REC Perspective

March 11, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Stage 2 of meaningful use brings unprecedented challenges and difficulties upon provider organizations. Staff members from one regional extension center in Indiana discuss how they are helping their clients overcome MU challenges and take advantage of...

Frustrated Over Interoperability? Me Too!

March 11, 2014     Gabriel Perna
Last week, after an impressive three-and-a-half year run, I decided to retire my Apple iPhone for an Android phone. What happened next has gotten me to empathize with industry insiders who express frustration with the lack of interoperability between health IT...

Rapid Growth of HIE Market Forecast

March 10, 2014     John DeGaspari
The global health information exchange (HIE) market is projected to reach $878 million in 2018, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.5 percent from 2013.

Online Care from Dietitian Effective in Weight Loss, Study Reveals

March 7, 2014     Gabriel Perna
Patients who are overweight and have hypertension are more likely to lose 10 pounds in six months if they have secure online access to a dietitian than if they received only information and usual methods of care, a recent study from the Seattle-based Group Health...

The Sun Sets on Another HIMSS: Five Thoughts from Orlando

March 3, 2014     Gabriel Perna
From the continued dispute over the meaningful use and ICD-10 regulations to the rising tide of consumer-facing technologies made with actual consumers in mind, HIMSS14 gave me a lot to reflect on. Here a few things I’ll take away from my five days in Orlando.
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