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The View From 40,000 Feet Up

July 23, 2009  | 
Hospital and health system CIOs are rightly concentrating on the very full plate of issues before them in the current operating environment,

A Glass Slipper?

July 21, 2009  |  Mark Hagland
David Whiles, CIO of 320-bed Midland Memorial Hospital in Texas, is not easily deterred. That's why, when faced with the sunsetting of his hospital's information systems (none of them clinical), and desiring to move towards an EMR, he was not...

M & A Apprehension

July 21, 2009  | 
KLAS says: “What is going to happen to us now that our vendor has been acquired?”

A Hearty Bunch

July 21, 2009  |  Anthony Guerra, Editor-in-Chief
I asked Hagland to postpone his look at CPOE (you'll see it in the next issue) and dig his teeth into the status of open source technologies.

HP's Top 10 Trends in BI (and HIT) for 2009: #3 Data Quality and Governance are key to BI Impact

July 6, 2009  | 
Sometimes vendors do get it (mostly) right.  Hewlett-Packard put together a brief white paper in February of this year laying out their view of

Are You Leaping Yet???

July 6, 2009  | 
In putting out its most recent national survey on hospital quality this spring, the Leapfrog Group summarized things pretty neatly in the first sentence of its accompanying press release: “Though it has been 10 years since the Institute of Medicine’s landmark...

One-on-One with IBM Research Fellow and Johns Hopkins Professor Marion Ball, Ed.D.

June 26, 2009  | 
Marion Ball, Ed.D., is a fellow at the IBM Research Center for Healthcare Management Research and a professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (both based in Baltimore). She is also co-chair of the executive committee for the Technology...

MAD, Stuart Smalley and Unintended Consequences: When Payers and Providers are at Odds (Part I of IV)

June 19, 2009  |  Marc D. Paradis
The 1980s and 1990s were a challenging time for many physician practices and hospitals. Managed care was on the rise and for-profit insurance companies were effectively employing divide-and-conquer tactics at the negotiation table.

M&A's Small Steps

May 29, 2009  |  Ben Rooks
As with so much of the economy over the past year, healthcare IT corporate consolidation has seen a meaningful slowdown.

Just a Tweet Away

April 27, 2009  |  Kate Huvane Gamble
Will Weider The social media revolution has hit hospitals. Across the United States, a growing number of healthcare organizations are leveraging

I Thought I Was The Only One? Pick Me!

April 26, 2009  |  Tim Tolan
Once a candidate engages in a search, questions start flying my way – lots of questions. The one that always amazes me the most is this one “So, are there other candidates under consideration for this opportunity”? WHAT? What kind of question is that?

Hitting the Snooze Button on the HITECH Act Funding

April 13, 2009  |  Pete Rivera
The battle is on to cut budgets, survive the next few lean months and keep operations going. But what is missing is the solid strategy for organizations and individual providers to capitalize on the HITECH funds that will soon be available. Looking at some of the...

Time for the Government Self-Pay Bail Out!

March 3, 2009  |  Pete Rivera
The payer mix has certainly shifted within the last year. We are seeing a rapid increase in Self-Pay/Patient Responsibility. We are also seeing an increase in collections and write-offs for patients with large dollar balances.

Blade Runner

February 25, 2009  |  Daphne Lawrence
According to a recent report by Stamford, Conn.-based Gartner Research, blade servers are the fastest growing segment of the server market.

A House Divided

February 25, 2009  |  David Raths
Healthcare executives ranked patient accounting and patient management software fourth lowest and financial/ERP systems eighth lowest among all 24 software market segments, according to the 2008 Top 20 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Professional Services...

A Clear Case

February 25, 2009  |  Mark Hagland
Historically, case management applications have been listed under the “nice to have” category. All of that is changing these days, as purchaser and payer demands for greater accountability and improved outcomes change the ROI calculus.

Waste Management

February 25, 2009  |  Kate Huvane Gamble
With so many health systems facing financial difficulties, there is increasing demand for techniques that can cut costs without requiring a significant outlay of resources. One method being utilized by a small number of facilities to more effectively allocate...


February 25, 2009  |  David Raths
It's difficult to think of a technology solution with more immediate revenue implications than patient flow automation systems.

Who are You?

February 25, 2009  |  Daphne Lawrence
Medical identity theft has long been an issue for hospitals, and a serious problem not only for patient safety, but for a hospital's bottom line.

One-on-One with Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania's Carolyn Scanlan

February 4, 2009  | 
Carolyn Scanlan is president of the Harrisburg, Pa.-based Hospital and HealthSystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP). The statewide membership services organization advocates for nearly 250 Pennsylvania acute and specialty care, primary care, subacute care,...

Is IT Spending a Value, or just "Spending Money"?

February 3, 2009  |  Michael Craige
Can you justify your IT spending as an investment that creates an asset with value? If you can---let us know! Only a few IT executives, and CIOs can say the same?

Clinical Transformation

February 1, 2009  |  Mark Hagland
By every measure—intensifying reimbursement changes, legislative and regulatory mandates, and media coverage—the demand on the part of purchasers and payers for a fundamental transformation in healthcare quality and patient safety will be agenda item number...

Business Intelligence ("BI") - Without True Business Intelligence, How Much Intelligence Can an Organization Have?

December 26, 2008  |  Rich Temple
With all the technology investments health care organizations are contemplating, I believe none can be more important than establishing a robust,

Time to Improve Hospitals' Quality Scores

December 14, 2008  | 
A new report from consulting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers, “Top Nine Health Industry Issues in 2009: Outside forces will disrupt the industry,”

Political Leaders Define The Focus

December 3, 2008  | 
Political Leaders Define The FocusCost Control and Coverage Expansion are our HCIT Opportunities As leaders in health care organizations, we’ve

A Living Document

September 25, 2008  |  Daphne Lawrence
Rick Schooler “IT budgeting is the toughest budget for health systems,” says Rick Schooler, CIO of seven-hospital Orlando Health System in Orlando,

Linking the Chain

September 1, 2008  |  Kate Huvane
Rick Schooler When Rick Schooler was planning a warehouse distribution management system to revamp the supply chain at Orlando Health (Orlando,

The Price of Success

September 1, 2008  |  Brian Albright
Mike Nugent Getting a price estimate from a hospital can be a challenge for patients; gathering comparative information from multiple providers is

The Real Dynamic Duo

September 1, 2008  |  Daphne Lawrence
Russ Rudish As the IT department has evolved into an enterprise strategic position, the CIO/CFO relationship has evolved along with it. But

Turning Data into Improved Care

July 23, 2008  |  Mark Hagland
Few hospital organizations have taken the idea of transforming patient care quality as far as Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital. In 2000, leaders


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