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In a Rural New Mexico Clinic, Leveraging IT to Optimize Patient and Activity Flow

April 26, 2017     Mark Hagland
Dan Hamilton, COO of the Nor-Lea Hospital District in rural southeastern New Mexico, has been leading an IT-facilitated initiative that is optimizing patient and activity flow in a rural outpatient clinic setting

Six Signs Your Vendor’s Not That Into You

April 25, 2017     Dick Taylor, M.D., executive vice president, MedSys Group
Feeling neglected? Feeling as if everyone but you has a great healthcare information technology (HCIT) vendor? Concerned about the state of your relationship? Here are six signs your vendor is just not that into you.

In Georgia, Helping Physicians Move Forward on MACRA/MIPS, EHRs, and APMs

April 25, 2017     Mark Hagland
The Georgia Health Information Technology Extension Center (GA-HITEC) is offering a lifeline to practicing physicians in the Peach State, as practicing doctors attempt to ramp up to meet the demands of MACRA/MIPS

Interoperability: Are Patients Falling Through the Cracks?

April 21, 2017     M. Maxwell Stroud, Lead Consultant, Galen Healthcare Solutions
When we in the industry discuss the concept of interoperability, we are most often talking about it from the perspective of a healthcare organization. We rarely, if ever, talk to patients about their data needs.

Working in Diverse Markets, a Healthcare Company Achieves Noteworthy Population Health Results

April 21, 2017     Mark Hagland
Alignment Healthcare, a population health company with diverse lines of business, is making documented progress in leveraging data and analytics to fuel leading-edge care management strategies

In an Ever-Intensifying Threat Environment, Healthcare CISOs Become Part of the Bigger Picture

April 19, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
There is inherent pressure on healthcare CISOs to better protect data in the organization, but are there enough qualified individuals that can do the job?

At the Health IT Summit in San Jose, David Higginson Talks About IT Funding—and Leadership

April 19, 2017     Mark Hagland
David Higginson, CAO and CIO of Phoenix Children’s Hospital, shared with attendees at the Health IT Summit in San Jose, his perspectives on the challenges facing CIOs in the current operating environment—and the opportunities for leadership and good management

At The Iowa Clinic, an Analytics-Driven Adult Immunization Project Drives Results

April 18, 2017     Heather Landi
To address gaps in its adult vaccination rates, The Iowa Clinic initiated an analytics-driven collaborative project to increase immunization rates, with a specific focus on pneumococcal pneumonia and influenza immunizations.

CMS Issues 2018 IPPS Proposed Rule with Eye on Regulatory Simplification

April 17, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
CMS has issued a proposed rule that would update 2018 Medicare payment and polices when patients are admitted into hospitals, and which would make changes to several quality reporting programs.

In New York, Statewide HIE Re-examining Consent Model

April 17, 2017     David Raths
The New York eHealth Collaborative proposes that the Statewide Health Information Network for New York consider broadening its consent policy to enable care coordination, quality improvement, and other population health efforts.

Siri, Open the Pod Bay Doors

April 14, 2017     David Scheinker, Ph.D.
Focusing too much on what Hal-AI can’t yet do makes it easy to overlook the accomplishments of Practical Artificial Intelligence (Siri-AI) can.

At the Health IT Summit in San Jose, Cybersecurity Concerns Seen Growing

April 14, 2017     Mark Hagland
The threat landscape in healthcare IT continues to expand, even as patient care organizations are lacking in terms of tending to some of the basics, industry leaders agreed, during a discussion of IT security at the Health IT Summit in San Jose

In Pittsburgh, a Big Data Alliance Looks to Transform Healthcare

April 13, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
Rob Hartman, program manager, UPMC Enterprises, discusses what’s new with the Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance and what lessons have been learned as it enters its third year.

Former OCR Advisor on HIPAA Compliance and Data Breaches: “This is a Management Problem, Not a User Problem”

April 13, 2017     Heather Landi
David Holtzman, vice president of compliance strategies at Austin-based CynergisTek and former HHS OCR senior advisor, shares his perspective about HIPAA compliance issues and why hospital executives need to sit up and notice OCR’s enforcement activities.

Banner Health’s Breakthrough in Redesigning Care Delivery for Complex Chronic Populations

April 11, 2017     Heather Landi
Deborah Dahl, vice president, patient care innovation at Phoenix-based Banner Health, outlines the steps that health system took to build a successful telehealth and remote patient monitoring program to improve health outcomes for complex chronic patients.

As HHS Turns to the Seasoned Donald Rucker, Health IT Leaders Breathe a Sigh of Relief

April 10, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
Industry experts and leaders have not made secret their praise for the reported next head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

Time is Running Out to Submit to the Healthcare Informatics 100

April 10, 2017     the Editors of Healthcare Informatics
Submissions for the Healthcare Informatics 100, our annual listing of the top health IT vendors, based on revenue from the previous fiscal year, will be closing soon

Chartis Group Consultants: It’s Time for Patient Care Leaders to Rethink Revenue Cycle

April 7, 2017     Mark Hagland
Kevin Ormand and Todd Bankhead of The Chartis Group believe it’s time for the leaders of U.S. patient care organizations to strategically rethink how they approach revenue cycle management—and for them to stop thinking in terms of revenue cycle management as a “cost center”

In Tacoma, CHI Franciscan Leverages IT to Transform Care Delivery

April 7, 2017     Heather Landi
At Tacoma, Wash.-based CHI Franciscan Health, the initiatives being implemented by the Care Transformation team are resulting in significant positive impacts on patient outcomes, avoided healthcare costs and unprecedented system efficiencies.

At Augusta University Health, Wearable Technology Enables Real-Time Monitoring of At-Risk Patients

April 6, 2017     Heather Landi
Augusta University Medical Center (AUMC) has taken a leap forward into connected health innovation to leverage medical-grade wearable technology to improve patient monitoring, particularly for at-risk patients in low-acuity settings.

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