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Healthcare Informatics’ Innovator Awards Program Is Open: Recognizing Health IT Trendsetters

October 6, 2017     the Editors of Healthcare Informatics
Once again, we at Healthcare Informatics have chosen to open our website for submissions to our Innovator Awards Program. At a time of extraordinary change in healthcare, now is as great a time as ever to showcase your innovations.

The Dawn of Consumerism: Key trends and strategies for healthcare consumerism

October 6, 2017     David V. Gallegos, SVP, Consulting Services, Change Healthcare Consulting
Reducing costs and improving quality are the two prevailing objectives behind most healthcare initiatives. However, one leg of the proverbial stool that doesn’t get much attention are the efforts to improve the patient experience. Healthcare in the United States has historically been funded by employers and the government, and because of that health plans and providers have treated the employers and government agencies as the ‘customer’. This approach meant the needs of the patient were addressed through the perspective of the funding entities.

A Health Affairs Study Finds ACOs Moving Forward Quickly—If Unevenly—Into Risk

October 6, 2017     Mark Hagland
A study published online this week in Health Affairs offers some of the best analysis yet, based on survey data, around the accelerating pace of ACO development—and its numerous implications for healthcare IT leaders

In Texas, Radiologists and Other Clinicians Keep Patient Care Moving During Natural Disasters

October 6, 2017     Healthcare Informatics
In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in August, radiologists and other clinicians kept patient care delivery moving, despite enormous obstacles

How Will Value-Based Care, Health Policy, and Health IT Reshape Healthcare In 2025?

October 6, 2017     Sarah Thomas, Managing Director, Deloitte Center for Health Solutions
There are some major challenges we face today that I expect healthcare systems, life sciences and technology developers may solve by 2025.

Healthcare Finance Leader: Why CFOs Need to Work Smarter, Not Harder

October 5, 2017     Heather Landi
Sandra Wolfskill, director of healthcare finance policy at the Healthcare Financial Management Association, shares her perspective on the evolving payment landscape facing healthcare finance leaders and what CFOs should be focusing on right now.

The Texas Hospital Association’s Bold Data Analytics Thrust

October 4, 2017     Mark Hagland
Leaders at the Texas Hospital Association have been innovating around data analytics, supporting its advocacy leaders in communicating with state legislators, and also helping hospitals to improve their quality and cost outcomes

At UNC Health Care, A Continued Commitment to Value

October 3, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
About three years ago, C-suite leaders at UNC Health Care began to realize that they needed to put more emphasis on moving from transition-based healthcare to value-based healthcare.

UHIN, Utah’s Statewide HIE, Pushes the Envelope on Interoperability

October 2, 2017     Mark Hagland
UHIN, the Utah Health Information Network, that Utah’s statewide HIE, is moving forward quickly to connect payers, providers, public health, and patients, across Utah and beyond—with documented results

In Phoenix, One Radiology Group Surges Ahead in Improving Workflow Efficiency

October 1, 2017     Mark Hagland
At Southwest Diagnostic Imaging in Phoenix, leaders are moving forward rapidly to leverage information technology to improve radiologist workflow efficiency and rework important processes

Leveraging IT to Optimize Revenue Cycle Management

September 29, 2017     Heather Landi
Practice leaders are increasingly automating and streamlining RCM processes and seeing marked improvements to the bottom line due to decreases in denial rejections and optimized reimbursements.

In Raleigh, North Carolina’s HIE Moves Forward—under a State Government Mandate

September 28, 2017     Mark Hagland
The North Carolina Health Information Exchange Authority, or NC HIEA, is advancing rapidly in its statewide HIE capabilities—with the rock-solid support of a state government mandate, and funding

Developing a Robust RCM Strategy in an Evolving Payment Landscape

September 28, 2017     Heather Landi
Priorities are shifting these days as healthcare CFOs are under immense pressure to optimize revenue cycle performance. Healthcare finance thought leaders share their perspectives on developing a robust RCM strategy in an evolving payment landscape.

Value-Based Healthcare and IT: HIT Leaders Work Out New Strategies

September 27, 2017     Mark Hagland
When it comes to the plunge into value-based healthcare of all kinds, the leaders of patient care organizations are only beginning to fully realize how complex the strategic IT challenges involved really are.

In L.A. County, Building an Integrated Health System to Serve the Highest-Risk Individuals

September 26, 2017     Heather Landi
Within Los Angeles County, there is an ambitious project underway to build an integrated, county-wide system that will link health and social service agencies to provide more coordinated services to the sickest, most vulnerable county residents.

Clinical IT Vendor Thought Leaders Share Perspectives on Ever-Evolving Segment

September 26, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
As part of the broader Healthcare Informatics 100, clinical IT vendor executives were interviewed to gauge their thoughts on segment trends and what could be in store for the future

“One Foot in the Boat, One Foot on the Dock”: Providers and Payers Forge a New Social Contract into Value-Based Healthcare

September 26, 2017     Mark Hagland
The leaders of medical groups, hospitals and health systems are finding willing partners—and tons of practical challenges—as they move forward with the federal government and with private health insurers into the new world of value-based healthcare.

How Natural Language Processing is Helping to Revitalize Physician Documentation

September 25, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
In our September/October cover story, experts discuss how leading healthcare organizations are finding ways to preserve the patient narrative in the note for all care team members involved.

Health IT Stakeholders Have Different Takes on Changes to EHR Certification Program

September 25, 2017     Heather Landi
While many health IT vendors support the regulatory revisions that ONC announced last week, some health IT associations say a robust oversight process is necessary to hold vendors accountable and are concerned about the potential impact on patient safety.

Oregon to Test Statewide ‘Health IT Commons’ Approach

September 24, 2017     David Raths
The Oregon HIT Commons is intended to help connect existing systems, support statewide solutions, and guide future investments that support advancing health IT across the state.

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