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Why Current Patient-Doctor E-Communication Guidelines are Not Good Enough: One Researcher Speaks Out

November 30, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
Investigators from the Regenstrief Institute took a close look at e-communication between patients and doctors, as well as the need to modernize guidelines.

Will Artificial Intelligence Change Radiology Practice? At RSNA, James Whitfill, M.D. Offers His Thoughts

November 29, 2017     Mark Hagland
James Whitfill, M.D., chief medical officer at Innovation Care Partners in Phoenix, shared his perspectives on the hype and potential of artificial intelligence, during the RSNA Conference

Texas Health Resources’ Dr. Saldaña: "We Have to Work Collaboratively to Reduce Barriers to Information Flows"

November 29, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
Luis Saldaña, M.D., CMIO at THR, discusses how the Dallas-Fort Worth region is progressing in its value-based care initiatives, in its ongoing HIE evolution, and how organizations such as THR are working to reduce physician burnout.

Closing the Security Gap: How Many Devices are on Your Network?

November 28, 2017     Sean Hughes, Executive Vice President of Managed Document Solutions, CynergisTek
Most healthcare organizations don’t know the full inventory of devices that are connected to the network or that print devices pose dangerous risks.

At RSNA 2017, Much Discussion—and Hype—Around Artificial Intelligence

November 27, 2017     Mark Hagland
At RSNA 2017, radiologist leaders look towards the future of value-based care, and see the leveraging of artificial intelligence tools as essential to the success of their specialty going forward

In San Francisco's Chinatown, Using HIT to Improve Patient Identification and Analyze Care Gaps

November 27, 2017     Mark Hagland
Serving an immigrant community with complex medical and support needs, the Chinese Community Health Care Association (CCHCA) is moving forward to implement strategies that optimize patient identification and care management.

An IT Leader Shares How Stanford Health Care is Transforming Patients’ Digital Experience

November 22, 2017     Heather Landi
Aditya Bhasin, vice president of software design and development, digital solutions, at Stanford Health Care, discusses Stanford’s work to transform patients’ digital experience, which has led to increased patient satisfaction and operational efficiencies.

Challenges Wide and Deep: Army Medicine´s CISO Offers His Perspectives

November 21, 2017     Mark Hagland
Heath Renfrow, the CISO of Army Medicine, has an exceptionally broad portfolio, and faces many challenges—but also gains from certain resources within the federal government and the military

Parkland Health and Hospital System CIO Details How Virtualization Improved Patient Care

November 21, 2017     Heather Landi
In 2015, Parkland Health and Hospital System opened a new, larger hospital, creating the need for a new digital strategy. As a result of this digital strategy transformation, clinicians now spend less time with technology, and more time with patients.

Data Quality, Liquidity Key to Physician Practice Transition to Value-Based Care

November 20, 2017     David Raths
Issues with data liquidity and quality will make the transition to value-based care difficult, says the American Academy of Family Physicians' Steven Waldren, M.D., “but the horse is out of the barn, and we will move toward value-based payment no matter what.”

Will Digital Pathology Finally Join Radiology in the New Digital Healthcare?

November 20, 2017     Mark Hagland
The recent publication of a peer-reviewed article has opened the door to the widespread use of digital pathology for diagnosis, pointing to the broad inclusion of digital pathology images into enterprise-wide digital archives.

Research Finds States Remain Committed to Value-Based Payment Models

November 16, 2017     Carolyn Wukitch, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Network & Financial Management, Change Healthcare
Alternative payment programs are now firmly rooted in state-level healthcare policy, as discussions regarding health reform continue in Washington. That’s according to a new national study commissioned by Change Healthcare which finds over 40 states pursuing value-based payment programs, with 15 multi-payer initiatives across those states. Kaiser Health News just published a report, “So Much Care It Hurts: Unneeded Scans, Therapy, Surgery Only Add to Patients’ Ills” which describes aggressive over-treatment for breast cancer. And a story in Health Affairs, “Low-Cost, High-Volume Health Services Contribute the Most to Unnecessary Health Spending” showed that a preponderance of prescribed low-value health services offered little medical value while increasing patients’ costs.

Wide Load: Puzzling Out the Place of the Diagnostic Image in the Emerging Healthcare Landscape

November 16, 2017     Mark Hagland
Even as the U.S. healthcare system shifts from volume to value, how best to integrate image exchange into overall data exchange remains unresolved.

CHIME’s Leaders Suspend National Patient ID Initiative

November 15, 2017     Mark Hagland
The leaders of CHIME, the College of Healthcare Information Management, announced on Wednesday that they were suspending the national patient ID initiative begun nearly two years ago, citing a lack of results

VA Asks Congress for $782 Million Funding Fix to Kick Off Cerner EHR Implementation

November 15, 2017     Heather Landi
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, M.D., told lawmakers on Wednesday that the VA is facing a “time crunch” and wants to jump start its work to transition to a Cerner EHR system in order to align its deployment with the DoD's EHR roll out.

Lessons Learned from the Trenches of Healthcare Policy

November 15, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
A former OMB director discusses federal rulemaking, the future of CMS’ Innovation Center, and if the push toward value-based care has been slowed at all in recent months.

Nemours Children’s Launches New Digital Health Platform to Tackle Chronic Disease

November 15, 2017     Heather Landi
Nemours Children’s Health System is piloting a new mobile app for asthma patients and their caregivers as part of a broader digital health strategy focused on building disease-specific tools that integrate the patient and clinician experience into one platform.

Trouble Getting HIE Data in the ED? Maybe You Need a FHIR HIEdrant

November 14, 2017     David Raths
A new SMART on FHIR app retrieves HIE data and integrates it in the clinical workflow in the emergency department EHR.

Deadline Approaching! Our Innovator Awards Program Awaits Your Stories of Innovation

November 14, 2017     the Editors of Healthcare Informatics
Each year, Healthcare Informatics recognizes the best health IT innovation case studies from both provider organizations and vendor solution companies as part of its Innovator Awards Program

At Texas Health Resources, A Strategic Approach to Evolving Cybersecurity Challenges

November 14, 2017     Heather Landi
The health system’s CISO, Ron Mehring, details the organization’s data center transformation project and creating the security infrastructure needed to support future business and clinical initiatives.

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