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Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Strategies Evolve Forward

February 27, 2018     Mark Hagland
As part of our Special Report on Cybersecurity, Mark Hagland examines how highly publicized cyberattacks are lending new urgency to calls for healthcare IT security leaders to fully develop their disaster recovery and business continuity plans.

Winners in the Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards Program: Vendors Division

February 26, 2018     Kayt Sukel and Pamela Tabar
As part of the Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards Program, the editorial staff asked an esteemed panel of national industry leaders to evaluate submissions from dozens of solutions providers in five critical areas of innovation development.

A New Era in Network Segmentation?

February 26, 2018     Mark Hagland
As part of our Cybersecurity Special Report, Mark Hagland speaks with healthcare IT experts about network segmentation, a standard strategy in IT security receiving new scrutiny, as the need for advanced strategies becomes more and more apparent in healthcare.

One Industry Expert’s View of How State Efforts to Manage the Opioid Crisis Will Affect HIT Leaders

February 23, 2018     Mark Hagland
Connie Sinclair, R.Ph., has been leading a team of researchers and analysts at the Point-of-Care Partners consulting firm in tracking the exploding state-level requirements around the prescribing of opioids—with a new summary report on the phenomenon

Clinicians to CMS, ONC: “Right the Ship” to Simplify Reporting, Ease Regulatory Burdens

February 23, 2018     Heather Landi
During a daylong listening session sponsored by ONC and CMS on the issue of reducing clinician burden, healthcare industry stakeholders shared a litany of frustrations and complaints about EHRs contributing to administrative burden and physician burnout.

In Northern California, the Ups-and-Downs on the Drive Toward Value-Based Care

February 23, 2018     Rajiv Leventhal
A provider and health plan leader weighs in on value-based care progressions in California, and what’s holding the region back from being more advanced.

The 2018 Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards: First-Place Winning Team—UnityPoint Health

February 22, 2018     Rajiv Leventhal
An enterprise-wide data analytics and AI project—centered around preventing readmissions through patient-level “heat maps”—emerged at UPH, and was so innovative that it received first-place status in Healthcare Informatics’ 2018 Innovator Awards Program.

Industry Associations Line Up to Offer Comments on ONC’s TEFCA

February 21, 2018     Rajiv Leventhal and David Raths
An array of healthcare IT trade groups have sent in comments offering insight and recommendations on ONC’s draft Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA).

The 2018 Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards: Second-Place Winning Team—Adventist Health System

February 21, 2018     Mark Hagland
Leaders at the Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based Adventist Health System are moving forward to master bundled payment performance around joint replacement, and that initiative has borne abundant fruit with dramatic gains in clinical and financial performance.

PODCAST: Consultant Rita Numerof Affirms Position that “MIPS Isn’t the Solution”

February 21, 2018     Rajiv Leventhal
Rita Numerof, Ph.D., recently was a guest on the Healthcare Informatics podcast, where she reiterated her concerns with MACRA/MIPS, noting that there are “fundamental issues in the design and the philosophy behind the program.”

OpenNotes and Patient Engagement in a Safety-Net Environment: One MD Informaticist’s Journey

February 21, 2018     Mark Hagland
Anshu Abhat, M.D., M.P.H., director of patient engagement in information technology at the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, is helping to lead an exciting initiative to enhance patient engagement in a safety-net public hospital environment

Reinventing Utilization Management to Bring Value to the Point of Care

February 21, 2018     Nilo Mehrabian Vice President, Product Management, Decision Support, Change Healthcare
How an automated exception-based approach can make UM more efficient and effective.

The 2018 Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards: Co-Third-Place Winning Team—Rhode Island Quality Institute

February 20, 2018     David Raths
A dashboard tool created for nurse care managers by the Rhode Island Quality Institute connects opioid treatment teams in the Ocean State. For this effort, RIQI has been named a winner of one of Healthcare Informatics’ Innovator Awards for 2018.

The 2018 Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards: Co-Third-Place Winning Team—St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

February 19, 2018     Heather Landi
Clinical, pharmacy and informatics leaders at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital led a strategic effort to improve patient quality and safety practices by establishing interoperability between the EHR and IV infusion pumps to reduce medication errors.

Where Is Network Segmentation Headed? One Industry Expert Has a Good Idea

February 19, 2018     Mark Hagland
Impact Advisors’ John Robinson shares his perspectives on the new thinking around network segmentation, including around micro-segmentation and software configuration—and urges CIOs, CISOs, and other healthcare IT leaders to move quickly away from old tactics in this critical area

Innovator Awards Program 2018: Semifinalists

February 19, 2018     the Editors of Healthcare Informatics
We at Healthcare Informatics were ecstatic with the exceptional quality of the submissions we received from innovating patient care organizations across the U.S. Here are the 14 teams in the Provider Division that received semifinalist status this year.

HL7 Meeting to Focus on Intersection of Clinical Genomics, AI

February 16, 2018     David Raths
Grant Wood, a member of the HL7 Clinical Genomics Work Group and a senior strategist at Intermountain Healthcare’s Clinical Genetics Institute, talks about the confluence of genomics and artificial intelligence

Enhancing Pediatric EHR Functionality: In North Carolina, One Organization Won’t Give Up

February 15, 2018     Rajiv Leventhal
Even today, several issues specific to children raise the risk that EHR usability can contribute to medical errors. In North Carolina, one organization is determined to change things.

Medicaid ACOs Experiment with Social Determinant Requirements

February 15, 2018     David Raths
State governments are experimenting with requirements and incentives for Medicaid accountable care organizations to address social determinants of health.

Market Profile: Health IT Leaders, and Silicon Valley, Have Their Eyes on Cleveland

February 14, 2018     Heather Landi
With strong healthcare IT leadership at area health systems and new health tech accelerators moving to the market, there are many indications that Cleveland is fast becoming a hotbed of healthcare innovation, and a city to watch in the health IT space.

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