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How Predictive Analytics Can Help Address the Opioid Crisis

August 14, 2017     Sanket Shah, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
Using healthcare data and actionable analytics could play a key role in helping to combat the opioid crisis.

Leaders at Virginia Tech’s Biocomplexity Institute Devise an Analytic Platform to Address Infectious Disease Spread

August 11, 2017     Mark Hagland
Leaders at the Biocomplexity Institute at Virginia Tech have been working on an exciting initiative, developing an analytic modeling platform that could help to prepare for and prevent the spread of common infectious diseases

Health IT Analytics: ‘More Time Spent Shoveling Coal Than Steering the Ship’

August 10, 2017     David Raths
As health systems and ACOs establish the infrastructure to provide actionable data to care managers and front-line clinicians, they continue to struggle with messy data, incompatible systems and a lack of automation.

Leveraging Data and Technology to Advance Enterprise-Wide Pharmacy Operations

August 10, 2017     Heather Landi
As the healthcare landscape undergoes accelerating change, almost every clinical and operational area within health systems must evolve to keep pace, including pharmacy operations. One health system is leveraging technology and data to help them better manage resources and medications.

At the Health IT Summit-Philadelphia, a Frank Discussion of the Challenges around MACRA

August 10, 2017     Mark Hagland
At the Health IT Summit in Philadelphia, industry leaders engaged in a bracingly candid discussion of the complexities and challenges around the implementation of the MACRA law and around its requirements for providers

In a Candidate-Driven Market, HIT Hiring Managers Can Still Land Top Talent

August 10, 2017     Frank Myeroff, President, Direct Consulting Associates
It’s no secret that the growth in healthcare technology has been outpacing the talent supply. Here are a few things that organizations can do to help them land top health IT talent.

PODCAST: Health IT Analysts React to Biden, Faulkner, and Patients’ Access to Medical Records

August 9, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
On this latest Healthcare Informatics podcast, two health IT analysts talk about how Judy Faulkner’s comments to Joe Biden landed, what level of access and ownership patients should have over their data, the role of vendors, and more.

Mount Sinai Health System ACO Works on Scalable Approach to Risk Adjustment

August 9, 2017     David Raths
As the Mount Sinai Health System, a hospital network in New York City, moves rapidly into at-risk arrangements with multiple payers, technology and practices to support risk adjustment have become increasingly important.

Looking at a Recent Survey—and Patient Care Leaders’ Determination to Move Ahead on Population Health

August 8, 2017     Mark Hagland
A practicing physician and industry expert looks at the results of a new survey affirming providers’ determination to move forward on population health strategies

Reinventing Claims Management for the Value-Based Era

August 8, 2017     Carmen Deguzman Sessoms, FHFMA, AVP, Product Management, Change Healthcare
Provider claims management can no longer exist as a silo. With the rapid transformation from fee-for-service to value-based models, denial rates remain high despite advances in technology and automation. For providers to be effective, the revenue cycle continuum must be reexamined for unseen improvement opportunities in the fee-for-service era. One area is claims management, as an integral part of a denials management strategy.

The Key to the Value-Based Transition: Marrying Clinical and Claims Data, Says One Expert

August 8, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
Dr. Emad Rizk recently was interviewed by Healthcare Informatics about how healthcare organizations are progressing in their shift to value-based care, what the biggest challenges are, and how IT is playing a role.

One Industry Leader Urges a Shift from “Patient-Centered” Care to “Collaborative Health”

August 4, 2017     Mark Hagland
Healthcare author and consultant Michael Millenson urges the leaders of patient care organizations to rethink the concept of “patient-centered care” and consider shifting towards his concept of “collaborative health” instead

BREAKING: Industry Analysts React as Allscripts Pays $185 Million for McKesson’s Enterprise Information Solutions

August 3, 2017     David Raths and Rajiv Leventhal
Chicago-based Allscripts (NASDAQ:MDRX) announced it has agreed to pay approximately $185 million in cash to acquire McKesson’s (NYSE:MCK) hospital and health system IT business, Enterprise Information Solutions.

BREAKING: CMS Finalizes 90-Day MU Reporting Period, Pushes Back Stage 3 Mandate

August 3, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a final rule that affirms a 90-day reporting for hospitals attesting to the meaningful use program in 2018.

Adventist Health’s Journey to a Robust Virtual Care Network

August 2, 2017     David Raths
Four years ago Adventist started developing a vision around enhanced access to care in rural settings, and telehealth was central to its mission expansion.

Is FHIR the Solution to the Registry of the Future?

August 1, 2017     David Raths
The only feasible way to enable future registries is by using data captured in EHRs and other systems in a reproducible way. “That suggests using FHIR," says Russ Leftwich, M.D., of InterSystems and HL7.

80% of Healthcare Execs Confident in Future of Population Health Despite Political Uncertainty

August 1, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
More than 80 percent of healthcare executives feel that the effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has not caused them to pause or otherwise change their approach to population health management.

GUEST BLOG: Let’s Bring Warmth and Empathy to Digital Health

July 31, 2017     A. Marc Harrison, M.D.
A. Marc Harrison, M.D., president and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare, offers insights on how patient care organization leaders can pursue strategies that are both high-tech and high-touch at the same time—for better outcomes and improved satisfaction.

Information Security Expert Predicts that the “Enron of Data Breaches” is Coming

July 31, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
A cybersecurity consultant speaks with Healthcare Informatics about steps smaller physician practices can take to better protect their data in addition to broader cybersecurity trends he is seeing.

A New EU Data Privacy Regulation Could Impact U.S. Patient Care Organizations Serving Large Numbers of International Patients

July 29, 2017     Mark Hagland
Few U.S. healthcare IT leaders are aware of a European Union data privacy regulation, GDPR, that will go into effect in May 2018—but those patient care organizations that treat large numbers of international patients every year, could be strongly affected