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One Health System’s Journey to Improve Patient Engagement

July 26, 2017     Heather Landi
Clinical and IT leaders at Phoenix-based Maricopa Integrated Health System have collaborated to increase patient adoption of the personal health record to enable patients to be more involved in their own care.

UCLA Health Moves Forward to Connect Patients to Services—and to their Data

July 25, 2017     Mark Hagland
UCLA Health vice chancellor and CIO Michael Pfeffer, M.D. shares his perspectives on his organization’s advances into patient and consumer engagement, data-sharing, and the experience of being a physician CIO

GUEST BLOG: Just Say No

July 25, 2017     Mac McMillan
There are some very urgent steps that healthcare IT security leaders need to take, right now, in the face of constant malware threats, says Mac McMillan, president and CEO of the Austin, Texas-based CynergisTek consulting firm

How CIOs Can Lead the Charge in IT-Enabled Patient Engagement

July 25, 2017     Heather Landi
As healthcare continues to evolve from a fee-for-service to a value-based care payment model, healthcare executive leaders see patent engagement as a top priority. Moving forward, CIOs need to play a vital leadership role in IT-enabled initiatives.

Beyond EHR Optimization: The Advisory Board’s Barras Parses the Post-Implementation Challenges Facing CIOs

July 23, 2017     Mark Hagland
As the leaders of patient care organizations move forward into the post-EHR-implementation phase, they face a welter of challenges around interoperability and analytics for performance improvement, says Rob Barras of The Advisory Board Company

In an Evolving Threat Landscape, Healthcare IT Security Leaders Face the Growing Challenge of IoT Devices

July 21, 2017     Heather Landi
During a recent webinar hosted by the Center for Connected Medicine, healthcare IT security thought leaders parsed the challenges of cybersecurity and the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) in an evolving threat environment.

At the Health IT Summit in Denver, Parsing the Complexities Around Creating a Cybersecurity Culture

July 20, 2017     Mark Hagland
At the Health IT Summit in Denver, healthcare IT leaders and experts discussed the ongoing challenge of creating cultures of security in patient care organizations—and the layers of complexity in executing around that challenge

Will Proposed Changes to the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program Save Safety-Net Hospitals From Further Penalties?

July 20, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
Two senior leaders at The BDO Center for Healthcare Excellence & Innovation speak to Healthcare Informatics regarding the impact of a recent CMS rule that could shake up the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program.

Plunging Ahead: Advanced Physician Organization Leaders Move Forward to Manage Risk

July 19, 2017     Mark Hagland
For the July/August Healthcare Informatics cover story, advanced medical group leaders share how they are analyzing and using data to feed continuous clinical and operational performance improvement

At the HIT Summit-Denver, a Robust Discussion of the CIO-CMIO Relationship

July 19, 2017     Mark Hagland
At the Health IT Summit in Denver on Tuesday, healthcare IT leaders parsed some of the complexities around leveraging the CIO-CMIO relationship to achieve progress towards clinical and operational transformation

At Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Plunging Ahead into Wearable Technology and Care Redesign

July 18, 2017     Heather Landi
David Levine, M.D., a practicing general internist and research fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital, discusses the use of wearable technology in lieu of inpatient care, and delves into the opportunities, and challenges, of harnessing wearable data.

On Long Island, Allied Physicians Group’s Ambition to Become a Data-Driven Organization

July 18, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
An operational leader at Allied Physicians Group, with 150 pediatricians and 35 office locations, says that in today’s healthcare market, having a broad-based analytics platform is essential.

A New Survey Finds Ongoing Disconnect over EHR Data’s Availability to Support Revenue Cycle

July 18, 2017     Mark Hagland
A new survey by LeanTaaS finds that, while the leaders of patient care organizations are attempting to leverage data and analytics to improve clinical and financial outcomes, they have not yet found EHR data to be effective in doing so

Charleston Area Medical Center’s Patient Education-Fueled Readmissions Breakthrough

July 15, 2017     Mark Hagland
At the Charleston Area Medical Center, clinical and administrative leaders have leveraged their patient education program to make serious inroads in readmissions reduction in important chronic disease areas, including CHF and COPD

HIPAA: Five Steps to Ensuring Your Risk Assessment Complies with OCR Guidelines

July 14, 2017     Janice Ahlstrom, R.N., and Kenneth Zoline
Many organizations may not truly understand the HIPAA Security Rule and how to conduct an accurate and thorough assessment of the potential risks to ePHI. Here are five steps to put you on the right track to be compliant with OCR guidelines.

At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Scaling Telemedicine to Fill Gaps in Specialized Care

July 13, 2017     Heather Landi
At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, a particular group of subspecialists, pediatric ophthalmologists, are using the technology to fill gaps in specialist care in developing countries, with the goal of eliminating preventable infant blindness.

Nebraska HIE Adds Services, Adjusts Pricing Model

July 13, 2017     David Raths
Statewide health information exchanges are adjusting their pricing models as they identify new services to offer member organizations and as they experience shifts in government and grant funding support.

The GAO Calls Out Problems It Sees in the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program

July 11, 2017     Mark Hagland
In a report published at the end of June, the U.S. Government Accountability Office challenged HHS and CMS to improve the measurement methodology embedded in the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program

One Medical Researcher’s Take on EHR Usability and the Impact on Patient Care

July 11, 2017     Heather Landi
While it’s no secret that physicians have complaints about EHRs, the co-author of a new medical study about hospital-based physicians’ perceptions of EHRs says the study findings illustrate that EHR usability should be addressed as a quality of care issue.

ONC’s New Leadership Emphasizes Shifting Priorities in Media Briefing

July 11, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
During a briefing with members of the industry press today, top officials at ONC discussed the core priorities of the agency, signaling a change in focus for the health IT branch of the federal government.

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