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Mark Hagland

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Mark Hagland became Editor-in-Chief of Healthcare Informatics in January 2010. Prior to that, he...

What Nebraska’s Physician Shortage Says About the Emerging Healthcare System Nationwide

April 17, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
A report issued earlier this month by leaders at the University of Nebraska Medical Center looks at the cornhusker state’s physician shortage—with strong implications for the role of healthcare IT in the emerging healthcare system

Connecting Healthcare with Food and Health: First Attempts Are Showing Real Promise

April 14, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
With health plans like Kaiser Permanente Colorado, and patient care organizations like Geisinger Health System, beginning to work on the issue of food insecurity, as it relates to diabetes, the possibilities of real convergence are many

Pittsburgh Smog at Midday—and the Healthcare Informatics 100 in 2018

April 11, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
What does the history of the city of Pittsburgh have to do with the Healthcare Informatics 100? Think transformation—and this exciting moment in the ongoing evolution of the healthcare information technology industry

With the Walmart-Humana Revelation, a Cresting Wave of Disruptive Developments in U.S. Healthcare?

April 1, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
The media reports about a potential Walmart purchase of Humana, coming on top of the CVS-Aetna merger announcement and the Amazon/Berkshire Hathaway/JP Morgan Chase announcement, should put provider leaders on alert

Could the MedPAC Proposal Around MIPS End Up Being the Wrong Answer to the Right Question?

March 20, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, or MedPAC, has proposed that Congress eliminate the MIPS program and replace it with a new value-based purchasing program—but does that proposal make sense in the current policy and payment moment?

How the HIT Industry’s Dominant Annual Conference Became (At Least Partly) a Policy Conference

March 14, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
If there was a single unifying factor at HIMSS18 in Las Vegas, it was this one: as the U.S. healthcare IT landscape becomes more and more strongly policy- and payment-driven, so, too will the conversations and vendor pitches at the HIMSS Conference

CMS Makes a Big Splash with Verma’s Speech, But What Does It Really Mean?

March 8, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
CMS Administrator Seema Verma made a huge splash with her speech Tuesday at HIMSS18, and that speech was followed by another significant one that HHS Secretary Alex Azar made at AHIP today; but what will the concrete fruits of those speeches be?

Editor’s Notes: Can We “Rewire” Our Brains to Achieve the New Healthcare?

March 2, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
Just as Olympic figure skaters are able to rewire their brains to do amazing physical feats—with grace—so, too, the leaders of pioneering patient care organizations are able to “rewire” their care delivery and operational processes.

Flying Down to Las Vegas: What Makes This Year’s HIMSS Conference One to Watch

February 28, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
Trust this grizzled veteran: there’s never been a more exciting time to be in healthcare and healthcare IT—and the discussions, presentations, and messaging at the HIMSS Conference should be more interesting than ever

Looking at the CVS-Aetna Deal: One Academic Sees Major Disruptive Potential

February 16, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
One academic researcher looks at CVS Health’s acquisition of Aetna, and shares her perspective that the proposed deal could have a very big disruptive impact on U.S. healthcare—including on provider organizations

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