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On the Horizon: A Delivery System Increasingly Untethered from In-Person Patient Visits

January 16, 2018     Mark Hagland
An op-ed in The New England Journal of Medicine, authored by Sean Duffy and Thomas H. Lee, M.D., lays out clearly an argument for the path forward around a care delivery system increasingly untethered to in-person patient visits

Healthcare IT: Where Did it Come From and Where is it Going?

January 11, 2018     Joe Marion
Dan Brown's book, Origin, offers some interesting insight on where cognitive computing is taking healthcare IT

Could HHS and CMS Shift Direction on Mandatory Bundled Payments? It’s an Intriguing Prospect

January 11, 2018     Mark Hagland
Alex Azar’s comments in his Senate Finance Committee confirmation hearings were highly intriguing; only time will tell what might happen to mandatory bundled payments under his direction, at Health and Human Services

A “Win” for Health Information Exchange? How the Patient-Centered Data Home Could Shift the Narrative

January 11, 2018     Rajiv Leventhal
Despite a lot of the negativity surrounding HIEs—and the many challenges that they face—a fairly new initiative from the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative has gotten me thinking that the conversation around HIEs could be changing.

An Exciting New Year for Pragmatic Clinical Trials

January 8, 2018     David Raths
It’s an exciting time in the world of pragmatic clinical trials, as the big data from EHRs and claims data starts to bring back answers to interesting research questions.

Seven Healthcare Predictions for 2018

January 4, 2018     Dave Levin, M.D.
As we start off 2018, let’s dust off the crystal ball and make some healthcare predictions. What can you expect for healthcare this year? Here are my seven predictions for the coming year.

Looking at San Diego’s Healthcare Landscape: What Can Advanced Markets Teach Us?

January 3, 2018     Mark Hagland
What can we learn from the leaders of the San Diego healthcare market? As it turns out, a lot—about collaboration, payer-provider relations, taking on risk-bearing contracts, population health—and more. And what the provider and payer leaders are learning in that market, is providing insights to...

Edging into 2018, Could 2017 Turn Out To Have Been an Inflection-Point Year?

January 1, 2018     Mark Hagland
It feels as though 2017 was an important year in the preparation on the part of advanced patient care organizations, to plunge more deeply into risk-based contracting—at a time of accelerating risks to providers (including cybersecurity risks) of all kinds

For Doctors Without Borders, Telemedicine Brings Specialized Care to the Front Lines

December 22, 2017     Heather Landi
As healthcare IT leaders focus on leading-edge and next-generation technologies in 2018, it's worth recognizing the benefits of more fundamental technologies, such as telemedicine, to help link patients in greatest need with specialized care.

Favorite Health IT Quotes of 2017: A Baker’s Dozen

December 19, 2017     David Raths
Each year I like to look back through my interviews at some of the quotes from industry leaders that intrigued me the most to see if they help elucidate any patterns that I might miss in my day-to-day reporting on informatics trends.

Talking Semantic Interoperability with the VA’s Keith Campbell

December 18, 2017     David Raths
Is focusing on FHIR like starting to build a skyscraper on the third floor? That’s what the VA's Keith Campbell argues. His focus — on the ground floor — is semantic interoperability.

Study Identifies Seven Barriers to Research on Impact of HIEs

December 14, 2017     David Raths
Despite the public and private investments made in health information exchanges, there have been relatively few empirical research studies on their impact. Why is that?

Could Providers’ Early Lack of Interest in the Value Modifier Program Set a Precedent for MIPS?

December 11, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
New research in Health Affairs speculates that performance in the Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier program may shed some light on how clinicians will treat MIPS.

When State Medicaid Leaders Talk, We Need to Listen

December 10, 2017     Mark Hagland
The discussion that took place at the Sloan School of Management at MIT last month was highly relevant to a host of issues around not only Medicaid program reform, but overall health system reform across the U.S. healthcare system

Technology Affordability in Community Hospitals

December 6, 2017     Pete Rivera
Community hospitals traditionally operate in many under-served areas. They are often the oasis for patients that otherwise would have to travel long distances to receive quality care.

RSNA 2017: The Year of Image Augmentation

December 5, 2017     Joe Marion
RSNA 2017 is now history. What were some interesting takeaways for healthcare IT?

Can AI Help to Save the Practice of Radiology for the Future?

December 5, 2017     Mark Hagland
At the RSNA Conference last week, the breadth and intensity of the discussions around artificial intelligence revealed the universal concern over how radiology can prove itself in the new healthcare

With Pilots Done, What’s Next for Sync for Genes?

December 1, 2017     David Raths
Sync for Genes was established to expedite the use of standards to enable patients’ ability to share their genomics information. What did pilot projects find?

Images, Perceptions, and Reality: In Science and In Healthcare, It’s All Complex

November 27, 2017     Mark Hagland
A scientific study provides researchers with new insights into the complexity around how the brain processes visual stimuli. Images are incredibly important, on so many levels. And what about diagnostic imaging studies in healthcare?

Five Tips for Adjusting to Your New Job

November 22, 2017     Tim Tolan
Some key pieces of advice for when you change employers, from completing paperwork prior to your first day to adapting to the environment and adding value.

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