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New Perspectives on the Meaning of Success—As MD Group Leaders Forge Ahead Into Risk

July 21, 2017     Mark Hagland
Sometimes, even a book’s title and book-jacket copy can be riveting. In one case, it reminded me of how pioneering medical groups are transforming their organizations in order to take on financial risk.

Beware of the Thirsty Candidates

July 20, 2017     Tim Tolan
It’s a bad sign if a prospective employee appears too aggressive during the hiring process.

Hospitals Ranked on Responsiveness to Patient Record Requests; How Is Yours Doing?

July 20, 2017     David Raths
PatientBank, a company that helps patients request their records from hospitals, created a rubric to rate hospital health information management departments on their flexibility and responsiveness.

A New C-Level Position Proposed for the Hospital

July 18, 2017     David Raths
Two leaders in primary care are proposing a new hospital role: the chief primary care medical officer.

With MDs at the Helm, Might Some of Health IT’s Burdens Be Behind Us?

July 13, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
During a call with health IT press this week, ONC leadership again affirmed their aim to make EHRs easier to use for doctors. Is this a good sign of things to come?

Are Safety-Net Hospitals Being Unfairly Penalized by Medicare’s Value-Based Purchasing Program?

July 12, 2017     Mark Hagland
An analysis by the Government Accountability Office finds concerning discrepancies between the stated goals of the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program and its execution in practice, around the penalization of safety-net hospitals

What Ethical Issues Does the Precision Medicine Initiative Face?

July 10, 2017     David Raths
Nancy Kass, Sc.D., a professor of bioethics and public health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, described her role as chair of the institutional review board of the the Precision Medicine Initiative, now called the All of Us Research Program.

When It Comes to Assessing the Value of the PCMH Model of Care, the Devil Really Is In the Details

July 8, 2017     Mark Hagland
A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has found some seemingly counter-intuitive results, in the analysis of the adoption of the patient-centered medical home model FQHCs—but counter-intuitive only on the surface

Could European Data Protection Regulation Give FHIR a Boost?

July 5, 2017     David Raths
The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation will introduce sweeping changes in May 2018. It could also impact the international adoption of interoperability standards such as HL7’s FHIR.

Could Apple’s Latest Venture into Health IT Disrupt the Entire Industry?

June 27, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
Apple is in talks with a multitude of healthcare stakeholders with eyes on turning your iPhone into a centralized bank for medical information.

What Can Urban Areas Learn from Rural Hospitals?

June 27, 2017     Heather Landi
There are significant challenges facing rural healthcare leaders, yet a recent Commonwealth Fund webinar highlighted how a number of rural healthcare systems have become incubators for health system innovation.

Might Personalized Medicine End Up Becoming Something Different Than Imagined?

June 26, 2017     Mark Hagland
The presentation last week at the Health IT Summit in Boston, by John Halamka, M.D. and Kristy Darby, offered tantalizing hints about how the concept of personalized medicine might ultimately evolve forward in patient care delivery

Home Remedies for Innovation Constipation

June 26, 2017     Dave Levin, M.D.
Healthcare is suffering from Innovation Constipation (IC). The signs and symptoms are everywhere with more appearing daily, and the problem is particularly acute in healthcare IT. The good news: there are home remedies for IC.

Is Cloud Storage’s Future Sunny or Cloudy?

June 26, 2017     Joe Marion
Several recent publications address both the advantages and disadvantages of cloud storage for protected health information

MACRA’s Quality Payment Program and the “Goldilocks Problem” in Federal Healthcare Policy

June 23, 2017     Mark Hagland
The release this week of the proposed rule for 2018 for the Quality Payment Program under MACRA has fueled a full spectrum of reactions from industry leaders. Are federal healthcare officials getting it “just right” in terms of the levels of rigor built into the program?

Using Big Data to Find Hypertension Patients ‘Hiding in Plain Sight’

June 19, 2017     David Raths
John Cuddeback, M.D., Ph.D., chief medical informatics officer for AMGA Analytics, is combing through claims and EHR data to find patients with undiagnosed hypertension who are “hiding in plain sight.”

Creating the Digital Library for the Learning Health System

June 15, 2017     David Raths
Big data and precision medicine platforms lack repositories for the knowledge they generate. The University of Michigan is seeking to create a digital repository to store and curate digital knowledge artifacts for health at scale.

HHS’s “Critical Condition” Report on Cybersecurity: Offering a Path Forward?

June 9, 2017     Mark Hagland
The conclusions in the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force’s report released last week, offer both challenge and hope for healthcare IT leaders in the U.S.—and helpful suggestions

Top Takeaways from the 2017 Healthcare Informatics 100

June 6, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
Every year when Healthcare Informatics officially releases its rankings of the top 100 vendors by revenue in the healthcare IT market, I like to take a deeper dive into the list’s nuances.

Key to Multi-Sector Data Sharing: Meaningful, Long-Term Partnerships

June 5, 2017     David Raths
During a recent webinar put on by the National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs, executives described the value of building trust and longer-term partnerships.

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