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Another International Survey Confirms Cybersecurity Issues--Across All Industries

February 14, 2018     Mark Hagland
A new survey of CISOs across all industries in the United States and United Kingdom has found significant gaps in preparedness for the cybersecurity threats accelerating against all types of business organizations

Why Geisinger’s “Fresh Food Farmacy” Initiative Could Turn Out To Be a Nationally Replicable Model

February 13, 2018     Mark Hagland
It was very encouraging to read about the Geisinger “Fresh Food Farmacy” program, which is giving away healthy foods to diabetic patients, and moving forward strategically to improve their health status—using a model that could prove replicable nationwide

In San Diego, Healthcare IT Leaders Talked Culture—in Many Contexts

February 5, 2018     Mark Hagland
At the Health IT Summit in San Diego last week, it was fascinating to hear so many healthcare IT leaders underscore the significance of culture as an element in the success (or failure) of healthcare IT executives’ strategic planning and execution

Good News/Bad News: Which Side of the ACO Story Are You On?

February 1, 2018     Rajiv Leventhal
CMS’ 2016 ACO data can tell different stories depending on how one looks at the numbers.

What Will TEFCA Mean For Regional HIEs?

January 30, 2018     David Raths
The ONC’s draft Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) is an ambitious plan to jolt the sluggish pace of progress on interoperability between providers, particularly in the ambulatory space. How will it impact the sustainability of local health information exchanges?

Might Apple Have Unleashed a Game-Changer When It Comes to Consumer-Facing Patient Record Engagement?

January 27, 2018     Mark Hagland
The announcement this week that Apple is launching a feature that will allow consumers to see their medical records on their iPhones, could potentially revolutionize patients’ engagement with their health records

Does NDSC Acquisition Signal a “Change?”

January 26, 2018     Joe Marion
NDSC is being acquired by Change Healthcare, which places greater pressure on the payor vs. provider side of clinical decision support.

What Might Alex Azar’s Tenure at HHS Bring to Health System Reform and Healthcare IT Policy?

January 25, 2018     Mark Hagland
As he takes the helm at HHS, Alex Azar is faced with a raft of choices around how to steer federal healthcare policy forward—both on the internal healthcare system reform front, and on the healthcare IT policy front

Looking at the Very, Very Big Picture: A Health Affairs Study of Multi-Sector Health Initiatives

January 23, 2018     Mark Hagland
A team of researchers has analyzed community-wide health improvement initiatives, and uncovered a host of challenges that must be overcome, on the journey into community health improvement

JASON Report: Hype About AI in Healthcare Might Be Justified This Time

January 22, 2018     David Raths
Predicting the impact of artificial intelligence on healthcare is occupying a lot of technology experts these days, including JASON, a federal advisory group made up of independent elite scientists.

VA-DoD: Winning the (Ongoing) Battle for Interoperability

January 22, 2018     Dave Levin, M.D.
Recently, there’s been a perfect storm of bad news for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) and their efforts to modernize their electronic medical record (EMR).

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.

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