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Why “Skin in the Game” Turns Out To Be Not Enough to Motivate Consumers to Check Healthcare Prices

April 22, 2018     Mark Hagland
An experiment in pricing transparency in Massachusetts reveals some hard truths about what happens when health insurers offer their plan members data on provider prices, and why “skin in the game” is not enough

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

Combining Criminal Justice, Health Data Creates New Opportunities for Meaningful Interventions

April 17, 2018     David Raths
Cross-sector data analysis found that a small number of Camden, N.J., residents have a disproportionate impact on the healthcare and criminal justice sectors, neither of which is designed to address the underlying problems those residents face.

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

The Federal Message is Loud and Clear: It’s Time for Patients to be Truly Empowered

April 11, 2018     Rajiv Leventhal
Government health IT officials are serious about creating a true market for healthcare in which patients are engaged and empowered. Will their message hit home?

Be Careful How you Fan the FHIR’s of Interoperability!

April 4, 2018     Joe Marion
Interoperability is a hot topic, but its success can learn from prior interoperability experiences

What Will the Next-Generation Clinical Surveillance Solution Look Like?

April 4, 2018     David Raths
A recent survey of 30 U.S. clinical informatics executives suggests that a new generation of clinical surveillance tools for high-acuity patients has the potential to cut down on alarm fatigue experienced with traditional clinical decision support tools in the EHR.

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?

What Are Top Use Cases for a Population-Level Data API?

March 7, 2018     David Raths
A December 2017 meeting involving ONC identified a path for future work on a FHIR-based population-level data API.

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.

QHIN Questions

February 28, 2018     David Raths
In late January when I wrote a story about an ONC presentation on its draft Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA), I chose the headline, “What Will TEFCA Mean for Regional HIEs?” because right away it seemed obvious to me that HIEs might see this as more of a threat than an...

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

Ikispiration: Why Apple, Amazon, JP Morgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway Can Easily Fail in Healthcare

February 27, 2018     Dave Levin, M.D.
We should welcome Apple, Amazon, JP Morgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway to healthcare, while also being open-minded skeptics and engage constructively in this opportunity to learn together.

New Salary History Ban Is Here to Stay

February 23, 2018     Tim Tolan
The art of negotiating salary and total compensation in the recruiting world is changing. Multiple states and cities have ratified salary history ban legislation. Some of these laws have gone into effect, while others will be enacted over the next few years.

What Do Zero Footprint Image Viewers Have to do with Kidneys?

February 23, 2018     Joe Marion
The National Kidney Foundation, in conjunction with GE Healthcare is using zero footprint viewer technology to improve transplant image accessibility.

Rethinking the Multi-Institution Clinical Data Repository

February 22, 2018     David Raths
The evolution in approach at Health Sciences South Carolina may signal a sea change in how large clinical data repositories work.

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