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Novel Patient Engagement Approach

November 9, 2015     Joe Marion
Wellpepper is exemplary in applying technology to address patient engagement for ARRA/MU

With Two More Dramatic Departures, Is It Time for CMS Officials to Rethink the Pioneer ACO Program?

November 7, 2015     Mark Hagland
The announcement of the departures of the Steward Health Care System and the Mount Auburn Cambridge IPA (MACIPA) from the Pioneer ACO Program speaks to the need for senior CMS officials to rethink—and tweak—the program, before it’s too late

The Results Are In: Recent OpenNotes Research Has Made Me a Believer

November 5, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
Three years ago, I was very skeptical about the OpenNotes movement. But the research that has come out since has gotten me fully on board.

Are Healthcare CIOs Aligned With their Fellow C-Suite Execs? Don’t Be So Sure

November 3, 2015     Mark Hagland
The presentation of the results of an important survey at the CHIME Fall Forum last month underscored the vast strategic challenges facing CIOs right now, as they work to align their vision with that of their fellow c-suite executives

Healthcare Data Security: All Trick and no Treat

October 30, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
It’s the day before Halloween, which means I will probably tune into one of my all-time favorite horror movies this weekend. But no matter which scary flick I choose, perhaps nothing will be scarier than something I saw recently on healthcare data security.

What Does EMR Optimization Actually Mean? So Much More Than Just Working Out the Kinks

October 29, 2015     Mark Hagland
It was a pleasure to hear from The Advisory Board's Doug Thompson on the meaning and execution of EMR optimization, as he clarified for an HCI webinar audience this week what the term really means—and doesn’t mean

Mobile Situational Awareness Tools = Fewer EHR Log-Ins

October 28, 2015     David Raths
Clinicians who can access real-time patient data from several sources in smartphone apps are less frequently logging into the EHR system itself. Could these tools replace discharge summaries as well?

Are You a Yakima Valley Kind of Pioneer? Time to Let Us Know

October 28, 2015     Mark Hagland
The Healthcare informatics Innovator Awards Program is once again open to submissions from innovative teams in healthcare. Will your team be one of the 2016 winners?

Let’s Get Real About the Reality of the Ongoing Federal Squeeze on Provider Payments

October 27, 2015     Mark Hagland
Healthcare provider leaders need to face the reality that budget sequestration, with its attendant actual and effective pay cuts, will almost certainly become the new normal

The Golden Age of Biomedical Informatics? Or the Best of Times, the Worst of Times?

October 24, 2015     David Raths
A keynote presentation at the Oct. 23 Mid-Atlantic Healthcare Informatics Symposium highlighted some of the reasons it is exciting to be an informatics specialist these days. Jason Moore, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pennsylvania, said we are...

Solid Clinical Recommendations

October 23, 2015    
Now that we have broad deployment of electronic health records, how do we make recommendation systems trustworthy?

An Interoperability Crossroads: As Feds Continue the Push, Health IT Stakeholders Push Back for Faster Results

October 22, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
The government has laid out its plan for a person-centered healthcare and greater interoperability. Meanwhile, providers and vendors are pointing fingers for a lack of results. Can the industry finally come together for a greater cause?

Live From Delaware Telehealth Conference: Progress and Speed Bumps

October 21, 2015     David Raths
A new Delaware law will require commercial insurers to cover telehealth visits. At an all-day conference at the University of Delaware on Oct. 20, healthcare leaders from around the First State came together to assess how they might take advantage of the changing legal and policy landscape.

I Want my Vanilla Install with Chocolate Syrup!

October 20, 2015     Pete Rivera
A software go-live should be a consistent and expected outcome. If you like vanilla, that’s fine. But make sure that it is not at the expense of your workflow.

Heard at the CHIME Fall Forum: Might CIOs Really Be Able to Apply the Science of Happiness to their Current Challenges?

October 18, 2015     Mark Hagland
Bestselling author and speaker Shawn Achor provided CHIME Fall Forum attendees with food for thought, when he challenged them to consider how they might apply findings from the science of happiness, to the massive transformational work facing them at this moment in U.S. healthcare

Live from the CHIME Fall Forum: What Fareed Zakaria Knows That We in U.S. Healthcare Need to Keep In Mind

October 16, 2015     Mark Hagland
Fareed Zakaria’s keynote address Friday at the CHIME Fall Forum put into a bracing global and historical context the intense efforts to transform U.S. healthcare with information technology

ARRA/MU Stage 3: Imaging Implications

October 14, 2015     Joe Marion
Application providers and healthcare providers need to think creatively in terms of achieving ARRA/MU Stage 3 objectives, especially when it comes to imaging.

Why Unique Device Identifiers Will Soon Be Required in EHRs

October 14, 2015     David Raths
When a patient needs an implanted device replaced, how do clinicians identify which particular implant the person has? The answer is that they often change hats from surgeons to detectives to try to piece together that information.

A Tougher Nut to Crack Than Had Been Expected: The Hard Realities Around Patient Engagement

October 12, 2015     Mark Hagland
As patient care organization leaders gathered at iHT2-Chicago noted last week, what patient engagement looks like remains somewhat amorphous and difficult to translate into practical reality

Yes, Let’s Honor Health IT Week, but What About Cybersecurity?

October 9, 2015     Heather Landi
With an ongoing digital transformation of healthcare delivery there also has come, unfortunately, an increased level of information security breaches. A hospital or health system’s security strategy needs strong support from senior leadership and the board of directors.

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