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Five Things You Should Read as ICD-10 Approaches

September 30, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
Here are five things to keep in mind and read over as the clock continues to tick towards ICD-10.

Moving From Evidence-Based Medicine to Evidence-Generating Medicine

September 28, 2015     David Raths
At last week’s AcademyHealth’s Concordium 2015 meeting, several themes emerged around how to better include communities of patients in research, how to use patient-reported outcome data, and how to move toward the systematic incorporation of research and quality improvement into the organization.

Remote Patient Monitoring for Heart Failure Grows More Sophisticated

September 24, 2015     David Raths
Akshay Desai, M.D., associate director of Brigham Cardiovascular Consultants, talks about moving remote monitoring beyond weight measurement to transmitted pulmonary artery pressure readings, with automated alerts.

What We Can Learn from Hillary’s Emails

September 23, 2015     Pete Rivera
It is surprising to think that in 2015 there is still a misunderstanding how our emails are stored. It’s probably because we take this tool for granted. We have had it for a very long time and it’s just another communication mode for us. In Hillary’s case, it certainly raises some eyebrows how...

ACO Leaders Describe Lessons Learned Generating Actionable Data

September 23, 2015     David Raths
At AcademyHealth’s Concordium 2015 meeting Sept 22 in Washington, D.C., three physicians leading accountable care organization (ACO) efforts at academic medical centers described the challenges they face.

Overcoming Barriers to Connecting Data for Community Health

September 22, 2015     David Raths
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-sponsored Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) project will highlight the challenges and opportunities in sharing data across sectors ranging from public health to government to social service agencies.

Can Telehealth Work for Community Health Centers?

September 20, 2015     David Raths
Community health centers should be able to take advantage of more flexible payment models to boost their usage of telehealth to provide their patients access to specialist care. But they have a lot of policy and workflow barriers to overcome.

Helping Safety Net Providers Innovate

September 16, 2015     David Raths
A group of nine New Jersey safety net organizations is meeting this week to begin brainstorming sessions on new ways to address access to care, patient engagement and social determinants of health.

U.S.-Canadian Healthcare Conversations and Our Shared Missions: On to Vancouver!

September 16, 2015     Mark Hagland
At this week’s Health IT Summit in Vancouver, expect complex, nuanced discussions of the common challenges facing U.S. and Canadian healthcare leaders in a time of accelerating change—and demands on providers

An Imaging Vendor Evolution?

September 15, 2015     Joe Marion
Recently I had some interesting conversations about potential changes in the imaging industry that parallel changes taking place in the U.S. healthcare industry.

Turning Around the Ship of U.S. Healthcare in Mid-Ocean: What Are We Learning about Mastering the Data Integration Challenges?

September 12, 2015     Mark Hagland
The results of a recent survey of accountable care organizations affirm what our reporting continues to uncover: vast data integration challenges in ACO development

Why Everyone Needs to Pay Attention to the Premier Learnings on ACO Work

September 8, 2015     Mark Hagland
What the Premier ACO Collaborative’s member ACOs are finding as they pursue MSSP and Pioneer ACO work is a set of learnings that the entire industry should be paying attention to

Is Direct the Rodney Dangerfield of Interoperability?

September 7, 2015     David Raths
Several years ago, when the Office of the National Coordinator put its weight behind the Direct protocol as a way for providers to exchange information, some people working in the health information exchange space were concerned that it was a short-term distraction rather than a long-term solution...

Why Did Two Very Similar EHR Satisfaction Surveys Produce Two Very Different Results?

August 26, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
I became quite intrigued when I read two surveys on electronic health records (EHRs) over the past few weeks that garnered very different results.

Glass Half-Empty, Half-Full, or Opaque? CMS Spins the New ACO Numbers

August 26, 2015     Mark Hagland
With the release of the latest results coming out of the MSSP and Pioneer ACO Programs, CMS officials choose unnecessarily to spin the numbers—when in fact, being frank about the challenges would have been better for everyone

Readmissions Penalties Get Very, Very Real

August 23, 2015     Mark Hagland
As the mandatory readmissions reduction program under Medicare expands and ramps up, hospital leaders need to ramp up with it—or face dire consequences

Can Healthcare IT Leaders Beat the Expectations Game with Good Governance?

August 21, 2015     Mark Hagland
Good governance, industry leaders participating in a panel at iHT2-Seattle agreed, naturally emerges out of strategic vision-driven clarity in every organization

New CISOs Must Shift Gears to Strategic Planning

August 20, 2015     David Raths
Many chief information security officers in healthcare are promoted into the roles from more technical positions working on specific implementation projects. One of the most challenging aspects of that transition is shifting from IT project work to more strategic and communications efforts.

Is a New Era of Patient Engagement Upon Us?

August 19, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
Inspired by the HIMSS Analytics model to track EMR adoption, a new patient engagement model has been created with the aim to spur activity towards a patient-centered healthcare

Could Well-Implemented IT Help Reverse Primary Care Physicians’ Skepticism Over the New Healthcare?

August 17, 2015     Mark Hagland
The results of a recent Commonwealth Fund survey point to both opportunity and risk facing healthcare IT leaders when it comes to end-user acceptance of IT for ACOs and PCMHs