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One CISO’s Approach to the Cloud

December 17, 2015     David Raths
The assessment of cloud-based solutions in healthcare requires new ways of thinking about risk assessments, governance, and technical integration. In an eHealth Initiative presentation on Dec. 15, Mitch Parker, Chief Information Security Officer at Temple University Health System in Philadelphia,...

Why Those Interested in Population Health and ACO Development Need to Think About the Dual-Eligible Population

December 15, 2015     Mark Hagland
My interview with Dr. Salil Deshpande of United Healthcare of Texas during the Health IT Summit in Houston offered insights into some of the opportunities around care management going forward

Johns Hopkins Adds Provider-Level Dashboard in Hospitalist Program

December 11, 2015     David Raths
Hospitals tend to measure the quality of their hospitalist physicians as a group rather than assigning quality measures to individuals. During a Dec. 11 presentation at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Division of Health Science Informatics, Daniel Brotman, M.D., described an effort there to change...

RSNA 2015 Musings

December 11, 2015     Joe Marion
RSNA 2015 is history. What were some of the key enterprise imaging highlights?

ONC Aims High for HIEs in 2016, but will Ultimately Fall Short

December 11, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
This week at a Bipartisan Policy Center event in Washington, D.C., National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, M.D., set a goal for HIEs in 2016 that, on the surface, seems unattainable.

Does Your Health System Need an Innovation Center?

December 8, 2015     David Raths
John Gallagher, practice leader for innovation at Simpler Consulting, says he is starting to see more organizations, ranging from academic medical centers to safety net hospital systems, creating innovation centers because they realize that the healthcare landscape is changing so fast that their...

Farewell to RSNA15: When It Comes to the Future of Healthcare, the Handwriting Was On the Wall

December 7, 2015     Mark Hagland
If it seemed clear last year at RSNA 2014, the clarity this year at the annual RSNA Conference, held every year at Chicago’s vast McCormick Place Convention Center, was unmistakable: change is here.

Meaningful Use as a Springboard to Measuring Quality

December 3, 2015     David Raths
Ray Manahan, director of government programs for Providence Health & Services, credits meaningful use with getting the 34-hospital organization to start collaborating around data.

A Story About Big Data and Wearables That’s Making Parkinson’s Patients (and me) Thankful

November 25, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
At the HIMSS Connected Health Conference earlier this month, I was fascinated by a session on the intersection of wearables and big data, and what’s being done to help Parkinson’s patients.

Teledentistry Making a Difference in Rural New York

November 24, 2015     David Raths
Finger Lakes Community Health has created a “patient-centered dental home” with an integrated team approach of using health IT, community health workers, primary care and specialty care providers to improve outcomes.

What New Orleans Healthcare Leaders Understood—and What HCI’s Innovator Awards Winners Are All Doing

November 24, 2015     Mark Hagland
The Louisiana Public Health Institute’s leaders went full-bore to create strong connections around care management for providers and patients—and won second place in our Innovator Awards Program as a result

An Interview with Michael Blum, M.D., Director of UCSF’s Center for Digital Health Innovation

November 22, 2015     David Raths
Michael Blum, M.D., UCSF’s associate vice chancellor for informatics and director of its Center for Digital Health Innovation describes some of his goals in working with tech giant Cisco on interoperability issues.

The Soft Underbelly of ACO Development: PCP Office Processes?

November 21, 2015     Mark Hagland
A recent online American Managed Care Journal article, based on a conference presentation, points out some of the operational challenges ACO leaders face, around primary care physician participation

How Far Will MDs Need To Go on Population Health? Nutritional Advisement as a Barometer

November 19, 2015     Mark Hagland
The recently published recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics around counseling parents about nutrition reflect a far broader reality, as U.S. healthcare shifts inevitably towards bigger-picture approaches to population health

Consequences of Performance Improvement Plans

November 19, 2015     Tim Tolan
It’s crucial to understand your options when it comes to performance improvement plans.

Some Inconvenient Truths for CMS

November 17, 2015     David Raths
AMIA expresses concern that a focus on conformance to certification criteria has inadvertently led to a “develop-to-the-test” approach, and has affected the functionality and usability of EHRs.

What Does CMS’ Delay in its Imaging Order Mandate Really Mean?

November 13, 2015     Mark Hagland
Could the announcement on Nov. 11 by CMS officials of a delay in the implementation of a mandate around diagnostic imaging test ordering by referring physicians erode provider confidence?

Innovation: Rushing Forward Into the New Healthcare, Pioneers Are Undaunted

November 10, 2015     Mark Hagland
What did the leaders at Harper-Hutzel Hospitals/Detroit Medical Center have that was worth celebrating? A special spirit of innovation—the spirit that infuses the Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards Program every year.

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

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