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Five Drivers for Internal versus External Software Support

August 11, 2015     Pete Rivera
Migrating to a new platform is daunting enough. But after the go-live party, the vendor installation team moves on to the new client and you are left with a phone number to call.

Can Healthcare IT Leaders Help Radiology Leaders Improve Radiology Quality through New Peer Review Strategies?

August 10, 2015     Mark Hagland
Innovative processes like retrospective time-limited radiological peer review absolutely call out for strong, smart IT facilitation and support

Goal of Medical Hackathons: ‘Unlikely Conversations’

August 9, 2015     David Raths
“Hackathon” events focused on healthcare are becoming increasingly popular, as digital apps developers apply their skills to solving some of healthcare’s most intractable problems. I asked Cleveland Clinic execs why they are participating.

What Does IBM’s Acquisition of Merge Healthcare Say About the Healthcare IT Market?

August 7, 2015     Mark Hagland
IBM’s acquisition of Merge Healthcare caps a series of recent acquisitions, and reflects major shifts taking place now in several healthcare IT vendor sectors

IBM and Merge: Here We Go Again!

August 6, 2015     Joe Marion
IBM's acquisition of Merge could be a game changer, assuming the company and the healthcare industry have evolved past previous IBM initiatives.

Adopting Physicians

August 5, 2015     Pete Rivera
I have been going to my family practitioner for years. During these visits I have been able to witness the devolution of the EMR.

Peeling Yet Another Layer of the Onion: Polypharmacy and Readmissions Reduction Efforts

August 4, 2015     Mark Hagland
It turns out that the number of medications prescribed to the discharging patient is a significant indicator of readmissions risk—a factor that clinician leaders and clinical informaticists need to consider, as they pursue readmissions reduction work

Five Key Questions That Will Need To Be Answered About the DoD/Cerner Contract (and Cannot Possibly Be Answered Right Now)

July 29, 2015     Mark Hagland
The capture of the immense DoD/VA contract for a vast new EHR implementation by Cerner and its partners Leidos and Accenture Federal, inevitably leads to speculation along a number of dimensions

What the Senate’s Push for a Stage 3 Delay Might Mean—If Anything

July 27, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
Last week, during a Senate hearing, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said that he has asked HHS to delay Stage 3 of the meaningful use program. Will his request have an impact?

When In Belgium… OK, Time to Rethink Phishing Drills

July 26, 2015     Mark Hagland
What managers in the Flemish regional government in Belgium learned when they tried to test employees for phishing vulnerability

EDITOR'S NOTES: Have You Met the Four Villains of Decision-Making?

July 24, 2015     Mark Hagland
Thinking narrowly and being over-confident can prove disastrous when it comes to scanning the landscape to plan for the future

Is the Collective Will Present for a Concerted Push on Cybersecurity?

July 22, 2015     Mark Hagland
It was very gratifying to moderate a panel discussion at the Denver CHIME Lead Forum on “Healthcare Cybesecurity Solutions,” as the industry hurtles forward into uncharted territory in that arena

Debe Gash’s Midwestern Common Sense and the Ubiquity of Images

July 19, 2015     Mark Hagland
The success of the cloud-based information exchange for diagnostic images at Saint Luke’s Health System in Kansas City shows that HIE with a vision grounded in reality can work wonderfully well

The UCLA Health System Data Breach: How Bad Could It Be…?

July 18, 2015     Mark Hagland
Could news of this massive data breach lead more patient care organizations to begin to encrypt their PHI within their core EHRs?

Friend or Foe? “Indoor GPS” for Healthcare

July 16, 2015     Joe Bormel, M.D.
Indoor GPS makes Wayfinding easy and hiding bad handwashing practices hard. Extending continuous, location-based services from street maps to inside buildings is now happening. Some of the inevitable implications for health and care transformation are clear cut. Others maybe not so much. Read...

Pondering the Genius of CVS’s Two-Part Strategic Healthcare Move

July 16, 2015     Mark Hagland
The rebranding of CVS as CVS Health holds many implications for traditional institutional healthcare providers—on many levels

A Closer Look at the 2015 Healthcare Informatics 100

July 15, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
Another summer is upon us, which means another Healthcare Informatics 100 list, a compilation of the top health IT companies based on HIT revenues from the most recent fiscal year, has been released. Let’s take a look at what’s noteworthy.

What a Freak Injury to an NFL Star Has Taught Us About HIPAA, Patient Privacy, and Journalism Ethics

July 14, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
Over the July 4th weekend, an NFL star defensive end injured his finger during a fireworks accident. Quickly, the general public took to Twitter to blame a reporter for violating HIPAA laws. But who is really to blame?

With Core Shifts in Medical Practice Patterns Coming, Time for Healthcare Informaticists to Gear Up

July 10, 2015     Mark Hagland
Current trends in medical practice patterns and in the world of organized medicine speak to the challenges facing healthcare informaticists going forward

A Change in Mindset: Thinking of HIE as a Utility

July 9, 2015     David Raths
Although health information exchanges struggle with getting providers to add cumbersome query capabilities into their workflow, many are finding success by providing a suite of other services that become invaluable to hospitals, physician practices and accountable care organizations.

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