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Shifting from an Interim CIO to a Permanent Role: Five Keys

June 8, 2018     Tim Tolan
Leadership Many C-level executives are lured into an interim role while they look for something more permanent. And, it’s actually more commonplace than you might think. There are multiple ways you can turn this into a...

FHIR DevDays to Provide Snapshot of Interoperability Progress on Several Fronts

June 5, 2018     David Raths
Interoperability Wayne Kubick, HL7’s chief technology officer, gives us a preview of developments to be discussed at the upcoming FHIR DevDays meeting in Boston.

Does Healthcare Need a New Job Title: Digitician?

June 4, 2018     David Raths
Dale Sanders, president of technology at Health Catalyst, is advocating for the creation of a new health system role, which he is calling a “digitician.” What trends is he responding to and what would this person do?

Rethinking Observation Stays and Readmissions: Experts Study the Issue

May 31, 2018     Mark Hagland
Payment As medical researchers writing in The New England Journal of Medicine are documenting, shifting some patients from normal inpatient stays to observation stays, is turning out to be a far more complicated...

Is It Time to Totally Rethink the Concept of Patient Engagement?

May 30, 2018     Mark Hagland
Patient Engagement It was fascinating to listen to Dr. Katherine Schneider’s keynote presentation in Philadelphia, “Patient Engagement Is Not an App”—and to ponder the implicit challenge she posed to her...

Healthcare’s Patient Access Problem is Big—But There's a Fix

May 23, 2018     Rajiv Leventhal
Patient Engagement There is significant potential for health IT to prove beneficial in medical record access and cut the exorbitant costs that patients are currently paying for their health data.

Intellectual Property: Lessons from Shark Tank & Seinfeld

May 23, 2018     Dave Levin, M.D. and David Hyams
Innovation One thing healthcare entrepreneurs and investors have in common is that their businesses may be generating assets that are more valuable than they realize. And, they may also be creating valuable intangible...

Advantage: Interoperability

May 22, 2018     Joe Marion
Recent discussions emphasize the advantages of interoperability within and between healthcare providers.

Are Federal Health Officials Fed Up With Providers’ Unwillingness to Take on Downside Risk?

May 14, 2018     Mark Hagland
Payment A series of tough public statements by senior federal healthcare officials point to an underlying problem: the federal experiment with accountable care isn’t moving the needle fast enough to really bend the...

Digital Health Innovators are Setting their Sights on Medicaid—Can the Private Sector Improve Healthcare?

May 11, 2018     Heather Landi
Value-Based Care Digital health innovators and entrepreneurs are setting their sights on the Medicaid market. Can private sector-led innovation significantly improve care for vulnerable and complex patients?

One CIO’s View of the Path to Precision Medicine

May 10, 2018     David Raths
Innovation John Halamka, CIO at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, has some strong opinions about the future of precision medicine and can share some concrete examples of transitions already under way at...

Norman Doors and Healthcare IT

May 7, 2018     Dave Levin, M.D.
IT Applications Evidence suggests mixed results when it comes to overall EMR use and functions like clinical decision support providing concise, actionable information, and leveraging AI and predictive analytics....

HHS Secretary Alex Azar Gives Industry Leaders a Map of the New Healthcare

May 4, 2018     Mark Hagland
Payment On Wednesday at the World Health Care Congress in Washington, D.C., HHS Secretary Alex Azar offered attendees a conceptual map of the new healthcare, at least from the standpoint of federal healthcare policy

Straight Talk About FHIR

April 30, 2018     Dave Levin, M.D.
Interoperability Have you noticed the hype around FHIR? It was hard to miss at HIMSS2018, where enthusiasts proclaimed that FHIR will solve our interoperability woes. It will not, and it is essential we dispel...

Interoperability Oxymoron

April 27, 2018     Joe Marion
Interoperability is getting more attention, but it all depends on how it is defined

Might CMS Move to Implicitly Mandate Health Data Exchange at Discharge, at the Federal Level?

April 26, 2018     Mark Hagland
Interoperability Embedded in the release of a new proposed rule around what has been known as the meaningful use program, CMS officials have indicated the possibility that they might mandate electronic sharing of...

In Asking for MIPS Flexibilities, Providers Make Legitimate Points

April 23, 2018     Rajiv Leventhal
Payment I was quite intrigued to see the specifics in the recent letter that healthcare provider groups sent CMS about reducing the burden that MIPS requirements have put on clinicians.

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

April 22, 2018     Mark Hagland
Value-Based Care 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...

What Nebraska’s Physician Shortage Says About the Emerging Healthcare System Nationwide

April 17, 2018     Mark Hagland
Population Health 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...

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

April 17, 2018     David Raths
Population Health 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...

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