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Home Remedies for Innovation Constipation

June 26, 2017     Dave Levin, M.D.
Healthcare is suffering from Innovation Constipation (IC). The signs and symptoms are everywhere with more appearing daily, and the problem is particularly acute in healthcare IT. The good news: there are home remedies for IC.

Is Cloud Storage’s Future Sunny or Cloudy?

June 26, 2017     Joe Marion
Several recent publications address both the advantages and disadvantages of cloud storage for protected health information

MACRA’s Quality Payment Program and the “Goldilocks Problem” in Federal Healthcare Policy

June 23, 2017     Mark Hagland
The release this week of the proposed rule for 2018 for the Quality Payment Program under MACRA has fueled a full spectrum of reactions from industry leaders. Are federal healthcare officials getting it “just right” in terms of the levels of rigor built into the program?

Using Big Data to Find Hypertension Patients ‘Hiding in Plain Sight’

June 19, 2017     David Raths
John Cuddeback, M.D., Ph.D., chief medical informatics officer for AMGA Analytics, is combing through claims and EHR data to find patients with undiagnosed hypertension who are “hiding in plain sight.”

Creating the Digital Library for the Learning Health System

June 15, 2017     David Raths
Big data and precision medicine platforms lack repositories for the knowledge they generate. The University of Michigan is seeking to create a digital repository to store and curate digital knowledge artifacts for health at scale.

HHS’s “Critical Condition” Report on Cybersecurity: Offering a Path Forward?

June 9, 2017     Mark Hagland
The conclusions in the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force’s report released last week, offer both challenge and hope for healthcare IT leaders in the U.S.—and helpful suggestions

Top Takeaways from the 2017 Healthcare Informatics 100

June 6, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
Every year when Healthcare Informatics officially releases its rankings of the top 100 vendors by revenue in the healthcare IT market, I like to take a deeper dive into the list’s nuances.

Key to Multi-Sector Data Sharing: Meaningful, Long-Term Partnerships

June 5, 2017     David Raths
During a recent webinar put on by the National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs, executives described the value of building trust and longer-term partnerships.

Juggling Multiple Offers

June 5, 2017     Tim Tolan
While having choices is a good thing, it’s also important to make sure you take the high road with each organization that is courting you to maintain your professionalism and your ethics.

Editor's Notes: Is Our Understanding of Business Success Overly Simple?

June 2, 2017     Mark Hagland
It’s terrific to be able to turn to experts like Daniel Kahneman, Ph.D., a Princeton University professor of psychology and public affairs, to help us reflect on the complexity of questions such as why some business ventures might succeed, while others do not.

The Importance of Bringing EMS Systems Into the HIE Loop

May 31, 2017     David Raths
In February 2017, Orange County EMS, Newport Beach Fire Department and Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian were the first in California to begin the implementation of +EMS for bidirectional health information exchange.

Is a New World of Interoperability-Fueled Clinical App Development Around the Corner?

May 31, 2017     Mark Hagland
An op-ed by two medical informaticists in The New England Journal of Medicine speaks to some of the challenges and opportunities facing the developers of clinical care-focused apps in the current environment—and the core interoperability issues in this moment

We’re Getting to Know What the High-Needs Patient Population Looks Like—and Seeing Clear Gaps

May 25, 2017     Mark Hagland
What do we know about the patients with the highest and most complex needs, as the healthcare system evolves forward around population health and care management—and what do we need to know? Some recent research and analyses shed light

Time to Pay Attention to CPC-Plus—And Its Enormous Potential to Reshape Primary Care

May 22, 2017     Mark Hagland
CMS’s announcement of the broadening of the geographic base of the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus program speaks to its potential to reshape primary care—and it will take health IT redesign to achieve success

A Study of ACO-Based Care Management Shows that Results Are Highly Replicable

May 19, 2017     Mark Hagland
I read with interest an article in the May Health Affairs, in which researchers analyzed early results of care management work undertaken at Massachusetts General Hospital—with positive implications for ACO-based care management going forward

Why Would You Ever Do THAT? A Perspective on Why Healthcare Lags Behind Other Industries

May 18, 2017     Glenn Pearson
I firmly believe that population health management, readmissions reductions and value-based purchasing are not possible without tapping into today's exciting technology-supported processes which didn't exist even 10 years ago.

Researchers Are the Tail; the Health System Is the Dog

May 14, 2017     David Raths
Researchers at the NIH Collaboratory Coordinating Center describe some lessons learned from investigators involved in its pragmatic clinical trials.

Wanna Decryptor and the National Health Service’s Fatal Vulnerability: Lessons Learned?

May 14, 2017     Mark Hagland
The Wanna Decryptor 2.0 ransomware virus severely disrupted the British National Health Service’s capabilities to provide patient care across England and Scotland last week: what have British—and European, and American—healthcare leaders learned?

Enforcement Evolves

May 12, 2017     Mac McMillan, co-founder and CEO of CynergisTek, Inc.
At the same time we see cyber attacks continuing to escalate, we also are seeing a very serious and active response by the Office for Civil Rights with respect to its compliance review and breach investigation activity.

A Recent Study Confirms It: High Volume Contributes to Better Care for High-Needs Patients

May 10, 2017     Mark Hagland
Medical researchers dig deeply into clinic-based care delivery, confirming what many might already have suspected—that volume of care of high-needs patients can strongly impact both the financial and clinical outcomes for patients

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