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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

From Infancy to Adolescence on Population Health

May 9, 2017     David Raths
Bill Gillis, CIO of the Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization (BIDCO) in Boston talks about progress on bringing together claims and clinical data to refine its population health efforts.

Innovative Direct Purchaser-Provider Contracting: a New Threat to Community Hospitals?

May 8, 2017     Mark Hagland
What do executives at Lowes home improvement and Johns Hopkins Medicine know? Healthcare and healthcare IT leaders in community hospitals need to consider emerging disruptors to their local markets—sometimes from very far away

Is it Already Time to Rethink MIPS?

May 8, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
Although it’s just a few months into year one of MACRA’s Quality Payment Program, there have already been rumblings from stakeholders that certain provisions of the outcomes-based program may need a makeover.

AMIA’s iHealth Was All About Pop Health

May 7, 2017     David Raths
The AMIA iHealth 2017 Conference here in Philadelphia last week had a strong population health flavor to it. It kicked off with a great keynote address by the City of Brotherly Love’s own pop health guru, David Nash, M.D., founding dean of Thomas Jefferson University's School of Population...

Live from AMIA iHealth: What Happens When Patients Upload Heart Rate Data Into the EHR?

May 4, 2017     David Raths
Cedars-Sinai Health System faced challenges when patients start uploading heart rate data into the EHR through the patient portal. Who is responsible for monitoring that data?

Day 2 of Datapalooza: More Providers Seeking Social Determinants Data

April 28, 2017     David Raths
Healthcare Informatics made social determinants of health data one of its top 10 tech trends for 2017. The presentations at the 8th annual Health Datapalooza in Washington, D.C., this week confirmed that sharing data across sectors is becoming more important in a value-based payment world.

Report from Datapalooza Day 1: Real-World Data Liberation

April 27, 2017     David Raths
The first day of the 8th annual Health Datapalooza in Washington, D.C., brought a reminder of the conference’s unofficial catchphrase: “Nothing about me without me.”

Unlocking the Key to Readmissions Reduction Success—Looking at Clinical Transformation, and the “ACO Effect”

April 24, 2017     Mark Hagland
A recent study lends further credence to already-accumulating anecdotal evidence regarding the value of ACO, bundled-payment, and even MU-driven, work, to support the processes that can unlock success in reducing readmissions

Connected, but Not Aligned

April 20, 2017     Glenn Pearson
Technology is everywhere, but up until fairly recently, there has been little effort to try to align resources or data definitions to provide seamless communication and, therefore, streamlined care.

Have You Written Your Health System’s Constitution?

April 13, 2017     David Raths
Are there parallels between the development of your health system’s IT governance structure and how the Founding Fathers compromised to create the U.S. Constitution?

What Can We Learn From Oregon’s Innovative Medicaid Experiment?

April 11, 2017     Mark Hagland
The March issue of Health Affairs includes an article based on a study of Oregon’s exceptionally innovative Medicaid managed care program—with major implications for the future of population health initiatives nationwide

Population Health in Maryland: ‘The Stars Are in Alignment’

April 10, 2017     David Raths
Maryland’s experiment in changing how provider organizations are paid opens the door to population health experimentation.

Might Food Be the Next Frontier on the Population Health Horizon?

April 5, 2017     Mark Hagland
Connecting patients’ nutrition, exercise, and other “lifestyle”-related characteristics to health risk assessment and then to care management, could be next in efforts among population health pioneers, as they seek to improve both clinical and financial outcomes

Buying into Healthcare’s Blockchain Hype

April 4, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
After speaking and listening to industry experts discuss blockchain in recent months, it’s not hard to see why there’s so much buzz about its potential in healthcare.

PAX East: Thoughts on Gamification for Healthcare

March 31, 2017     Dave Levin, M.D.
Recently my oldest son invited me to go with him to PAX East, one of the largest gaming conventions in the world. Having recently come from HIMSS17 I was struck by both the contrasts and the similarities.

HIT Summit: A Learning Experience

March 29, 2017     Joe Marion
Last week I had the honor to attend and present at the HIT Summit in Cleveland, Ohio. What I found intriguing about the Summit was the diversity of topics addressed by the various speakers.

The “Most Influential Women in Health IT” Share Words of Wisdom and Issue a Call to Action

March 29, 2017     Heather Landi
Receiving an award is often a recognition of past accomplishments, but several leading women in the health IT industry see their recent award recognition as a call to action to continue their work solving big problems in healthcare through technology.

Investing in the Interview

March 29, 2017     Tim Tolan
There are simple steps to follow to increase your odds of landing a job

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