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Enterprise Imaging: Pathological Slide Wars?

September 28, 2017     Joe Marion
Digital Pathology is coming! Will your facility be ready?

For Documentation Reform, Innovative Processes Breed Better Outcomes

September 28, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
At some point in their push for better quality, clinical and IT leaders realized that if their old processes around documentation weren’t etched in their workflows for the past several years, they would never have started that way.

The Implications for HIT Leaders of Accelerating Market Consolidation? There Are Many

September 27, 2017     Mark Hagland
Two new analyses of U.S. healthcare market concentration hold many implications for CIOs, CISOs, CTOs, CMIOs and other healthcare IT leaders, in terms of supporting usability, interoperability, and data security

Phishing in the Stream: Unlimited Bandwidth, Driverless Cars, and the Future of Health Data

September 20, 2017     Dave Levin, M.D.
There is a widespread belief, misguided in my judgement, that owning your own copy of the data has intrinsic value and gives organizations competitive advantages. In contrast, APIs promote a single source of truth approach by making the data available on-demand.

The “Point-Counterpoint” to End All Point-Counterpoints in the Healthcare IT Policy World?

September 12, 2017     Mark Hagland
The New England Journal of Medicine hosts contrasting op-ed articles written by, on the one hand, the four most recent National Coordinators, and on the other, two outspoken industry leaders—with a surprising level of agreement on some important points

Overcoming Barriers to Collecting Patient-Reported Outcomes

September 7, 2017     David Raths
Nine months ago I had to have surgery. Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) were not part of my follow-up care. A paper detailing Partners HealthCare's journey with PROMs details the challenges health systems have implementing them.

HIE Leaders Crack the Code on Indispensability

September 7, 2017     Mark Hagland
At the SHIEC Conference in Indianapolis last week, all eyes were on the future, and a range of opportunities for health information exchanges to make themselves indispensable to payers, providers, and public health

Harnessing Technology to Revolutionize Behavioral and Mental Health Care

September 1, 2017     Heather Landi
There is currently tremendous innovation happening in the behavioral and mental health care space with many digital health startups and initiatives using technology to try to address one of society’s most pressing issues.

A Cross-Industry Survey Finds Broad IT Security Unpreparedness among CISOs

August 24, 2017     Mark Hagland
A new study from IDG Connect, based on a survey of IT leaders across all industries in the U.S. and the U.K., finds a very low level of confidence in preparedness to meet accelerating data and IT security threats

Downsizing as a Strategy

August 23, 2017     Joe Marion
Having recently relocated, I can attest that a move is an ideal time to rethink operations and strategies

Telehealth Loses a Champion

August 23, 2017     David Raths
Telehealth lost a great advocate when Mario Gutierrez, executive director of the Center for Connected Health Policy, passed away last week.

Could Electronic Communication Between Providers and Patients Have Unintended and Negative Consequences?

August 22, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
A five-year data sample from a large U.S. health system shows that e-visits could have unintended consequences for MDs.

Google Glass Isn’t Just for Remote Scribes

August 22, 2017     David Raths
Creating a remote presence for specialists is critical for a Canadian province with a population of about a million people scattered over a territory roughly the size of France.

What New Research Says about Which Federal Financial Incentives Produce Health System Change

August 18, 2017     Mark Hagland
A new study in Health Affairs looks at the extent to which meaningful use incentives actually spurred EHR adoption—and what the implications are for federally driven incentives for change going forward

VA-DoD: Winning the Battle for Interoperability

August 16, 2017     Dave Levin, M.D.
While the VA’s decision to migrate to the same EMR platform as the DoD is a sound one, it will not, in and of itself, solve the interoperability problem

Joe Biden, Judy Faulkner, and the One Thousand-Page Medical Record

August 7, 2017     Dave Levin, M.D.
I’ve been reflecting on a recent article in Politico in which Greg Simon, president of the Biden Cancer Initiative, recalled an exchange between former Vice President Joseph Biden and Epic CEO Judy Faulkner. The topic was access to patient records.

Two British Doctors’ Searing Testimony on WannaCry’s Devastating Impact on the U.K.'s NHS

August 7, 2017     Mark Hagland
It was fascinating to read a Perspectives article in The New England Journal of Medicine, written by two physicians who practice inside the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom, and to hear directly about how devastating the WannaCry attack was, on NHS daily operations

The Allscripts-McKesson EHR Deal: Time to Consider the Broader Industry—and Policy—Context

August 6, 2017     Mark Hagland
Looking at the deal announced last week in which Allscripts is acquiring McKesson’s hospital IT business, in light of broader industry and policy trends, and to ask: how might this deal figure into broader interoperability and federal healthcare IT policy trends?

Without Transformational Investments in Data Security, Healthcare Will Continue to be Vulnerable

August 3, 2017     Heather Landi
Ongoing data breaches should be a call-to-action for healthcare organizations to increase data security, but many cybersecurity experts contend that call-to-action may be falling on deaf ears at the senior leadership and board level at patient care organizations.

Could Cybercriminals Be on the Verge of Executing a New, Terrible Type of Attack on Healthcare?

July 31, 2017     Mark Hagland
A team of writers, in a New England Journal of Medicine “Perspective” op-ed, articulates the dangerous potential ahead for a truly unprecedented type of attack on patient care organizations—the possibility of direct manipulations of patient data

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