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Could Public-Private Collaboration Around Hospital Data Move Into a New Phase?

March 20, 2017     Mark Hagland
A “Perspective” column published in The New England Journal of Medicine that points to potential areas of collaboration around the data inputs to the Prospective Payment System—with some interesting implications

Editor's Notes: Have You Experienced Your “Rite of Spring” Moment Yet in Healthcare?

March 17, 2017     Mark Hagland
Anyone who isn’t living in a cave knows that the current environment of healthcare and healthcare IT is one of great ferment these days. It is challenging and exciting, and the pace of change right now is absolutely bracing.

AI Now? Really?

March 14, 2017     Dave Levin, M.D.
Once again, I am failing Fitzgerald’s test of first-rate intelligence. It happens frequently. This week the cause is artificial intelligence (AI) for healthcare. I blame HIMSS 2017.

Autonomous Driving: What’s Next, Autonomous Healthcare?

March 12, 2017     Joe Marion
Autonomous cars are coming. Will healthcare follow suit?

When Changing the Culture: Speak Softly but Definitely Carry a Big Stick!

March 9, 2017     Pete Rivera
“Culture eats strategy for breakfast” ---Peter Drucker.

With the ACA-Repeal Bill Reveal, Patient Care Leaders Can Move Forward Confidently on Value-Based Healthcare

March 8, 2017     Mark Hagland
The release of House Republicans’ plan to modify the ACA—a bill focused solely on health insurance aspects of the law—means that patient care leaders can now move forward confidently on clinical transformation and population health

Time to Rethink Cost Reduction Strategies Focused on the Highest-Cost Patients?

March 7, 2017     Mark Hagland
Medical researchers in Boston take a granular look at what elements really cause the over-utilization of unnecessary healthcare services—and opine on whether patient care leaders should reconsider their focus on which groups to look at in this key area of activity

Who’s to Blame for Healthcare’s Interoperability Struggles? An Expert Weighs in—and Urges Stakeholders to Move Forward

February 28, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
It was refreshing to read Dr. Julia Adler-Milstein’s commentary on interoperability, and why constantly pointing fingers at each other can be counterproductive.

If You Thought You Knew Exactly What Was Going to Happen at HIMSS17, You Might Have Been Wrong

February 27, 2017     Mark Hagland
The whirlwind that is the annual HIMSS Conference hit Orlando, Florida this year—and brought with it a mix of predictability and surprises, at a time of unprecedented change for U.S. healthcare

Insights from HIMSS17: Industry Leaders Share Their Observations and Key Takeaways

February 26, 2017     Heather Landi
During HIMSS17, industry stakeholders spoke with me about health IT innovation, and they also shared their insights about this year’s conference from their specific perspectives, and with their particular priorities in mind.

On the Way Home from Orlando: My HIMSS17 Takeaways

February 23, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
What were the biggest lessons learned at HIMSS17?

5 Things That Will Derail Your Project This Year

February 15, 2017     Pete Rivera
Success only comes with the “Constancy of Purpose” tied to the organizational Mission. If it doesn’t help the Mission, then why are you doing it?

Flying Down to Orlando: This Year, Could HIMSS Be Different from in Years Past?

February 15, 2017     Mark Hagland
At this pivotal moment in U.S. healthcare and in the evolution of healthcare information technology, there’s never been a better moment to explore insights and innovations at the annual HIMSS Conference

Will the “Good Guys” Ever Catch Up to the “Bad Guys” When It Comes to Cybercrime in Healthcare?

February 7, 2017     Mark Hagland
A new, global, cross-industry survey on cybersecurity and cybercrime, produced by Thales e-Security and 451 Research, confirms that the issues are both international and trans-vertical—and menacing

The Industrialization of Health IT

January 30, 2017     Dave Levin, M.D.
A colleague recently made the case to me that APIs are revolutionizing healthcare in the same way that the adoption of interchangeable parts transformed manufacturing, economies and the world. It’s a brilliant analogy.

Physician Leaders Are All-In: The Value-Based Care Train Cannot Be Stopped

January 27, 2017     Rajiv Leventhal
It was quite engrossing to read reports this week that physicians, both in the field and in key leadership positions, are determined to make sure that the core elements of value-based purchasing and accountable care continue to push forward.

Editor's Notes: What Links Early Tibetans’ Survival Techniques and the Present Moment in U.S. Healthcare?

January 26, 2017     Mark Hagland
I was fascinated to read a recent Scientific American article that looked at how early Tibetans figured out how to use fire strategically to improve their chances of survival—and how such insights might speak to the current moment in healthcare

Vendor Fatigue: Real or Imagined?

January 26, 2017     Joe Marion
Do customers get fatigued with vendors, and what might help avoid it?

For Health IT Leaders, a Highly Unsettled Business and Policy Landscape Demands Maximal Agility

January 24, 2017     Mark Hagland
Monday’s federal court ruling blocking the Aetna-Humana merger served as a warning to IT leaders in patient care organizations that the U.S. healthcare system is headed into an unprecedentedly unsettled period for the foreseeable future, one requiring maximal agility in planning and execution

Adapting to a Flexible Work Environment

January 20, 2017     Tim Tolan
The ever-growing millennial workforce cares about soft benefits like working remotely a lot more than you might think.

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