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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

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.

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