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How Digital Health Is Improving End-of-Life and Advance Care Planning

September 13, 2016     Heather Landi
Healthcare provider organizations are deploying digital health technologies to improve end-of-life care, and it’s an area that is long overdue for modernization and innovation.

Timely Patient Portals

September 13, 2016     Joe Marion
Patient portals are gaining in popularity, but need to be considered in the proper perspective when conveying exam results.

With CMS’s MACRA Announcement, the High-Speed Train Has Already Left the Station for Practicing MDs

September 9, 2016     Mark Hagland
The announcement by CMS on Thursday that the agency would not delay the start of the MACRA program and its new requirements, has put Medicare-participating physicians on notice that the policy and reimbursement train has officially left the station

It Is Time to Drastically Rethink Password Management in Healthcare? Some Might Say So

September 6, 2016     Mark Hagland
It was intriguing to read an op-ed article in InfoWorld this summer, in which its author suggested that business organization leaders rethink their password management policies and practices. How might such suggestions play out in the unique operating environment of patient care organizations?

Shouldn’t CMS Officials Be More Straightforward About ACOs’ Level of Progress? Sorting through the Jumble of Numbers for Clarity

August 27, 2016     Mark Hagland
CMS’s August 25 release of the latest numbers on the progress of ACOs in the MSSP and Pioneer ACO programs was clouded by the framing and presentation coming from the agency itself. Couldn’t CMS officials have been more transparent and straightforward about all of this?

EHRs’ Evolution: Are They Advancing Too Slowly?

August 24, 2016     Rajiv Leventhal
Last week, a commentary from physicians in JAMA about their dissatisfaction with electronic health records got me thinking about the different stages of technology’s growth.

CoxHealth CMIO Louis Krenn Talks SMART on FHIR

August 24, 2016     David Raths
CoxHealth CMIO Louis Krenn, M.D., believes the “app store” model for modular improvements to EHRs is very promising. “Everybody has a smartphone in their pocket and everyone understands apps and add-ons."

A Strong Message from Two HIT Leaders on Leadership and Strategy and What Lies Ahead

August 21, 2016     Mark Hagland
Two presenters at the Health IT Summit in Seattle last week, coming at the subject from different vantage points, ended up reinforcing the same exceptionally important points about healthcare strategy and leadership in the current operating environment

The Little Things That Matter

August 15, 2016    
The five things not thought about in the interview process that could lose the job.

Size Matters

August 15, 2016     Pete Rivera
When you look across the various practice management vendors, they tend to be ambiguous as to what size physician groups they cater to. The reason is they don’t want to turn down large sales, on the other hand no software vendor wants to talk about response issues with larger clients.

Pondering the DeSalvo Era at ONC—And the Healthcare IT Policy Challenges That Lie Ahead: An Analysis

August 12, 2016     Mark Hagland
As Karen DeSalvo, M.D. leaves the ONC, a kaleidoscopic array of policy and process issues faces her successor and the agency itself, at a time of tremendous change and challenge for healthcare IT and healthcare IT policy

The Hidden Secrets about Software Implementation Costs

August 11, 2016     Pete Rivera
From a budgeting perspective there are various factors that have to be considered in order to properly plan all your expenses. The actual cost of the software being just a small component.

Big Data: Only as Good as Analytics Capability

August 11, 2016     Joe Marion
Big Data is a current topic. Success will depend on data validity and analytics tools for access.

Are Data Security Measures Getting in the Way of Efficient Workflow? Healthcare Providers in the Trenches Share their Stories

August 9, 2016     Heather Landi
While high-level discussions about data security strategies are important at every healthcare delivery organization, it’s critical to keep in mind how security measures are impacting the physicians who work in the trenches every day to provide patient care.

Should Hospital Leaders See CMS’s Readmissions Penalties as an Operational Emergency Now?

August 6, 2016     Mark Hagland
The future of value-based payment is absolutely here right now, insofar as incentive-driven federal healthcare reimbursement is concerned

Can EHR Data Identify Patients Who May Be Falling Through the Cracks of Your Healthcare System?

August 5, 2016     David Raths
For the term "learning health system" to become more than a buzzword, health systems will have to devote more resources to using their clinical data for process improvement and patient safety research.

More Clarity on Cardiac Bundled Payments: Time to Look at Transitions to Post-Acute Care

August 4, 2016     Mark Hagland
A report in the American Journal of Managed Care online is shedding some light on some of the care transitions that will need to be optimized, as mandatory bundled payments are mandated for cardiac care

The Informatics Challenges of the Oncology Care Model

August 3, 2016     David Raths
As with other new payment models, gathering new types of data for the Oncology Care Model and reporting it to CMS presents a challenge to both the oncology practices and the health IT vendors who support their work.

As CMS Updates its Quality Ratings for Hospitals, Experts Question Their Validity

August 2, 2016     Rajiv Leventhal
CMS has released its overall hospital quality star ratings, designed to help consumers more easily compare hospitals. But questions have arisen on how the government is measuring “quality.”

With So Much Investment in EHRs and Data, Why Has Data Security Lagged So Far Behind?

August 2, 2016     Heather Landi
During a recent round-table discussion, healthcare industry executive leaders discussed the cyber threats facing the healthcare industry, and the need for digital health companies and healthcare organizations to step up their focus and investment in data security

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