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What Do the Latest Survey Results about Consumer Interest in Wearables Really Mean—for Providers?

May 15, 2016     Mark Hagland
A new study by analysts at PriceWaterhouseCoopers finds that healthcare consumers are very interested in wearable devices—and also that providers have a real opening for patient engagement around those wearables

Datapalooza Day 2 Report: Health Data Liberation Remains a Political Struggle

May 10, 2016     David Raths
An underlying tension at the Health Datapalooza Conference is that many of the people attending are activists and patient advocates who argue that individuals should have control over how their health data is used and that providers have a moral imperative to make it easier for them to access that...

The Yelp Approach to Healthcare Quality Improvement

May 9, 2016     David Raths
The University of Utah Health System has taken the Yelp approach by publishing online all quality ratings and patient comments about providers. Is this a viable path to quality improvement?

Is Dr. Halamka Right When He Says that MDs Might Leave Practice over Health System Reform?

May 9, 2016     Mark Hagland
When Dr. John Halamka says that excessive complexity in the required measures under the proposed new rule issued by CMS could cause him to leave medical practice, federal healthcare officials might want to pause to consider

Yale New Haven Health System Shares Lessons Learned On its Value Journey

May 4, 2016     Heather Landi
Hospitals and health systems can glean significant lessons learned from Yale New Haven Health System's ongoing journey to improving quality and lowering costs, including the health system's willingness to openly share its challenges and best practices.

Is Encryption a Safe Harbor From Data Breach Reporting? Not in Tennessee

May 4, 2016     David Raths
A recent amendment to Tennessee’s data breach notification statute has eliminated a provision requiring notice only in the event of a breach of unencrypted personal information.

Another “Is Meaningful Use Dead” Debate? You Don’t Say!

May 4, 2016     Rajiv Leventhal
The recently released proposed MACRA rule brings up a question that has been debated more than once of late: is meaningful use, as we know it, over?

Demystifying Deconstructed PACS

May 4, 2016     Joe Marion
Deconstructed PACS can be useful, but requires an understanding of the differences.

Could a Personal Letter Start a Medical Revolution?

May 4, 2016     Mark Hagland
Could Dr. Martin Makary’s letter to Dr. Thomas Frieden, CDC director, asking for a change in how deaths are recorded, change how the U.S. healthcare system approaches medical errors in hospital care?

What If Your Business Associate Went Out of Business Suddenly?

May 3, 2016     David Raths
In the past when I heard consultants or corporate attorneys talk about the importance of crossing all the T’s and dotting all the I’s in business associate agreements, I sometimes thought they were overstating the case. No more!

Watching CMS Listen to Providers

May 3, 2016     Mark Hagland
Last week’s announcement on the part of CMS officials proposing significant changes to Medicare payment for physicians signaled an increasing willingness on their part to dialogue iteratively with providers about what needs to be changed---and when

HIE’s Role in the Exchange of Poisoning Information

April 28, 2016     David Raths
The Utah Health Information Network will be the hub for bidirectional data flow between emergency departments and poison control centers.

Working with FHIR: Micky Tripathi’s Vision of Standards-Driven API Development in Healthcare

April 27, 2016     Mark Hagland
Micky Tripathi, CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, shared with me a nuanced, insightful view of the journey ahead on interoperability in healthcare—one that avoids the binary thinking so common in healthcare

Can Medicare’s New Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Model Help PCPs to “Score” in the New Healthcare?

April 19, 2016     Mark Hagland
CMS’s announcement last week of the new Comprehensive Primary Care Plus model sends a clear signal about federal healthcare officials’ intentions around physician payment

What It’s Like to Be an EPCS Pioneer

April 18, 2016     David Raths
The old saying is that “the pioneers take the arrows; the settlers take the land.” But is that always true? Sometimes early movers find that implementing something new isn’t as painful as it is made out to be.

Facing the Coming Diabetes Care Tsunami: Information Technology as a Key Enabler of Change

April 10, 2016     Mark Hagland
Where can information technology fill major gaps in helping both providers and patients to work to improve health outcomes? Two recent managed care-focused articles point to the gaps

‘Smarter Big Data for a Healthy Pennsylvania’

April 10, 2016     David Raths
Could identifying signals in data help transform the healthcare system from one focused on treating expensive clinical events after they occur to one that helps avoid common and high-risk events before they occur?

When It Comes to Interoperability, Everyone’s Agreed: There’s No Silver Bullet

April 6, 2016     Mark Hagland
Interoperability and health information exchange were topics of intense interest on Tuesday at the Health IT Summit in San Francisco

An Interview Tip on Messaging your Value Equation

April 5, 2016     Tim Tolan
We always prepare candidates for their interviews with our client companies, just as most search firms do. I particularly enjoy prepping candidates and am a big believer in making sure a candidate delivers three to four messages during the course of the interview.

Data Governance as a Field of Study

April 4, 2016     David Raths
Governance is complicated enough within one health system, but the eight papers in a newly published eGEMs collection also raise several important questions about governance as more health research involves big data and large distributed research networks.

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