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When Will Federal Healthcare Officials Liberate CMMI to Create Appealing Innovation?

January 20, 2019  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
At a moment when the MSSP Program is particularly vulnerable, are officials at HHS and CMS preparing new offerings through CMMI that will appeal to provider leaders? Why the question matters

Should Physicians and HIT Leaders Worry about the Implications of the Walgreens/Microsoft Deal?

January 16, 2019  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
As architect Daniel Burnham famously said, “Make no little plans”; the leaders of the Walgreens/Microsoft alliance, like so many others, are thinking big—and providers need to be doing so, too

Definitive Healthcare Acquires HIMSS Analytics’ Data Services

January 16, 2019  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
Definitive Healthcare, a data analytics and business intelligence company, has acquired the data services business and assets of HIMSS Analytics, the organizations announced today.

A Managed Care Expert Looks at the Challenges Facing Providers As They Plunge into Risk

January 14, 2019  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
As the leaders of hospitals, medical groups, and health systems plunge into value-based contracting, the challenges of strategizing around downside risk are becoming more complex

New Analysis in the New England Journal Finds the Leveraging of IT for Population Health To Be Inadequate

January 14, 2019  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
A new analysis published in The New England Journal of Medicine, and looking at the policy and IT elements around population health development, concludes that healthcare leaders need to up their game around all those elements

NAACOS and ACO Leaders Express Distress Over Just-Announced MSSP Application Deadline

January 11, 2019  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
The leaders of the ACOs participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program say the Feb. 19 deadline to apply for participation in 2019 allows insufficient time to respond The leaders of the ACOs participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program say the...

Drexel University Moves Forward on Leveraging NLP to Improve Clinical and Research Processes

January 8, 2019  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
At Drexel University, Walter Niemczura is helping to lead an ongoing initiative to improve research processes and clinical outcomes through the leveraging of NLP technology

New Health Affairs Study: Effectiveness of Digital Health Solutions Remains Unproven

January 7, 2019  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
A review of the research around the new digital health solutions by a team of healthcare policy researchers finds those solutions’ effectiveness remains largely unevaluated around the enhancement of patient health status

Healthcare Execs Accelerating Investment in AI, Citing Fear of Disruption

January 7, 2019  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
Three out of four healthcare executive leaders (77 percent) report that the pace of investment in big data and artificial intelligence (AI) is accelerating at their organizations, in large part due to concerns about disruptive forces and competitors.

AI and Healthcare: Cure-All, Poison Pill, or Simply Smarter Medicine?

January 7, 2019  |  Josh Gluck, adjunct professor, NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service, Industry Voice
AI is moving from hypothetical to business critical in healthcare. Implementing AI may seem like a cure-all to every hospital woe, from data entry to imaging, and it would be easy to get overwhelmed.

One Thought-Leader’s Look at the New Social Contract in Medicine and Healthcare

January 7, 2019  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
Healthcare thought-leader Michael Millenson shares his perspectives on the emerging new social contract around medical care and healthcare—in a time of accelerating technology disruption

The Internet of Medical Things: Better Patient Care and Improved Clinical Management

December 27, 2018  |  Mark Wolff, Ph.D., Industry Voice, Chief Health Analytics Strategist, SAS Global IoT Division
The potential for a healthcare Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) is huge. IoMT paves the way for a huge leap forward in patient care. What does IoMT in healthcare look like today and in the future?

At the Hospital for Special Care, IT-Facilitated Care Management Breakthroughs

December 19, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
Leaders at the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain, Connecticut, are leveraging HIT to improve care management and clinical workflows—across the inpatient and outpatient sectors

Survey: Physician Sentiment Mixed on Benefits of Data, Analytics Tools

December 19, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
A new research report reveals physicians’ continuing dissatisfaction with electronic health records (EHRs) and this frustration with EHRs may slow physicians’ immediate acceptance of new data and analytics tools.

At UPMC, Turbo-Charging Quality Improvement Efforts through Data Analytics

December 11, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
At UPMC in Pittsburgh, Dr. Oscar Marroquin is leading a team of data analysts whose work is facilitating efforts to improve outcomes around readmissions and other important areas

At RSNA 2018, An Intense Focus on Artificial Intelligence

November 29, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
Artificial intelligence solutions—and discussions—were everywhere at RSNA 2018 this week—with both interest and hype reaching new heights around AI applications in the radiology world

RSNA Attendance Holds Steady, While A.I. Is Once Again the Talk of the Conference

November 26, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
Attendance at the annual RSNA Conference held steady this year in relation to the two most recent years, while artificial intelligence/machine learning remained a strong focus

At the D.C. Department of Health Care Finance, Digging into Data Issues to Collaborate Across Healthcare

November 22, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
Kerda DeHaan and her colleagues at the D.C. Department of Health Care Finance are tackling granular data management issues to expand their collaboration with health plans and providers

At the Beverly Hills HIT Summit, APG’s Crane Offers a Vision of the Future of Medical Care

November 11, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
Don Crane, CEO of APG, a nationwide association of physician groups involved in risk-based contracting, offered HIT Summit attendees a vision of a coordinated care-based future

You Have to Learn to Walk Before You Can Run With Predictive Analytics

November 11, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
The title of a recent webinar says all you need to know about predictive analytics in healthcare: “Within Sight Yet Out of Reach.”

Survey: More Than Half of Healthcare CIOs Lack Strong Trust in Their Data

November 9, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
For U.S. healthcare leaders, trusted data is more important than ever, as their organizations migrate from the fee-for-service model to value-based care. However, a recent survey of CIOs found that less than half of healthcare organizations show very strong...

HIE 2.0: CORHIO’s Leaders Map a Pathway to Advanced Data-Sharing Success in Colorado

November 7, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
The leaders of Colorado’s statewide HIE, CORHIO, have been pushing ahead to advance the next phase of HIE evolution, moving into intensive data normalization work, even as they expand the types of data being shared across the Centennial State

Behind Providence St. Joseph’s Daring Push Into Digital Consumer Engagement

November 5, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
At the HIT Summit in Seattle, Aaron Martin shared insights on how—and why—Providence St. Joseph Health has successfully pushed ahead in its digital consumer engagement strategy

In Northern Virginia, Rethinking ACO Strategies—For PCPs and Specialists

October 30, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
Tricia Nguyen, M.D., a senior executive at the Falls Church, Va.-based Inova Health System shares her perspectives on what she and her colleagues are learning about some of the underlying challenges in ACO work

A Data-Driven Effort to Tackle Indiana’s COPD Problem

October 9, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
Although reduction in avoidable readmissions after COPD-related hospitalizations is a national objective, in one Indiana community it’s moved its way up to the very top of the healthcare priority list.

At the HIT Summit in Raleigh, a Health Plan Executive Points to the Future of Value-Based Care

October 8, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
Speaking at the HIT Summit in Raleigh last month, Humana’s Ben Lunsford offered attendees insights into the future of value-based healthcare, and his health plan’s future intentions

At the Raleigh HIT Summit, Mission Health’s CQO Shares About the Quality Journey

October 2, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
At the Health IT Summit in Raleigh, Mission Health CQO Chris DeRienzo, M.D. discussed the challenges—and the accomplishments—in his organization’s continuous performance improvement journey

At the HIT Summit in Raleigh, a Probing Discussion of the Value of Data Analytics

September 27, 2018  |  Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief
At the Health IT Summit in Raleigh on Thursday, a panel of industry leaders considered carefully some of the value-add issues around data analytics—and the implications for healthcare IT leaders nationwide

Premier Inc. Executives: Time to Unpack Some of the Challenges and Opportunities Inherent in the Path Into Risk

September 24, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
Shawn Griffin, M.D. and Steve Valentine of Premier Inc. discuss the challenges involved in the path into risk-based contracting, and the potential upending of the landscape by new disruptors

The CEO of a Nationwide Association of MD Groups Sees the Future—and It’s Not in Fee-For-Service

September 18, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
Don Crane, CEO of APG, a nationwide association of medical groups working in risk-based contracting, shares his perspectives on the future of medical groups in a shifting landscape


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