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At the Health IT Summit in Boston, One ACO’s Data-Facilitated Journey Into Value

August 7, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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What does it mean for an organization to pursue a data-facilitated journey into value-based care? Bill Gillis, CIO of the Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization, shared his learnings and perspectives on that subject, at the Health IT Summit in Boston

KLAS’s Recent Report on Cybersecurity Services Firms: What Are the Implications for HIT Leaders?

August 4, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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What are the implications for healthcare IT leaders in patient care organizations, from the results of the recently published KLAS Research report on cybersecurity services firms? KLAS analyst Dan Czech shares his perspectives

Nemours Children’s Health: Deploying Technology to Meet Consumers Where They Are

July 21, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Health IT Summit in Denver on July 13, Gina Altieri of the Nemours Children’s Health System delivered a presentation on her organization’s bold journey around leveraging technology to meet healthcare consumers where they are

Could Last Week’s Proposed-Rule Release Represent an Inflection Point for CMS and for Value-Based Federal Payment?

July 18, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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CMS’s release of a proposed rule that will impact a range of issues, from physician payment to quality measures, has unleashed a range of reactions from industry leaders—could this prove to be an inflection point?

At the Health IT Summit in Denver, a Look at What Can Be Accomplished Under the Banner of Patient Engagement

July 12, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Health IT Summit in Denver, Debe Gash, vice president and chief digital officer at Saint Luke’s Health System shared her organization’s story of mobile app-driven patient engagement progress

The Rocky Path to Value for Medicaid Programs—and HIT’s Key Role in Making It All Work

July 11, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Medical researchers share some insights on the broad range of challenges facing the pioneers attempting to move Medicaid towards value-based payment incentives, including around the key role that HIT and data analytics will play in success

In Nashville, a Candid Discussion of the Potential for Blockchain in Healthcare

July 10, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Health IT Summit in Nashville at the end of June, experts and innovators parsed the potential for the adoption of blockchain technologies in U.S. healthcare—and the challenges and obstacles involved

Unpacking the Gains in HCA Healthcare’s HIT Governance Evolution

July 2, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Health IT Summit in Nashville, Karen Thompson and Dr. Edmund Jackson of HCA Healthcare shared with attendees the learnings that have been gleaned so far in their organization’s progressive health IT project governance and prioritization model

National Governors Association Sponsors State Health Data Initiatives

June 29, 2018  |  David Raths
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With funding assistance from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Governors Association recently announced three new health policy initiatives today to assist states in modernizing state data systems, improving the health of children and families and...

Can We Get to the Next Level When It Comes to Quality Measures for the Care of Patients with Complex Needs?

June 27, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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A commentary posted online on Tuesday on the Health Affairs website makes important points about the landscape around the measurement of quality in the context of care for patients with complex needs

Self-Congratulation on HIE Advancement Would Be Premature at This Point

June 25, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Even as many healthcare IT leaders are helping to facilitate major advances in health information exchange, a recent phone call with a good friend confirms that very major gaps in HIE remain, at the most basic levels

At the HIT Summit in Minneapolis, an MD Informaticist’s Perspective on Clinical Transformation

June 18, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Karl Poterack, M.D. spoke at the Health IT Summit in Minneapolis about the role of clinical informatics in standardizing physician practice—and moving the needle forward on clinical performance improvement

At the HIT Summit in Minneapolis, the Mayo Clinic’s CIO Shares His Perspectives on IT Leadership

June 13, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Health IT Summit in Minneapolis on Monday, Cris Ross, CIO of the Mayo Clinic organization, shared his perspectives on world-class healthcare IT leadership for a world-class healthcare organization

The Strategic and Strategic-IT Challenges Around Risk: Premier Execs Share Their Thoughts

June 11, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Joe Damore, Shawn Griffin, M.D., and Mark Hiller, senior executives at Premier Inc., share their perspectives on the strategic-organizational and strategic-IT challenges involved, as patient care organizations begin to move into risk-based contracting

Leveraging Technology to Support Behavioral Healthcare Management in Michigan

June 8, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Community Mental Health Center of Ottawa County in Holland, Michigan, leaders are making progress in leveraging information technology to move forward in care management, in order to integrate and improve care management processes

In Catalonia, Health IT Governance Rises Above the Political

June 6, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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The leaders of the TICSalut Foundation, the government agency that manages healthcare IT management and development for the entire region of Catalonia in northeast Spain, are moving forward on a broad range of fronts

National Coordinator Donald Rucker, M.D. Assesses Progress Towards Interoperability and the Development of Open APIs

May 21, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Donald Rucker, M.D. spoke recently with Healthcare Informatics about the progress towards interoperability, a key objective of the current administration—and some of the challenges and opportunities for open-API development

Dr. Glenn Steele on the Path Forward Towards Care Delivery Transformation

May 20, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Healthcare Informatics caught up recently with Glenn D. Steele, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., who has been busy spreading the gospel of the Geisinger approach to healthcare delivery innovation, U.S. healthcare system-wide

Survey: Healthcare Orgs with Multiple RCM Systems Have More Challenges with Denials

May 15, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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More than two-thirds of health systems (about 70 percent) use more than one vendor for revenue cycle management, and those organizations that do use more than one solution report larger issues with denials, a recent survey found.

POLITICO Discloses Pentagon Review of a Military EHR Implementation Described as “Devastating”

May 13, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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On Friday, the publication POLITICO published an article that reveals details of a Pentagon report on the progress of a DoD EHR project that experts who have seen it, say speaks to problems the VA will face with its own rollout going forward

At HLTH, a Candid Discussion of What the Federal Government Can and Should Do to Promote Healthcare Innovation

May 11, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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At the HLTH Conference this week, Rasu Shrestha, M.D. of UPMC sat down with HHS CTO Bruce Greenstein and former United States CTO Aneesh Chopra, to discuss the federal government’s role in facilitating technology innovation

VA Leaders Says Decision on Cerner EHR Acquisition Coming in Next Two Weeks

May 10, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Robert Wilkie, the acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, will make a decision on whether to move forward with an acquisition contract with Cerner for a new electronic health record (EHR) system by May 28, Memorial Day, according to VA...

Norman Doors and Healthcare IT

May 7, 2018  |  Dave Levin, M.D.
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Evidence suggests mixed results when it comes to overall EMR use and functions like clinical decision support providing concise, actionable information, and leveraging AI and predictive analytics. Is there a prescription for provider-centric HIT?

HHS Secretary Alex Azar Gives Industry Leaders a Map of the New Healthcare

May 4, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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On Wednesday at the World Health Care Congress in Washington, D.C., HHS Secretary Alex Azar offered attendees a conceptual map of the new healthcare, at least from the standpoint of federal healthcare policy

Might CMS Move to Implicitly Mandate Health Data Exchange at Discharge, at the Federal Level?

April 26, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Embedded in the release of a new proposed rule around what has been known as the meaningful use program, CMS officials have indicated the possibility that they might mandate electronic sharing of discharge data at the point of discharge

One Consultant’s Take on GDPR and How It Raises the Stakes for U.S. Healthcare Organizations

April 23, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The General Data Protection Regulation goes into effect May 25. John Barchie, a senior fellow at Arrakis Consulting, discusses the implications for U.S. healthcare organizations and what steps organizations should be taking now to be GDPR-compliant.

How One Venture Capital Executive Sees the HIT-Fueled Future of Patient Engagement

April 19, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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John Gardner, a partner in the San Francisco-based NGP Capital venture capital firm, shares his perspectives on the role of healthcare IT in the ongoing evolution of the patient engagement concept

What Nebraska’s Physician Shortage Says About the Emerging Healthcare System Nationwide

April 17, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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A report issued earlier this month by leaders at the University of Nebraska Medical Center looks at the cornhusker state’s physician shortage—with strong implications for the role of healthcare IT in the emerging healthcare system

BayCare Health CISO Thien Lam Shares His Insights on Disaster Recovery and Related Issues

April 13, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Thien Lam, CISO at BayCare Health System, shares his perspectives on some of the key issues facing CISOs in patient care organizations right now, including disaster recovery, business continuity, and network segmentation

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