Health IT In August: A Look Back

What was most important to our readers in August? Take a look back at last month by reviewing the 10 most popular articles that appeared on Health IT Outcomes.

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IBM, Apple & Epic: Health IT’s Dream Team?

IBM’s exclusive partnership with Apple could mean a giant leap forward for healthcare mobility. Here’s why.

Financial And Clinical Worlds Unite At ANI 2014

This year’s HFMA (Healthcare Financial Management Association) ANI (Annual National Institute) conference went beyond ICD-10 to show a growing harmonization between financial and clinical teams in an effort to address a variety of reimbursement challenges.

Birmingham’s Health IT Breeding Ground

Atlanta is largely considered the health IT capital of the United States, but there are some innovative new health IT technology companies for providers to watch in Birmingham, Alabama.

Will Apple Revolutionize Healthcare?

Apple announced its new HealthKit app at its Worldwide Developer Conference this week and the platform had more provider play than expected. What does this announcement mean for the ongoing transformation of the healthcare industry?

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    Electronic health records help solve some problems, but they aren’t the panacea needed to clear up illegible chart notes sent to pharmacies. By Linda M. Girgis, MD, FAAFP

  • Staying Ahead In A Technology-Driven Field
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    Since patient care and well-being is at the center of Rockdale’s mission, attracting the best and brightest clinicians in the region is an important effort for us. Part of distinguishing ourselves from our competitors is providing the resources and advanced technological support clinicians want.

  • Get Ready For The New Realities Of The Revenue Cycle
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    How do you update your IT systems to efficiently and effectively manage the new reality that population health tracking, management, and analysis are now part of the revenue cycle? By Mary Hardy, Director of Health Data Analytics, ZirMed

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    The healthcare industry’s ability to streamline meaningful use and Health Information Exchange (HIE) efforts are largely based on the level of interoperability between management systems. Organizations have long been tasked with improving the accessibility of data throughout complex multi-channel workflows without sacrificing security, accuracy, time or budgets. With this natural progression of the industry’s efforts, Intelligent Capture has provided a critical bridge in accessing data held within paper medical documentation and making it available within the daily digital workflow, easing interoperability efforts and helping to facilitate an electronic industry.

  • HIPAA-Compliant Texting Rollout Connects Care Team Staff

    With an entire network of medical offices, physicians, care providers, and nurses, NAMM California was experiencing significant communication delays, particularly between their hospitalists, case managers, medical directors and nurses. Staff was using basic SMS to text colleagues with patient updates and instructions, but knew they tried to be discrete as possible when discussing patients as it could risk PHI and result in a HIPAA violation.

  • Communication Tools Converged To One Platform With Text Implementation

    For over 65 years, MHG has been dedicated to providing a wide range of health and wellness services to their community. With more than 1,000 employees consisting of physicians, care providers, nurses and part-time staff; MHG needed a fast and HIPAA compliant way to comm- unicate. Nurses were relying on paging and their answering service to contact doctors directly, but had trouble reaching their contacts via these communication channels. Response times were lagging around 3-4 hours and causing severe communication delays.

  • 10 Questions To Ask Before Selecting A Text Messaging Solution

    Evaluating secure text messaging solutions can be a time-consuming and confusing process for healthcare organizations, especially with restrictive compliance regulations in place. Once you have realized the need for a secure texting solution, the research, evaluation and selection process could be long and unorganized without the necessary tools or understanding of what your ideal solution would be. That is why TigerText has compiled the Top 10 Questions to Ask Before Selecting a Secure Text Messaging Solution, allowing you to simplify the selection process and more easily identify what you need from your secure texting vendor.

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  • Solutionreach Inc.
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    Solutionreach is a cloud-based platform built upon patient engagement technology, designed to help healthcare professionals eliminate the communication gaps that occur between their practice and their patients. The tools and services included with the platform focus on maintaining engaged relationships with each patient, all throughout the continuum of care.


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