A consultation is never more than a few seconds away with Cleveland Clinic’s latest app. By Katie Wike, contributing writer
Post-Surgery App Boosts Patient Outcomes
Using a tablet based app to check in with patients after surgery is the approach hospital is choosing to speed up their patients’ recoveries. By Katie Wike, contributing writer
Budgets Tops Providers’ Security Concerns
Aside from nosy employees and hacking, budget concerns top the list of provider worries when it comes to security. By Katie Wike, contributing writer
Big Data Can Prevent Adverse Drug Effects
Using EHR data, researchers from Stanford University identified two heartburn medications they believe increase the risk of heart attacks. By Katie Wike, contributing writer
HEALTH IT OUTCOMES MAGAZINE CONTENT
CIO Struggles And Triumphs
From outdated technology to changing culture, three healthcare CIOs share their thoughts on the daily struggles they are facing and how they are overcoming them.
The Promise And Pain Of EHRS
EHRs have provided faster access to patient data and billing information, but workflow disruptions have prevented many providers from realizing efficiency and patient care benefits from the technology.
Secure Clinical Communications Makes Real Patient Impact
MemorialCare Health System’s new secure clinical communications solution has done more than streamline communications among physicians. It has helped decrease patient wait times and length of stay as well.
Improving Price Transparency With IT
Providers are leveraging technology and enhancing education efforts earlier in the treatment process to better inform patients of their financial responsibility while gaining a competitive business edge.
FROM THE EDITOR
Is Big Data Fueling Breaches?
Data breaches continue to dominate healthcare headlines, leading one to wonder if the unprecedented growth of Big Data is to blame? Health Data Consortium CEO Chris Boone shares his thoughts on this subject and more.
Interoperability and Population Health Management were once again the hottest topics at the health IT industry’s largest conference. The event helped to clarify efforts in one of these areas while muddling the messages delivered in the other.
Many industry leaders championed a free market approach to healthcare during the 12th Annual World Health Care Congress last week. Here are a few key reasons why I don’t think this model is “the fix” our industry so desperately needs.
According to a recent Medscape survey, 46% of physicians say they are burned out. How much is the drive towards health IT adoption contributing to this epidemic?
Just when the Meaningful Use program was on life support, the ONC makes two key announcements that seem to have healthcare leaders rallying around the program (and the organization) once again.
Virtual Visits Can Widen Access To High-Quality Healthcare
If you live in an urban area, you likely take for granted there will be numerous hospitals and physician practices (including those with high-level subspecialty care) within a short distance of home. But for much of the world, access to even basic healthcare can be difficult. Those who live in rural areas of the U.S. and other countries often must travel long distances to see a primary care physician. Critical access hospitals, which provide much of the care for rural Americans, are struggling. Many are expected to close in the near future. And access to specialists and subspecialists is even more difficult. By Sid Nair, VP & Global General Manager, Dell Services Healthcare & Life Sciences
5 Reasons Clinical Data Analytics Are Worth The Effort
Recent survey results by CDW Healthcare found more than two-thirds of healthcare decision makers say analytics is one of their organizations top three priorities, while other recent survey results from KPMG found only 10 percent of organizations are using advanced tools for data collection with analytics and predictive capabilities. This incongruity is not surprising. With all the health information technology (HIT) projects occurring at healthcare organizations right now: optimizing electronic health records (EHR), increasing electronic health information exchange (HIE) and expanding and securing wireless networks for mobile devices and hospital equipment, HIT professionals are understandably preoccupied with other projects. By M. Evan Hétu, SVP, data & analytics, Altegra Health
Changing Patient Behavior: How Data From Wearables And Sensors Will Transform Healthcare
Today’s wealth of innovation in wearables and sensors gives patients access to more data about their health than ever before. And while this access has increased patient engagement, it has yet to lead to a shift in overall patient behavior and persistent lifestyle changes that are necessary to affect long term outcomes. Part of this seeming disconnect is due to the fact that fitness data without context does not automatically translate to easily actionable positive behaviors for many patients. By Joseph Frassica, MD, CMIO/CTO, Patient Care and Monitoring Solutions, Philips
Push The Boundaries Of Treatment Options With EHRs & Data Infrastructure
It’s pretty safe to say that effective and efficient systems which share comprehensive data improves patient safety, saves lives, and improves health outcomes across the continuum of care. But I observe the greatest impact EHRs – and healthcare technology in general – are having in the wider industry is in the area of chronic disease management and treatment. By Scott Lenz, Strategic Alliances Manager, NetApp Healthcare
The Future Of Healthcare – Patient Engagement Is Due For A Paradigm Shift
Just as healthcare is making the shift from volume to value, the concept of Patient Engagement needs to be reimagined in several important ways.
3 Reasons You Need To Be Using Your Patient Surveys And Tips For Doing It Better!
Have you ever had a patient post a negative review about your services? Did you then wonder why they hadn’t talked to you first about the issue they were having so you could resolve it before they lashed out? Fortunately, there is a simple way to drastically improve your chances of addressing the issue before it escalates that far.
Why Do You Need To Map To LOINC?
The bulk of the recent media attention directed at clinical terminology standards has, for quite obvious reasons, been focused on the the impending October 1, 2015 deadline for ICD-10 conversion. SNOMED, the terminology meant to standardize the way interactions between patients and clinicians are recorded in EHRs, also often gets mentioned in the context of their relative relationship to the ICD-10 overhaul.
Outpatient Claims: Optimize Clinical Documentation That Supports ICD-10
There has been a great deal of discussion around ICD-10 and how it will impact DRG’s – but what about the outpatient setting?
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PODCASTS RECORDED AT HIMSS15
Steps Providers Can Take To Understand, Guard Against Fraud And Breaches Revealed At HIMSS15
In this podcast, Suzanne Widup, Senior Consultant - Network and Information Security for Verizon explains some common areas she sees in hospital settings where information security may be at risk or a network is not as secure as it should be.
Caradigm’s View On PHM Strategies Revealed At HIMSS15
In this podcast, Brian Drozdowicz, VP of Population Health, Caradigm explains Caradigm’s approach to population health and the overarching strategies and principles which drive its technology platform.
The Importance Of Interoperability To Population Health Subject Of Discussion At HIMSS15
In this podcast, Dr. Tom Van Gilder, Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Informatics and Analytics with Transcend Insights, lays out the company’s ’ ultimate goal within the health care IT industry and population health market as well as how it is approaching population health differently than some of the other vendors
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