Why Healthcare Needs To Rethink Technology Strategies

Technology is changing the traditional healthcare landscape, creating a need to adapt. By Christine Kern

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    CIO Struggles And Triumphs

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    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
    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
    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.

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    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.

HIMSS15 Provides Both Clarity & Confusion

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.

The Problem With Consumerism In Healthcare

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.

Is Technology To Blame For Physician Burnout?

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?

The ONC’s Olive Branch

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.

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    Accurately Predicting The Future

    Joe Maddon, the Cubs manager, is chomping on the end of his water bottle. It is the bottom of the ninth inning and Fenway Park is a screaming madhouse. It is game seven of the 2015 World Series and the Cubbies have a one run lead over the Boston Red Sox. With two men out, the bases are loaded with Brock Holt on third, Mookie Betts on second, and Dustin Pedroia on first. The Cubbies are just one out away from their first championship since 1906.

  • Semantic Graph Analytics Can Propel The Advent of ‘Personalized Medicine’
    Semantic Graph Analytics Can Propel The Advent of ‘Personalized Medicine’

    Analyzing massive stores of medical data can be overwhelming. Still, it’s an important mission: data analysis could provide new, more tailored treatments. Terms like “personalized medicine,” “precision medicine,” and “individualized medicine” all refer to a data-driven approach toward to goal of customizing medical treatment for every patient’s unique genetic and molecular composition. However noble, that goal is somewhat limited.

  • Key Considerations For Digital Transformation As It Accelerates Patient Care
    Key Considerations For Digital Transformation As It Accelerates Patient Care

    It’s an exciting time in the healthcare industry as it is being reborn for today’s digital world. I remember a time when a courier would need to send over my charts from my general practitioner before I could meet with the specialist. Things are changing – now x-rays, MRIs, payments, new patient records, and insurance claims are all digitized, accelerating the way patients are served.

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    Will PHI Exchanges Lead The Consumer Medical Record Revolution?

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    Migrating to a new Electronic Health Record (EHR) is, for most hospital systems the single largest undertaking in the history of its health system and presents significant challenges to its operations, the clinical staff’s workflow, their process for documenting care and lastly keeping the health system’s revenue flowing.

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    In this podcast, Lumira CEO Sumit Nagpal provides an overview of Lumira and walks through its journey from Wellogic to Alere Accountable Care Solutions and ultimately, to Lumira. Nagpal, recognized as one of Health IT Outcomes’ 2014 Health IT Change Agents largely because of his leadership in trying to improve population health and clinical outcomes, details the biggest weakness in the U.S. healthcare system today when it comes to chronic disease management and how is Lumira trying to address this challenge.

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    PHM, CommonWell Topic Of Greenway Discussion At HIMSS15

    In this podcast, Greenway Health CMO Robin Hackney explains what Greenway Health does and provides insight into what announcements were made at HIMSS. Hackney details the ways Greenway Health is addressing population health and how its unique approach to PHM has positioned it to benefit providers and patients.

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    How One Multi-Specialty Practice Shares Patient Data, Leverages The EHR Discussed At HIMSS15

    In this podcast, Jonathan Nasser, Chief Clinical Transformation Officer for Crystal Run Healthcare details his organizations 10-year partnership with NextGen. Nasser also details how Crystal Run (a large multi-specialty practice with more than 250 physicians over 15 locations) shares patient data and leverages the EHR to manage chronic needs patients, identify high-risk patients, and generally do a better job managing these critical parts of your patient population.

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