Majority Of Execs Expect ROI On Population Health Tools In Less Than 4 Years

Most healthcare executives and managers in a recent survey said they expect to see returns on their population health management investments in two to four years. By Katie Wike, contributing writer

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As the prevalence of high-deductible health plans continue to rise, patient convenience will become more and more important. Small, independent health providers need to invest in the technologies necessary to cater to the most basic customer demands.

Why Gamification Is Failing In Healthcare

Healthcare gamification is generating a lot of hype, but little adoption. Why? It turns out most of today’s healthcare gamification apps aren’t games at all. This article provides some tips for improving gamification in healthcare.

Medical Practices Strive To Regain Patient Focus With IT

This year’s MGMA (Medical Group Management Association) conference featured a ton of great technology solutions, but the medical practices in attendance only seemed interested in those that would allow them to return their focus back to patient care.

The Great HealthKit Betrayal

Editor In Chief Ken Congdon explains why the health IT industry shouldn’t be surprised or disappointed that Apple’s big iPhone and smartwatch launch ignored HealthKit.

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  • A Passionate Defense Of Scribes
    A Passionate Defense Of Scribes

    It is clear there is a major amount of tension around the cumbersome technology associated with most EHRs. Unfortunately, some are blaming the technology’s limitations on the ever-popular Medical Scribe. Many have gone as far as to insinuate the use of medical scribes is the reason why technology is not developing quickly to resolve EHR problems – this is like saying that citizens paying their taxes are to blame for the government not seeking to balance the budget and exercise appropriate fiscal control. By Michael Murphy, MD, CEO, ScribeAmerica

  • VNA: A Better Way To Archive
    VNA: A Better Way To Archive

    Given today’s broad healthcare challenges, it’s hard to be neutral about Vendor Neutral Archiving (VNA). Given its ability to translate data to a standardized format and enable communication across disparate IT systems, hospital departments, and enterprises, the VNA addresses today’s most crucial healthcare issues – enabling patient data communication across the continuum of care, creating a more complete patient record, and supporting Meaningful Use. Moreover, after years of little control over PACS and other important data, a VNA puts providers back in the driver’s seat and relegates vendors a secondary position. By Greg Strowig, COO, TeraMedica, Inc.

  • Transformation In 2015: Focusing Technology On The Patient
    Transformation In 2015: Focusing Technology On The Patient

    We are currently experiencing the biggest transformation in healthcare ever. Technology plays a significant role as an enabler of this transformation, but will not drive it alone. Improving patient care and driving toward patient engagement are crucial goals in this next phase of the healthcare industry. To make adoption ubiquitous and implementation effective, there are several things we should focus on as we dive into 2015. By Alan Portela, CEO, AirStrip

  • The Brave New World Of Patient ID And Matching
    The Brave New World Of Patient ID And Matching

    Three ways hospitals and Health IT can make patient-matching more fool-proof. By Jason Harmon, CTO, Get Real Health

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  • 2020 Health IT Predictions

    IDC Health Insights presented its annual healthcare predictions report at the end of November. Their predictions are designed to provide insight and perspective on long-term industry trends along with new themes that may be on the horizon. We have provided a summary of the annual report in the following infographic. The theme of these 2020 health IT predictions for independent community hospitals may very well be as follows: Effective IT and information management strategy is now central to success in an era of healthcare demanding more efficient and effective care delivery.

  • Which Mobile Devices Provide Real Value

    The US healthcare sector continues to grapple with information technology. What to purchase? How best to implement? Who will be allowed to use the solutions? How will they be managed and secured?

  • Why Tablets Are Essential To The Success Of Your mHealth Initiative

    Tablets continue to offer users a truly unique combination of portability and power. The healthcare sector is particularly intrigued with the potential these devices present in the areas of improved patient care, lower overall costs, and streamlined compliance with regulations. If they haven’t already, administrators in hospitals and long-term care facilities would be well advised to introduce the tablet and its growing portfolio of medical software applications to their patients and staff.

  • The Evolution Of mHealth Solutions

    Mobile health, or mHealth, has broken through as a game-changer in today’s healthcare sector. While still very much a market in early development, mHealth initiatives are driven by a number of significant industry developments:

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    Zebra Technologies
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  • Wolters Kluwer
    Wolters Kluwer

    Wolters Kluwer is a leading global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry. Serving more than 150 countries and territories worldwide, Wolters Kluwer’s customers include professionals, institutions and students in medicine, nursing, allied health and pharmacy. Major brands include Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Ovid®, Medknow, UpToDate®, Medi-Span®, Facts & Comparisons®, Pharmacy OneSource®, Lexicomp® and ProVation® Medical.

  • MedeAnalytics

    MedeAnalytics provides evidence-based insights to solve a real problem that plagues healthcare – how to use the immense amount of patient data collected along the care continuum to deliver cost-effective care and promote a healthier population.


Health IT Outcomes is the premier information resource for today’s most pressing Health IT topics. Our mission is to provide healthcare providers with expert guidance on technology system selection, integration, project management, and change management. In addition to its online presence, Health IT Outcomes produces a bi-monthly print publication focused on peer-based content centered on best practices and implementation trends.

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