Lack Of Quality Information ‘Informs’ Employers’ Health Plan Decisions

New survey finds only 7 percent of employers use objective quality information to choose a health plan. By Christine Kern, 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.

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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.

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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.

The Final Nail In The Meaningful Use Coffin?

Healthcare providers across the country express their disappointment in the final Meaningful Use ‘Modifications’ Rule issued by CMS, and question the long-term viability of the program.

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    I had a recent conversation with some members of a hospital’s quality improvement team, and while they had celebrated the successful implementation of their evidence-based order sets into their computerized provider order entry system more than a year ago, they were now trying to optimize processes for keeping all of their order sets and other CDS content updated. By Victor Lee, MD, Zynx Health

  • Building The Framework For Integrated Clinical Decision Support
    Building The Framework For Integrated Clinical Decision Support

    Clinicians continue to face intensifying pressure from the growing number of tasks required in caring for patients. There is insufficient time to be confident that the care is comprehensive and adheres to contemporary standards. At the same time, studies evaluating clinical questions that arise in patient care have demonstrated that about two out of three patient encounters generate a question, of which only 40 percent are routinely answered. If all questions were answered, five to eight patient management decisions would be changed in each clinical session. By Denise S. Basow, M.D.

  • How to Approach Healthcare IT And Compliance: A Brief Tutorial On ISO 27799
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    It’s been said time and again: healthcare regulations are a virtual alphabet/number soup. Entire books can be written about HIPAA regulations alone, so we’ll leave those aside for now. ISO 27001, ISO 27002, and ISO 27799 are only a few of the regulations required to protect individuals’ healthcare data. Noncompliance doesn’t only risk data loss, it also means you can incur large fines, individual, and class action lawsuits with massive punitive damages – and even be shut down. By Roy Peretz, VP of Product Management, Whitebox Security

  • 10 Security Risk Mitigation Strategies Every Healthcare Executive Should Know
    10 Security Risk Mitigation Strategies Every Healthcare Executive Should Know

    For the last four to five years, we have been blogging about the importance and details of proper security in your healthcare IT environment. We have been “preaching” the message of diligence and attention to detail as it relates to HIPAA and HITECH. Articles have started to shine a light on the realities of security risk in our healthcare IT environments. This is no longer a HIPAA compliance project where we check a few boxes, update a policy book, do some DVD based training, and expect that we have covered ourselves for the next audit. These risks are real and they can be extremely damaging to an organization if not kept in check. By Phil Stravers, CEO, Partner at ICE Technologies, Inc.

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    Don’t let these common myths stall your healthcare cloud initiative.

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  • Medical Center Realizes 463% ROI With CPEO Implementation

    This IDC Health Insights case study identifies the key benefits from the use of the Wolters Kluwer Health ProVation Order Sets automated order set management and evidence-based medicine tools and content in the clinical environment. This case study covers the experience with order set tools at Southeast Alabama Medical Center (SAMC).

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