ACOs Face Interoperability Barriers
ACOs Face Interoperability Barriers

According to a new report, a lack of out-of-network interoperability is the biggest obstacle facing ACOs today. By Katie Wike, contributing writer

  • Despite Benefits, Few PCPs Use Telehealth
    Despite Benefits, Few PCPs Use Telehealth

    The majority of family physicians see the benefits to telehealth, yet few actually use the technology. By Katie Wike, contributing writer

  • Patients Increasingly Willing To Share Health Data
    Patients Increasingly Willing To Share Health Data

    More than half of those who participated in a Pew Research Center survey said they would be willing to share their personal health information in exchange for health products or services. By Katie Wike, contributing writer

  • Saving Time, Cost In The Cloud
    Saving Time, Cost In The Cloud

    A cloud-based time and attendance solution has reduced IT support costs and improved staffi ng processes at Saint Mary’s Hospital.

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HEALTH IT OUTCOMES MAGAZINE CONTENT

  • Are Patients Going To Fix The Interoperability Problem?
    Are Patients Going To Fix The Interoperability Problem?

    In our last issue, readers identified HIE/interoperability as the third most pressing health IT trend for 2016. Guest writer, Dr. Donald Voltz, noted the current lack of interoperability adversely impacts patient care and leads to unintended clinical consequences. Voltz further notes that, despite pressure from the AMA and AAFP, little resolution has been obtained and, “The future of interoperability will not be solved with new policies either in Washington or within the EHR market. There is simply not enough incentive to do so.”

  • Expand Patient Engagement  With Telemedicine
    Expand Patient Engagement With Telemedicine

    Telemedicine offers a clear opportunity for healthcare providers to connect with patients in cost-effective, efficient, and engaging ways. Yet while telemedicine continues to grow, challenges to widespread adoption remain.

  • Saving Time, Cost In The Cloud
    Saving Time, Cost In The Cloud

    A cloud-based time and attendance solution has reduced IT support costs and improved staffi ng processes at Saint Mary’s Hospital.

  • A Road Map To Accelerating  Health IT Value And Innovation
    A Road Map To Accelerating Health IT Value And Innovation

    Health IT is in a state of constant evolution, and it often seems that, for every problem solved, another is created. That’s why it’s vital we stop to assess where the industry stands from time to time, as well as look to the future to determine the best course to take to achieve our collective goals.

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FROM THE EDITOR

  • Is Big Data Fueling Breaches?
    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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GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

  • 3 Technologies That Integrate And Support Value-Based Transitions
    3 Technologies That Integrate And Support Value-Based Transitions

    A new category of tools is gaining traction as providers transition to value-based care in 2016. They integrate into existing platforms, prevent IT restructure, and make EMR and patient portal data easier to access and use in care delivery.

  • Are You Taking The Time To Look Into Your Patients’ Eyes?
    Are You Taking The Time To Look Into Your Patients’ Eyes?

    It’s more important than ever before as the use of computers could take the human element out of care encounters. By Ben Nwoke, MD, MBA, COO, DEMA/DMCG

  • More Speed, Less Confusion: 3 Trends Shaping The Future Of Healthcare Marketing
    More Speed, Less Confusion: 3 Trends Shaping The Future Of Healthcare Marketing

    Today, the average consumer uses a wide variety of apps on their smartphone. Whether it’s to find a nearby restaurant or look up a movie review, this digital consumer experience is also gaining traction in the healthcare industry. In August 2015, Yelp announced that the more than 25,000 U.S. hospitals, nursing homes, and dialysis clinics listed on its site will include additional data such as emergency room wait times, friendliness of staff, and noise levels in hospital rooms. By Will Reese, President and Chief Innovation Officer, Cadient, a Cognizant Company

  • Reduce Lost Appointments By Aligning Digital Technology With Patient Behavior
    Reduce Lost Appointments By Aligning Digital Technology With Patient Behavior

    Historically, practices have had no-show rates ranging from 5 to 50 percent. The reality is, missed appointments happen and, when they do, cost the practice both time and money. There are numerous reasons why patients miss appointments, but many of them could have been prevented. By Tom Cox, CEO, MyHealthDirect

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FEATURE ARTICLES

  • HIPAA Best Practices Checklist

    Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance is based upon identifying potential risks to Protected Health Information (PHI) and Personally Identifiable Information (PII). Completing an inventory of the PHI and PII that you hold and reviewing the current physical, administrative and technical measures that are in place to protect that data is critical to ensuring compliance with HIPAA mandates. Also key is determining what additional measures need to be put into place to mitigate the risks that have been identified.

  • Let Doctors Be Doctors

    #LetDoctorsBeDoctors is a movement that encourages health care professionals to air frustrations with laggard software (specifically EHRs) and advocate for better technology.

  • HIMSS16 Welcomes New Era Of EMRAM

    The HIMSS EMRAM, the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model, entered the scene about 10 years ago and had a profound impact on health IT. When I hear EMRAM, ‘change’ comes to mind. Although change is often thought of in a negative way, it doesn’t have to be.

  • The Unenviable Job Of Healthcare CIOs And What We Can Learn

    CIOs are tough folks. It’s a part of the job. CIOs in the healthcare industry are especially tough. I might be biased, but these are some of the most innovative folks on the planet and I continue to learn from the war stories I hear about the immense pressure to ensure life-saving technology is available, meet federal legislative requirements and empower employees to efficiently complete administrative tasks.

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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.

Health IT Outcomes covers all technology solutions that impact the productivity, efficiency, patient care, and cash flow of a healthcare facility — from the latest electronic health record software (EHR), healthcare information exchange (HIE), healthcare information management Software (HIM), healthcare document management, healthcare business intelligence software, healthcare revenue cycle management software, point of care (POC) EMR (electronic medical record) and HIM (health information management) software to point-of-care solutions and medical imaging systems. The site features a comprehensive buyer's guide, daily health IT news updates on the latest technologies, contributed articles from leading healthcare industry analysts and vendors, and original success stories that highlight how leading healthcare facilities are implementing technology solutions with maximum return.

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  • Patient Engagement: The Complexity Behind The Buzzword
    Patient Engagement: The Complexity Behind The Buzzword

    Seatbelts are required by law in the manufacture of cars to be sold in the United States, and legislated to be worn by drivers and passengers in many states and locales. Yet seatbelts only improve safety if they are actually buckled.

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