HITO Contributed Editorial

  1. Why Credentialing And Provider Enrollment Matter In The Move To Value-Based Care

    In today’s ever-evolving healthcare environment, many practices are struggling to keep up with rising costs and quality of care demands. With the move from a fee-for-service payment model to a value-based payment model, these demands have significantly increased.

  2. Lost Devices And Healthcare Data Leakage, Two Sides Of The Same Coin?

    Healthcare professionals are more reliant on mobile devices than ever, with laptops, tablets, and smartphones quickly obviating the need for paper records. While a boon to productivity, mobile devices have also increased the risk of data leakage. Cloud-based EHR systems and adoption of productivity apps like Office 365 have made large volumes of patient data and claims information readily accessible from loss and theft prone mobile devices.

  3. Reimagining Discharge To Elevate The Patient Experience

    With the proliferation of high-deductible health plans, patients have a greater financial stake in their care than ever before — in some cases paying thousands of dollars for a single care episode. Likewise, hospitals are taking on more financial risk for patients beyond the hospital stay.

  4. Heal Thyself — Preventing Viruses And Ransomware Attacks

    Healthcare professionals need to spend time focusing on patient care, not technology. They need mission-critical applications to just work — quickly and reliably. Unfortunately, IT wellness, so to speak, faces a new and growing threat, one that can cripple entire healthcare organizations, impact patient care, and lead to costly system repairs. That threat is ransomware and related malware.

  5. Your Billing System Needs An Overhaul: How To Make A Successful Transition

    Every commercial entity wants to get paid fairly for the work it produces, and health systems and hospitals are no exception. Recently, as waves of payment reforms have swept through the industry, reimbursements have generally shrunk and consequently so have margins. This has put a much sharper focus on improving the effectiveness of billing and collection, and provider organizations have been investing a lot of time and money in trying to improve their performance.

  6. Moving Data To Where It Needs To Be In Healthcare

    Napoleon is widely considered a brilliant leader and battle strategist. Yet, despite an arsenal of advantages including better arms, the regularity of higher force concentrations, and the superior chess-like maneuverability of his armies across European battlefields, Napoleon eventually fell.

  7. Data Analytics: Where We Are Vs. Where We Should Be (And How to Get There!)

    As healthcare continues to shift to a value-based care model, organizations are forced to identify where costs can be cut and care improvements can be made. While there are a number of data analytics solutions that can help healthcare institutions with these efforts, significant headway can still be made when we look at where we currently are with leveraging analytics versus where we could (and should) be. By Nora Lissy, RN, BSN, MBA, director of healthcare information, Dimensional Insight

  8. Closing The Gap: How Health IT Will Impact PMEs At Shift Change

    Patients seek medical care to improve their health. Yet, after checking into a hospital, some patients become more ill — or even die — due to preventable medical errors (PMEs). By Decisio Health

  9. Improving The Decision-Making Process Through Behavioral Analytics

    Because no matter how brilliant or logical a strategy may seem in the abstract, if it doesn’t translate into the desired behaviors from the people being targeted it’s not going to have the desired effect. Here’s an example of how behavioral analytics are being used in healthcare to improve patient (and population) health, reduce hospital events including admissions, readmissions, and ER utilization, increase patient satisfaction, and lower the cost of care. By Dave Hom, Chief Evangelist, SCIO Health Analytics

  10. Documentation Improvement Helps Value-Based Purchasing

    I don’t believe it has ever been acceptable to simply look at Case Mix Index (CMI) alone as a measure of the impact of a Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) program. By Dr. Jon Elion, MD, FACC and Founder/President, ChartWise Medical Systems