March/April 2013 HTO Issue

From The Editor

Ken Congdon, Editor In Chief, Health IT OutcomesA BYOD Backlash?
This year, I had the honor of speaking at the 2013 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition. The focus of my presentation was the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend that is currently sweeping healthcare. My goal was to provide healthcare IT executives with the information necessary to establish a BYOD program that caters to employee demands while ensuring that corporate assets and health data are secure.

Feature Story

The Rise Of mHealth
Healthcare is currently wrapped in a cloud of mobility, but what applications hold the most promise for providers and their patients, and what does the future hold?


Can Telehealth Become Mainstream Medicine?
As the healthcare industry moves toward adopting more technology, telehealth programs are popping up around the country. Two healthcare facilities explain how their telehealth systems keep patients connected and improve care quality.

Stage 2 MU Sticking Points
Patient engagement and medical image integration are the top Stage 2 Meaningful Use concerns for many providers. Learn how these four EHR early adopters plan to tackle these issues and achieve successful attestation.

Case Study

Restoring Faith In Mobile Carts One Nurse At A Time
An investment in new mobile carts proves instrumental in facilitating EMR adoption among nurses at Williamson Medical Center.


Wireless Tools Enhance Mobile Lab Performance
Using a combination of handheld computers, barcode tracking, and route optimization tools, Diagnostic Laboratories & Radiology has improved the effectiveness of its field phlebotomists, accelerating specimen collection and lab result turnaround time.

The Public HIE Dilemma: Two Viewpoints
An executive of and a physician in CurrentCare, Rhode Island’s state HIE, share their thoughts on the challenges, benefits, and ultimate financial sustainability of their public HIE.

Data Analytics Makes Healthcare More Intelligent
As a key way to improve operating efficiency, ensure quality care, and contain costs, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare uses data analytics technology to ensure valuable information isn’t sucked into software “black holes.”