HITO Contributed Editorial

  1. Leveraging Smart Availability To Enhance Data Analytics And Decision-Making Precision

    Today, it is widely accepted that decision-making precision can best be accomplished with accurate and timely data analytics. Seemingly every day, new technologies and methodologies are introduced promising data analytics nirvana, for any number of use cases.

  2. Hackers Are Not Natural Disasters Or Acts Of God

    Data breaches are unfortunately becoming more and more common as the never-ending march toward digital transformation carries on while picking up pace. No other sector is as directly impacted by breaches than health care as medical records are considered an order of magnitude more valuable than even credit cards.

  3. How AI Will Affect Your Patient's Experience

    Artificial intelligence is one of the most disruptive and potentially impactful technologies in healthcare, as is the case in seemingly every industry. It has brought significant improvements to the lives of those who work in the healthcare industry, from providers and their staff to administrators and executives at every level.

  4. It’s Time To Embrace The Triple Bottom Line

    Today, a growing number of customers, shareholders, and employees want to buy from, invest in, and work for companies that instill social and environmental responsibility into every aspect of their products and services, as well as generate a measurable positive impact. In this light, business decisions that are singularly focused on financial gains leave substantial social and environmental value on the table. They also introduce the multi-faceted risks of inaction.

  5. The Right Population Health Analytics To Transform The Patient Experience

    Consider a situation where healthcare is not just an industry term- a situation where EHRs are not an integral part of physicians schedule but just a support to providing care. All considered, imagine a situation where patient-centric care actually involves the patient, and patient engagement is not just a buzzword but a reality. Unfortunately, all these imaginations were supposed to be a reality, but still, healthcare managers and organizations are struggling with the problems such as the lack of patients’ adherence to medication, varying trends in the population health, and a lot more. Patient populations, nowadays, expect the same on-demand delivery convenience from the healthcare organizations as they get from the other companies like Netflix.

  6. Improving Online Accessibility For The Blind And Partially Sighted

    Since the 1990s, the internet has become a staple in most Americans’ lives for personal communications and commercial transactions.  Most businesses of any size advertise their products and services online, and organizations across all industries increasingly are engaged in some form of e-commerce, including various types of electronic bill presentment and payment. This phenomenon is not limited to just retailers, either. Insurance companies, healthcare organizations, banks and other financial institutions also rely on electronic communication channels for initial outreach, customer onboarding and retention, invoicing and billing, correspondence, etc.

  7. The Role Of Analytics In Making The Switch To Outcome-Based Healthcare

    Data and analytics have always been central to healthcare. Now, however, a major shift in how data is generated, aggregated and used is underway. The shift promises to turn data into the equivalent of a new performance enhancing drug, powering the industry towards evidence-based care and new outcome-based healthcare business models.

  8. Judging The Price Of Medical Billing Services

    This article explains the four models for pricing of medical billing services and the things healthcare organizations need to consider in evaluating the price.

  9. The Future Of Patient Safety Points To Technology

    Patient safety is one of the leading concerns within the healthcare industry worldwide. There are 440,000 preventable adverse events that contribute to patient deaths in U.S. hospitals every year, making preventable diseases the third leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer. Additionally, approximately one in 10 hospitalized patients experience harm due to medical errors, and of those one in 10, at least 50 percent were preventable medical errors. Decreasing medical errors and improving patient outcomes are key priorities for people across the healthcare industry, but reaching these goals has proven to be an ongoing challenge.

  10. Why Virtual Care Is The “New” Telehealth

    The term “telehealth” may soon be obsolete. Although telehealth has come a long way since the first radiologic images were sent via telephone in 1948, the delivery of care via telehealth is undergoing a seismic shift as healthcare organizations, providers, and patients are embracing virtual care. As the next generation of telehealth, virtual care “goes beyond” traditional telehealth by helping healthcare organizations improve care delivery, optimize workflows, and enhance patient engagement, while avoiding excess costs.