HITO Contributed Editorial

  1. Mobile, Integrated Clinical Communications Delivers Needed Efficiencies Under Value-Based Payment Models
    2/23/2017

    The transition to value-based payment thus far has predominantly focused on preventive care, patient engagement, and other ways to improve care quality to keep patients out of the hospital. By Brad Brooks, Chief Executive Officer, TigerText

  2. 5 Tips For Safeguarding Data Security
    2/22/2017

    It looks like ensuring complete data security in healthcare may be more challenging this year. According to the Ponemon Institute’s Sixth Annual Benchmark Study on Privacy & Security of Healthcare Data, data breaches in the healthcare industry are continuing to grow in terms of volume, frequency, impact, and total cost. By Christopher Click, Sr. Healthcare Solutions Marketing Manager, Nuance Document Imaging

  3. 10 Things You Need To Know Before Creating A Strategic Workforce Management System
    2/21/2017

    Rising labor costs, a competitive hiring market, value-based payment models, and millennial worker expectations are rapidly changing the healthcare workforce landscape. By Alan Bateman, Director of Health Industry Workforce Management Strategy at Infor

  4. A New Era: Why Healthcare Marketers Should Attend HIMSS17
    2/21/2017

    Every year, the HIMSS Annual Conference attracts over 40,000 health IT professionals from around the world who come to learn about the next big thing in healthcare technology. By Kyra Hagan, senior vice president and general manager, marketing and communications, Influence Health

  5. How The Section 1557 Ruling Affects Language Access In Healthcare
    2/20/2017

    This past year, new standards under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act went into effect. This new regulation prohibits discrimination in certain health programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability and reinforces the assertion healthcare institutions are required to provide meaningful access to individuals needing communication assistance. In order to be compliant with the new standards, federally funded healthcare institutions are required to provide “language assistance services” for LEP patients. Kathryn Jackson, vice president of Language Operations, Stratus Video

  6. Precision Medicine In 2017? Not So Fast …
    2/20/2017

    As we head into HIMSS 2017, the movement toward precision medicine is at the top of the agenda. The idea of using data to customize care for patients is not new; however, with the passage of the 21stCentury Cures Act late in 2016, what was once a far-off dream now seems closer to reality. But are we really that close? Unfortunately, the answer is no, unless we address the key barriers to success: interoperability and cybersecurity. By Alan Portela, CEO, AirStrip

  7. Physicians Maintain Independence By Harnessing The Power Of Clinical And Operational Data From Healthcare IT Ecosystem
    2/17/2017

    EHRs used to be document management systems. Now, they are focused on data intelligence. Specialists need help in the new world of value-based care to maintain their independence and stay profitable, and they need the right partners to help them advance patient engagement, achieve better clinical outcomes, and realize operational efficiency.

  8. Improving Chronic Disease Management Through Business Intelligence
    2/16/2017

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly half of U.S. adults suffer from at least one chronic disease, with a quarter of adults suffering from two or more. By Nora Lissy, RN, BSN, MBA, Director of Healthcare Information, Dimensional Insight

  9. Cybersecurity Confidence Does Not Always Match Reality
    2/16/2017

    Another year has come and gone and cybersecurity threats have grown more onerous than ever. According to our 2016 Internet Security Threat Report, the largest number of breaches in 2015 took place within the healthcare sector, accounting for 39 percent of all breaches and four million identities exposed. If 2017 follows suit, healthcare is in for a tumultuous year.

  10. Blockchain In Healthcare: An Executive Update
    2/15/2017

    A recent IBM survey indicates 16 percent of healthcare entities may be working with blockchain in 2017. Blockchain has been associated foremost with currency and the financial services industry (e.g., Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies). By John Bass, Corey Todaro, Jason I. Epstein, and Roy Wyman