HITO Contributed Editorial

  1. How To Bypass Challenges Of Testing Healthcare Mobile Apps

    Today, there are apps that cover almost every area of services like banking, retail, travel and more. Healthcare providers have raised their awareness of mobile platforms, too. For healthcare providers, it’s very important to run each of enterprise apps through quality assurance (QA) in order to avoid security and performance issues as they contain users’ sensitive information such as personal details and health status.

  2. Hospital Systems Adopt Actionable Analytics For Better Clinical, Financial, And Operational Outcomes

    Hospital leaders face substantial challenges when it comes to aggregating and comparing vast datasets to identify and correct problems. The sheer magnitude of data is prompting these healthcare organizations to recognize this deficit in their existing systems. As they learn about the value and benefits of actionable analytics to address and solve problems in virtually every aspect of operations, they are adopting new technology that is now available. A key benefit is that these new platforms overlay current transactional systems to deliver a cleaner, smarter and cost-effective solution.

  3. 3 Steps To Restoring Provider Passion

    For those of us who entered the practice of medicine to help others, it can be incredibly disheartening when you realize you’re becoming burned out by the regulations, rules and technical challenges that keep you from focusing on what matters most: your patients. By Dr. Tom Schwieterman, vice president, Clinical Affairs and CMO, Midmark Corporation

  4. Stratification Plus Targeted Communication Equals Improved Outcomes

    As healthcare shifts toward value-based payments, there is a growing onus on providers to improve patient experience, compliance, and outcomes. Accomplishing these goals requires a solid patient-provider relationship built on education and communication. But how can providers faced with limited time and resources offer ongoing, relevant, and actionable information to every patient?

  5. For Better Outcomes, Add One Part Joy

    Healthcare organizations have spent a fortune on new health IT solutions with the goal of improving outcomes. But as new revenue management, population health and analytics applications are layered on top of each other, the result has often been a mountain of administrative burden that leaves doctors and nurses burned out and patients feeling ignored. Despite the near-ubiquitous presence of “patient-centered” language in healthcare quality discourse, the full realization of human-centeredness remains elusive in many care settings. This must change. Technology providers need to work with, and for, clinicians to help them restore resilience, well-being and joy to the practice of medicine.

  6. IT Upgrades And Changes Won’t Succeed Without Operations Staff At The Table

    Does your services integrator, PMO, delivery and implementation team implement technology, or operationalize your technology? There’s an important distinction, one that can make all the difference in the success of your IT projects.

  7. EHR Failure: What’s A Practice To Do?

    Physician dissatisfaction with EHRs has been well-documented in recent years, as has the growth of the EHR replacement market. In Kalorama Information’s report, The State of the EMR Market in 2017, the authors estimate that approximately 15 percent of physicians are seeking EHR replacement systems in order to mitigate frustrations with awkward and non-intuitive interfaces and functionality gaps.

  8. Modern Healthcare Network Challenges And The Value Of Zero-Trust, Session-Based Networking Models

    With digital transformation sweeping across all industries, new technologies are streamlining and enhancing lives everywhere. While this digital era symbolizes great progress for society, industries like healthcare would be wise to tread lightly amid such change. Although newfound technology often equates to higher efficiency, it is important to remember that new security concerns may also arise. With 233 healthcare-related breaches already reported in 2017 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, network security is the most crucial component for healthcare organizations to consider as the transformation of the industry continues to ramp up.

  9. Why Healthcare Orgs Should Demand MSPs That Are Wise To HIPAA’s Nuances

    There tend to be two paths to go when learning any lesson: the easy way and the hard way. In cases involving compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (better known as HIPAA), the easy way for a healthcare organization to learn the nuances of the law is to be led by a smart MSP with extensive HIPAA expertise. Alternatively, the hard way is actually easy at first: simply ignore the detailed responsibilities of HIPAA, do your best, and wait for the data breaches, government audits, and substantial fines to arrive.

  10. For Hospitals, Predictive Analytics Is A Necessity, Not A Luxury

    When thinking about the business value of predictive analytics, hospitals often view it as an evolutionary technology and look for things like use cases, accuracy, cost, and return on investment. While those are all valid points to consider, a better way to look at it is to focus on what truly matters for patients and caregivers, work backwards, and explore how predictive analytics can make them better. Having worked with dozens of hospitals, I can tell you that — when viewed from this perspective — the answer is predictive analytics is a necessity, not a luxury.