HITO Contributed Editorial

  1. Diagnosing Rare Diseases In The Digital Age

    The digital age has transformed how nearly every industry conducts business, and healthcare is no exception. Technological advances often outpace our ability to apply them, but successful integration can mean new efficiencies and improved clinical outcomes for patients. By Dekel Gelbman, CEO, FDNA

  2. ACO Growth Indicates Expanding Need For Evidence-Based Decision Support Tools

    If the National Association of Accountable Care Organizations (NAACOS) Fall Conference is any indication of the growth of the value-based care movement, then one fact is certain: it is not slowing down any time soon. The first NAACOS conference in 2012 had 123 attendees; 2016 had 670. By Joe Guerriero, senior vice president of MDGuidelines, ReedGroup

  3. How Visual Analytics Can Boost Health System Revenue

    In healthcare, the term Big Data doesn’t really capture the immensity of information being gathered and shared. For example, the HCA enterprise data warehouse now contains more than 28 petabytes of data. By Rochell Pierce, senior vice president of market development, Aegis Health Group

  4. Avoiding The Potholes In The Road To MBI

    One of the positive changes brought on by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is replacing the current Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) on Medicare cards with a new Medicare Beneficiary Identification (MBI) code. By Crystal Ewing, Manager of Data Integrity, ZirMed

  5. Purchased Services Are An Untapped Cost Savings Opportunity

    Laundry, food, marketing, telecom, and the hundreds of other purchased services that health systems spend billions of dollars on each year rarely get as much attention as medical/surgical and physician-preference supplies when it comes to evaluating savings opportunities. By Chris Heckler, CEO, Valify

  6. GAO Report On Privacy And Security: A Wake-Up Call For HHS?

    Latest cyber-attacks show it’s time to mandate adoption of identity management, cybersecurity practices to better protect PHI. By Michael Magrath, Director of Business Development, Healthcare, VASCO Data Security

  7. Picking The Right Data Tools Is Key To Success In Value-Based Care

    Value-based healthcare is patient-centric, meaning how patients feel about their own conditions — including quality of life and care satisfaction — should be integral parts of their healthcare data set. By Andrew Clement is the director of operations at OBERD

  8. As Patient Cost Shifting Rises, Are You Prepared To Manage The Process?

    Revenue cycle management (RCM) is the lifeblood of any healthcare provider; however, inefficient workflows, poor training, frequent staff turnover, and the lack of actionable intelligence can lead to providers leaving revenue uncollected. Now there’s a growing trend affecting RCM — the cost shift to patients. By Leonard Wenyon, Vice President of Solutions at IKS Health

  9. Riding The Herd To Transformational Success

    There is an unpleasant truth that almost any CIO or senior insurance executive is loath to admit: at some point in the past he or she has been involved in a large and costly technology initiative that failed spectacularly. It’s especially difficult when the initiative is at the root of the company’s operations, as are many core systems transformation initiatives. Why does this happen? There are many reasons, but many fail as a result of the effects of a kind of herd mentality.

  10. The Last Mile Of Population Health Management

    The concept of population health was first introduced in 2003, when David Kindig and Greg Stoddart defined it as “the health outcome of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group.” By Egor Kobelev, Vice President of Healthcare & Life Sciences and Daniel Piekarz, Vice President of Business Development, Healthcare & Life Sciences, DataArt