Feature Articles

  1. Overcoming The Complexity Of Customizable Data
    3/3/2017

    EMR and other healthcare software applications must maintain dropdown lists of codes, which are regularly updated by the standard bodies. As a software vendor you need to ensure that you are monitoring for updates, analyzing each update to determine what actually changed, and then incorporating the updates and shipping updated code to all of your customers. In this blog, I discuss the challenge of managing codes and dropdown lists on your own, as opposed to using a terminology management solution to manage these frequent updates for you.

  2. Release Of 2017 ISA Is Good News For Interoperability
    3/3/2017

    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently released the 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA), an update to the 2016 version that holds great promise for advancing health information exchange. National Coordinator Vindell Washington hailed the release as “a key step toward achieving the goals” outlined in the Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap and Interoperability Pledge announced earlier this year.

  3. How New Smartphones Are Revolutionizing Nursing
    2/9/2017

    Smartphones transformed healthcare communications, but thanks to a new trend called the “Converged Device,” they’re about to revolutionize care delivery. One all-purpose device replaces a belt-full of single-purpose devices. And beyond sheer convenience, the results are stark: better care, higher patient satisfaction, better outcomes.

  4. Setting FHIR To The Clipboard At Hackensack University Medical Center
    2/8/2017

    We’ve all been there, filling out that pre-visit questionnaire on the clipboard with the borrowed pen, scribbling to get the task over with only to have to repeat it at another location or visit. By Jerry Rankin, Industry Strategy Director for Clinical Interoperability, Infor

  5. The Point Of Care Ecosystem – 4 Benefits Of A Fully Connected Outpatient Experience
    2/6/2017

    This white paper from Midmark is the first in a series that defines the outpatient point of care ecosystem and examines how the key components that comprise it – such as interpersonal communication, patient education, patient and family conveyance, vitals acquisition, wait times, patientcaregiver interaction, and even data collection and documentation – have an impact on the patient experience.

  6. Israel: A Case Study In National Connectivity For Better Health
    2/2/2017

    A pre-surgical patient at an Israeli hospital remembers a complication from anaesthesia during a surgery 14 years ago that left her in the ICU for several days. Neither she nor her family remembers what the complication was, so the patient must undergo additional testing before her surgery can be scheduled.

  7. Right-Sized Care: Acute Intervention In An Ambulatory Setting
    2/2/2017

    As a pediatrician, I find that there are times when my patients require a specific acute intervention – but they don’t need the full hospital experience. For example, when infants and children are dehydrated and need intravenous fluids, outpatient physicians, patients and their families may benefit from having alternatives to the local emergency room.

  8. 5 Tips For Interoperability Success In The "Merger Mania" Era
    2/2/2017

    The shift to value-based care has caused a number of mergers, acquisitions and strategic partnerships, prompting experts to call 2016 the year of “merger mania” in health care. While these strategies offer benefits and economies of scale, they also introduce new challenges when it comes to integrating clinical data.

  9. 5 Interoperability Findings You Should Know
    2/2/2017

    Our industry is swirling with health data exchange initiatives to enable better population health management. Everyone understands that an open, collaborative approach will help us achieve the promise of interoperability. But to shape successful efforts, it’s important to take a step back and look at available research on interoperability. What does the evidence tell us about factors that will lead to population health success?

  10. Briefing Congress On Health IT Innovation
    2/2/2017

    This week I testified before the United States House of Representatives. It was an honor to represent the healthcare IT industry and share how innovations are driving efficiencies and improvements. Here are excerpts from that testimony.