Hospitals and health systems today face significant margin pressures. By Jason Harber, vice president of product management, Hospital IQ
It’s a brave new world of analytics, but what does that mean for healthcare organizations? Healthcare data is crucial to enhancing patient care and outcomes. By Will Israel, SSI Group
The number of ransomware emails jumped 6,000 percent between 2015 and 2016, per an IBM Security study. To put that into perspective, SonicWall reports there were 3.8 million ransomware attacks in 2015 and over 638 million in 2016. By John Harris, chief technology officer, SIGNiX
As healthcare organizations wring out wasteful spending, reducing cost variations of surgical procedures is one area being closely scrutinized. By Matt Waltrich, RemitDATA
One year ago, Jackson Health System in Miami realized a cultural shift was necessary in order to move forward. By Bill Griffith, Vice President of Business Process/Operational Improvement for Jackson Health System, Miami
A big part of routine daily healthcare management operations is managing huge volumes of data—and it's becoming increasingly more of a challenge. EMC estimates the amount of stored healthcare data nearly doubles every two years. The amount of data managed will continue to grow as healthcare organizations add new equipment and incorporate data-intensive, next-generation diagnostic tools.
The push to deliver greater value is prompting healthcare organizations to closely examine their clinical and financial processes in search of ways to boost efficiency, improve accuracy, and elevate the patient experience. With this in mind, First Care Clinic, a federally qualified health center and level 3 patient centered medical home located in rural Kansas, set out to retool one of its critical processes — the patient care visit.
Public clouds such as AWS, Azure and others are becoming more attractive because of scalability, agility, features, speed to market, etc. But the key challenge becomes how to best maintain security and compliance. There are two broad approaches available – using internal staff to manage the cloud (a DIY approach) or working with cloud managed service provider.
Data breaches continue to dominate healthcare headlines, leading one to wonder if the unprecedented growth of Big Data is to blame? Health Data Consortium CEO Chris Boone shares his thoughts on this subject and more.
The results of our fifth annual Community Hospital IT survey are in, and one thing is clear — the cost of IT is having an adverse effect on the survival of small, rural hospitals.
Our inaugural class of Health IT Change Agents set a high bar, but this year’s class can more than hold its own when it comes to driving positive change and advancing health IT.
With all the talk of Big Data, there are still big questions as to how to most effectively leverage information and data to make a positive impact on healthcare delivery, cost, and outcomes. One health system leader thinks an approach developed by a Major League baseball team might be a game changer.
By using analytics technology to measure revenue metrics across facilities and physicians, Orlando Health avoided $22.7 million in bad debt write-offs.
When announcing the goal of interoperability by 2024, HHS said the flow of information is fundamental. While many share this sentiment, significant barriers remain to improving interoperability at many healthcare organizations.
In our last issue, readers identified HIE/interoperability as the third most pressing health IT trend for 2016. Guest writer, Dr. Donald Voltz, noted the current lack of interoperability adversely impacts patient care and leads to unintended clinical consequences. Voltz further notes that, despite pressure from the AMA and AAFP, little resolution has been obtained and, “The future of interoperability will not be solved with new policies either in Washington or within the EHR market. There is simply not enough incentive to do so.”
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is leveraging functional status assessments and social determinants of health to advance its population health management efforts.
Healthcare dashboards are often computers screens, printouts, or other displays that allow hospitals and healthcare organizations to monitor and gain greater insight into their key performance indicators (KPIs). Based on the goals of the organization, dashboards can be customized to display any relevant information and can be updated in real-time to allow for quick and simple monitoring.
Dashboards can also be customized to show data relevant to hospital administrators, patients, physicians, and other stakeholders. Dashboards provide users with a simple way to pull reports and monitor quality of care, while acting as an easy clinical decision aide tool. Dashboards are beneficial to doctors, nurses, and staff because they provide a very quick overview, often with charts and graphs, allowing busy individuals to quickly take in the necessary information and make appropriate decisions.
HIMSS Poll finds nursing informatics specialists’ experience and salary continue to rise. Nursing Informatics Continues To Grow, Survey Finds By Christine Kern, contributing writer