How do you innovate in an industry where heavy regulation seemingly rears its head at every corner? When you look at healthcare, one thing is clear: innovation refuses to be contained. By Mike Hughes, Principal Platform Evangelist, OutSystems
If you’re a small or midsize medical office – a clinic, a hospital, a medical practice – you should of course be mindful of IT. But you need to keep your mind on your patients. By Adam Stern, founder and CEO, Infinitely Virtual
Only 29 percent of today’s hospitals have fully staffed IT departments even though EHR optimizations or new implementations remain the second-highest priority for these organizations for the next 12 months, according to the latest HIMSS leadership survey. By Dan O’Connor, vice president of client relations, Stoltenberg Consulting
In my view, the IT vendor’s proper role is to showcase the powerful economic rationale for those in healthcare to get out of the practice of buying/maintaining hardware that is obsolete practically before the paint is dry. By Adam Stern, founder and CEO, Infinitely Virtual
Value-Based Payment Hits The Tipping Point: Second in a series of national research studies on healthcare’s transition from volume to value.
The U.S. healthcare industry’s claims-payment system is frustrating to providers, payers, and patients alike. Inefficiency and a systemwide tendency for error wastes precious resources, worsens miscommunication and mistrust among all stakeholders, and inhibits the ability to transition to value-based approaches that achieve better outcomes. We need to rethink our industry’s disjointed and siloed approach in order to solve a very integrated problem.
Metro Health’s motto is “expert care, made easy,” which the IT staff adopted for its approach to information technology. In an effort to provide higher quality and consistency of care across its network, Metro Health implemented an electronic health records system from Epic to provide EHR access from the hospital, neighborhood outpatient centers, and participating physicians.
For years, Imprivata has worked with – and learned from – our virtualization partners and hospital organizations around the world. And together, over the last five years, we have predicted that healthcare organizations would continue to adopt virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).
According to a recent Medscape survey, 46% of physicians say they are burned out. How much is the drive towards health IT adoption contributing to this epidemic?
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.”
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.
EHRs provide a wealth of data, but the time it takes to make sense of that information can be overwhelming. Massachusetts General Hospital implemented a solution to efficiently mine unstructured data for clinical decision support.
Replacing your EHR can be a scary proposition. You can simplify the process by considering your revenue cycle management tools when planning and implementing.
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.
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.
For the past five years, EHR/MU was selected as the top health IT initiative for the coming year. This year, there’s a new top initiative, and what it is should come as no surprise.
Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems, also called electronic medical records (EMRs), are designed to collect and store information about individual patients or populations digitally. Conceptually, the electronic aspect allow then to be shared across healthcare providers, departments, and locations. EHRs and EMRs provide an advantage over paper records by making patient data available instantly in any location and allowing data to be stored and retrieved more efficiently.
EHRs and EMRs can store information, images, scans, and more to provide physicians with a comprehensive view of a patient's medical history, current medications, allergies, immunizations, test and lab results, previous diagnoses, and other relevant information.
In addition to providing patient information, EHRs and EMRs allow providers to better automate and streamline the collection and organization of patient data. Electronic access to patient information allows healthcare organizations to make better decisions, spot trends and outbreaks, manage care quality, and report on outcomes.
EHRs and EMRs can also reduce redundancy and duplicate work, reducing staffing costs and freeing up personnel to spend more time with patients and less time with paperwork. This solution center is here to help you in your EHR research and to help you find the best EHR solution for your organization.
Partnership provides hospitals in North Carolina with earlier, better readmission predictions. By Christine Kern, contributing writer