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HIMSS-15 in Chicago: The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round

April 19, 2015 by Bill Crounse

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I wish I could report on everything that happened at HIMSS this year. Since I can't, I will only provide some high-level impressions about what I saw and heard during the big show in Chicago.[read more]

A Call to Action from HiMSS

April 18, 2015 by Kathy Nieder

I have spent the last week in Chicago at the biggest HIT (Health IT) “geek-out” in the world. Some 42,000+ people gathered in Chicago for the annual HiMSS (Health Information Management Systems Society) meeting.[read more]

Is This the Most Powerful Clinical Research Tool Ever Invented?

April 16, 2015 by David Avitabile

Much has been written over the past few months about Apple ResearchKit and its potential to completely revolutionize R&D in the life sciences industry. The idea is simple. And it got me thinking: is the iPhone the most powerful clinical research tool ever invented?[read more]

Chicago: The Future Health Tech Hub of the US?

April 15, 2015 by Nicole Fisher

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As tens of thousands of health and technology experts descend upon Chicago for the annual HIMSS conference this week, the city will do what is does every day: debate and innovate in health technology.[read more]

Is "Convincing" People to Use Health Apps the Right Approach to Patient Engagement?

April 10, 2015 by Steve Wilkins

Patient engagement

In a recent announcement, the Robert Wood John Foundation announced a $468,000 grant to the Center for Connected Health to develop an “engagement engine” to “convince” consumers to use health and activity trackers and other health apps. Let’s consider the issues of relevance and usefulness here.[read more]


Biopharma Beat: Patient Engagement Throughout the Drug Development Lifecycle

April 9, 2015 by David Davidovic

"Patient-centricity" in clinical development has been evolving from mere patient participation in the study itself to patients actually being involved in the study design and data collection processes. Furthermore, patient participation is, albeit slowly, penetrating every other lifecycle stage of R & D as well.[read more]

Live Streams: A New Way to Market Your Healthcare Facility

April 8, 2015 by Michael Sherman

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Twitter has been in the press recently because of its new mobile video app called Periscope. For a hospital, live streaming brings a tremendous amount of new opportunities. Here are some ways you can leverage this technology.[read more]

Are You Engaged Yet?

April 7, 2015 by Christine Kapsa, NP, DNP

Hold out for real engagement.

The “patient engagement” idea has drifted through the wonkosphere for a decade or so. The meaning is nebulous and is often confused with consumerism. A simple definition comes from the (now defunct) Center for Advancing Health: “Actions people take to support their health and benefit from their health care.”[read more]

Big Data in Healthcare [INFOGRAPHIC]

April 7, 2015 by David Avitabile

The era of Big Data in healthcare is in full swing. Healthcare costs, pharmaceutical R&D productivity, precision medicine and preventative medicine are all areas where Big Data will continue to have an enormous impact. We decided to take a look at the key areas of healthcare benefiting from Big Data in this cool infographic.[read more]

From the Health Innovator’s Collaborative: Providing Better Care with Less

April 6, 2015 by Anne Weiler

As someone once said, “I would have written a shorter letter but I didn’t have time.” Stanford Professor Dr. Arnold Milstean started his talk for the Health Innovator’s Collaborative, on “Providing Better Care With Less,” by saying that if he knew his topic better he would only have 4 slides instead of 8.[read more]

Evaluating and Choosing Healthcare Cloud Service Providers

April 3, 2015 by Shahid Shah

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As healthcare moves from on-premise to cloud services, the evaluation and selection of “HIPAA compliant” cloud service providers becomes an import task. I don’t like the description “HIPAA compliant” because it’s imprecise and not meaningful. However, it’s something that many non-technical people look for when evaluating providers.[read more]


Clinical Informatics: It's Not Just Big Data

April 1, 2015 by Corinn Pope

Informatics isn't just big data. In fact, clinical informatics encompasses everything from leadership and managing change to analyzing and re-engineering workflows. In this post, we describe what clinical informatics is, why it's in such high-demand, and how you can get involved.[read more]