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20 Questions for Health IT

September 2, 2014 by Chad Johnson

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I am pleased to announce a new project I’ve dubbed “20 Questions for Health IT.” Hopefully, this new project, which covers the entire month of September, will take the interaction of our social media discussions one step deeper and allow for more time to discuss 20 different and important topics currently affecting or influencing the health IT industry.[read more]

Medical Image Archiving in the Cloud? Consider the 4 S’s

August 31, 2014 by Bill Crounse

medical imaging

One of the most compelling arguments for storing digital data in the cloud is medical imaging. What should you be looking for in a cloud storage partner? Let me suggest some of the things I think need to be top of mind. Let’s call them the 4 S’s of data storage.[read more]

The Second Wave of Healthcare Informatics

August 28, 2014 by Bill Crounse

the second wave of healthcare informatics

Electronic Medical Records and Hospital Information Systems in and of themselves add little value to the enterprise if we don’t surround them or embed them with technologies that help us make better decisions and facilitate the ways we communicate and collaborate as care teams and with our patients.[read more]

Patient Portals: Hiding in Plain Sight

August 20, 2014 by David E Williams

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Many physician offices have patient portals, since they’re a requirement for Meaningful Use Stage 2. But a new survey from Software Advice confirms what we knew intuitively – these portals don’t get much use. Patients don’t know they exist and doctors don’t use them a whole lot.[read more]

To Up Patient Satisfaction, Hospital Supply Chain Units Need Better IT and Technology

August 20, 2014 by Shahid Shah

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I’ve been looking at hospital supply chain automation and the IT surrounding it for a number of years now. Starting with Cardinal Health but then moving on to help a number of other vendors in the space, I’ve felt that there’s not been enough next-generation tech being applied to the low margin, high volume business of hospital supply management.[read more]

Better Health IT: Is Sending Docs to Tech School the Answer?

August 17, 2014 by Bill Crounse

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I’m all for education and career improvement. I’m just not sure that the best way to improve Health IT is to get more physicians trained in IT so they can move into IT roles. Goodness knows the time and education required to become, and continue to perform as, a really good clinician is demanding enough.[read more]

Assuring Safe Patient Health Information (PHI) in Radiology

August 14, 2014 by Andy Salmen

According to the HIPAA Privacy Rule, PHI is short for "protected health information." Keeping this information private and secure is essential in order to avoid negative repercussions for the patient and to avoid civil and criminal penalties that could be incurred if a practice fails to comply with HIPAA Rules.[read more]

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Open-Source EHR: Benefits and Drawbacks

August 14, 2014 by Charles Settles

As is the case in any "boom" industry, EHR software has had some well-publicized issues, including low user satisfaction, claims of fraud due to copy-and-paste or "upcoding," and poor interoperability between EHR programs. Open-source EHR software, while not a cure-all, can help solve many of these problems.[read more]

IT Strategy for Health Plans: Interview with ikaSystems CEO Joe Marabito

August 11, 2014 by David E Williams

Joe Marabito

This is the transcript of my recent podcast interview with ikaSystems President and CEO, Joe Marabito, in which we discuss the impact of the ACA rollout on health plan IT needs over the past year; the impact of delayed ICD-10 rollout; the unique challenges facing Medicare Advantage, Medicaid managed care and commercial plans, and other topics.[read more]

Clinical Trials for Health Information Technology

August 2, 2014 by David E Williams

Health IT (photo: dullhunk via photopin cc)

The government and healthcare providers are investing a fortune in health IT. A lot of time, effort and cash has been spent on installing EHRs and getting the initial data into them. But the real clinical and financial value will come from using the information in electronic health records for better communication and clinical decision making.[read more]

Why 1 + 1 = 10 for Physicians and Information Technologists

July 28, 2014 by Bill Crounse

Demand for doctors is on the rise

An article in Becker’s Hospital Review caught my attention, because of what it portends for the careers of physicians and health IT workers. The article, 10 Concerns and Trends Facing Hospitals Right Now, is a terrific synopsis of everything a hospital CEO should be focused on these days if he or she wants his or her hospital to survive.[read more]

5 Trends for FY15 Shaping the Future of Health and Healthcare Delivery

July 4, 2014 by Bill Crounse

Happy 4th of July! Or perhaps I should say, Happy New Year. You see, my company operates on a fiscal calendar so July marks the beginning a our new fiscal year. This is when I start reflecting on the most significant trends that I’m seeing in health and healthcare delivery and how these trends are playing out across the world.[read more]