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Best Practices for Proxy Data Access

April 19, 2014 by Christina Thielst

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TOWER has helped clients understand patient needs and expectations around granting proxy access to family and friends who assume critical rolls in helping the patient manage care process, such as, paying bills, managing appointment details or monitoring prescription changes or test results.[read more]

Health IT Venture Capital Report: Consumer-Focused Tech Is Capturing More Early-Stage Deals

April 16, 2014 by Deanna Pogorelc

Healthcare IT VC Funding

Analysts are already saying that it will be a good year for healthcare IT companies looking for venture capital. Communications and consulting firm Mercom Capital is showing results from its first-quarter investment analysis that finds that healthcare IT companies raised more VC money last quarter than in any quarter before.[read more]

FDASIA Health IT Report Issued

April 14, 2014 by David Harlow

FDASIA Health IT Report

The FDA, the FCC and ONC issued a long-awaited joint report with a proposed strategy and recommendations for a risk-based framework for regulation of Health IT. The report identifies four key priority areas and outlines next steps to take in each area.[read more]

Anecdote-Driven Systems Engineering and Complaint-Based Interoperability Design Won't Solve Health IT Woes

April 3, 2014 by Shahid Shah

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I’ve been having some terrific conversations with big companies like Cisco, some of our publishing partners, and smaller vendors entering the health IT space for the first time. One great question I was asked by a tech publisher was, “So what’s it going to take to achieve real interoperability in healthcare and how long will it take?”[read more]

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Healthcare CEOs Want Mobility Training

April 3, 2014 by Suzie Mitchell

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Healthcare CEOs recognize that they need to build a bigger and better IT workforce this year. In fact, 53 percent of the CEOs surveyed want to hire more people immediately. But 63 percent say they are concerned about finding people with the right skills.[read more]

Why Tablets Are the New Frontier for In-Home mHealth

April 1, 2014 by Melody Wilding

mHealth at home

Two-thirds of health IT executives believe that the use of mobile technology will substantially or dramatically impact the delivery of healthcare in the future. And now providers are putting their money where their mouth is: More than one-quarter of HIT executives are currently implementing a mobile technology program.[read more]

Health IT: Getting Beyond the Hype and Focusing on Valuable Content

March 21, 2014 by Shahid Shah

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Health IT “Cheerleaders” in my mind are those that push technology without considering deep value, return on investment, return on assets, and productivity loss. The hype machine is built around technology when health IT “cheerleaders” focus more on the gadgetry itself rather than the value proposition.[read more]

Myth: Frequent ER Users Don't Use Primary Care

March 20, 2014 by Tim Kilpatrick

Frequent ER users

Frequent Emergency Room users (10 or more ER visits per year) averaged 10 physician office visits per year according to a study published in Health Affairs. It offers insight into frequent Medicaid ED users in New York City. The study also demonstrated that our healthcare system is built around "patient services" rather than "patient recovery."[read more]

Great News for Consumers from ONC: The Blue Button Continues to Deliver

March 20, 2014 by Patricia Salber

Lygeia Ricciardi, Director Office of Consumer eHealth

The HHS’ Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) made a couple of cool announcements recently. We get to hear about them directly from Lygeia Ricciardi, Director of the Office of Consumer eHealth, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, HHS in my video interview with her at HiMSS (#HiMSS14) in late February 2014.[read more]

Top 10 Healthcare Takeaways from #SXSW2014: Part One

March 19, 2014 by Tracy Granzyk MS, CPHQ

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As I did in 2013 for SXSW, here are five of my Top 10 Takeaways from #SXSW2014 that can be applied to healthcare. They include the power of storytelling; how better health IT systems are changing doctors' clinics; wearable tech; patient engagement; and content strategy.[read more]

HiMSS 2014: A Chat with Dr. Devin Jopp, CEO and President of WEDI

March 19, 2014 by Patricia Salber

Gail Embt, Devin Jopp, and Kym Martin at HiMSS 14 in Orlando

As a part of our role as a Social Media Ambassadors at HiMSS14 in Orlando, Florida, Gregg Masters and I had a chance to chat with Dr. Devin Jopp, Ed.D, CEO & President of WEDI. We invited Devin to chat with us about a new report they just produced.[read more]

Health IT, Necessary But Not Sufficient: A HiMSS14 Interview with Farzad Mostashari

March 18, 2014 by Patricia Salber

Farzad Mostashari at HIMSS 2014

Farzad Mostashari, former National Coordinator of Health IT and current Visiting Fellow, Engelberg Center, Brookings Institute was walking by our Health Innovation Media video setup at HiMSS 2014 in Orlando. We asked him to come over and say a few words on camera.[read more]