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Health IT: A Rapidly Changing — and Lucrative — Industry

October 19, 2014 by Jared Hill

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As technology plays an increasingly important role in reshaping the public healthcare system, there is a naturally an increasing demand for health IT specialists. Health IT specialists are different from conventional IT specialists in a number of ways.[read more]

The ENGAGE Conference: Top Insights for Patient-Centric Digital Health Innovators

October 17, 2014 by Shahid Shah

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MedCityNews invited me to attend their ENGAGE “Innovation in Patient Engagement” Conference and I found the content, speakers, and overall quality quite good. I asked HITSphere‘s Vik Subbu, our Digital Health editor who focuses on Bio IT and Pharma IT, to summarize what we learned at the event.[read more]

Cerner and Missouri Forging a Real Partnership for Population Health

October 17, 2014 by Nicole Fisher

Cerner Sponsored Community Events Through ‘Healthy Nevada’

At Cerner, a Kansas City, Missouri-based health IT company, a real shift is occurring in they way they interact with communities. According to leadership, “Cerner is no longer just a supplier; we are extending partnerships with hospitals and our communities.”[read more]

Mobility Matters in Physician Satisfaction with EHR Solutions

October 16, 2014 by Bill Crounse

Physician satisfaction with EHR

According to an article in Healthcare IT News, 77 percent of docs practicing in free-standing physician offices have an EHR installed. The news is even better for hospital-owned practices where 90 percent of docs are now off paper records and are using an EHR in clinical practice.[read more]

Adopting Technology in Healthcare for the Right Reasons

September 21, 2014 by Mike Van Snellenberg

Institute for Health Technology Transformation Conference in Seattle

Regulations, process, and records keeping are all important parts of managing health IT; however, when implemented without a strategy focused on patient and business value, they can create headaches for CIOs. This was an emerging theme Institute for Health Technology Transformation Conference held in Seattle at the end of August.[read more]

Interoperability of Electronic Health Data: Is It Time to Herd Unicorns in a New Direction?

September 12, 2014 by Bill Crounse

Time for EMR?

There has been the considerable uptick in the use of EMRs since 2009 due to the investment of federal dollars. I would have to say, however, that the health industry is far from achieving any significant degree of meaningful interoperability between or among hospital and physician record keeping systems.[read more]

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]