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Changing the Narrative of Healthcare Culture

January 28, 2015 by Tracy Granzyk MS, CPHQ

Of all the books on my nightstand, Timothy Wilson’s, Redirect: Changing the Stories We Live By, has quickly risen to the top of the stack. An easy-to-read, research supported, “how to” on the tools we can use to craft personal narratives that change behavior is music to an already adopted choir.[read more]

Accountability for Risk Management and Cybersecurity in Healthcare Institutions

January 28, 2015 by Shahid Shah

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Information Security in general has historically been seen as something that the organization’s CISO (or equivalent) is responsible for. In reality, the Information Security department often doesn’t have the resources or the ability (regardless of resources) to be the owners or be ultimately “accountable” or “responsible” for information security.[read more]

Avoiding Meaningful Use Penalties

January 27, 2015 by Andy Salmen

If you are a Medicare eligible provider, you are undoubtedly aware of the requirements for attesting to meaningful use (MU) of electronic health records (EHR) in your medical practice or hospital. There are consequences for failing to attest to Stage 1, and problems facing those who are now entering Stage 2 of MU.[read more]

Listen to Your Patient and They Will Tell You the Problem: A True Story

January 27, 2015 by Steve Wilkins

Physicians interrupt patients because it doesn’t take them long to "size up" the patient and arrive at a working diagnosis. But my wife’s recent emergency room visit and hospitalization underscores how wrong physicians can be when they interrupt or ignore the patient’s story.[read more]

The Personalized Medicine Market in 2015 [INFOGRAPHIC]

January 26, 2015 by David Avitabile

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As part of last week's State of the Union address, President Obama called for a national initiative focused on precision medicine. With that in mind, we decided to take a look at some of the numbers related to the growth of personalized medicine, and see what story they tell about the personalized medicine market in 2015.[read more]

How to Optimize Post Conversion

January 24, 2015 by Abby Norman

Accountable Care

As healthcare organizations continue to make the leap to Accountable Care status, post-conversion optimization services will be in demand. Those who made the transition over the last few years will find that 2015 is a great time to start taking a look at how they can optimize their ACO experience.[read more]

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Cybersecurity in Medical Devices: Paranoia, or a Tangible Threat?

January 23, 2015 by Nishita Pereira-Gracias

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When the US Food and Drug Administrationin October 2014 released a nine-page document of guidelines on how to manage the risk of cybersecurity in medical devices, many believed that the step was too little too late. The danger of hacking into hospital equipment is a problem that needs to be tackled right at the prototype and design stage.[read more]

Price Transparency in Healthcare Still Lacking

January 23, 2015 by Bill Crounse

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Despite “health insurance reform” and the supposed rise of “consumerism” in healthcare, the system is still far from transparent or market-driven when it comes to the price of almost anything. Why we as consumers continue to tolerate this is a mystery.[read more]

What Would Empathy-Based Healthcare Look Like?

January 23, 2015 by Stewart Gandolf, MBA

Dr. Paul Rosen

Dr. Paul Rosen thinks a lot about empathy in healthcare delivery. As the Clinical Director of Service and Operational Excellence at Nemours Children’s Health System, he asks the challenging question, “What would healthcare look like if it was based on empathy?”[read more]

Will It Be About Patients This Time?

January 22, 2015 by Tim Kilpatrick

We are beginning the third transformational wave of trying to improve health care outcomes and reduce costs. Will it be mostly about patients, their recovery and overall well-being? Will it require provider and health plan alignment to ensure excellent customer service, coordinated care and patient tailored outcomes?[read more]

What Can We Learn from the UK Health System?

January 22, 2015 by Anne Weiler

We’ve recently been turned on to the Inside Health podcast from the BBC, where topics range from those of national healthcare administration and benefits to specific health issues. Unlike many health publications, Inside Health frequently features patients talking about their experiences with the system.[read more]

Text-to-911 Availability Has Important mHealth Implications

January 22, 2015 by Christina Thielst

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has taken another step toward a 911 system that fits with how Americans are communicating. The new rules, adopted Aug. 8, will make Text-to-911more uniformly available by the end of 2014 —and this has important mHealth implications.[read more]