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Telehealth at Mercy Health: Podcast Interview with CFO/EVP Strategy Shannon Sock

October 25, 2014 by David E Williams

Shannon Sock, Mercy Health CFO & EVP of Strategy

Today’s Center for Connected Health Symposium #cHealth14 featured a high-powered panel discussion with top executives from Wellpoint, American Well, and the VA along with Shannon Sock, CFO and EVP of Strategy at Mercy Health. The topic: Large Scale Connected Health Interventions – Lessons Learned.[read more]

The Concerns of BYOD in Healthcare

October 25, 2014 by Rick Deglado

BYOD

Physicians, nurses and hospital administrators are all taking advantage of BYOD and using their phones and tablets at work to help store important information and manage busy schedules. With the high importance and sensitivity of patient information, are hospitals taking the right measures to ensure it’s secure?[read more]

Utilization Review vs. Utilization Management

October 24, 2014 by Abby Norman

Although the two terms are often used in the same way and to mean more or less the same thing in healthcare, the two concepts of Utilization Review and Utilization Management are subtly different. Understanding how they differ can help to improve communication around the subject.[read more]

The Effectiveness of SEO vs. PPC in Physician Marketing Plans

October 24, 2014 by Jonathan Catley

SEO vs. PPC

Two of the most widely discussed online marketing strategies are SEO and PPC. Is one of these strategies more effective than the other? In a revealing case study, MD Connect conducted an empirical analysis to answer just that question.[read more]

Ebola: Chronicle of a Debacle Foretold

October 24, 2014 by Christine Kapsa, NP, DNP

Ebola

Ebola is a harrowing disaster in West Africa, killing thousands and leaving devastated families in its wake. Ebola is a surreal debacle in America. No one should be surprised. Ebola followed the same path in each place—the path of indifference and hubris. No one, except Doctors Without Borders, cared enough. In Africa, Atlanta or Dallas.[read more]

Are ACOs Just the Managed Care of the 90's?

October 23, 2014 by Abby Norman

ACO

A major theory driving the criticism of Accountable Care is that ACOs are, in fact, just a glamorized version of the Managed Care Organizations of the 1980s and 1990s which, historically, didn’t work as intended and therefore would be a mistake to bring back into circulation.[read more]

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How to Secure Data in Healthcare

October 23, 2014 by Rick Deglado

securing health data

Recent headlines of data security breaches at large corporations and system bugs like Heartbleed and Shellshock have reminded us of the importance of proper network security. While we often equate these problems with banks or large retailers, we forget one of the most important, yet vulnerable, industries to these types of attacks - healthcare.[read more]

A Quick Guide to the Marketplace Open Enrollment – Begins Nov 15

October 22, 2014 by Linda Ringquist

2015 Open Enrollment

Open enrollment is right around the corner for the Marketplace. Are you prepared? Do you know what changes are slated for 2015? Do you know the specifics for your state? Do you have the option to keep the same coverage as you had in 2014?[read more]

Collaborative Expertise in Healthcare

October 22, 2014 by Kenneth Cohn

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I entitled this post “Collaborative Expertise” in deference to Syd Finkelstein’s post entitled “The Problem with Relying on Experts.” He makes the point that although we frequently rely on experts, for example, regarding Ebola, the Secret Service, and the financial collapse of 2008, the experts are frequently wrong.[read more]

Challenges of Stage 2 Meaningful Use Require More Allies

October 22, 2014 by Cristine Kao

Stage 2 of Meaningful Use is a vital component to the initiative since it, as the U.S. government defines, “intends to increase health information exchange between providers and promote patient engagement by giving patients secure online access to their health information.”[read more]

Health-Focused Wearables: Can Innovators, Providers, and Insurers Work Together?

October 22, 2014 by Shahid Shah

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Cameron Graham, the managing editor at TechnologyAdvice, where he oversees market research for emerging technology, gives us some evidence-driven advice about wearables that entrepreneurs, innovators, healthcare providers, and payers can use for decision making.[read more]

3 Pathology Synoptic Reporting Examples

October 21, 2014 by Tim Edlund

Structured practices for pathology reporting, and particularly use of template (synoptic) formats, have been demonstrated to improve reporting quality. Pathologists are fortunate in that a comprehensive library of peer reviewed templates is provided by the College of American Pathologists in the form of the CAP Cancer Checklists.[read more]