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Trashing Charlie Baker on Outsourcing: Uncalled For

October 19, 2014 by David E Williams

Charlie Baker (R), candidate for Governor of Massachusetts

The mud-slinging continues in the campaign for Governor of Massachusetts. This time Democrat Martha Coakley is attacking Republican Charlie Baker for outsourcing jobs when he was CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care back in 1999. It’s an unfair attack. Baker should be praised instead.[read more]

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Beyond the Buzz: The Beginners' Guide to Healthcare Blogs

October 18, 2014 by Marie Ennis-O'Connor

In an earlier Beyond the Buzz column, I outlined 7 reasons that healthcare professionals should blog. If it inspired you to start your own blog but you aren’t sure where to begin, then today’s article is for you. I am going to show you the first steps to take to get your healthcare blog up and running.[read more]

Patient and Family Advisory Council: Lessons Learned

October 18, 2014 by Christina Thielst

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I recently set up a patient and family advisory council to address safety and quality concerns from the patient/family perspective. Here's what it's like to sit in a room with patients and family members who want to share their experience to make it better for those who follow.[read more]

Can You Afford Readmission Penalties in 2015?

October 18, 2014 by Linda Ringquist

readmission penalties

According to CMS, one in five Medicare patients discharged from a hospital are readmitted within 30 days. Just so you don’t have to do the math, that equates to 20%. CMS recently released the final regulations for 2015 in regard to readmission penalties. The major changes include new conditions as well as higher readmission penalties.[read more]

Price Transparency: The Devil is in the Detail for Hospitals

October 17, 2014 by Lonnie Hirsch

Healthcare price transparency

Hospitals, physicians and healthcare communicators are grappling with the devilish details of healthcare price transparency. With healthcare transition propelling change, the overarching goals and objectives are praiseworthy. But the high road to meaningful implementation is bumpy at best.[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]

Hospitals Going Concierge: Creative Marketing at Its Best

October 17, 2014 by Jonathan Catley

Hospital concierge

The concierge approach takes patient amenities to the next level, but it also gives hospitals something to brag about on social media sites and through other marketing channels. Consider how adding a concierge to staff might be a creative way to up the hospital marketing game.[read more]

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The Growing Trend of Automation in Healthcare

October 17, 2014 by Doug Bennett

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Health care is one of the hottest topics of debate these days, and no discussion about the subject is complete without a look at healthcare costs. A closer look shows that automation, when judiciously applied, can help medical organizations achieve two of their main goals: reducing healthcare costs and improving patient outcomes.[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]

Dying in America? Bureaucrats Care

October 16, 2014 by Christine Kapsa, NP, DNP

dying in America

Many families lost housing, job, and retirement security in the Great Recession. Their wages haven’t risen in real terms in a generation. Their hold on financial well-being may be tenuous. Now IOM’s Committee on Approaching Death apparatchiks advocate building their whole death structure on the over-burdened backs of ordinary Americans.[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]

Apple's HealthKit vs. Google Fit [INFOGRAPHIC]

October 16, 2014 by Morgan Brown

Google Fit vs. HealthKit

Apple’s not the only one jumping on the mHealth bandwagon with HealthKit. Google released Google Fit and Android Wear, and Samsung threw their hat into the ring with SAMI (Samsung Architecture Multimodal Interaction). So how do these three new platforms stack up for developers looking to build new mHealth apps?[read more]