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A Call to Action from HiMSS

April 18, 2015 by Kathy Nieder

I have spent the last week in Chicago at the biggest HIT (Health IT) “geek-out” in the world. Some 42,000+ people gathered in Chicago for the annual HiMSS (Health Information Management Systems Society) meeting.[read more]


Beyond the Buzz: 20 Tried and Tested Ways to Promote Your Healthcare Blog

April 17, 2015 by Marie Ennis-O'Connor

It's not enough to write great content on your healthcare blog and simply hope that people will find it. You need to actively promote it so that the maximum number of people can learn from you. Here are 20 tried and tested ways to drive more traffic to your healthcare blog.[read more]

Addressing Medicare Cuts

April 17, 2015 by Abby Norman

Yesterday, the house made a fascinating bipartisan decision to repeal the current Medicare payment model and implement what they term the “doc fix” for reimbursing physicians for their Medicare/Medicaid patients. But the problems to be solved with the reimbursement process are far more complex than a relatively simple patch could possible rectify.[read more]

Death Is Women's Work

April 17, 2015 by Christine Kapsa, NP, DNP

Death is women’s work. Most people who care for the dying are women. Low-paid health workers who care for dying patients in home hospices are overwhelmingly women. The death industry would collapse into dusty rubble like old gravestones in an earthquake without the low-paid and free labor of women.[read more]

Prepare Your Healthcare Website for Google's Mobile-Friendly Algorithm Update

April 16, 2015 by Jonathan Catley

Is your website ready?

On April 21, 2015, Google will introduce a new algorithm update to help users discover more mobile-friendly content and if you’re not prepared, you may face some serious consequences. However, if you optimize your website and mobile applications in advance, you can reap the rewards of better rankings in mobile searches.[read more]

Is This the Most Powerful Clinical Research Tool Ever Invented?

April 16, 2015 by David Avitabile

Much has been written over the past few months about Apple ResearchKit and its potential to completely revolutionize R&D in the life sciences industry. The idea is simple. And it got me thinking: is the iPhone the most powerful clinical research tool ever invented?[read more]

It's Time to Measure Patient Outcomes

April 16, 2015 by Tim Kilpatrick

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With hospitals, we measure death rates for heart attack patients, timeliness of administering antibiotics and the use of medical imaging. While this is critical information, we have no idea if the patient ever felt better or went back to work.[read more]

Breaking Bad Healthcare: The Story of

April 15, 2015 by Anne Weiler

At a recent event sponsored by University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, Kurt DelBene provided a mini-business case on what went wrong with the project and how his team fixed it.[read more]

Strategies for Payer Negotiation

April 15, 2015 by Abby Norman

When it comes to procuring and maintaining your contracts with payers, there is perhaps no skillset greater to possess than that of the art of payer negotiation. In today’s market, healthcare organizations need to have a very clear understanding of where they stand amid the competition.[read more]

Chicago: The Future Health Tech Hub of the US?

April 15, 2015 by Nicole Fisher

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As tens of thousands of health and technology experts descend upon Chicago for the annual HIMSS conference this week, the city will do what is does every day: debate and innovate in health technology.[read more]

Digitally Engaging the Elderly: Why & How You Should Target This Patient Demographic

April 14, 2015 by Jonathan Catley

Engaging the elderly

Today’s seniors grew up with traditional media. Millennials grew up with digital media. Therefore, seniors should continue to receive traditional advertisements, while Millennials and younger audiences receive the brunt of digital ads. If you think there’s something wrong with this statement, you’d be right.[read more]

Whole Foods Medical, Competitive Wellness and Rutabagas

April 14, 2015 by Lonnie Hirsch

The well-established chain of Whole Foods Markets has long been a grassroots evangelist for natural and healthy foods. And they may be another enterprise entry in the increasingly competitive healthcare delivery arena once reserved for doctors.[read more]