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Why a Thin Line Separates EHR Optimization, EHR Replacement

For the past years, industry analysts have predicted a rise in EHR replacement activities that have failed to come to fruition. Most recent reports now point to a shift in the thinking of healthcare organizations and providers about their current EHR technology. Last summer, Black Book Rankings released findings that large providers were growing increasingly satisfied with their EHR syst...


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Return on Investment Remains a Problem for Meaningful Use

A mixture of surprise and relief likely met the recent revelation by the head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding serious changes to meaningful use requirements that will bring the EHR Incentive Programs more...

How Eligible Providers Performed in Stage 2 Meaningful Use

Much of the pushback for the Stage 3 Meaningful Use final rule stems from the experience of meaningful use eligible professionals (EPs) and hospitals (EHs) in Stage 2 meaningful use, which led many to call for and eventually receive concess...

Using Community Paramedicine, mHealth for Care Coordination at Home

mHealthIntelligence Community paramedicine programs offer hospitals and health systems an opportunity to leverage mHealth to reduce emergency department costs and improve care management for patients with complex chronic diseases. Mobile Integrated Health Comm...

As Artificial Intelligence Matures, Healthcare Eyes Data Aggregation

HealthITAnalytics It hasn’t taken very long for artificial intelligence to become the most popular topic of conversation in the world of healthcare data analytics.  In what seems like an instant, AI has started to support incredible advances in im...

Going Above and Beyond the CMS Hospital Price Transparency Rule

RevCycleIntelligence As of January 1, 2019, a new CMS hospital price transparency rule requires all hospitals in the US to publicize what was once considered heavily guarded material: their chargemasters. Chargemasters are lists of all the services and items fo...

Patient Engagement Strategies for Improving Patient Activation

PatientEngagementHIT Clinical care is only one step along the path to helping a patient achieve her optimal state of health.  While cutting-edge procedures and innovative therapeutics play a critical role in treating or managing diseases, they typically ca...

CMS Sparks Mixed Reactions with Interoperability, Data Blocking Rules

HealthITAnalytics CMS and the ONC dropped a moderate bombshell on the healthcare industry this week by releasing their information blocking and interoperability proposals on the eve of HIMSS19. A conference that typically focuses on forward-thinking innovati...

How Network Segregation, Segmentation Can Stop Ransomware Attacks

HITInfrastructure Ransomware attacks against healthcare organizations have been on the rise in recent years, with sometimes devastating results.* From EHR downtime to compromised patient data, these cyberattacks can significantly disrupt the operations of he...

What Is Cyber Insurance for Healthcare Organizations?

HealthITSecurity The healthcare sector has been a prime target for hackers over the last few years. Attacks have increased in sophistication, shifting at times from the obvious ransomware attacks to subtle, credential-stealing cyberattacks that hide in the ...

How eConsults Can Offer a Virtual Care Connection to Specialists

mHealthIntelligence Using a telemedicine platform to connect primary care providers with specialists can improve care management and care coordination for patients.  These services, called eConsults, can serve as a cost-effective way to expand access to c...

Preventing Physician Burnout from Impacting the Patient Experience

PatientEngagementHIT The healthcare industry is undergoing a period of rapid technical and clinical innovation as it moves away from episodic, reactive care.   While data-driven decisions and holistic approaches to patient management can bring significant ...

Patient Financial Experience the New Focus for Revenue Cycle Tech

RevCycleIntelligence Hospitals and practices have traditionally relied on public and private payers to cover the bulk of patient charges and costs for their services. Everything from their revenue cycle technologies to billing workflows has been tailored to cre...

Consumers, AI Will Challenge Health IT Infrastructure Leaders in 2019

HITInfrastructure As part of the healthcare industry’s ongoing transformation, health IT infrastructure is undergoing rapid change. Seamless, future-proof health IT infrastructure development will become increasingly important as the use of artificial ...

How Healthcare Blockchain Can Help Overcome IT Barriers

HITInfrastructure The excitement surrounding blockchain’s possibilities for enterprise IT has predominantly centered on financial services. However, healthcare blockchain could also provide solutions to IT challenges facing healthcare organizations and...

What Is Deep Learning and How Will It Change Healthcare?

HealthITAnalytics Healthcare organizations of all sizes, types, and specialties are becoming increasingly interested in how artificial intelligence can support better patient care while reducing costs and improving efficiencies. Over a relatively short perio...

Optimizing Healthcare Workforce Management for High-Value Care

RevCycleIntelligence Investing in high-quality clinicians and staff enables healthcare organizations to deliver the highest value care to their patients. But the growing physician shortage and the increasingly competitive healthcare industry are making it diffi...

How to Comply with the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule

HealthITSecurity As more healthcare organizations face the daunting task of dealing with a data breach, more of them will have to become intimately familiar with the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule. The rule requires HIPAA covered entities and business assoc...

Developing Patient Teach-Back to Improve Patient Education

PatientEngagementHIT As healthcare costs continue to skyrocket, medical professionals know that a well-informed patient is a more engaged, healthier, and less costly patient. Critical to supplementing those efforts is ensuring patients understand a care concept...

Combating Chronic Disease through the Social Determinants of Health

HealthITAnalytics Healthcare providers do their very best to understand everything they need to know about their patients during the few scant minutes they are able to spend with each individual.  Once or twice a year, or maybe when a sore throat strike...

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