John Andrews

John Andrews is an independent freelance writer from Des Plaines, Ill. A professional journalist for more than 30 years, he has written exclusively for the healthcare industry since 1990 and has appeared in dozens of trade publications during his career.

analytics bedside cut HAC
By John Andrews 07:37 am November 29, 2016
Since instituting a safety program two years ago the hospital has saved $1.6 million, reduced overall hospital-acquired conditions by 30 percent and cut some specific conditions by nearly 80 percent. 
Best Hospital IT 2016:  Kennedy Health System
By John Andrews 07:58 am November 01, 2016
A staff that is ‘crazy, busy’ is charged up by the results of a data transformation.
Stamford Health Best Hospital
By John Andrews 07:54 am November 01, 2016
A focus on team building gives the HIT staff better partnerships throughout the health system.
Best Hospital IT 2016
By John Andrews 07:01 am November 01, 2016
A Physicians Champions Committee is part of the formula that keeps the  IT aligned with the health system’s goals.
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SAP CMIO David Delaney, MD, said that data is a raw commodity but information's value comes from governance and interpretation.

By John Andrews 06:46 am October 24, 2016
Yes, there is a difference. And even though the definitions overlay, smart hospital executives understand that with health data expanding exponentially governance strategies and details can make or break an organization. 
Data governance analytics Dartmouth

Elizabeth Stedina, director of the Dartmouth Analytics Institute, said the system is breaking new ground and no single policy can cover all of its needs. 

By John Andrews 06:25 am October 24, 2016
Governance isn't always fun. But it is the most important building block for a healthcare analytics strategy. How the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Dartmouth-Hitchcock are turning the tedious work into an indispensable boon to productivity.
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By John Andrews 07:05 am August 15, 2016
The promise of genomics and personalized care are closer than many realize. But clinical systems and EHRs are not ready yet. While policymakers and innovators play catch-up, here’s a look at what to know now. 

With more than 61,000 employees, Northwell Health is New York's largest private employer. Health system leaders realized that its highly mobile workforce needed instant access to workplace tools, content and information.

By John Andrews 02:04 pm June 23, 2016
New York's largest private employer embraces a 'mobile intranet' to keep thousands of far-flung, previously 'digitally disconnected' staffers in the loop.

Policy support for telehealth is on the uptick, with 48 states now allowing full parity for reimbursement, says Mark Noble of Vidyo. But the big barriers to scaling up have often been related to technology and workflow at the hospital-to-clinic level.

By John Andrews 10:15 am May 18, 2016
Proponents of virtual care say it is the wave of the future. But while the healthcare industry might not find much disagreement with the practice in theory, it is in the potential limitations that skeptics might find flaws.

As the ACO movement gains momentum, providers in both acute and post-acute sectors are looking for enhanced dialogue, because "they realize they aren't separate pieces of care anymore," says LaDonna Sweeten, managing director with Chicago-based Huron Healthcare's technology consulting practice.

By John Andrews 10:07 am May 12, 2016
After years of dwelling in the shadows of healthcare, the long-term and post-acute care industry may finally be ready to join its hospital colleagues in the IT spotlight.  

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