Tom Sullivan

Tom Sullivan is the Editor-in-Chief of Healthcare IT News. Sullivan writes the Innovation Pulse column and covers major HIT topics including government policy and emerging technologies. Follow Tom on Twitter @SullyHIT

athenahealth eClinicalWorks Cerner EHR

Cerner President Zane Burke, athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush and eClinicalWorks CEO Girish Navani. 

By Tom Sullivan 07:03 am September 23, 2016
athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush, eClinicalWorks Founder Girish Navani and Cerner President Zane Burke talk about expanding their technology platforms and, in so doing, shedding a certain three-letter acronym.
Microsoft artificial intelligence cancer

Building 17 on Microsoft's corporate campus in Redmond, Washington. 

By Tom Sullivan 03:07 pm September 20, 2016
The software giant joins rivals IBM and Google in putting supercomputing to work on cancer research and treatment. 
National Health IT Week 2016

The United States Capitol Building in Washington, DC, as seen from the east side. Source: Martin Falbisoner via Wikimedia. 

By Tom Sullivan 07:25 am September 20, 2016
A guide to the annual event taking place in Washington, DC next week, as well as virtual and live gatherings around the country. Topical and timely themes include precision medicine, telehealth, interoperability and population health. 
Pop Health Forum 2016
By Tom Sullivan 12:30 pm September 15, 2016
The second Pop Health Forum 2016 took place in Chicago with expert speakers, panelists and healthcare professionals discussing pressing issues, from analytics to chronic care management to telehealth. Here’s a roundup of what happened. 
engagement patient

Nilay Shah, MD, of the Mayo Clinic said providers should make apps and devices minimally disruptive for clinicians and patients by focusing on user-centered design. 

By Tom Sullivan 01:58 pm September 13, 2016
Experts recommended first identifying barriers, then plugging technology where it fits best. And don’t forget about clinicians when embarking on patient engagement initiatives.  
Triple Aim cost curve
By Tom Sullivan 10:11 am September 13, 2016
Pop Health Forum speakers said that the Triple Aim needs to be expanded to include improving the physician experience and educating consumers or the concept will never markedly reduce costs.
Population health

Adrian Zai, MD, of Mass General said that for population health IT must integrate analytics, care coordination and patient engagement, among other technologies. 

By Tom Sullivan 01:09 pm September 12, 2016
Healthcare organizations need tools for analytics, care coordination, telehealth – and patient engagement. And those must be integrated to arm doctors with data and insights they can use to focus on the art of medicine. 
Population Health

Madeleine Biondolillo, MD of Connecticut Hospital Association, Michael Dulin, MD, of UNC Charlotte, Brad Miller of Caradigm, and Adrian Zai of Mass General. Moderator: Shelly Price of HIMSS. 

By Tom Sullivan 12:59 pm September 12, 2016
Hospitals are collecting mountains of data they can use to advance patient care. But among the thorniest problems they collectively face is being able to put that data to work within existing confines of today’s healthcare systems. 
Pop Health Forum Chicago

Source: Diego Delso via Wikimedia Commons. 

By Tom Sullivan 03:22 pm September 09, 2016
The HIMSS and Healthcare IT News Pop Health Forum starts Monday morning. Here’s a roundup of articles about the event. We'll be reporting live and continue adding to it so check back often. 
Pokémon Go decline

Pokémon Go proved – for a moment – how powerful a health app really could be. (Credit: Robert Couse-Baker/Flickr.)

By Tom Sullivan 09:48 am September 02, 2016
Just weeks ago, the groundbreaking new game was a contender for most successful health app. Now, daily Pokémon Go users are dipping in number and that is troubling for the fate of fitness trackers, wearables and other devices. 

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