Bill Siwicki

Bill Siwicki is Managing Editor of Healthcare IT News. Bill has more than 30 years of experience in journalism, with more than 16 years in healthcare IT and healthcare finance along with extensive expertise in mobile technology.

7 steps to pass, or better yet avoid, an OCR security audit
By Bill Siwicki 01:57 pm December 04, 2019
Troy Young, chief technology officer at AdvancedMD and a cybersecurity expert, offers IT and infosec professionals some useful advice to help manage the potential of HIPAA audits.
Telehealth helps one hospital reduce ER overflow hours from 1,700 to 148

CaroMont Regional Medical Center.

By Bill Siwicki 12:52 pm December 03, 2019
Since launching telepsychiatry, CaroMont Regional Medical Center’s emergency department has reduced length of stay for psychiatric patients by approximately 70%.
With pop health analytics, Bridges Health Partners MSSP ACO saves $8 million in first year
By Bill Siwicki 12:34 pm December 02, 2019
The health system used its new population health tools to better manage patient care, ER use, pre-visit planning and value-based care.
By Bill Siwicki 10:36 am November 27, 2019
The Arizona health system's tech-driven pilot effort has resulted in a 21.6% average reduction in A1c, and 83% of patients report an increase in confidence to self-manage their diabetes.
By Bill Siwicki 01:21 pm November 26, 2019
At Integris Health, billing and analytics technology is responsible for measurable rises in patients' perceptions of the financial experience – helping them set up payment plans, make payments, register for self-service and sign up for text alerts.
Half of patients use online self-scheduling after hours at Benefis Health System

Benefis Health System east campus.

By Bill Siwicki 12:07 pm November 22, 2019
The number of patients booking after hours shows the technology is working for the patient and is providing the right experience – one they are used to in other facets of their daily lives, a VP said.
Health system’s Epic, Infor best-in-suite approach helps fix interoperability challenges

Faith Regional Health Services.

By Bill Siwicki 11:59 am November 21, 2019
Faith Regional Health Services learned a couple of lessons during its transition from legacy systems, including the importance of training and paying attention to workflows.
At Cigna, telehealth reduces patient costs and ER visits, and boosts use of generic Rx

A look at how patients make telemedicine appointments through Cigna's telehealth program.

By Bill Siwicki 11:37 am November 20, 2019
In addition, Cigna’s telemedicine customers have given high patient satisfaction scores: a Net Promoter Score of 81.1 among those who use the service.
By Bill Siwicki 11:42 am November 19, 2019
Horrid handwriting, redundant EHR tasks and lengthy documentation plagued Falls Community Hospital and Clinic. Not anymore, thanks to new note templates and tools.
At Sentara Healthcare, biometric tech links patients to correct records
By Bill Siwicki 12:35 pm November 18, 2019
The palm print identity authentication system connects 750,000 patients to their Epic EHR – in one case, even when a patient was having a stroke and unable to speak.

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