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.

Asynchronous video telemedicine helps TB patients, saves costs in Guam
By Bill Siwicki 09:48 am July 18, 2019
The Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services has confirmed 1,417 TB medication doses from 35 unique patients, saved $21,255 in staff time, saved $3,457 in gasoline, and cut 700 hours of driving time.
For value-based care, a Texas health system puts cost and risk data at the point of care

An example of some of the data the Texas health system now provides caregivers at the point of care.

By Bill Siwicki 12:57 pm July 16, 2019
With the cost data technology integrated with its Epic EHR, Houston Methodist Sugar Land has reported approximately $717,000 in attributable cost savings with an average incremental cost reduction of $105 per admission.
At Legacy Health, a career progression mapping program aids workforce development
By Bill Siwicki 02:52 pm July 15, 2019
The program is a labor of love for the health system’s chief information and administrative officer. And it’s helping entry level employees in IT move up to principal engineer/senior analyst.
Apple Watches, AI help docs dictate at Austin Regional, saving 2 hours a day

Austin Regional Clinic.

By Bill Siwicki 11:51 am July 12, 2019
Natural language processing-powered software has helped the clinic gain efficiencies, leading to more time with patients, fewer EHR burnout symptoms and the ability to see more patients in a day.
Mobile communications app saves Hancock Health $1M annually

Hancock Regional Hospital.

By Bill Siwicki 01:11 pm July 11, 2019
The smartphone app also came in handy during a ransomware attack: When other systems were down, it was up and running.
Securonix achieves HITRUST certification for healthcare security monitoring
By Bill Siwicki 11:24 am July 11, 2019
The vendor’s event management technology is designed for monitoring threats to healthcare organizations and comes with built-in connectors for major healthcare applications such as Epic and Cerner.
By Bill Siwicki 01:17 pm July 10, 2019
Day Zero Diagnostics’ algorithm, ksim, promises to deliver a faster, more scalable, high-resolution approach for identifying hospital-acquired infection outbreaks, the company said.
ABB brings robotics to new healthcare hub at Texas Medical Center

The ABB Medical Lab.

By Bill Siwicki 01:03 pm July 10, 2019
The vendor’s research team will work on the Houston-based provider organization’s campus with medical staff, scientists and engineers to develop non-surgical medical robotics systems.
At one specialty provider, new IT recruits shadow staff to acclimate to unique organizational needs

Deborah Heart and Lung Center.

By Bill Siwicki 12:28 pm July 09, 2019
Deborah Heart and Lung Center’s workforce development program for its health IT team centers around staff experts who teach new recruits about how technology works there – and across the wider healthcare industry.
Cardiac device combines three monitors in one, gains efficiencies for cardiologists
By Bill Siwicki 12:06 pm July 08, 2019
At North Suburban Cardiology Associates in Stoneham, Massachusetts, there were several gaps in the group’s ambulatory ECG monitoring capability.

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