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.

NYC health system uses patient comm system to drop no-show rate by 6.1%

NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island.

By Bill Siwicki 12:12 pm May 01, 2020
NYC Health + Hospitals has sent approximately 95,500 automated reminders, with 96.4% of them delivered in the patient’s preferred language.
Tech optimization: Pushing patient engagement farther
By Bill Siwicki 12:27 pm April 30, 2020
Today it is key to engage patients with their providers and their healthcare. Five patient-engagement-technology experts offer best practices to heighten use of the IT.

Paul Green, CIO of Angel MedFlight, and Bask Iyer, CIO at VMware

By Bill Siwicki 12:02 pm April 29, 2020
In a HIMSS20 Digital session, they cover the human element to IT, some panic, disaster recovery plans, CIOs supporting employees and more.
Mobile charge capture leads to $800K increase in hospitalist revenue

Peconic Bay Medical Center, Riverhead, New York.

By Bill Siwicki 12:44 pm April 28, 2020
What’s more, at Peconic Bay Medical Center, the point-of-care tech for physicians led to a 13.5% boost in charge codes captured and a whopping 490% jump in patient satisfaction.
North Dakota HIE creates longitudinal health records for patients
By Bill Siwicki 11:56 am April 27, 2020
Further, the network’s clinical portal has served in times of crisis as a backup system for health systems in the case of unexpected EHR outages or planned upgrades.
Telemedicine triage kiosks reduce ER visits by 11% for ACO
By Bill Siwicki 12:28 pm April 24, 2020
On another health IT front at the Alliance for Integrated Care of New York, data used to risk-stratify patients resulted in a $2.4 million reduction in total costs for the ACO.
Health system pieces together ‘virtual rounding’ to cope with pandemic

Nemours Children’s Health System's 'virtual rounding' in action.

By Bill Siwicki 12:47 pm April 23, 2020
Nemours Children’s Health System uses multiple technologies to social distance, reduce contact and save PPE.
1 in 5 primary care practices predicts closure in a month, but telehealth could help
By Bill Siwicki 12:39 pm April 22, 2020
One telemedicine vendor, which is giving away its technology for two months during the pandemic, discusses the value of virtual care during physical distancing.
Collective defense: A different way to approach healthcare cybersecurity

General (Retired) Keith Alexander, co-CEO of IronNet Cybersecurity, on the left, with IronNet Cybersecurity Chief Marketing Officer Russ Cobb.

By Bill Siwicki 02:08 pm April 21, 2020
CIOs and CISOs take note: In a HIMSS20 Digital session, the former commander of U.S. CyberCommand explains what collective defense is and how it works.
The pandemic brought Gastro Health’s business to a halt – telehealth saved the day

Gastro Health, Miami, Florida.

By Bill Siwicki 12:03 pm April 20, 2020
Now, with telemedicine technology in place, the practice’s Florida locations alone are doing more than 5,000 tele-visits a week.

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