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.

Hackers are changing their approach to healthcare ransomware attacks
By Bill Siwicki 03:21 pm September 23, 2019
One cybersecurity expert offers his perspective on the changing threat landscape faced by CIOs and CISOs, and gives some tips for more effective threat detection and response.
Pop health IT helps Partners in Recovery reduce psychiatric hospital admissions by 50%
By Bill Siwicki 11:43 am September 20, 2019
Combining psychiatric and primary care data, including social determinants of health, has also helped reduce ER spending from $2,265 per patient per month to just $875.
How one provider org used SDOH, analytics and texting to help reduce pre-term births

Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas.

By Bill Siwicki 11:01 am September 19, 2019
The Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation increased prenatal visit attendance by 24%, reduced early preterm delivery by 27%, and reduced first-year baby costs by 54%.
10-hospital health system adds evidence-based clinical decision support tech
By Bill Siwicki 05:11 am September 19, 2019
The clinical pathways system is designed to help make appropriate decisions related to specific clinical questions. The drug tool is designed to help pharmacists, physicians and nurses with access to point-of-care drug information.
Health system takes an ‘Epic first’ approach to integrating all data, including SDOH

Contra Costa County Regional Medical Center in Martinez, California.

By Bill Siwicki 03:48 pm September 17, 2019
Contra Costa Health Services takes on whole person care by gathering every bit of data, not just medical care data, and getting it into its Epic EHR. The results have been startling.
EHR-integrated patient texting helps clinic boost patient capacity 68% to 89%

One of Lake Washington Physical Therapy's four locations.

By Bill Siwicki 12:45 pm September 16, 2019
Lake Washington Physical Therapy also is saving $15,000 a year using bot-powered technology to optimize access to care and build patient-first services.
Could HHS information blocking rule have unintended consequences on data sharing and security?
By Bill Siwicki 12:30 pm September 13, 2019
A legal expert who helped write HIMSS’ comments on the proposed rule offers an in-depth look at the new regs, and explains what they could mean for IT and infosec leaders.
Implementation best practices: The best approaches to precision medicine
By Bill Siwicki 12:38 pm September 11, 2019
Four precision medicine experts – a groundbreaking provider organization and three precision medicine technology vendors – offer healthcare CIOs and other leaders their expertise for getting started with the nascent area of medicine.
Digital identity verification is one key to fighting cybersecurity threats
By Bill Siwicki 02:24 pm September 10, 2019
Replacing easily breakable usernames and passwords with other protections such as biometrics can thwart fraudsters. One cybersecurity expert walks provider IT leaders through the hairy status quo.
How asynchronous telemedicine saved SSM Health 18 minutes per visit
By Bill Siwicki 02:27 pm September 09, 2019
The health system is averaging 600 virtual visits per month with its new telehealth offering, gaining efficiencies for caregivers and boosting patient satisfaction.

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