August 04, 2014
About this time last year, we ran an article in these pages titled, "Stage 2 changes may be rude awakening." In it, one hospital IT honcho made the point that, with attestation for meaningful use still off in the distance, most providers were blissfully ignorant of just how difficult the process would be.
July 28, 2014
For at least the last decade, the health IT field has seen a scholarly back-and-forth on the effectiveness of electronic medical records. As soon as one study is published that finds technology has little impact on patient outcomes, another emerges that seems to show just the opposite. But, today, more accurate information is emerging.
July 07, 2014
The challenge of finding, hiring and keeping qualified and experienced staff members remains one of the biggest barriers to CIOs and other health IT professionals achieving their project goals.
July 02, 2014
The Dorenfest Institute for Health Information has opened up new HIMSS Analytics data, offering insights into the IT usage patterns of thousands of U.S. hospitals and ambulatory clinics.
July 01, 2014
Joanne Sunquist knows Epic. As the chief information officer at the four-hospital HealthEast Care System in Minnesota, she's successfully spearheaded the new $135 million Epic electronic medical record implementation within an aggressive 14-month timeline across the hospitals, which went live June 1. The health system's 14 clinics will...
June 12, 2014
Simply put, most revenue cycle management systems aren't suited for a future where providers are paid for quality, not volume. That, coupled with increasing hospital consolidation and the fact that the "the average system out there is quite old," means the entire concept of RCM is due for a shakeup.
May 29, 2014
For-profit healthcare is as old as the medical profession itself, but for-profit hospitals constitute just 20 percent of the hospital market in the United States.
May 29, 2014
It seems almost unfair. Clinical IT systems, in the last few years, have generally enjoyed a monopoly in the applications spotlight, often leaving operational apps sitting in the shadows, on back burners and positioned at the tail end of healthcare's to-do list.
May 27, 2014
Social media in healthcare takes on many personas--from patients connecting online with each other to share stories and advice, to checking out the Twitter feed of a favorite clinician or healthcare system.
May 26, 2014
Returning service members are looking for jobs. Healthcare IT departments are desperate for qualified candidates. What special skill sets can veterans bring to the table?