population health
By Tom Sullivan 07:36 am August 20, 2015
The notion of gleaning insights from mountains of health information -- and then applying those precisely to individual patients -- hinges on the confluence of various factors. But it all boils down to one magic word.
By Eric Wicklund 11:08 am August 19, 2015
One hospital's telehealth program, focusing on patient engagement pre- and post-surgery, has resulted in some impressive outcome improvements.
Doc with stethoscope and medical icons
By Skip Snow 07:14 am August 19, 2015
Thomas McGill, MD, vice president of quality and safety and chief information officer at Butler Health System, describes it as "Community Hospital USA." He spoke to us about the role of a physician CIO as healthcare shifts to value-based care.
By Bernie Monegain 07:59 am August 05, 2015
Topping off what Cerner executives detailed during the company's earnings call Tuesday as a highly successful Quarter 2, in spite of profits falling, was the icing on the cake: the Defense Healthcare Management System Modernization project. Photo: David Gleason, 2008
Mobile devices
By Erin McCann 11:00 am July 28, 2015
If you've been looking for any set of official guidelines for mobile device security or best practices on keeping medical data safe, there's finally some serious movement on that front: a standards handbook with reams of valuable insight on the topic.
Hands together
By Mike Miliard 10:36 am July 28, 2015
When ONC released its Health IT Safety Center Roadmap earlier this month, it touted the envisioned center as a way to create a "culture of safety." Writing in Health Affairs, two experts offer some tips to help it meet that "monumental, sociotechnical challenge."
Road signs
By Bernie Monegain 08:29 am July 28, 2015
The most valued patient data resides in the EHR, yet EHRs are architected to perpetuate data silos. Because of the lack of interoperability, healthcare providers can't achieve true care coordination.
Patient care with IT
By Mike Miliard 09:15 am July 20, 2015
As part of its ongoing battle against medical errors and adverse events, the Office of the National Coordinator has released its Health IT Safety Center Roadmap, a plan to convene stakeholders to create a technology-enabled "culture of safety" across the industry.
Flow chart
By Mike Miliard 11:15 am July 16, 2015
A new study from AHRQ examines "sociotechnical factors and the role they play in mitigating or augmenting health IT’s impacts on workflow." The effect on outpatient settings is not always a good one.
Health IT illustration
By Mike Miliard 07:19 am July 14, 2015
Since Hippocrates first brandished a pair of bronze forceps, physicians have aimed for quality care. Now, the move toward value-based reimbursement means quality improvement is an imperative. Proper use of CDS is essential to getting there.

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