Focus on Digital Transformation

Digital transformation: Healthcare making progress but much work remains

The system is digitized. Time to look at what comes next.

With some 95 percent of healthcare providers having deployed EHRs, the healthcare system is officially digital. The new frontier? Connectivity that enables clinicians, researchers, executives to put that data to work.

During May, we'll dive into digital transformation by interviewing experts and talking to professionals on the front lines about what's really happening today and what hospital executives need to be doing right now.

What you need to know

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How a pop health platform helped one ACO prevent 98 strokes and 39 heart attacks in less than a year

by Bill Siwicki

Arizona Care Network’s IT-infused approach to population health has helped the accountable care organization better coordinate on annual wellness visits, boosting compliance.

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Keys to successful digital transformation

by HIMSS TV

Driving better outcomes for Health Innovation Manchester's population is at the heart of the organization's mission – while setting up new products to maximize the benefits of technology is a priority, says CEO Ben Bridgewater.

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Ohio Living achieves low readmission rates with telehealth

by Nathan Eddy

Patients are equipped with Bluetooth-enabled tablets that record biometrics information.

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Keys to successful digital transformation

by HIMSS TV

Driving better outcomes for Health Innovation Manchester's population is at the heart of the organization's mission – while setting up new products to maximize the benefits of technology is a priority, says CEO Ben Bridgewater.

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Opioid intelligence tools helping hospitals make safer Rx decisions

by Mike Miliard

Technologies to give physicians the ability see PDMP data within their EHR workflows are enabling them to spot doctor shoppers and make smarter prescriptions, says KLAS.

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Transformers in chief - navigating digital redesign

by Nathan Eddy

The elite corps of chief digital officers emerging today are both business-minded and tech-savvy and use those skills to rethink operations.

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Healthcare in 21 years will be driven by 'radically interoperable data'

by Mike Miliard

Deloitte's view of the future: empowered consumers taking advantage of open, secure platforms that intermingle disparate information for care coordination and wellness "nudges." Now we just need to get there.

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Perioperative system helps surgery department transform OR utilization

by Bill Siwicki

“In a surgical environment where one minute of OR time is worth $37, the improvements that we’re achieving on a daily basis have a big impact to our efficiency and bottom line,” explained Dr. Kathy Cho of University Hospitals Ahuja.

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Shared decision making in the era of digital transformation

With health and care systems being subjected to significant changes associated with digital transformation, Charles Alessi and Richard Barker explore their implications for the future of medical care.

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UPMC launches new telemedicine company focused on infectious disease

by Mike Miliard

Diagnosis and treatment of disease and antibiotic-resistant bacteria is complex and challenging for small hospitals, who could care for patients with remote help from top-tier infectious disease experts.

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Penn Medicine debuts free machine learning platform

by Nathan Eddy

The open source Penn AI is a self-service tool designed to accelerate biomedical research.

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HCA Healthcare says analytics system can detect sepsis quickly

by Nathan Eddy

SPOT platform uses algorithms to pinpoint critical data points in EHRs, the system says.

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EHR training is biggest predictor of user satisfaction, experts say

by Mike Miliard

A better clinician experience makes for higher-quality patient care, according to a new report from KLAS' Arch Collaborative, which makes the case for bigger investment in end-user education.

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Organizations are making patient experience a priority

by HIMSS TV

Patient experience is more than just patient satisfaction surveys, claims Cleveland Clinic Chief Experience Officer Dr. Adrienne Boissy, who sees an evolution on the horizon.

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New telemedicine and monitoring systems give Cone Health ICU caregivers more views and data

by Bill Siwicki

With a customized build, physicians and nurses have only the most important and the most recent data to observe. And now the tele-ICU staff is the first line of patient troubleshooting.

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Why health systems are aligning IT, biomed

by Nathan Eddy

Frost & Sullivan research found hospitals focusing on collaboration to improve security and maintain medical device connectivity and uptime as top priorities.

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Physicians Foundation launches HIE fund for physician interoperability

by Benjamin Harris

The nonprofit group is joining with six state medical societies to incentivize practicing physicians to link their EHRs to health information exchanges.

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Care coordination network enables Aspire Health to best deploy case managers

by Bill Siwicki

Real-time notifications have allowed the case managers to follow up with more patients during their hospital stay and engage members. It’s also made for more accurate contact information.

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Implementation best practices: Going live with new imaging tech

by Bill Siwicki

Four imaging technology experts offer healthcare CIOs and other executives and health IT workers advice for bringing new imaging tech online.

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How Texas Health Resources traded phone trees for online reg and gained a 97% show-up rate

by Mike Miliard

Patients were frustrated with the outpatient registration process, but a web-based approach with online questionnaires boosted check-in rates and satisfaction scores.

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Former Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove on AI, data and joining Google

by Tom Sullivan

Cosgrove said hospitals have to up their game to harness emerging technologies.

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As technology proliferates, human factors matter more than ever for healthcare

by Mike Miliard

Even as EHRs, telemedicine and AI continue to transform clinical practice, certain core human qualities – civility, respect, empathy, collaboration – are "what make us valuable."

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Business case emerging for practicing empathy in care delivery

by HIMSS TV

Speakers and attendees at Patient Experience Summit 2019 discuss ways providers can operationalize and implement empathy beyond the bedside.

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Healthcare looks to other industries for patient engagement help

by HIMSS TV

Jonah Comstock, editor in chief of MobiHealthNews, shares observations from the Patient Experience Summit 2019, including how healthcare organizations are learning from other industries how to solve patient experience and consumerization issues.

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Designing health IT that keeps patients at the center of care

by HIMSS TV

Denise Hines, Chief Americas Officer at HIMSS, talks about the need for healthcare IT to take a full look at the patient and what's next in patient empathy and experience.

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How hospitals can enable lasting improvements in quality, safety and patient-centered care

by Mike Miliard

"We're all looking to accomplish a lot," said Press Ganey's CEO at the HIMSS and Cleveland Clinic Patient Experience Summit. "But without the right organization and understanding, we'll collapse under the weight of aspirations."

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New CDS from Change Healthcare enables home-based telemonitoring

by Mike Miliard

Its new InterQual 2019 technology offers support for "hospital at home" care models, the company says.

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Walmart shares design philosophy for health engagement

by Tom Sullivan

It starts with understanding obstacles and includes empathy in the experience, David Hoke said at the HIMSS and Cleveland Clinic Patient Experience Summit.

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VC investor expects big changes in consumer digital health

by HIMSS TV

The new interoperability rules will fuel a new era for consumer healthcare, explains Emma Cartmell, founding partner of Cartmell Ventures.

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Clinicians gaining tools to communicate effectively and with empathy

by HIMSS TV

Steven Kaplan, MD, associate chief medical officer at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, discusses how communication and empathy workshops are resulting in clinicians feeling better about the care they deliver and how they communicate with patients.

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Appalachian Regional Healthcare rolls out tele-ICU across 12 hospitals

by Mike Miliard

The two-state health system will leverage technology from from Advanced ICU Care, as well as the clinical expertise of its advanced practice providers, intensivists and nurses.

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MIT: AI platform beats existing models at predicting cancer risk

by Nathan Eddy

New data suggests that artificial intelligence can identify patterns that indicate breast cancer development.

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UCSF, the Doctors Company partner for AI-powered patient safety project

by Mike Miliard

The academic medical center and the physician-owned malpractice insurer will explore how AI can be integrated into the workflows of frontline clinicians to reduce errors, boost quality and safety and improve patient experience.

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Population health analytics help Banner Health better predict high-cost patients

by Bill Siwicki

The health system has identified tens of millions of dollars in potential savings in the area of cost avoidance through intervention.

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Clarigent, Children’s Home partner on AI-based decision support app

by Nathan Eddy
Health application developer Clarigent Health is teaming up with The Children’s Home of Cincin
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Clinicians at the Bowen Center give trust back to IT staff after new network infrastructure installed

by Bill Siwicki

Poor networking was hindering growth at the health system. With new tech, the clinician satisfaction rate has soared to 95% and network uptime is up to 99%.

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Nurses are well-positioned to lead innovation and digital transformation

by Mike Miliard

More and more health systems are taking steps to "fully unleash nurse innovators at the leadership level," a new report shows, tapping their specialized expertise for technology deployment, process improvement, patient experience and more.

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5 steps to digital transformation for healthcare

by Tom Sullivan

It’s a matter of change management – and there are some applicable best practices.

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The evolution of health innovation: Where it's going

by HIMSS TV

Digital health enthusiast and NOSTALAB President John Nosta discusses the three D's of health innovation – device, data, decision – and what it will take to get to where we need to be.

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Focus on digital transformation: 3 charts show healthcare's current state

by Tom Sullivan

Digital transformation is a top priority at most healthcare organizations today, but progress so far has been fragmented.

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Kaufmann Clinic aims to boost revenue by 30% with telemedicine

by Bill Siwicki

"Telemedicine optimizes our practice's capabilities, and also improves our patients' outcomes," said Dr. Robert S. Kaufmann of the internal med practice.

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Premier, Pfizer, McKesson, others join blockchain working group

by Mike Miliard

The MediLedger project, led by San Francisco blockchain startup Chronicled, is focused on leveraging DLT for more efficient healthcare contract reconciliation and chargeback processes.

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Where health systems are using analytics the most

by Nathan Eddy

New research points to care quality measures and finance as the top functions for analytics usage today.

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Care management app reduces surgical complications, among other improvements, at health system

by Bill Siwicki

The impact of the app on the Providence St. Joseph Health care delivery experience is reflected in the fact that 94 percent of the patients who used it found it to be helpful.

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Vanderbilt's AI-powered EHR voice assistant saves time for caregivers

by Bill Siwicki

The VEVA tool has helped improve caregiver productivity and efficiency – and providers appreciate that it reduces the number of clicks per query.

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Exploring key trends in digital transformation of healthcare

by HIMSS TV

Shaping the future of healthcare IT requires an understanding of common problems and solving them in a whole health economy – inside and outside of the hospital, says Mike Fuller, regional managing director at InterSystems.

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Where digital health venture capitalists invested in 2019

by Tom Sullivan

Consumer-facing technologies outpaced digital health tools built for practices in the first quarter of this year.

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How UCSF applies an evidence-based approach to digital health innovation

by Tom Sullivan

It starts with input from the front lines and includes outside partners to truly understand the problems and continues through the entire tech lifecycle.

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92% of Mount Sinai patients engage when prescribed an app

by Tom Sullivan

The system worked with a patient design team and turned the metrics of success upside down, for starters.

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How digital transformation is changing CIO and IT pro roles

by Tom Sullivan

Chief information officers and other IT execs find themselves managing with smaller budgets and wielding less purchasing power, so smart CIOs are evolving skill sets to keep pace.

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How digital health tools benefit from evidence-based practices

by HIMSS TV

There’s a need for health systems to prove with scientific rigor which new apps and innovations work, says Dr. Ashish Atreja, chief innovation officer at Mount Sinai and founding chair of NODE.Health.

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Digital technology helps keep focus on patients

by HIMSS TV

Dr. Manish Kohli, HIMSS Enterprise Board Chair, discusses physician burn-out and delivering insights for better clinical decision making, adding that success will come when the technology becomes invisible while patients are in front of doctors and nurses.

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How AI and emerging tech are transforming the healthcare workforce

by Mike Miliard

Hospitals and health systems are seeing their clinical and operational processes reshaped by the same forces as the rest of the economy, says Deloitte: AI and robotics, automation, virtualization, the 'gig economy' and more.

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Digital healthcare best practices need to be shared across borders

by HIMSS TV

With an aging population, disconnected health information systems and a rising consumer, Hal Wolf, HIMSS President and CEO, says that breaking down barriers to information exchange will support delivery of better services and technology.

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3 charts: Where AI is making an impact right now

by Tom Sullivan

HIMSS Media research uncovered the key areas where hospitals say AI and machine learning are already delivering value.

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Interoperability was 'a huge fight' 20 years ago

by Tom Sullivan

A quick look back at the competing specs for clinical coding and data exchange gives a glimpse of the some of the challenges still ongoing today.

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AI-powered voice note taking saves OrthoAtlanta an hour per physician per day

by Bill Siwicki

Since deploying speech recognition and integrating it with its athenahealth EHR, the group practice has seen the average note completion time drop from 4.8 minutes to 1.6 minutes per note.

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'New wave of change' coming to healthcare

by HIMSS TV

Subha Airan-Javia, associate professor at Penn Medicine, says the industry has learned a lot during the last decade and now we’re ready to use those lessons learned to move in new directions. 

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How big data is redefining the CEO, CFO and COO roles

by Bill Siwicki

CIOs are in the best position as the originator and gatekeeper of data and as a fellow C-suite observer to comment on changing C-suite roles.

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Shifting to value-based care in the age of consumerism

by HIMSS TV

The move to value-based care is a long journey, says David Chou, VP and principal analyst of Constellation Research, who discusses looking at tech mega-trends through a healthcare lens to operationalize them. 

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Tips for retaining top tech talent in a hot job market

by John Donohue

Hospital leaders need to understand the difference between what draws employees closer and what drives them away.

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Kickstarting healthcare entrepreneurship, innovation

by HIMSS TV

Neil Patel, president of Healthbox, which was acquired by HIMSS in March, talks about how  his company provides the platforms and opportunities for digital health startups to link up with payers and providers.

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IoT and cloud adoption will boost cybersecurity investments toward $8.7B by 2023

by Mike Miliard

Frost & Sullivan says the healthcare security space is set for big growth as hospitals recognize new vulnerabilities and vendors innovate their products and pricing models.

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Health data from digital devices enabling personal dashboards

by HIMSS TV

Patient-generated data from apps, devices and digital therapeutics will make personal health dashboards that manage wellness possible, says HIMSS Personal Connected Health Alliance Director of Thought Advisory John Sharp. 

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Telehealth: a C-suite guide

by Bill Siwicki

NewYork-Presbyterian, UPMC and Thibodaux executives discuss the advantages and imperatives of creating wide-ranging telehealth programs.

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Skunkworks project explores role blockchain can play in data integrity

by HIMSS TV

Wende Hutton, general partner at Canaan Partners, discusses the venture capital firm’s project looking not only into the benefits of blockchain but also its potential to be corrupted.

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Pfizer, Concerto HealthAI join up for precision medicine partnership

by Mike Miliard

The pharma company will leverage Concerto's artificial intelligence-powered analytics capabilities to gain better oncology insights.

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HIMSS Davies winner: Resilience is important to success in healthcare

by HIMSS TV

Dr. Michael Zaroukian, CMIO at Sparrow Health System, talks about how Sparrow measures the success of using data and analytics to put interventions where they will do the most good.

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How the 3 C's of design disease hinder innovation

by HIMSS TV

Conference rooms, conference calls and cubes make it harder to gain the empathic stance necessary for harnessing the world’s knowledge to solve problems, says Intermountain Director of Innovation Todd Dunn.

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Ochsner re-engineering care for people with chronic disease

by HIMSS TV

Ochsner's system uses data patients collect at home to treat COPD, diabetes and hypertension. "Patients are thirsty for the data," claims Chief Clinical Transformation Officer Dr. Richard Milani.

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Mayo Clinic seeing promise with patient-generated health data

by HIMSS TV

One of the challenges with patient-generated data is figuring out how to use it for predicting future health events, says Mayo Clinic Medical Informaticist Dr. Karl Poterack.

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How Duke is delivering the right data to researchers, data scientists

by HIMSS TV

Duke University Health System Chief Analytics Officer Stephen Blackwelder details how IT funnels various data sources such as EHRs and claims data into a treasure trove researchers can analyze.

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Sanofi’s digital strategy prioritizes clinical trials, therapeutics, diabetes

by HIMSS TV

Sanofi execs Ruchita Sinha and Christina Koutoudis discuss the company’s thinking about digital technology, innovation and pharma's role and future.

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Tips for supporting nurses, doctors through the digital transformation

by HIMSS TV

Joanne Bosanquet, deputy chief nurse at Public Health England weighs the benefits of tech adoption with the need to give nurses the support and time they need to embrace change.