Next-Gen series

The next-generation of healthcare tech

From artificial intelligence, analytics and cloud services to EHRs, revenue cycle and telemedicine tools, health technologies are changing. Fast. Our next-gen series dives into the front-runners, startups and stalwarts to share insights about what’s coming on the near horizon from the very experts shaping the future of healthcare.

What's next?

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Next-gen medical devices: Rethinking patient experience

by Bill Siwicki

Experts discuss where medical devices are headed as the internet of things continues to expand.

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Next-gen analytics: Here’s what’s coming in the future

by Bill Siwicki

Hospitals should expect orders of magnitude more data – but will also see emerging tools such as artificial intelligence and 5G connectivity helping to put both structured and unstructured information to work.

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Next-gen EHRs: What will the future look like?

by Bill Siwicki

EHRs will feature automation analytics, telemedicine, genomics and more in the not-too-distant future.

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Next-gen patient engagement: It's about communication

by Bill Siwicki

Hospitals are shaping always-on consumer experiences with cutting-edge digital health tools as well as scheduling apps, workflow tools and more ways to access care.

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Next-gen quality and safety: Genetics, social determinants, data

by Bill Siwicki

In the future, patients will have more access to their own data and more communication channels with their extended care team.

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Next-gen revenue cycle management: Value-based care, AI

by Bill Siwicki

Technology to facilitate a patient's understanding of insurance coverage and out-of-pocket cost for pending services will feature prominently in the future.

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Next-gen data: FHIR APIs, AI and genomics, tech is changing fast

by Bill Siwicki

Hospitals should also expect Blockchain, patient experience and new iteration of vendor neutral archive capabilities to be available in the future.

How tech is working today

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How AI command centers are helping hospitals

by Mike Miliard

Tampa General's new partnership with GE Healthcare is the most recent example of Artificial Intelligence-driven care coordination centers that harmonize patient safety and quality improvement initiatives.

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How Mercy Hospital saved $4.3M with nursing analytics dashboard

by Bill Siwicki

Staff created the dashboard for tracking multiple performance metrics, including leakage.

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How one hospital lifted patient satisfaction: EHR-based nurse rounding tools

by Bill Siwicki

The system boosted its overall rating by more than 15 points in just one quarter.

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Why integrating clinical pathways into EHRs can save millions

by Bill Siwicki

Penn Medicine and Cancer Centers of America are deploying clinical pathways technologies and Mercy already saved 480 lives and $27 million by connecting them with its Epic electronic health record.

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How Mercy is improving cardiac care with analytics

by Mike Miliard

Natural language processing technology is helping the health system unlock information from the notes that it previously hadn't been able to use.

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Mass General to apply deep learning to medical records

by Bill Siwicki

Hospitals say the AI method is in use today automating things humans do well but don't have the time for – and there's much more to come.

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How to make IoT data ready for AI

by Bill Siwicki

Hospitals should begin with appropriate infrastructure and that includes robust connectivity, storage and security. Here’s a look at how to get started.

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EHRs and interoperability: Better than most people think?

by Jeff Lagasse

ATM's interoperable functionality has been a benchmark for EHRs and now, they're making progress toward a similar interoperability says Cedars-Sinai chief clinical transformation officer Scott Weingarten.

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Radiology practices using AI and NLP to boost MIPS payments

by Bill Siwicki

RadNet and vRad have deployed natural language processing tools to help them tackle over-utilization and help perform tasks that are challenging for humans.

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Rush boosts star ratings with proprietary predictive analytics

by Jeff Lagasse

The hospital was able to better grasp what it was already doing well, and what it was not, in terms of clinical documentation thanks to homegrown software.

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An inside look: NewYork-Presbyterian's AI command center

by Bill Siwicki

Nurses in a faraway control room monitor patients with AI tools and free on-premise clinicians to spend more time with patients.

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How predictive analytics and medical device data can reduce physician alerts

by Bill Siwicki

Virtua Memorial Hospital and vendor Bernoulli worked together to nearly eliminate respiratory depression alerts, enhance care and lower costs.

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Hospital leans on machine learning to reduce sepsis

by Bill Siwicki

Cabell Huntington Hospital also diminished the average sepsis-related hospital length of stay with machine learning-generated clinician alerts.

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ACO wrangles data from 45 different EHRs for real-time analytics

by Mike Miliard

The CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization says its population health platform has helped manage disparate data, but he still wishes vendors and payers would help manage the burden of value-based care.

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EHRs in the cloud: Why smaller healthcare providers are making the leap

by Bill Siwicki

Providers say flexible platforms help them to prepare for population health management and value-based care.

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UNC Health uses Epic to gather more data for comprehensive patient view

by Bill Siwicki

Using the company's "Happy Together" tool, UNC was able to document 12 percent of A1c test completions and 8.1 percent of flu shot completions from external data sources.

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How NYU Langone tweaked its Epic EHR for value-based care, saving millions

by Mike Miliard

The New York City-based health system tailored its care pathways to fix inefficiencies and gained back big ROI from the hard work it did with staff workflows and process improvements.

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How vendors are tackling credentialing, hiring and scheduling

by Jeff Lagasse

Two categories of companies are working to enable hospitals to digitize time-consuming manual processes to save time and money.

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Inside Phoenix Children’s patient safety work with Allscripts

by Mike Miliard

Phoenix Children’s CIO David Higginson and Allscripts CEO Paul Black discuss why patient safety innovation demands attention to human factors.

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Patient safety check-up: Promise, progress and a need for vigilance

by Bernie Monegain

Healthcare leaders Robert Wachter, David Bates, Leah Binder and Tejal Gandhi take the pulse of how far patient safety has come in recent decades – and point toward the work that lies ahead.

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Columbia Medical saves $6.5M by tackling ED visits

by Bill Siwicki

The multi-specialty group practice undertook a large project to use analytics and reduce emergency room utilization – and it worked.

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AI for cybersecurity? What hospitals should understand before investing

by Mike Miliard

Artificial intelligence-powered threat detection and response can be very valuable – as long as it's researched and deployed with care and planning.

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Blockchain beyond EHRs: Thinking past the usual suspects can transform healthcare

by Bill Siwicki

While EHRs and data security get all the attention, there are more immediate opportunities for the digital ledger technology.