Building for the Future

Taking Stock of Progress and Looking Ahead

Healthcare organizations learned some hard but hopefully valuable lessons in 2020, a year quite unlike any other. The COVID-19 crisis has tested hospitals' surge capacity, stretched their supply chains, battered their bottom lines and necessitated wholesale shifts to remote work and virtual care delivery.

But along the way, an array of information and technology innovations have helped health systems weather this storm. And they offer a significant opportunity for lasting clinical, financial and operational improvements in the future.

This December, we look back at a challenging year – and forward to what we hope is a better, stronger, more connected and resilient healthcare ecosystem.

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Some of the hurdles around vaccine distribution could be addressed with high-tech solutions,...
By Kat Jercich |
Telehealth consultation
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Access and communication are the main barriers to entry for older Americans seeking to utilize...
By Jeff Lagasse |
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MobiHealthNews highlights providers' efforts to address treating, testing and mapping the...
By MobiHealthNews Staff |
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Its FutureScape 2021 report foresees a half-decade of health systems still grappling with –...
By Mike Miliard |
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The COVID-19 crisis prompted an enormous uptick in virtual care use from patients and providers...
By Kat Jercich |
The move to value and care coordination is expected to accelerate in 2021.
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CMMI is expected to release fewer, but bigger payment models and more that are mandatory.
By Susan Morse |
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As the agency's workload swells with the weight of a public health emergency, digital health...
By Bradley Merrill Thompson |
Webcam computer chat
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From interoperability to social determinants of health, to patient engagement and experience, the...
By Mike Miliard |
Google office

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There was no shortage of variety among the 2020 healthcare initiatives from Alphabet's major...
By MobiHealthNews Staff |
Screens from Apple's online and app-based COVID-19 symptom checker
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The tech company elaborated on its established digital health and wellness vision while improvising...
By Dave Muoio |
Amazon lab
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From expanding its employee health offerings to launching its first health wearable, Amazon had a...
By Mallory Hackett |
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From pandemic-necessitated go-live pauses to major rip-and-replaces, FHIR-based efficiencies to...
By Mike Miliard |
Healthcare 2021
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Healthcare IT News speaks to experts about the top predictions that will define healthcare in 2021.
By Sara Mageit |
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As COVID-19 wreaked havoc at health systems worldwide, hackers and bad actors were all too happy to...
By Mike Miliard |
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Will a health system battered by the pandemic emerge stronger in the year ahead? The annual report...
By Bill Siwicki |
Telehealth consultation
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Better data, better devices and a better experience will push telehealth to the next stage of its...
By Jeff Lagasse |
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Whether assessing vaccine safety and efficacy, assisting with X-ray readings or tracking...
By Mike Miliard |
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One thing to expect will be a pent-up demand for healthcare services that patients have been...
By Kat Jercich |
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The platform has demonstrated strong results in terms of patient satisfaction, drawing investors to...
By Jeff Lagasse |
Riverside Health System

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The system made no furloughs as a result of COVID-19, was able to give out bonuses and raises, and...
By Mallory Hackett |
Senator Angus King (I-Maine)

Senator Angus King (I-Maine)

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The senator touts "judicious use of the cloud," wider information sharing and "good...
By Mike Miliard |
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Mature health systems recognize the importance of context and design virtual care programs...
By Paddy Padmanabhan |
Rep. Fred Upton

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The representatives said they're optimistic about the legislation's forward movement, given...
By Kat Jercich |
Tom Leary and Denise Anderson

Tom Leary and Denise Anderson

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Panelists at the HIMSS Healthcare Security Forum this week said cybercriminals will likely use...
By Kat Jercich |
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It's been a busy year. As health systems continue to grapple with the challenges of the COVID-...
By Mike Miliard |
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The latest security industry forecast from Experian warns that bad actors will continue to take...
By Kat Jercich |
2021 digital transformation
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We start 2021 with hope and well-founded optimism, despite the ravages of the pandemic, reflects Dr...
By Charles Alessi |
A person looks into a vaccine refrigerator

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Experts call the logistics of getting doses into the hands of distributors a "phenomenally...
By Kat Jercich |
A doctor points at an EHR on a tablet

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The agency aims to issue a unified industry-wide specification for representing addresses by the...
By Kat Jercich |
HIMSS CEO Hal Wolf
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The COVID-19 crisis has led to major leaps forward for telehealth, decision support and more, says...
By Mike Miliard |
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Providers say there are a number of logistical, regulatory and educational hurdles that must be...
By Kat Jercich |
George Halvorson and Judy Faulkner

George Halvorson and Judy Faulkner

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In a conversation with George Halvorson, the CEO discusses interoperability, telehealth, rapid...
By Mike Miliard |
Insight
A few months ago, who would have thought that going into a hospital or clinic to meet with your...
By Paddy Padmanabhan |
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Researchers surveyed hundreds of primary care providers in the New York City area about the hurdles...
By Kat Jercich |
Penn Medicine
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Penn Medicine Chief Information Officer Mike Restuccia says strong leadership is needed to...
By Mike Restuccia |
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Christopher Lee and Babak Movassaghi said artificial intelligence and augmented reality will soon...
By Kat Jercich |
Cybersecurity breach
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The 2020 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey finds very tight security budgets, vast landscapes of legacy...
By Mike Miliard |
A person in a light blue sweater looking at a tablet
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HealthTree founder Jenny Ahlstrom, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma a decade ago, said...
By Kat Jercich |