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What digital transformation demands: The entire C-suite’s influence

Information and technology comprise the backbone of smart, digital hospitals and systems. CIOs are leading that next-generation of healthcare and, in so doing, spending increasing amounts of time interacting with all top executives to shape the future by more effectively and efficiently harnessing technologies that align with business goals.
 
During December, we’ll interview thought leaders and experts to determine how data is redesigning the roles CEOs, CFOs, COOs and other execs play and take a business-first perspective on tactics such as cloud computing, telehealth, patient experience and innovation labs.

Hear from the experts

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7 supply chain predictions for healthcare in 2019

by Beth Jones Sanborn

By 2020, supply chain expenses will eclipse labor as the new number one cost in healthcare, one expert says.

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AI helps unlock data for timely treatment

by Benjamin Harris

Medal CEO Lonnie Rae Kurlander aims to bring machine learning-enabled simplicity to ever-growing volumes of complex health information.

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What hospitals need in the age of consumerism: guerrilla marketing

by Susan Morse

Don't tell consumers how great you are. Target their needs using tech and social media instead.

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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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Cybersecurity for business decision makers: elements of a successful plan

by Bill Siwicki

For threats ranging from data leakage to ransomware to credential-stealing malware, healthcare executives must develop strategies for before, during and after attacks.

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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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Zane Burke joins Livongo as CEO

by Tom Sullivan

The long-time Cerner executive takes the helm at startup, which develops technology to improve care for chronic conditions.

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How to explain the real cost of cloud computing to your C-suite

by Bill Siwicki

The benefits are well known yet some IT leaders still have a hard time convincing CEOs, CFOs and COOs to fund cloud projects. Here’s expert advice on breaking it down in a way they can understand.

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How healthcare execs can use IT to stem the opioid crisis

by John Glaser and Michael Fadden

Properly configured EHRs are a start. From there, top leadership can employ several tactics to address the difficult and complex challenge.

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The biggest challenge recruiting IT talent? Convincing them tech work in healthcare can be meaningful

by Jeff Lagasse

Jefferson Health's Robert Neff said that after breaking through that barrier hiring executives should focus on training and experience.

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What to know before purchasing a next-gen ambulatory EHR

by Bill Siwicki

Executives from Epic, Allscripts, athenahealth, eClinicalWorks and Greenway reveal what business decision makers should expect from their forthcoming software and cloud-based services.

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Medical group uses EHR to tackle three strategic goals

by Bill Siwicki

Prime Care Family Practice COO Amar Shah says the platform helps it address quality, cost and overutilization.

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Checklist: 10 steps for future-proofing ambulatory EHRs

by Bill Siwicki

Action items to help make the most of whichever electronic health record platform you’ve chosen.

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Why healthcare revenue cycle careers are heating up for millennials

by Jeff Lagasse

About two-thirds of millennials in revenue cycle jobs are satisfied with their roles, though many said they'd consider other career opportunities.

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Steward Health Care Network workflow automation yields 161% increase in care coordination

by Beth Jones Sanborn

The problem was the web of multiple EMRs that complicated the process and created dramatic variances in the way referrals were processed.

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CFO vs. CIO: Who should own analytics?

by Bill Siwicki

Two health systems with robust analytics programs say shared ownership and stewardship in the C-suite are the proper ways to go.

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Infrastructure reality check: What can go in the cloud, really?

by Bill Siwicki

Some healthcare CIOs say it's time to move just about everything to the cloud, while others say not so fast.

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Hospital merger and acquisition pitfalls to avoid

by Beth Jones Sanborn

In Part 2 of our series on the hospital mergers, a look at the common problems and advice about how to sidestep them.

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Want to increase your hospital's operational efficiency and cohesiveness? Huddle up, says Intermountain Healthcare's CEO

by Beth Jones Sanborn

Marc Harrison said the escalation process, which includes daily huddles with all levels of staff, has provided operational clarity, improved safety.

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What growing demand for physicians means to top hospital executives

by Jeff Lagasse

The spike in physician jobs is outpacing the strong economy, and that means it's time for hospitals to prepare for even fewer doctors to choose from.

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Hospital mergers and acquisitions: They keep happening but let's face it, the big ones rarely work

by Jeff Lagasse

The first installment of our two-part series looks at many of the things that can, and commonly do, go wrong.

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How hospitals can turn innovation labs into commercial profit centers

by Bill Siwicki

Sinai AppLab at Mount Sinai Health System in New York and UPMC Enterprises at UPMC in Pittsburgh offer tips for commercialization success.

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Top health IT investment areas 2019

by Diana Manos

Survey finds hot tech initiatives will advance consumerism, care management, retail settings, and more.

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Up next for social determinants of health: Personalization, science, ROI

by Tom Sullivan

SDOH will require a new education approach, platform and principles akin to personalized medicine.

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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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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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Forrester: 2019 to mark the beginning of the end for care delivery

by Diana Manos

The time has finally come for hospitals to keep pace with other industries patient experience-wise, analyst firm says.

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Digital transformation: 3 charts spotlight what top business decision makers need to know

by Tom Sullivan

Here’s a look at what hospitals need to move forward, and the top priorities and biggest obstacles they face today.

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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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HIMSS Analytics ranks top 10 ERP vendors by marketshare

by Tom Sullivan

More than 60 percent of hospitals have yet to embrace enterprise resource planning, but they're going to need it for value-based care.

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Artificial intelligence fueling need for digital workforce

by John Sharp

First movers such as Mount Sinai, Fresenius and Houston Methodist are running AI pilots and enabling employees to work alongside machines.

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IDC's top 2019 predictions for CIOs

by Mike Miliard

Within two years, 80 percent of IT leaders will be paid based on metrics that track tech’s ability to boost performance and growth.

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State of the industry report from HIMSS

by Tom Sullivan
For National Health IT Week 2018, HIMSS Analytics delivered new research exploring some key trends,
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2019 priorities for top health systems

by Benjamin Harris

Cybersecurity is still the big one. But interoperability and telehealth are not far behind for leading organizations' technology goals.

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Game-changing initiative to boost eHealth Interoperability Conformity Assessment in Europe

by Anett Molnar
Key European eHealth interoperability experts gathered in Brussels, Belgium, last week to discuss a
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Healthcare AI: What we know so far

by Mike Miliard

From the research lab to the bedside to the back office, AI and machine learning are transforming the ways we think about care and how we develop treatments.

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10 health IT happenings we're thankful for in 2018

by Tom Sullivan

From innovations and emerging technology to the promise of regulatory relief for hospitals, healthcare has plenty to be grateful for this week and year round.

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Big things for blockchain in healthcare

by Benjamin Harris

Advice for hospitals: Making inroads on blockchain now, with smaller projects that don't involve patient data, can help prepare them for larger opportunities ahead.

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IDC's top 2019 predictions for CIOs

by Mike Miliard

Within two years, 80 percent of IT leaders will be paid based on metrics that track tech’s ability to boost performance and growth.

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Digital transformation: half of companies are stalled

by Diana Manos

Researchers pinpointed five main points of failure for digital transformation plans.

A year of market disruptions

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CVS Health defends merger and integration of Aetna

by Susan Morse

CVS Health said it is maintaining a firewall to prevent the exchange of competitively sensitive information with Aetna.

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Cigna, Express Scripts merger clears state hurdles

by Susan Morse

The deal awaits another state approval; It has already received the go-ahead from Department of Justice.

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CVS and Aetna merger a disruptive sign of the future

by Susan Morse

Whether consumers will benefit from clout, data, lower pricing or not is up for debate.

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Amazon’s big healthcare plan means hospitals must act fast

by Tom Sullivan

The entire ecosystem is changing, forcing smart CIOs to keep pace or face significant disruption.

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Atul Gawande to lead Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase venture

by Mike Miliard

As CEO of the new company, which will be based in Boston, the public health expert will seek to "incubate better models of care for all," he says.

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Why the CVS-Aetna merger makes Epic even bigger

by Mike Miliard

The deal holds big promise for analytics, interoperability and pop health, while other organizations are already contemplating ways to make use of retail health data.

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CVS-Aetna outpaces Amazon as most likely to disrupt healthcare

by Tom Sullivan

Readers pointed to the incumbent’s domain expertise and broad member base outweighing Amazon’s innovative nature.

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5 ways Amazon could disrupt healthcare

by Bernie Monegain

What hospitals know about Amazon plans is just a taste of what the future will bring, consultants predict.

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Hacking and mega-breaches: 2018 the worst year yet?

by Diana Manos

While the number of overall data breaches is down, incidents involving 100 million or more records continue to be a concern, a new report found.

Thought leaders on HIMSS TV

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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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Tech's role in Healthy China initiative

by HIMSS TV

Hong Xu, CPC Party Secretary at Children's Hospital of Fudan University, discusses digital health, smart hospitals and where technology fits into the government's Healthy China initiative.

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Journey to Stage 7 EMRAM: How to prepare

by HIMSS TV

Zhigang Liang, CIO, Xuanwu Hospital, Capital University of Medical Sciences, talks about what hospitals need to understand before embarking on a journey toward Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM).

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Stage 7 EMRAM hospital gives insight into China's HIT momentum

by HIMSS TV

With 11 hospitals validated at Stage 7 on the EMRAM, China has made great inroads with digitizing healthcare. Yu Quan, CIO at China Medical University's Shengjing Hospital, which achieved Stage 7, talks about the next steps in the country's efforts.

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Lessons from China's digital healthcare challenges, opportunities

by HIMSS TV

HIMSS President and CEO Hal Wolf  discusses the digital healthcare market in China and how that technology can help improve access and quality of services in the country.

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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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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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Beyond EMRAM: Reaching digital maturity with models

by HIMSS TV

John Daniels, VP of HIMSS Analytics, says there is more to digitizing an organization than installing EMR functions, and discusses other adoption and maturity models including artificial intelligence, continuity of care and infrastructure.

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Could healthcare's cybersecurity future be in the cloud?

by HIMSS TV

Sentara Health VP and CISO Dan Bowden discusses how hospitals are  preparing for consumerism and value-based care by building apps and tools in the cloud.

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Robust infosec needs organizational excellence

by HIMSS TV

Christiana Care Health System CISO Anahi Santiago discusses why hospitals have to invest in security tools to stay ahead of cyberthreats, but that it's just as important to focus on people and process as it is on technology.

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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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Using AI to cut readmissions

by HIMSS TV

Robin Frady, executive director, B&CI Information Services at Grady Health System, talks about her organization’s success with using AI and data to target at-risk patients with post-discharge EMS outreach. 

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Key to innovation in healthcare

by HIMSS TV

Claus Duedal Pedersen, Chief Innovation Officer for the Centre for Innovative Medical Technology at the Odense University Hospital in Denmark, talks about shortening the road from academic research to the practical world of the healthcare system.

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Data governance success rests on four pillars

by HIMSS TV

When taking on data governance projects, David Kho, Chief Medical Information and Chief Digital Officer of ChenMed, says it's critical to consider data quality, consistency, standards and lineage.

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Data is everybody's business, but where do you find the right data?

by HIMSS TV

Prof Xiangliang Zhang, associate professor at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, is working with biology data to understand the relationship between disease, genes and drugs to gain better insight to develop predictive models; and encouraging students into pursue careers in data science.

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Patient access is a compelling reason to move into cloud

by HIMSS TV

Mazen Sobh, regional business manager at CareStream in the Middle East, outlines the financial, technical, clinical and security benefits of cloud computing for imaging but says key advantage is patient access in a variety of care settings.

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Consumer-oriented access to healthcare is a patient expectation

by HIMSS TV

Livongo CEO Glen Tullman explains that moves by businesses like Amazon and CVS are pushing the traditional healthcare system model because ready or not, consumers want to make their own healthcare decisions.