Category Archives: Health reform

Time to Beef Up Education on Benefits of Health IT Adoption and Implementation

I had the chance to review Charles Krauthammer’s recent Opinion piece in the Washington Post on the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.  I was taken aback by his implication that the meaningful use program was the healthcare equivalent to … Continue reading

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Implementing Healthcare Reform—Easier Said than Done!

By: Elizabeth A. Regan, Ph.D., Department Chair, Integrated Information Technology, Professor of Health Information Technology, University of South Carolina   The most recent survey of hospital CEOs conducted by the American College of Healthcare Executives reported that healthcare reform implementation … Continue reading

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Physician Community Blog Series: Population Management – access to clinical information is key but how?

by Lynn Witherspoon, MD, System Vice President & CMIO and Kent Boyer, Chief Architect, Ochsner Health System A cornerstone of health care reform is a new paradigm of care delivery focused on population wellness rather than disease management.  As imagined in … Continue reading

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Re-thinking Revenue Cycle Management – An Industry-Wide Project

by Pam Jodock, Senior Director, Health Business Solutions, HIMSS The need to re-engineer revenue cycle management (RCM) has increased with the shift toward consumerism in healthcare and massive changes in the collection of revenues, rising to the point where tune-ups … Continue reading

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Physician Community Blog Series: Information follows the patient – is Direct a viable approach?

by Lynn Witherspoon, MD, System Vice President & CMIO and Kent Boyer, Chief Architect, Ochsner Health System As the nation seeks to find ways to provide higher value healthcare for all of its citizens, a key enabler is access to the … Continue reading

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Give a Little Health IT Thanks this Holiday Season

Grumpy Cat may not support more coordinated care, but the health IT community is definitely on board. Last week, healthcare brands, advocates and professionals shared messages of gratitude for what they feel is working in digital health. This practice was started … Continue reading

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It’s the Journey, not the Destination

An Appreciation of An HIT Pioneer, Dr. Morris Collen, And The Current State Of Meaningful Use Journeys always produce transformations.  We are never the same at the end as we were at the beginning. Muddy Waters started his transformation on … Continue reading

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Clinical Decision Support-Meaningful Use and Improved Outcomes

An oft heard statement associated with health IT is “the correct use of clinical decision support tools is a key enabler for quality improvement.” The implementation of clinical decision support interventions related to clinical quality measures is a key Meaningful … Continue reading

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Health IT Regulation Remains HIMSS Focus

This week, HIMSS submitted its third set of comments in 12 months on the topic of FDASIA. FDASIA, or the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act, was signed into law in July of 2012, and expandedthe FDA’s authorities by … Continue reading

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Key Attributes for ACO Success with IT

By Matthew Denius, MS, Member, HIMSS Accountable Care Task Force;  and Manager, Financial Product Design, NextGen Healthcare The Technology Association of Georgia’s Health Society, in conjunction with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and Georgia Department of Economic Development, held … Continue reading

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