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In today's newsletter, Abhinav Shashank of Innovaccer writes we may have EHRs all over the nation, but that has not led ...
01/04/2018
The Latest Health IT Outcomes Newsletter — Healthcare Interoperability: A Must To Revolutionize Value-Based Care

In today's newsletter, Abhinav Shashank of Innovaccer writes we may have EHRs all over the nation, but that has not led to an easy flow of health data across different care settings. Even today, there are essential pieces of information that are either missing or hard to access.

In addition, Change Healthcare looks at payer and provider solutions for the revenue cycle of the future; Voalte shows how UCSF Medical Center At Mission Bay consolidated communication and alarm functions; and Vocera Communications details how Santa Clare County Hospital improved bed turnaround time...

As 2017 draws to a close, we’re taking a look back at which stories you found most engaging. All of us at Health IT Outc...
12/21/2017
The Latest Health IT Outcomes Newsletter — Best Of 2017: The Top Editorial Of The Past Year

As 2017 draws to a close, we’re taking a look back at which stories you found most engaging. All of us at Health IT Outcomes are proud to have been on the scene throughout the year, bringing you these stories. So, with that out of the way, let's take a look at the most popular editorial presented in our e-newsletters last year — from original articles to featured articles to news features and more, we hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane. On behalf of our entire staff, I wish you a happy and prosperous 2018.

Best Of 2017: The Top Editorial Of The Past Year

In today's newsletter, Voalte writes according to a survey by American Hospital Association Solutions and Hospitals in P...
12/14/2017
The Latest Health IT Outcomes Newsletter — 3 Ways Smartphones Improve The ED Throughput Process

In today's newsletter, Voalte writes according to a survey by American Hospital Association Solutions and Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence, communication is the most challenging root cause of poor patient flow. To meet that challenge, consider how smartphones can help reduce patient intake and transfer time, streamline communication with text messages, and improve response time with nurse call integration.

In addition, A2iA shows how to improve BPO profit margins; Amy Larsson of Change Healthcare looks at reinventing claims payment for a value-based world; Imprivata details the causes and consequences of patient misidentification; 1Call, a Division of Amtelco shows ho to get the right message to the r...

In today's newsletter, Dr. Bridget Duffy of Vocera Communications writes despite the near-ubiquitous presence of patient...
12/07/2017
The Latest Health IT Outcomes Newsletter: For Better Outcomes, Add One Part Joy

In today's newsletter, Dr. Bridget Duffy of Vocera Communications writes despite the near-ubiquitous presence of patient-centered language in healthcare quality discourse, the full realization of human-centeredness remains elusive in many care settings. This must change.

In addition, Change Healthcare checks out the state of value-based reimbursement; A2iA shows how to streamline digital transformation; 1Call, a Division of Amtelco lays out steps for automating, streamlining, and improving communications; Health Language's Beverly Holley lists four ways to address d...

In today's newsletter, Imprivata writes healthcare has been rapidly increasing its virtualization adoption in order to f...
11/21/2017
The Latest Health IT Outcomes Newsletter: Why You Need To Pay Attention To Desktop Virtualization Trends

In today's newsletter, Imprivata writes healthcare has been rapidly increasing its virtualization adoption in order to facilitate clinical workflows. Trends over the past five years indicate the industry is rapidly moving toward VDI as a way to enable faster, more convenient access to patient information, which benefits everyone across a healthcare environment, from clinicians to IT.

In addition, Vocera's Rhonda Collins breaks down the visionary CNO and Health Language makes the case for more than just specialization when it comes to MU and HIT.

In today's newsletter Change Healthcare writes there has always been a certain degree of fraud, waste, and abuse in the ...
11/16/2017
The Latest Health IT Outcomes Newsletter — Cost Containment: Improper Payments, Fraud, Waste, And Abuse

In today's newsletter Change Healthcare writes there has always been a certain degree of fraud, waste, and abuse in the healthcare system; however, the sheer size and scope of the problem is becoming more acute as healthcare payers and providers increasingly focus on managing costs to account for every dollar spent.

In addition, 1Call, a Division of Amtelco looks at automating, streamlining, and improving communications; A2iA Corporation redefines document workflow; and Voalte shows how smartphones improved patient outcomes at UW Medicine Valley Medical Center.

In today's newsletter, Cardinal Innovations' Erin Drucker writes the goals of value-based care are especially relevant f...
11/09/2017
The Latest Health IT Outcomes Newsletter: A Person-Centric Approach To Managed Care

In today's newsletter, Cardinal Innovations' Erin Drucker writes the goals of value-based care are especially relevant for complex Medicaid groups. Yet, making a positive impact on the health of our most complex member populations requires innovative new strategies and care models. That begins by addressing members’ needs using an approach that is uniquely data-driven, person-centric, and community-based.

In addition, Health Language addresses the documentation challenge for clinicians; Voalte looks at the three key elements to secure texting; and Change Healthcare provide help on taking charge of healthcare spending.

In today's newsletter, David Tin, founder & CTO of Imprivata and Arthur Ream III, CISO and director of IT applications f...
11/02/2017
The Latest Health IT Outcomes Newsletter — How To Improve Your Cybersecurity

In today's newsletter, David Tin, founder & CTO of Imprivata and Arthur Ream III, CISO and director of IT applications for Cambridge Health Alliance discuss the current state of cybersecurity and how you can improve cybersecurity within your organization.

In addition, A2iA answers questions about AI and machine learning, and Vocera Communications looks at the next-generation CXO.

In today's newsletter, Chris Click of Nuance Document Imaging Healthcare writes each phase of the patient journey involv...
10/31/2017
The Latest Health IT Outcomes Newsletter: Implement Automated Workflows To Improve The Patient Journey

In today's newsletter, Chris Click of Nuance Document Imaging Healthcare writes each phase of the patient journey involves the exchange of an extensive amount of PHI by clerks, nurses, and physicians. Integrating automation into each phase allows healthcare organizations to more greatly maintain compliance and safeguard PHI. Here is a closer look at how automation can be integrated into a few of the phases of the patient journey.

In addition, Change Healthcare looks at the age of consumerism: taking charge of healthcare spending; and Imprivata shows how to deliver fast, secure authentication and virtual desktop access to optimize Epic workflows.

In today's newsletter, Andy Weissberg of Quantros writes to optimize payments and reimbursement in emerging value-based ...
10/19/2017
The Latest Health IT Outcomes Newsletter: How To Choose The Right Performance Management System

In today's newsletter, Andy Weissberg of Quantros writes to optimize payments and reimbursement in emerging value-based care models, hospitals and health systems need to more proactively measure and improve clinical and financial performance across a myriad of quality and patient safety measures and programs. Organizations must choose a performance management system that enables care teams to make data and information actionable for continuous quality improvement.

In addition, PerfectServe answers the question, "How will MACRA impact you payment adjustment?" and Vocera Communications looks at how Genesis HealthCare System brought consistency and accountability to the patient experience.

In today's newsletter, Jim Keener of Ingenious Med writes the benefits of interoperability are clear: Data that has typi...
10/17/2017
The Latest Health IT Outcomes Newsletter — IT Safety First: Top Challenges Interoperability Poses To Data Security

In today's newsletter, Jim Keener of Ingenious Med writes the benefits of interoperability are clear: Data that has typically been kept separate by system, location, or department can now be accessed and shared between physicians, specialists, and administrators to ensure every party involved has a complete understanding of a patient’s status and needs. However, with so much sensitive information traveling between systems and devices, interoperability can present a potential security risk.

In addition, Change Healthcare looks at payer and provider solutions for the revenue cycle of the future and Voalte shows how a communication platform upgrade improved outcomes while saving money at Valley Medical Center.

In today's newsletter, Jim Keener of Ingenious Med writes healthcare IT security risks made headlines earlier this year ...
10/12/2017
The Latest Health IT Outcomes Newsletter: What Are The Top IT Security Challenges Facing Hospitals?

In today's newsletter, Jim Keener of Ingenious Med writes healthcare IT security risks made headlines earlier this year due to a ransomware attack that spread through hospitals across the globe, and incidents like this serve as a reminder of how critical it is for hospitals to stay in the loop on the latest data security challenges and solutions. To help healthcare professionals take the first step towards educating themselves, here’s a quick overview of the high-level IT security issues facing hospitals today.

In addition, Imprivata shares the hard lesson Palmetto Health learned when switching to the right SSO solution and why it was worth it; and Health Language's Barbara Antuna and Deborah Szymanski answer the questions, "What's all the buss about hierarchical condition categories?"

In today's newsletter, PerfectServe writes incorporating mobile devices into standard communication workflows in most he...
10/10/2017
The Latest Health IT Outcomes Newsletter: How To Plan And Implement A Successful Mobile Device Strategy

In today's newsletter, PerfectServe writes incorporating mobile devices into standard communication workflows in most health systems typically starts as a bottom-up effort. Some have even said that mobility is the next battleground for patient engagement. Although user groups must garner the buy-in and support of the executive management team, getting everyone to agree that technology creates valuable efficiencies and simplifies communication is generally not the holdup. Uncovering and analyzing all the possible options, weighing the pros and cons, and settling on the best mobile device strategy for each organization can be the longest steps in the process.

In addition, Heather Lomax of Blaze Systems shows how providers can reduce the risk of medical identity theft and Health Language's Beverly Holley provides three reasons DSM-5 mapping strategies matter.

In today's newsletter, Change Healthcare writes as the market continues the march towards value-based care, providers mu...
10/05/2017
The Latest Health IT Outcomes Newsletter: Leveraging Your Data For Bottom Line Improvement

In today's newsletter, Change Healthcare writes as the market continues the march towards value-based care, providers must take the initiative to get their data analytics house in order and a multi-modal reimbursement framework in place. The stakes are high as private payers continue to follow the national government’s lead in linking reimbursement to quality and outcomes.

In addition, Imprivata tells you what you need to know to meet DEA requirements and drive provider adoption of EPCS and Brother's Gary Sibley explains how to build a case for telehealth by showing patient demand, quality care, and better pay.

In today's newsletter, Bill Gillis of Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization writes after years of creating disparate q...
10/03/2017
The Latest Health IT Outcomes Newsletter: Moving The Needle On Population Health: A Blueprint For Success

In today's newsletter, Bill Gillis of Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization writes after years of creating disparate quality data feeds from a network of more than 2,500 physicians across Massachusetts to a centralized cloud-based data repository, Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization (BIDCO) launched a population health management platform. The new platform is designed to integrate diverse data sets from all EHR systems used by BIDCO physicians in real time. The goal is to arm physicians with timely, accurate, and comprehensive analytics they can use to improve clinical and quality outcomes and financial performance.

In addition, April Yoder of Health Language Professional Services looks at the role of healthcare data governance in Big Data analytics and Vocera Communications shows how real-time communications improved critical communications and patient care at Birmingham Children's Hospital.

In today's newsletter, Dr. Barbara Antuna of Health Language writes given the complexity and variety of information syst...
09/28/2017
The Latest Health IT Outcomes Newsletter: Are Your Reports Showing Pregnant Men And Smoking Babies?

In today's newsletter, Dr. Barbara Antuna of Health Language writes given the complexity and variety of information systems needed to manage a healthcare enterprise, it’s understandable that data degenerates over time. Unfortunately, faulty data results in inaccurate analytics initiatives and negative downstream impacts, touching everything from patient care and regulatory reporting to revenue cycle and the bottom line.

In addition, Voalte lists three keys to a successful communication plan and Amy Larsson of Change Healthcare provides guidance for reinventing claims payment for a value-based world.

In today's newsletter, Change Healthcare writes certain capabilities and processes are crucial for value-based reimburse...
09/26/2017
The Latest Health IT Outcomes Newsletter: EPCS, Alarm & Alert Management, And Value Based Reimbursement

In today's newsletter, Change Healthcare writes certain capabilities and processes are crucial for value-based reimbursement initiatives to be successful. Both payers and providers feel care coordination, standardizing clinical measures, integrating workflows, and patient member engagement are the most important measures or processes.

In addition, Imprivata shows how EPCS improves both patient safety and physician satisfaction, and Vocera Communications explores how an alarm and alert management solution reduced alarm interruptions by 54 percent at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital.

In today's newsletter, Lola Koktysh of ScienceSoft writes the primary goal of HIE is to give providers access to a patie...
09/21/2017
The Latest Health IT Outcomes Newsletter — HIE For Population Health Management: A Case Study

In today's newsletter, Lola Koktysh of ScienceSoft writes the primary goal of HIE is to give providers access to a patient’s clinical data and enable cooperation between their care team members across organizations. But HIE can also bring the cooperation between providers to a higher level — population health management, enabled through data aggregation and subsequent health data analytics.

In addition, A2iA Corporation looks at BPO as an enabler to enhance document workflow management and Vocera Communications explores how today's healthcare technologies are relieving clinician's pain.

In today's newsletter, John Khoury of Lumeris asks, "How did burnout become such a sweeping epidemic?" Khoury writes the...
09/19/2017
The Latest Health IT Outcomes Newsletter — Change, Technology, And Physicians: Can The Value-Based Care Transformation Prevent Burnout?

In today's newsletter, John Khoury of Lumeris asks, "How did burnout become such a sweeping epidemic?" Khoury writes there are plenty of contributing factors: policy changes, changing workflows, ICD-10, new payment models, general workload — all perfectly acceptable answers. However, if you ask physicians, you'll likely hear a common answer: technology.

In addition, Beverly Holley of Health Language list three reason DSM-5 mapping strategies matter and Imprivata shows how to achieve success with EPCS.

In today's newsletter, Mike Hughes of OutSystems asks, "How do you innovate in an industry where heavy regulation seemin...
09/14/2017
The Latest Health IT Outcomes Newsletter: Digital Transformation In Healthcare: Innovation Versus Regulation

In today's newsletter, Mike Hughes of OutSystems asks, "How do you innovate in an industry where heavy regulation seemingly rears its head at every corner?" When you look at healthcare, one thing is clear: Innovation refuses to be contained.

In addition, Voalte looks at how UCSF Medical Center At Mission Bay consolidated communication and alarm functions and Allison Hart explains how providers can enhance patient experiences and achieve financial success.

In today's newsletter, Dan O’Connor of Stoltenberg Consulting writes considering more than 80 percent of healthcare lead...
09/12/2017
The Latest Health IT Outcomes Newsletter: How To Execute A Successful Go-Live In A Short-Staffed Environment

In today's newsletter, Dan O’Connor of Stoltenberg Consulting writes considering more than 80 percent of healthcare leaders expressed difficulty finding qualified healthcare IT staff and support, making high-priority EHR projects come to fruition may pose a challenge. However, even short-staffed organizations of all sizes can experience EHR implementation and go-live success with the right planning, stakeholder involvement. and third-party support.

In addition, Arif Razvi of Alvin Healthcare travels the road to mainstream consumer adoption of telehealth and Vocera Communications details how Reading Hospital enhanced clinical communication.

In today's newsletter, Michael York of Asante answers questions about specific IT and business challenges his organizati...
09/07/2017
The Latest Health IT Outcomes Newsletter: How To Simplify SQL Server Management And Save Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars

In today's newsletter, Michael York of Asante answers questions about specific IT and business challenges his organization was facing — especially surrounding its SQL Server environment — that necessitated the adoption of a new and innovative solution.

In addition, Dr. Barbara Antuna of Health Language offers better methods to deal with problem lists and Imprivata explains how to best leverage the HHS cybersecurity report.

In today's newsletter, Adam Stern of Infinitely Virtual writes the IT vendor’s proper role is to showcase the powerful e...
09/05/2017
The Latest Health IT Outcomes — Achieving HIPAA Compliance: IT's Indispensable Role

In today's newsletter, Adam Stern of Infinitely Virtual writes the IT vendor’s proper role is to showcase the powerful economic rationale for those in healthcare to get out of the practice of buying/maintaining hardware that is obsolete practically before the paint is dry. Vendors must also set an example through practical, customer-centric initiatives designed to simplify the cloud for these organizations — things like “onboarding” services, aimed at eliminating the fear factor (and the “how do we do this?” factor) from the cloud migration process.

In addition, Voalte lists three keys to a successful healthcare communication platform; Krithika Srivats of Hinduja Global Solutions provides four ways to improve payer-provider data management; and A2iA Corporation explains how data extraction delivers improved interoperability.

In today's newsletter Bobby Park of RelyMD writes with over 15 percent of the U.S. population living in rural areas, kee...
08/31/2017
The Latest Health IT Outcomes Newsletter: How Telemedicine Can Help Reduce Rural Hospital Closures

In today's newsletter Bobby Park of RelyMD writes with over 15 percent of the U.S. population living in rural areas, keeping healthcare facilities open is extremely important, especially for those who lack the means to travel to their nearest urban hospital or health system for urgent care needs. While not the cure-all, virtual health could be one answer to many woes these rural hospitals are facing.

In addition, Donna Martin of Hinduja Global Solutions explains how HIT can bridge the payer/provider divide and Voalte looks at three ways smartphones improve the ED throughput process.

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