Health IT Issues that Deserve a Second Read – December 2022

One of the ways that Answers Media is different from other media sites is the sense of community. The thought leaders in our community are good about sharing their thoughts on the issues of today. We publish at least eight guest posts a week now, so in case you missed some, here are the top ten read and shared guest posts in the month of December. You can also read previous month’s Top Ten Lists. Thank you for contributing and reading.

Most Played Radio Episode in December

From The Digital Patient, host Dr. Joshua Liu, Co-founder & CEO of SeamlessMD, and marketing colleague, Alan Sardana, chat with the University of Rochester Medical Center’s CMIO, Dr. Gregg Nicandri, about “VR Training to Improve Surgical Quality, Eliminating the Mouse and Keyboard to Streamline Clinical Documentation, SDoH for Equitable Access to Care.”

Most Read Thought Leader Posts in December

Modernizing Clinical Trials in 2023 with Patient Centricity
By Scott Gray, CEO, Clincierge
Twitter: @clincierge

Patients suffering from chronic illness are often eager to participate in clinical trials with the hopes of finding a more effective treatment for themselves and others with their condition. This is especially true in the case of rare diseases, as these trials are often seen as a patient’s only opportunity for treatment. Unfortunately, various logistical, financial, and emotional barriers, like geographic location and travel-related costs, prevent patients from enrolling in trials and accessing life-changing medicine. Continue reading…

How Payers and Providers Can Jointly Benefit from Forward-Thinking Health Care Data
By Michael Drescher, Vice President of Payer Strategy, XSOLIS
Twitter: @XSOLIS_Health

Health care has benefitted tremendously in the past decade from the explosion of data of all kinds. From more accurately identifying and tracking trends in care delivery, to developing the ability to predict the likely onset of disease, to documenting the real-world effects of social determinants of health, data has contributed to significant industry advances. But as one leader of an academic medical institution phrased it recently, “It’s hard to know where you’re going when you’re constantly looking at what happened behind you.” Continue reading…

Insights to Action: Unlocking the Value of Healthcare IoT Data for Improved Patient Outcomes
By Guy Yehiav, President, SmartSense by Digi
Twitter: @SmartSenseHQ

The proliferation of IoT adoption across healthcare has created unprecedented volumes of data to leverage for improved patient outcomes. According to IDC’s Future of Industry Ecosystems Report, IoT devices are expected to generate more than 73 billion terabytes of healthcare data by 2025 – equating to a global market share exceeding $543 billion. The power of that data is wide-ranging. It can be utilized for everything from treating traumatic injuries and conducting remote cancer screenings to monitoring… Continue reading…

6 Critical Questions to Consider When Evaluating Virtual Care Delivery Options
By Lyle Berkowitz, MD, CEO, KeyCare
Twitter: @KeyCareInc

As patient adoption of telehealth continues to surge and pandemic-era restrictions begin to ease, health systems have an opportunity to re-evaluate their approaches to delivering virtual care. Telehealth usage for outpatient visits rose from 1% pre-pandemic to 10% in June 2022, according to a recent report from Chartis Group and Kythera Labs. The report revealed that behavioral health is the leading specialty in telehealth adoption, accounting for 57% of all outpatient visits in… Continue reading…

Using Process Automation to Bridge the FHIR Adoption Gap
By Jason Warrelmann, VP, Global Services & Process Industries, UiPath
Twitter: @UiPath

Today, only 24% of healthcare companies utilize FHIR application program interfaces (APIs), according to the Engine Group commissioned by Change Healthcare. FHIR, or Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, defines how healthcare information can be exchanged between different computer systems regardless of how it is stored. It allows healthcare information, including clinical and administrative data, to be available securely to those who need access to it and who have… Continue reading…

Managing Access Control in Hospitals
By Patrick Chown, Owner and President, Safe and Sound Security
Twitter: @SafeAndSoundCA

The security of the hospital and its assets is a primary concern for hospital facility managers. A hospital houses vulnerable patients, regulated drugs, and plenty of sensitive data. Safeguarding these from any malicious actors is critical to ensure smooth hospital operations. Hospitals have to accommodate a high level of traffic. This includes patients, visitors, employees, contractors, suppliers, etc. Continue reading…

FDA’s Cybersecurity Modernization Action Plan
By Vid Desai, Chief Information Officer and Craig Taylor, Chief Information Security Officer, FDA
Twitter: @US_FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is critical to protecting and promoting public health. The products the FDA regulates are in every supermarket, pharmacy, and home across the U.S. Cybersecurity touches every facet of the FDA’s broad, complex responsibility. It’s one of our agency’s top priorities, and we take it seriously, particularly given today’s increased cybersecurity risks. Continue reading…

CRISPR for the Revenue Cycle: What the ‘Digital Twin’ Means for RCM
By Jim Dumond, Sr. Product Manager, VisiQuate
Twitter: @VisiQuate

CRISPR is a gene-editing technology that enables scientists to chemically snip out and rearrange genetic sequences to alter DNA, often with the goal of eliminating hereditary diseases. The technology holds enormous implications for our ability to treat and manage various life-threatening diseases, including many types of cancer. In many respects, CRISPR can be a helpful analogy for considering how the healthcare industry might collaborate to improve the RCM process. Continue reading…

Hospital Infection Regression
By David Burda, News Editor & Columnist, 4sight Health
Twitter: @davidrburda
Twitter: @4sighthealth_

This latest report from the CDC on hospital infection rates gives new meaning to the term “long COVID.” The report’s findings suggest that the pandemic may have permanently damaged the ability of hospitals to prevent their patients from contracting infections while in the hospital. That’s not good.  Continue reading…

What We Know (And Don’t Know) About Long COVID
By Devin Partida, Editor-in-Chief,
Twitter: @rehackmagazine

Most people who get sick with the COVID-19 virus get better after a week or two. However, more severe cases require hospitalization and linger for much longer. Others notice their symptoms go away for a while and reappear after one or more months. This phenomenon is now commonly referred to as long COVID — and while we have some information, there’s still so much we don’t know. Continue reading…