Health IT Issues that Deserve a Second Read – February 2020

One of the ways that HealthIT Answers 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 February. You can also read previous month’s Top Ten Lists. Thank you for contributing and reading.

Most Played Radio Episode in February

From This Just In host Justin Barnes, aka @HITAdvisor, talks to industry leader Mariann Yeager the CEO of The Sequoia Project with an update on where we are in interoperability and discussing interoperability strategy and best practices.

Most Read Thought Leader Posts in February

How Payers and Providers Can Align and Collaborate, with or without Vertical Integration
By Suzanne Cogan, Chief Commercial Officer, SPH Analytics
Twitter: @SPHAnalytics

The relationship between payers and providers has come a long way over the last decade, as the push toward value-based care has shifted the dynamic between the two healthcare stakeholders. Working together effectively, and with common, aligned goals, is increasingly linked with the ability to provide high-quality, cost-effective care. Continue reading…

How Fast Can A New Internet Standard For Sharing Patient Data Catch Fire?
By Janet Rae-Dupree, Kaiser Health News
Twitter: @KHNews
Twitter: @jraedupree

Medical professionals have been storing personal health information in electronic form for more than a decade, but it is cumbersome for patients to gather disparate computer and paper records scattered across doctors’ offices, hospitals and medical labs. Wouldn’t life be easier if you could view your full medical history with a few taps on your smartphone? Continue reading…

Meeting Millennial Expectations – How Health Systems Can Better Engage Digital Natives
By Erin Jospe, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Kyruus
Twitter: @kyruus

There is considerable grumbling about the stereotypical propensities of Millennials, which, just like most generational grumbling, is largely baseless. In particular, the caricature of Millennials as the technology-obsessed generation that prefers devices to human interaction overlooks a simple truth: what we are witnessing is a byproduct of the rapidly-evolving technologies that they have had consistent access to rather than an inherent anti-social trait. Continue reading…

2019 HIPAA Breach Reporting Deadline Approaching
By Art Gross, President and CEO, HIPAA Secure Now!
Twitter: @HIPAASecureNow

If in 2019 you had a HIPAA breach that affected fewer than 500 individuals, you must report that to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) by Saturday, February 29, 2020. Not sure if you’ve had an incident that requires reporting? Start by knowing that every breach must be logged as it happens. This is regardless of how minor it was, or how few individuals were affected. Continue reading…

AIoT: Four Keys to Edge AI + IoT Deployments
By Jeffrey Goldsmith, VP of Marketing, Chooch
Twitter: @Chooch_AI

Deploying IoT involves the installation of infrastructure, specific sensors, computers and cameras. However, to successfully deploy IoT this must also include real-time analytics, and introducing AI technologies into the mix creates AIoT. AI on the network edge detects and reports on events detected by sensors and results in four distinct benefits. Continue reading…

How Hybrid Cloud and Colocation Accelerate Healthcare Innovation
By Kurt Stoever, Chief Product & Marketing Officer, DC BLOX
Twitter: @DCBLOXinc

In an information-laden world, healthcare still stands as one of the globe’s most data-intensive industries. In fact, UNC Charlotte’s Health Informatics and Analytics Data Science Initiative reports that up to 30 percent of the world’s stored data is healthcare-generated. Furthermore, it’s expected that healthcare will be the fastest-growing industry in terms of data creation. Healthcare is primed to surpass the media and entertainment sector’s data generation and match that of the financial services industry by 2025. Continue reading…

Surfing The 2020 Healthcare Disruption Wave
By David Conejo, CEO, Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services

Of the nation’s 3.5 trillion in annual health care spending, 90 percent is for people with chronic and mental health conditions. How long can this continue? Can healthcare institutes afford not to engage in the 2020 wave of preventative care healthcare disruption? While healers are not prognosticators, savvy healthcare CEOs have their eye on 2020. For those riding the disruption wave, the answer is simple. Continue reading…

Driving and Sustaining Cost Reductions: A New View of Performance Improvement
By Lance Robinson, Managing Director, Kaufman Hall
Twitter: @KaufmanHall

Hospital and health system leaders are currently facing multiple threats to the long-term financial stability of their institutions. As healthcare costs continue to rise, private insurers and the federal government are intensifying pressure around payments. A wave of new competitors, from physician-owned surgery centers to retail and virtual clinics, are increasingly offering services at far more affordable prices to consumers, unencumbered by the cost structure of legacy providers. Continue reading…

Breaking down Data Barriers
By Dr. Nick van Terheyden aka Dr. Nick, Host of Dr. Nick: The Incrementalist
Twitter: @drnic1

On this episode I am talking to Matthew Michela, President, and CEO of Life Image a company trying to navigate the deluge of information and connecting the dots in the data-rich world of healthcare that remains knowledge poor. Matthew has been in the healthcare industry for an extended period of time and shares his insights into the lack of available data and the early challenge that LifeImage focused on solving – that of getting an x-ray image 150 feet from one side of the road to the other. Continue reading…

Expanding Digital Communication Pathways
By Miriam Paramore, President, OptimizeRx
Twitter: @OpRxTweets

My dad is visiting for a few days. He told me a story about one of his golfing buddies, Bob, who recently had some heart problems. His doctor prescribed something and when Bob went to the pharmacy, he was shocked to learn that it cost $8,000 for a 30-day regimen. Bob didn’t get the medicine. Instead, he called his doctor and said, “I guess I have to die because I can’t afford this medicine.” His doctor had no idea of the medication’s cost. So, they started over to find a different approach. Continue reading…