Health IT Issues that Deserve a Second Read – January 2021

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 January. You can also read previous month’s Top Ten Lists. Thank you for contributing and reading.

Most Played Radio Episode in January

From The Scope with Dr. K, host Dr. Lawrence Kosinski takes a look back on Season 1. Hear Dr. K as he discusses and replays some of the most insightful moments on The Scope in 2020.


Most Read Thought Leader Posts in January

8 Healthcare Trends on the 2021 Horizon
By Maria Perrin, Chief Growth Officer, HMS
Twitter: @HMSHealthcare

At the close of each year, we take a look back to look forward — reflecting on the events of the past 12 months and anticipating how they might shape the year ahead. Of course, as we hit publish on our 2020 forecast, little did anyone know a novel coronavirus was emerging that would soon become the greatest health and economic crisis of our generation — and that it would still be the top global concern come year end. Continue reading…

Why Retrospective Code Review Shouldn’t Be Your Primary Risk Adjustment Strategy
By Dr. Seth Flam, CEO, ForeSee Medical
Twitter: @ForeSeeMedical

The risk adjustment rules insist that each new calendar year, diseases and their correlated ICD codes from the previous year, be properly recorded in the current year, when clinically suitable. You may think it common practice that providers would just redocument clinically valid diagnoses by looking back at their encounter notes and update the disease burden of a patient. But there’s a few important things to consider. Continue reading…

Vaccine Management and Distribution: The Role of Interoperability
By Drew Ivan, Chief Product and Strategy Officer, Lyniate
Twitter: @lyniate

In December 2020, the Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for emergency use in the U.S., making it the fastest vaccine to be brought to market. Approval of the vaccine has come just 10 months after the first COVID-19 cases were reported in the U.S. A second vaccine, from Moderna, also recently gained FDA approval. And so begins a new race against the novel coronavirus: vaccine management and distribution. Continue reading…

Too Much Data, Too Little Insight: The Limitations of Sleep Wearables
By Dr. Melissa Lim, Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder, Somnology and Patrick Yam, CEO and Co-Founder, Somnology
Twitter: @SomnologyMD

We keep hearing that sleep, a biological need as old as humanity itself, is the next big thing. Much of this newfound momentum around sleep – which is now closely tied with the wellness movement – is linked with the growth of wearable sleep trackers within smart watches and smart rings: The market is expected to grow by more than 15% between 2020 and 2026. Continue reading…

Looking Ahead: Promise After a Tumultuous Year
By Matt Fisher, Esq
Twitter: @matt_r_fisher

Every year brings its own successes and trials, but 2020 brought more than its fair share of trials. The biggest issue that dominated healthcare throughout the year (and will continue to do so into 2021) was COVID-19. The unexpected, swift, and far-reaching impact of COVID impacted all levels of healthcare, society, and more. The impact likely cannot be understated as it has yet to be fully determined. Continue reading…

How to Prepare for Health IT Transitions and Transformations in 2021
By Peyman Zand, Vice President, CereCore
Twitter: @CereCore

Few imagined “2020” would end up being used as more of a verb than a noun. From construction to agriculture, entertainment to telecommunications, and education to transportation, 2020 left no industry untouched by its transcendent impact. The year’s events forced all of us to rethink, reshape, reorganize, and retool how we view, react, and respond to what were once our normal routines and standards. Continue reading…

Artificial Intelligence and Healthcare
By Luke Smith, Writer and Researcher
Twitter: @lukesmithwrites

The artificial intelligence industry is exploding in value and functionality, effectively reshaping healthcare solutions in the process. By 2026, AI as an industry is expected to reach $150 billion. This value has been brought about by the game-changing treatments and care options offered by smart systems — options like diagnostics through telehealth and health data tracked through wearables. Continue reading…

New Resources to Help Health IT Developers Understand ONC Cures Act Final Rule Requirements
By Rob Anthony, ONC
Twitter: @ONC_HealthIT

As the compliance dates for the 21st Century Cures Act: Information Blocking, Interoperability, and the ONC Health IT Certification Program Final Rule (ONC Cures Act Final Rule) draw nearer, ONC has created additional resources to assist the health IT developer community. These resources include a consolidated view of key dates, a criterion-by-criterion resource for the 2015 Edition Cures Update, and a deep dive into forthcoming certified application programming interface requirements. Continue reading…

Healthcare is Everywhere: Expanding High-Acuity Clinical Care in the Community
By Lyndsey Lord, RN, MBA, SVP, Technology Operations, HealthEC
Twitter: @HealthEC_LLC

Healthcare has been forced to stretch their muscles during the COVID-19 pandemic. For both safety and efficiency, providers must be creative in caring for a growing patient population. After reading CMS’ recent announcement of the Acute Hospital Care at Home program, it is clear that clinical care will continue to expand beyond the four-walls of the hospital. Continue reading…

A Path Toward Further Clinical and Administrative Data Integration
By Michael Wittie and Thomas A. Mason, ONC
Twitter: @ONC_HealthIT

The Health Information Technology Advisory Committee recently approved a report and set of recommendations developed by the Intersection of Clinical and Administrative Data Task Force. The ICAD Task Force was established to produce information and considerations related to the merging of clinical and administrative data. The Task Force included a range of stakeholders as well as members of the HITAC and the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics. To meet the HITAC’s charge, the ICAD Task Force began with prior authorization as the initial use case. Continue reading…