Health IT Issues that Deserve a Second Read – January 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 January. You can also read previous month’s Top Ten Lists. Thank you for contributing and reading.

Most Played Radio Episode in January

From Healthcare IT Today, hosts John Lynn and Colin Hung discuss “4 Random Questions.”

Most Read Thought Leader Posts in January

Pharmacy Interoperability Challenges and Needs Under the 21st Century Cures Act
By Jason Ausili, Pharm.D., Chief Clinical Officer, FDS Amplicare, now part of EnlivenHealth™
Twitter: @FDSRx

As interoperability provisions from the 21st Century Cures Actenter their enforcement phase, pharmacy leaders within the Pharmacy HIT Collaborative, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and pharmacy system vendors, met recently to discuss the state of pharmacy interoperability. The group detailed various challenges and needs associated with pharmacy interoperability, information sharing, and connectivity. Continue reading…

The Potential for Artificial Intelligence to Improve Healthcare Supply Chain Management
By Matt Stewart, CEO, RiseNow
Twitter: @WeAreRiseNow
Twitter: @RiseNowLLC

As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to evolve into a must-have technology in almost every industry, healthcare organizations have continued to expand and accelerate their AI strategies. A recent Optum survey found that more than half of healthcare executives expect AI will begin delivering tangible cost savings within three years at about a 90% increase – which is certainly a lofty goal. Continue reading…

Taking a Patient-Centered Approach to Healthcare Tech
By Dan Matthews, Writer, Content Consultant, and Researcher
Twitter: @danielmatthews0

Medicine and technology have always gone hand-in-hand. This fact has perhaps never been more apparent today, with some of the most powerful and innovative technologies, from robotics to artificial intelligence (AI) to Big Data are proliferating in the modern healthcare industry to fight disease and save lives. But perhaps the greatest advantage of this happy marriage of medicine and technology is in healthcare tech’s capacity to facilitate and dramatically enhance patient-centered care. Continue reading…

How to Encourage More Visits and Manage Overflow in Healthcare Facilities
By Derek Jones, VP Enterprise Strategy, Americas, Deputy
Twitter: @deputyapp

According to the American Hospital Association, America’s hospitals and healthcare systems experienced an average loss of $50.7 billion per month due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, that is how bad the situation has been over the past two years. However, telehealth proved to be the savior of the health industry. Continue reading…

Key Trends Facing Payers in 2022
By Teresa Younkin, Senior Consultant, Point-of-Care Partners
Twitter: @pocpHIT

As we start rolling up our sleeves to get to work in 2022, we already are seeing several trends that will continue to transform healthcare in the year ahead. Payers will have their work cut out for them and will be forced to adapt, with many modifications coming sooner than later. Point-of-Care Partners will be reporting on prominent trends as 2022 rolls on, so stay tuned. Continue reading…

From Reading to Writing: Next Steps for Patient Data Exchange and Interoperability
By William Hersh, MD, Professor and Chair, OHSU
Twitter: @williamhersh

The rationale and implementation for reading data from the electronic health record and other clinical sources is relatively simple and straightforward. Especially now enshrined into law in the US by the 21st Century Cures Rule, and standardized by the FHIR application programming interface, accessing data for reading by clinicians, patients, and others is here to stay. Continue reading…

Is Value-Based Reimbursement Mostly Dead or Slightly Alive?
By David Burda, News Editor & Columnist, 4sight Health
Twitter: @davidrburda
Twitter: @4sighthealth_

One of my favorite scenes in The Princess Bride is when Miracle Max tells Inigo and Fezzik that Westley is “mostly dead,” which means he’s “slightly alive.” There’s hope for a full recovery. We can say the same thing about value-based reimbursement, if we have as much faith in a few recent VBR status reports as Inigo and Fezzik have in Miracle Max. A full recovery for VBR would be good news for patients whose health insurers would pay providers for outcomes rather than services rendered. Continue reading…

Breaking the Healthcare Monopoly and Monopsony
By Nick van Terheyden aka Dr Nick, Principal, ECG Management Consulting
Twitter: @drnic1

Would you buy something without knowing the price beforehand, and agree to pay whatever you’re charged when you reach the checkout? Probably not. But that’s the way it goes in healthcare. Pricing information for common diagnostic procedures is nearly impossible to find, and there are no refunds once the procedure is done. Continue reading…

HIPAA Privacy Rule Update: Extreme Risk Protection Orders
By Art Gross, President and CEO, HIPAA Secure Now!
Twitter: @HIPAASecureNow

Recently the Department of Health and Human Services along with the Office for Civil Rights issued an announcement regarding extreme risk protection order laws and the disclosure of protected health information. This published model was created as a way to provide each state with a framework to consider as they implement their own ERPO laws. Continue reading…

3…2…1…TEFCA is Go for Launch
By Micky Tripathi and Mariann Yeager, CEO, The Sequoia Project
Twitter: @ONC_HealthIT
Micky’s Twitter: @mickytripathi1
Twitter: @sequoiaproject

The Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement is now available. Within the health information technology world, few things have been as elusive as a governance framework for nationwide health information exchange. When ONC was formed in 2004, the concept of a nationwide health information network—where your information could be located across the country in a click—was a big picture vision that drove the federal government’s early health IT infrastructure, standards, policy actions, and investments. Continue reading…