Health IT Issues that Deserve a Second Read – January 2023

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 Upside/Down, host Nick van Terheyden aka Dr Nick speaks with Jeff Garland, CEO of Relatient. Managing your healthcare experience starting with access and scheduling and continues throughout the journey. And as we have found in other parts of our lives there are capabilities to improve this process.

Most Read Thought Leader Posts in January

Winding Down 2022, Healthcare Organizations Face Double Supply and Demand Whammy
By Ritesh Ramesh, COO, MDaudit
Twitter: @MDaudit

As 2022 draws to a close, many healthcare organizations are dealing with a unique double whammy – both on supply and demand. That’s according to our 2022 MDaudit Annual Benchmark Report, which found that as consumers cut discretionary healthcare spending and postpone medical visits, patient volumes began falling dramatically in physician office visits and hospitals. The 3rd quarter of 2022 saw declines as steep as 33% relative to the first two quarters. Continue reading…

Foundational Federal Laws Applicable to Mobile Health Technology
By Kathryn Marchesini and Rachel Nelson, ONC
Twitter: @ONC_HealthIT

As you design, market, and distribute a mobile health (mHealth) app that your customers will use to collect, share, use, or maintain individuals’ health information, it is likely you have questions about what U.S. federal laws apply. You may also wonder which federal agencies oversee various aspects of mHealth — including how this varies by how individuals, their health plan, or health care providers will use the app. Continue reading…

How Interoperable Digital Front Door Systems Drive Better Experiences
By Abhi Sharma, Chief Product Officer, Loyal
Twitter: @loyalhealth

Today’s patients want two things from their healthcare providers: personalized care that happens at their convenience. Indeed, a survey of more than 223,000 healthcare consumers found that 51 percent said that convenience and access to care are the most important factors when choosing a health system or provider – even when considering issues like insurance coverage, reputation, and quality of care. Continue reading…

It’s Time to Talk About Paying Clinical Trial Participants More
By Gunnar Esiason, Patient Advocate living with cystic fibrosis, Patient-Facing Strategy, Florence Healthcare
Twitter: @FlorenceHCare
Twitter: @G17Esiason

Clinical trials do not exist without us, so we need to demand more from them. I have cystic fibrosis (CF), a rare genetic condition that was historically known as a childhood disease. Today, CF is anything but that, and it’s due in large part to my community’s willingness to rally around clinical trial programs. Most people I know with CF have participated in at least one, if not several clinical trials. I’ve been in a handful myself. Continue reading…

Reshaping Healthcare Delivery — 3 Factors That Impact the Future
By Anne Dabrow Woods, DNP, RN, CRNP, ANP-BC, AGACNP-BC, FAAN, Chief Nurse, Wolters Kluwer, Health, Learning, Research and Practice
Twitter: @Wolters_Kluwer

In the not-too-distant past, patients primarily received care at a brick-and-mortar provider’s office for their primary healthcare needs, for sick or prevention visits or chronic condition management. But a number of economic and societal factors have caused a real revolution in where patients receive care. Continue reading…

Diversification, Health System-Style
By David Burda, News Editor & Columnist, 4sight Health
Twitter: @davidrburda
Twitter: @4sighthealth_

Businesses in every industry diversify for economic reasons: to generate new revenue or protect existing revenue. It’s not any more complicated than that. Hospitals and health systems are businesses in the healthcare industry. They, too, diversify for economic reasons: to generate new revenue or protect existing revenue. It’s not any more complicated than that. Continue reading…

Transforming Real-World Data into Real-World Evidence
By Camille Cook, MPH Sr. Director, LexisNexis Risk Solutions
Twitter @LexisHealthCare

It is widely understood that health happens outside of the healthcare ecosystem, so why do we continue utilizing traditional clinical records, derived from a single source, for health outcomes analysis and predictions? Improving health outcomes doesn’t start and end within a clinical setting. Health happens in our homes, schools, workplaces, and community centers. Continue reading…

3 Ways Digital Transformation Will Impact Patient Care and Staff in 2023
By Dave Bennett, CEO, pCare
Twitter: @pCarebyTVRC

Digital transformation is about more than just technology; it provides new ways to deliver value. More than a buzzword, digital transformation is the process of implementing emerging technologies to modify a company’s essential operations, processes, and services. When it comes to healthcare, digital transformation includes creating the digital hospital of the future. Continue reading…

Working Towards Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Through Technology
By Katie Brenneman, Writer, Researcher
Twitter: @KatieBWrites93

Healthcare and technology go hand-in-hand. Without technological advancements, we wouldn’t see the level of patient care we’re at today. However, health IT can’t slow down. It can improve the integration of primary care and mental/behavioral healthcare. Behavioral health focuses on the prevention and treatment of mental health and substance abuse. Continue reading…

Hospitals Need New Approaches for Attracting Cost-Conscious Consumers Starting with Payment
By Mark Spinner, President and CEO, AccessOne
Twitter: @myaccessone

For one out of three consumers, inflation is the top reason they fear being unable to pay for an unexpected medical expense. Yet consumers want to prioritize health and fitness spending in the year ahead, an Accenture survey found. In fact, 80% plan to maintain or increase their healthcare spending in 2023 despite concerns about the economy. Continue reading…