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

Most Played Radio Episode in July

From Value-Based Care Insights, host Daniel Marino invites Steven Berger and George Mayzell to share: How to get physicians involved in both clinical and financial outcomes; How hospitals have to manage different perspectives to boost revenue; put both clinical and financials under the same umbrella to achieve; Why CFOs have not traditionally worked well with physicians and how it needs to change.

Most Read Thought Leader Posts in July

Standardizing Patient Addresses: Comment Period for Project US@ Initiative Now Open
By Andy Aroditis, CEO, NextGate
Twitter: @NextGate
Twitter: @andyaroditis

Last month, the ONC released its first Project US@ Technical Specification draft for public comment. The initiative aims to improve patient matching, while supporting interoperability, privacy and safety, by issuing a unified address standard throughout healthcare.  Continue reading…

Seeing is Believing: The Importance of Eye-Tracking in Eliminating Health Disparities
By Rob Chappell, Founder and Chief Science Officer, EyeTech Digital Systems
Twitter: @EyeTechDS

It has been said that necessity is the mother of invention, and I know firsthand the truth in this statement. Nearly 20 years ago I was a young electrical engineer writing software in the pipeline services industry when I developed a hand and wrist injury that I couldn’t quite shake. Continue reading…

Enhancing the Post-Pandemic Patient Experience
By Clay Anderson, Product Manager, CenTrak
Twitter: @CenTrak

Healthcare has shifted over the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Elective surgeries came to a halt, visitor restrictions were put in place, ‘telehealth’ became a familiar word in the patient’s lexicon, and the world’s view of healthcare and its workers changed.  Continue reading…

Navigating the No Surprises Act: Tips for Providers
By Matthew Albright, Chief Legislative Affairs Officer, Zelis
Twitter: @ZelisHealthcare

As healthcare costs continue to rise, surprise medical bills top the list of affordability concerns for a majority of Americans – two in three American adults worry about their ability to afford an unexpected medical bill, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Continue reading…

The Incentives, Barriers and Levers for Scale in Social Determinants of Health (SDoH)
By John Schwartz, Chief Revenue Officer, HSBlox
Twitter: @blox_hs

Historically, the U.S. healthcare system has evolved based upon the presence of an “event”, i.e., the need for a visit – planned or impromptu – to a medical provider and/or facility. The inefficiencies, glut of utilization and exponentially rising costs that flow from it as funded by the long-standing “fee-for-service” payment methodology have been well chronicled to date. Continue reading…

Engaging the Masses: If Healthcare Incumbents Can’t Do It, Apple Will
By Greg Kefer, Chief Marketing Officer, Lifelink Systems
Twitter: @lifelnksystems

At the recent World Wide Developer Conference, Apple announced a number of improvements to its Health app. One improvement was an operating system update that makes it easier for patients to exchange data with provider EHR systems, regardless of whether the provider supports Apple’s Health Records feature.  Continue reading…

White House’s United States Digital Service Addressing Interoperability
By Dr. Jay Anders, Chief Medical Officer, Medicomp Systems
Twitter: @MedicompSys
Twitter: @medicompdoc

As a digital services expert at the White House’s United States Digital Service for the past three years, Amy Gleason has worked to address the many interoperability and infrastructure challenges impacting healthcare. Continue reading…

Healthcare Under Attack
By Matt Fisher, General Counsel, Carium
Twitter: @matt_r_fisher
Twitter: @cariumcares

Not a day can go by anymore without a report of at least one data breach (and likely more) or a cyber attack on a healthcare organization. The pace of attacks seemed to increase as the world shutdown in from COVID-19 and security concerns have only continued to increase.  Continue reading…

Trends Driving Digital Transformation for Medical Knowledge Sharing, Education and Clinical Decision Support
By Josh Wildstein, CEO, Figure 1
Twitter: @Figure1

COVID-19 and the subsequent events of 2020 changed every industry, but perhaps none more profound than the medical industry. While the beginnings of telehealth emerged decades ago, the sophistication with which we operate today is still relatively new.  Continue reading…

Primary Care Predeterminism
By David Burda, News Editor & Columnist, 4sight Health
Twitter: @davidrburda
Twitter: @4sighthealth_

Healthcare’s “it girl” right now is primary care. Everyone wants to provide it. Everyone wants to provide it in new models. Everyone wants to provide it as part of their omnichannel care delivery platforms. We can’t get enough of primary care. Continue reading…