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

Most Played Radio Episode in June

This episode of Tuning Healthcare features Dr. Amy Abernethy, an internationally recognized oncologist, health data expert and digital health leader. Dr. Abernethy was recently the Principal Deputy Commissioner and Acting Chief Information Officer for the United States Food and Drug Administration. She also held positions of Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Officer at Flatiron, as well as, Professor of Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine.

Most Read Thought Leader Posts in June

Modernizing HIPAA for the Current, Patient-Centered World
By Kristen Ballantine, Vice President, State and Federal Government Relations, HMS
Twitter: @HMSHealthcare

The date is August 21, 1996. The Macarena is at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. The medical drama ER, in its second year running, is the number one rated television show in the U.S. Bill Clinton has nearly secured a second term in the White House. One of the most influential pieces of U.S. healthcare legislation is signed into law. Continue reading…

Six Phases of Data Lifecycle Solutions: Put Health Data Archives to Work for You
By Jim Hammer, VP of Operations and Product Development, Harmony Healthcare IT
Twitter: @HarmonyHIT

After 20 years in healthcare IT and witnessing countless implementations, mergers, acquisitions and data archives, a recurring theme that I know to be true is this: The best time to start your legacy data management project is today. Whether you’re looking to migrate data to a new system or archive existing legacy data, the success that comes from this work can reward your organization tenfold. Continue reading…

6 Ways the Pandemic Changed Health Insurance Trends in 2021
By Devin Partida, Editor-in-Chief,
Twitter: @rehackmagazine

The COVID-19 pandemic caused drastic shifts throughout virtually all segments of society. Here are six ways the health crisis influenced trends in the insurance industry. Continue reading…

ONC Health IT Framework for Advancing SDOH Data Use and Interoperability
By Jawanna Henry and Samantha Meklir, ONC
Twitter: @ONC_HealthIT

Social determinants of health are the conditions in environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. Addressing inequities in these conditions, driven in large part due to the root causes of poverty and racism, can be supported in part through the collection, documentation, reporting, access and use of SDOH data. Continue reading…

Extraordinary Patient Matching Could Turn Around Clinical Trials in 2021
By Marie E. Lamont, President and Chief Operating Officer, Inteliquet
Twitter: @inteliquet

Hospitals are still overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases. Patients have postponed diagnostic tests and screenings. Researchers are still focusing their attention on combatting the virus. It’s no surprise that clinical trials have plunged. Continue reading…

Tips to Improving Data Visualization in Healthcare
By Catherine Richards, PhD, MPH, SVP of Analytics & Scientific Engagement, Panalgo
Twitter: @PanalgoInsights

Data visualization in healthcare has been a topic of conversation for years, however, the industry’s interest and investments in that arena are growing as of late. The global data visualization market is projected to grow 11.6% by 2026 and reach over $10 billion, which is being driven by factors such as the growing demand for an interactive view of data for faster business decisions – a task that requires data visualization tools. Continue reading…

Returning Home: What’s Driving a Strategic Focus to Deliver Healthcare at Home
By Chris McCann, Co-Founder and CEO, Current Health
Twitter: @HeyCurrent
Twitter: @christophmccann

At its peak in April 2020, telehealth visits represented 69% of all healthcare encounters. Now, with most major health systems having implemented some form of telemedicine platform, it is generally expected that 15% – 30% of visits will remain virtual – signaling the dawn of new paradigm in which healthcare is increasingly delivered in the home. Continue reading…

The Top Urgent Care Billing Challenges Driven by the Pandemic
By Monte Sandler, Executive Vice President of RCM Services, Experity
Twitter: @ExperityHealth

The U.S. urgent care industry has been faced with numerous and novel financial challenges throughout the COVID-19 pandemic thus far. Like most industries, urgent care clinics have had to pivot and adapt their business processes and workflows to best navigate new and unfamiliar territory, and this is especially true when it comes to COVID-19 billing and reimbursement. Continue reading…

Reimagining Consumer Empowerment in Healthcare Starts with Digital Identity
By Gevik Nalbandian, Vice President of Software Engineering, NextGate
Twitter: @zgev
Twitter: @NextGate

How can we as an industry improve data sharing and eliminate paper-based forms that consumers routinely fill out when they seek care? What level of pain or loss of capital is required to force institutions to eradicate misidentification of patients? How can we free ourselves from the shackles that healthcare has on our data? Continue reading…

The Other Side of Virtual Care
By Paddy Padmanabhan, CEO and Founder, Damo Consulting
Twitter: @damoconsult
Twitter: @PaddyPadmanabha

A digitally enabled health care system should be good news all around. Doctors can see more patients, patients can avoid unnecessary in-person visits, and physical facilities can be downsized. Telehealth companies are ramping up their lobbying efforts to push for payment parity and protect their COVID-era gains. As long as there is payment parity between in-person and virtual visits, healthcare providers shouldn’t care. So it would seem like a win-win. Continue reading…