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

Most Played Radio Episode in June

From The Incrementalist, host Dr. Nick van Terheyden aka Dr. Nick, discusses The Last Mile of Care Delivery with Louis Mendiola, Director Prov Partnerships at MedArrive. Their discussion includes enabling local care by empowering EMTs and local clinicians, not just be the person that’s drawing the blood or checking the blood pressure. Delivering care into the home connecting with the nurse practitioner, the physician when needed, allowing the paramedic and the EMT to power that care delivery, keep that patient out of the hospital & more.

Most Read Thought Leader Posts in June

Five Reasons Drug Costs are So High
By Tom Dorsett, CEO, RazorMetrics
Twitter: @razormetrics

Drug costs are skyrocketing, but why? This is an essential question to ask since we must understand the cause of high drug costs in order to properly address the problem. As someone who has worked in healthcare and life sciences technology for more than twenty-five years, I’ve seen drug costs grow and dominate pharmacy budgets across the United States. Continue reading…

It’s Time to Get Serious About Incidental Lung Cancer Detection
By Ryan Hennen, VP of US sales, Optellum
Twitter: @Optellum

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, with approximately 1.8 million people dying from this disease each year. Most patients are diagnosed after symptoms have appeared and the disease has progressed to an advanced stage (Stage III or IV), which explains the current worldwide five-year survival rate of just 20 percent. Continue reading…

The AI Revolution Unveiled: Exploring the Potential Rewards and Security Risks
By Jon Moore, MS, JD, HCISPP, Chief Risk Officer and SVP, Clearwater and Dr. Thomas Graham, Ph.D., VP and Chief Information Security Officer, Redspin, a Division of Clearwater
Twitter: @ClearwaterHIPAA

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a tool; like any tool, it is capable of benevolent and malevolent applications. As with any novel technology, there is often an eagerness to adopt and utilize it, even without comprehensive knowledge about its most effective deployment or potential hazards. Continue reading…

Lessons from the Adoption of AI in Healthcare Finance
By Pamela J. Gallagher, Founder/CEO, Gallaghers Resulting, LLC
Twitter: @GResulting

The emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) is the topic on every healthcare leader’s mind. In many ways, though, AI is old news to those of us in healthcare finance. I can say from experience that once an AI technology comes onto the scene, there is no stopping it. AI is here to stay. The question leaders must grapple with is how to embrace it wisely and with purpose. Continue reading…

Exploring the Challenges of Medical Device Security Today
By Troy Ament, Healthcare CISO, Fortinet
Twitter: @Fortinet

The exponential growth of IoT and medical devices across the healthcare sector has increased the attack surface of these organizations. Ransomware attacks continue to grow in volume and scale, with increased impact to connected medical devices, patient care/safety, and exposure to large global integrated health delivery systems. Continue reading…

EHRA Concerned About HTI-1’s Burdens on Providers and Health IT Developers
By David Bucciferro, Chair, EHR Association
Twitter: @EHRAssociation

While the EHR Association has long supported the goals of ONC’s proposed rule to advance interoperability, improve transparency, and support further access, exchange, and use of EHI, we have several serious concerns about the impact HTI-1 (ONC’s Health Data, Technology, and Interoperability: Certification Program Updates, Algorithm Transparency, and Information Sharing Proposed Rule) will have on the industry if finalized as proposed. Continue reading…

Tackling Emerging Challenges With Data-Driven Innovation in Digital Health
By Bal Heroor, CEO and Principal, Mactores
Twitter: @mactores

The healthcare industry is rapidly embracing digital transformation to enhance service quality, optimize data-driven operations, and enhance profitability. As healthcare organizations adopt AI, cloud computing, and cybersecurity software, the hope is that these new technologies can address the many persistent challenges faced by the industry. Continue reading…

Provider Directories Speak Volumes About How Insurers Feel About Healthcare Consumerism
By David Burda, News Editor & Columnist, 4sight Health
Twitter: @davidrburda
Twitter: @4sighthealth_

When I was the news editor and then editor of a healthcare business publication, the three-part test for any big controversial story was accuracy, balance and fairness. Was it right? Did it cover both sides of a conflict? And did it give both sides in the conflict an opportunity to respond? The most important of these is accuracy. I would tell our reporters, “You can say anything about anyone as long as it’s accurate. Truth is the ultimate defense.” Continue reading…

Mitigating Impact of Growing Regulatory Burdens on Physician Practices
By Matthew D. Bayley, M.D., Group President, Conifer Health Solutions
Twitter: @coniferhealth

Each year the Medical Group Management Association surveys hundreds of group practices to assess how industry regulations are impacting them. Just as in previous years, the most recent survey shows things are getting worse, not better. Nearly nine in 10 respondents said their practice’s regulatory burden has increased. Continue reading…

Protect Your Healthcare Organization From Privacy Risks Related Online Trackers
By Ian Cohen, CEO, LOKKER
LinkedIn: LOKKER Powering Privacy

The new and emerging state privacy laws have created a challenging patchwork of rules that require all organizations to implement new data privacy protections. This is particularly true for healthcare organizations, who continue to bear the cost of third parties misusing their patients’ and customers’ data. There have been 11 class-action lawsuits filed in California alone this year so far and dozens more are pending. Continue reading…