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

Most Played Radio Episode in March

From Healthcare IT Today, hosts John Lynn and Colin Hung discuss “Stop Information Blocking.”

Most Read Thought Leader Posts in March

To Reduce Health Inequities, Start by Identifying Social Determinants of Health
By Elizabeth Marshall, MD, MBA, Linguamatics, an IQVIA company
Twitter: @Linguamatics

The current pandemic has highlighted enduring health inequities that are contributing to higher COVID-19 infection and survival rates among certain populations. Lower-income individuals, people of color, and those without ready-access to healthcare, healthy foods, and adequate medication have disproportionately suffered severe health complications and death from COVID-19. Continue reading…

Mitigating Risk Along the COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Chain
By Troy Ament, field CISO for healthcare, Fortinet
Twitter: @Fortinet

In line with their standard playbook, hackers never let a good opportunity go to waste. As the U.S. undertakes what is probably the largest and fastest vaccine rollout in its history, it’s already been challenged with issues along the supply chain. Rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine has varied across states, and supplies have lagged while some companies try to ratchet up production. Continue reading…

How Mobile Workforce Management Supports Frontline Healthcare Workers
By Derek Jones, VP Enterprise Strategy, Americas, Deputy
Twitter: @deputyapp

Healthcare workers out in the field need good and dependable support from their office to carry out their given tasks. They need quick information, tools, updates and feedback as they go about their operations. While you are at the office, you also need fast updates on the location of each member of the team and the status of the given tasks for accountability. Continue reading…

Our Modern Moonshot: Why Solving the Connectivity Challenge is Crucial to Better Healthcare Delivery
By Dr. Sonny Kohli, Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer, Cloud DX
Twitter: @CloudDX

Moonshot thinking has inspired and disrupted healthcare delivery for decades, encouraging “anything is possible” dialogues that result in solutions to some of the world’s biggest health issues. At its core, a moonshot is a long-term, audacious goal that drives exponential change. In healthcare, there are a million moonshot ideas. Some make it, some don’t. Continue reading…

Hammered by COVID and Financial Storms, Community Hospitals Must Adapt to Survive
By Dr. Mark Pratt, Chief Medical Officer, Allscripts Hospitals and Health Systems
Twitter: @Allscripts

Community healthcare organizations are facing challenges to their very existence, but their dire situation also gives them the impetus to adapt to changing expectations and radically revamp how they offer care. The previous 10 years were a rough patch for smaller healthcare organizations, particularly those that are primary sources for care in non-metropolitan areas. Continue reading…

Calling All Vaccinators: Closing the Next Gap in Covid Supply and Demand
By Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News
Twitter: @KHNews
Twitter: @Julie_Appleby

Beating back covid right now comes down to balancing supply and demand. With hopes pinned to vaccines, demand has far outstripped the supply of doses. But, as an increasing number of vaccine vials are shipped in coming weeks, the concern about shortages may well shift to human capital: the vaccinators themselves. Continue reading…

Winning the Long Game of Remote Revenue Cycle
By Rick Stevens, Chief Technology Officer, VISPA
Twitter: @VispaFlow

2020 threw its share of curveballs at healthcare revenue cycle leaders. From drops in patient volumes to rises in self-pay receivables, new tactics and strategies were essential to stay in the game. Now that we’re in 2021, many of last year’s survival strategies have moved from stopgap measures to long-term operational changes in the healthcare revenue cycle. Continue reading…

Contact Tracing Done Accurately
By Dr. Nick van Terheyden aka Dr. Nick
Twitter: @drnic1

I talked to Mehdi Bentanfous, CEO of Kinexon a company providing real-time intelligence and automation with precise localization and edge analytics and underlying technology used by the NFL for their successful COVID19 mitigation program that was featured in this published paper: Implementation and Evolution of Mitigation Measures, Testing, and Contact Tracing in the National Football League. Continue reading…

Safe Rollout of COVID-19 Immunizations Depends on Patient Identification
By Andy Aroditis, CEO, NextGate
Twitter: @NextGate
Twitter: @andyaroditis

A vaccine mix-up sent a 91-year-old Ohio man to the emergency room last week after he received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on the same day. Four hours after receiving a shot at a mass vaccination site near Cincinnati, Victor Smith was given a second dose at his nursing home. As Smith’s daughter-in-law explained, the second vaccination Smith received was a case of mistaken identity. Continue reading…

Vaccine Credentials Done Right
By John Halamka, MD
Twitter: @jhalamka

Vaccine credentials could be a safe and convenient way for people to resume a more normal daily life, but it’s critical that we do it in the right way. Public and private sector collaboration is essential, and we must be driven by science and our best understanding of what vaccines mean for immunity under different conditions. Continue reading…