Health IT Issues that Deserve a Second Read – March 2022

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 March. You can also read previous month’s Top Ten Lists. Thank you for contributing and reading.

Most Played Radio Episode in March

From the Healthcare Rap podcast: What If Hospitals Don’t Change Course? – Hospitals aren’t ever going away. But the ways that they operate, engage with consumers, and market themselves could look very different in the next 2-3 years. Hosts Zain Ismail and Jared Johnson share some provocative thinking about what might happen if hospitals don’t ultimately change course in the midst of their unsustainable trajectory. All that, plus the Flava of the Week about the Revolution of Thought that’s already happening in pockets across the industry. If it’s still so painful to schedule, visit, and pay for seeing the doctor, should that experience be the main focus of healthcare?

Most Read Thought Leader Posts in March

Expanding Physician Capacity through Connected Teams and Technologies
By Jeff Bullard, MD, Chief Medical Officer & Chief Product Strategy Officer, Catalyst Health Group
Twitter: @CatalystHG

Hundreds of primary care physicians (PCPs) comprise our network of independent providers—the largest of its kind in the Southwest. And I bet 100% of them believe that, as a profession, PCPs lack access to the data, technologies and teams needed to maximize their impact on patient health. As a result, too many PCPs overextend themselves to the point of burnout, trying to compensate for traditional delivery models that leave them vastly under-resourced. Continue reading…

Addressing the Tortoise in the Oncology Clinic
By Dr. Robert Winkler, Advisor, Trialjectory
Twitter: @ TrialJectory

COVID-19 vaccines were developed extremely fast, approximately nine months from pandemic emergence to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in the U.S. This is, by a landslide, a record for one of the fastest development (and approval) of a vaccine, and significantly faster than traditional R&D timelines. Continue reading…

Four Ways Healthcare Leaders Can Respond to The Retail Revolution
By Shelley Davis, MSN, RNC, CCM, VP of Clinical Strategy, Lightbeam Health Solutions
Twitter: @LightbeamHealth

The healthcare industry is undergoing an evolution towards retail service, driven in large part by the growing influence of consumers in the marketplace. Young patients, particularly Millennials and Gen Zers, have largely moved away from the traditional care delivery model that has sustained healthcare for so long. Continue reading…

Information Blocking Claims: By the Numbers
By Rachel Nelson and Cassie Weaver, ONC
Twitter: @ONC_HealthIT

The 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act), signed into law by President Obama in 2016, directed ONC to implement a standardized process for the public to report claims of possible information blocking. The information blocking claims reporting process welcomes claims of possible information blocking from anyone who believes they may have experienced or observed information blocking. Continue reading…

5 Benefits Of Flexible Work Strategies In Healthcare
By Derek Jones, VP Enterprise Strategy, Americas, Deputy
Twitter: @deputyapp

Flexible work wasn’t such a big part of healthcare pre-Covid. However, since the pandemic outbreak, the industry has been forced to make some changes and implement flexible work strategies to meet increasing demands. On top of that, there has been a global shortage of healthcare workers. As a result, recruiting and retaining them turned out to be quite challenging. Continue reading…

Room Utilization – Why It’s More Important Now Than Ever
By Rich Miller, Chief Strategy Officer, QGenda
Twitter: @QGenda

The effects of COVID-19 have shed new light on the need for improved room utilization. The industry has seen a rise in potentially life-saving treatments being delayed due to lack of space at hospitals – while in other cases, clinic exam rooms that could be used to see more patients sit empty due to outdated, inconsistent, or disjointed room management methods. Continue reading…

Patient Foundations and Registries: Privacy Included?
By Matt Fisher, General Counsel, Carium
Twitter: @matt_r_fisher
Twitter: @cariumcares

Patient foundations are organizations that seek to bring together groups of individuals around a common theme. The theme could be a particular disease, advocacy, pharmaceutical, or any other concept where alignment would be beneficial. Part of the registry’s work may be collecting information about the participating individuals, which information could theoretically be used to advance positive impacts around the central focus of the registry. Continue reading…

Three Ways Urgent Care Can Optimize Operations to Support Understaffed Clinics
By Matthew Blosl, Chief Revenue Officer, Experity
Twitter: @ExperityHealth

Staffing shortages and other challenges have become principal concerns in the healthcare industry over the course of the pandemic, as historically high shortages plague provider facilities across the U.S., from hospitals to urgent care clinics. Over 500K RNs are projected to retire this year alone along with an anticipated shortage of primary care physicians  reaching up to 48K by 2034. Continue reading…

Healthcare Through the Lens of Social Determinants of Health
By Nick van Terheyden aka Dr Nick, Principal, ECG Management Consulting
Twitter: @drnic1

Given the enormous amount of money we spend on doctors’ appointments, medications, tests, procedures, prevention activities, and the like, it would be reasonable to assume that healthcare plays an outsize role in our overall health. But by some estimates, medical care only contributes about 20% to our overall health and well-being. Continue reading…

Bioengineering Solutions Bring Healthcare and Tech Together
By Dan Matthews, Writer, Content Consultant, and Researcher
Twitter: @danielmatthews0

Technology and medicine have always gone hand-in-hand, but the connections between bioengineering and healthcare have perhaps never been more important or apparent than now. Bioengineering solutions are not only revolutionizing the science of medicine, but they’re also innovating patient care. Continue reading…