Health IT Issues that Deserve a Second Read – March 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 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 Scope with Dr. K, host Dr. Lawrence Kosinski is accompanied by Dr. Srinadh Komanduri, chair of the American Gastroenterological Association’s Center for GI Technology, director of the endoscopy unit and associate chief of the gastroenterology and hepatology department at Northwestern Medicine. They discuss new GI technologies and the digital empowerment revolution.

Most Read Thought Leader Posts in March

The Ethical Implications of AI and Data in Healthcare
By Michael Armstrong, Chief Technology Officer, Authenticx
Twitter: @be_authenticx

From patient communication to cancer detection, artificial intelligence’s (AI’s) role across healthcare is becoming increasingly more prominent. Although its implementation increases the effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare, AI also raises patient privacy concerns. In fact, healthcare breaches were at an all-time high in 2021, affecting 45 million people, according to Critical Insights’ 2022 Healthcare Data Breach Report.  Continue reading…

Creating Active Patients with Engagement
By Gary Hamilton, CEO, InteliChart
Twitter: @InteliChart

We all know that today’s patients have expectations that are greatly influenced by industries outside of healthcare. They want instant access to their health information and online tools for scheduling appointments and messaging their provider because they can do similar tasks through retail and banking websites.  Continue reading…

How To Get the Most Out of Big Data for Personalized Healthcare
By David Smith, President, ilumivu
Twitter: @ilumivuTweets

Big data? It’s being collected everywhere in healthcare settings; constantly generated by smartwatches and other consumer wearables, health apps, electronic health records (EHRs), and through genomics. We already know data is gold. And, at this particular point in time, we’re essentially sitting on a gold mine. The question is, what are we doing with it? Continue reading…

Three Tech Takeaways from RISE: Health Plans Focus on Engagement, Collaboration and Compliance
By Beth Friedman, Sr. Partner, FINN Partners
Twitter: @FINNPartners
Twitter: @HealthITPR

It has been said that wherever Medicare goes, so do all the rest of the payers. If last week’s RISE National 2023 keynote speaker was any indication, future efforts and investments by payers and health plans will focus on three specific areas: compliance, data collaboration, and member engagement. Continue reading…

The Benefits of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare
By Art Gross, President and CEO, HIPAA Secure Now!
Twitter: @HIPAASecureNow

AI is rapidly transforming many industries and healthcare is no exception. With the advent of AI, healthcare businesses may face different threats to their cybersecurity. As a result, they could find their business in possible violation of HIPAA rules and regulations. There are also important ethical and privacy concerns associated with the use of AI in healthcare. Continue reading…

New CMS Rules Advancing Interoperability
By Alex Baker, ONC
Twitter: @ONC_HealthIT

CMS proposed two important new rules in December 2022 which, if finalized, would advance electronic health information exchange and streamline cumbersome health care processes by establishing standardized requirements across the industry. These rules reflect the deep collaboration between CMS and ONC to ensure that providers and payers adopt common, open-industry standards to advance interoperability and industry innovation. Continue reading…

Improving Quality of Care and Organizational Performance with Dynamic Data Access
By Josh Rubel, Chief Commercial Officer, MDClone
Twitter: @MDClone_

From electronic health records to perioperative information systems to supply chain and finance, health systems are swimming in data – but using that data to improve care quality and performance remains a significant challenge. All hospitals employ a staff of smart, well-educated, highly trained clinicians who hold the potential to use these rich data sets to discover… Continue reading…

Tread Carefully with New Free Technology
By Matt Fisher, General Counsel, Carium
Twitter: @matt_r_fisher
Twitter: @cariumcares

When a new form of technology hits the market, many people will rush to use it in an attempt to tap into the perceived new worlds being opened. Healthcare has experienced that rush many times, especially in the current age of technology explosion. However, rushing into the use of new technology does not come without risk.  Continue reading…

Telehealth Can Bring More Efficient, Impactful and Balanced Work Lives to Clinicians
By Dr. Josh Emdur D.O., Chief Medical Officer, SteadyMD
Twitter: @steadymd
Twitter: @steadymdrunning

American healthcare delivery as we know it has shifted radically in recent years. A report conducted by The Association of American Medical Colleges revealed that the U.S. could see a shortage of anywhere between 37,800 and 124,000 clinicians by 2034, the impact of which could be devastating. Continue reading…

Patient Portals Offer Tangible Benefits Beyond Safe and Convenient Communications
By Marc P. DiFazio, M.D., VP, Ambulatory Services, Children’s National Hospital
Twitter: @ChildrensNatl
Twitter: @marcdifazio

Clinician to Patient communication is critically important to facilitate the best of medical outcomes. Communication starts at the bedside or in the clinic but must continue beyond these venues to ensure safe transitions, medication compliance and to provide feedback and guidance during medical management.  Continue reading…