Health IT Issues that Deserve a Second Read – May 2020

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

Most Played Radio Episode in May

From Paradigm Shift of Healthcare, with hosts Michael Roberts, Scott Zeitzer, and Jared Johnson. They talk about the medically underserved having been disproportionately impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s easy to feel helpless, but there are more opportunities than ever to step in and make a difference, according to John Gorman, chairman of Nightingale Partners, an advisory firm connecting capital to payers and providers of care to the medically underserved. Learn how independent providers can reduce the impact of social determinants of health during and after the quarantine, and other opportunities that come to light from a fragmented healthcare industry. Take a listen.

Most Read Thought Leader Posts in May

3 Recommendations for COVID-19 Interoperability and Data Exchange
By Drew Ivan, Chief Product and Strategy Officer, Lyniate
Twitter: @lyniate

On May 1, 2020, the Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy published a whitepaper titled Data Interoperability and Exchange to Support COVID-19 Containment. In it, the primary authors, Farzad Mostashari and Mark McClellan, lay out three strategies to help guide policymakers around the globe as they address the COVID-19 pandemic: Continue reading…

From Text to Telehealth: How Technology Is Changing Patient Engagement in a COVID-19 World
Dr. Tashfeen Ekram, Co-founder & Chief Medical Officer, Luma Health
Twitter: @lumahealthhq 

If there was any doubt before the coronavirus pandemic, it’s now crystal clear: Tech will be at the center of patient care moving forward. From the way we communicate to patients about their appointments and care to delivering that care, the role technology plays has dramatically shifted since the early days of 2020. Continue reading…

Telehealth Future: Unknown Outcome
By Matt Fisher, Attorney and chair of the Health Law Group at Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP.
Twitter: @matt_r_fisher

Telehealth (and the subset telemedicine) have been touted as the technology of the future or the moment for a number of years now. Despite the continued recent promise, telehealth is not a new technology. It has been around in one form or another for a number of years since it arguably refers to any remote delivery of care. Continue reading…

Domestic Abuse Spikes During COVID-19: The Role Healthcare Professionals Can Play
By Kayla Matthews, HealthIT writer and technology enthusiast, Tech Blog
Twitter: @ProductiBytes

The COVID-19 pandemic led many officials to establish shelter-in-place orders for their jurisdictions. These regulations intend to keep people safe and curb the spread of the virus. What happens when someone’s home may be a dangerous place? That’s the reality faced by many people subjected to domestic abuse by their partners or other family members. Continue reading…

Cyberattacks: Don’t Overlook Medical Devices
By Christophe Dore, Senior Product Manager, Capsule Technologies
Twitter: @capsule_tech

Healthcare is digitalizing more information and connecting more information systems than ever before to enhance patient care and operational efficiency, with the expectation the synergies between these systems will create additional value. At the same time, new applications, such as patient surveillance, are being made possible through this next-generation, wholly integrated infrastructure. Continue reading…

Redefining Identifiable Data
By Art Gross, President and CEO, HIPAA Secure Now!
Twitter: @HIPAASecureNow

HIPAA provides guidelines to establish the permissible use of an individual’s personal health information (PHI). Seems pretty straightforward for the most part. And it was – for the most part. Until we start to dig a little deeper and look at the resources that are now in play (which were not 20+ years ago when HIPAA was created) when it comes to healthcare, artificial intelligence, and big data. Continue reading…

What Healthcare Can Learn From Online Banking
By Catherine Murphy, COO, Zipnosis
Twitter: @Zipnosis

A couple weeks ago, Jon Pearce spoke to one of the big questions he had been hearing around telemedicine and COVID-19. In the weeks since Jon’s blog, another big question has continued to dominate the national dialogue. Below, I give you my take. Continue reading…

Is Health Data the Next Public Utility?
By Christopher Kunney, Chief of Strategy & Business Development, DSS, Inc.
Twitter: @DSSHealthIT

The dictionary defines the word utility as follows: “An enterprise concerned with the provision to the public of essentials, such as electricity, gas or water.” It’s safe to say that for the majority of businesses primary utilities such as water, electricity and/or gas are essential in supporting the day-to-day operations of their enterprises. Continue reading…

Virtual Caregiver for an Aging Population
By Dr. Nick van Terheyden aka Dr. Nick
Twitter: @drnic1

On this episode, I talked to Timothy Washburn, RN the Chief Clinical Officer for Electronic Caregiver about their solutions for virtual caregiving solutions including Addison, their 3D Virtual caregiver. We discuss the challenges associated with delivering home care to the aging population, a problem made more acute with the COVID19 crisis, and even more important to solve. Continue reading…

Payers: Forge Ahead Despite HHS Rule Delay
By John D’Amore, President and Chief Strategy Officer, Diameter Health
Twitter: @DiameterHealth
Twitter: @jddamore

On March 9, 2020, HHS announced two long-anticipated rules from the ONC and CMS designed to “finally deliver on giving patients true access to their healthcare data.” Some expected these deadlines to be a few years out, but HHS had other plans in mind: Payer compliance would begin January 1, 2021. Continue reading…