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

Most Played Radio Episode in May

From Value-Based Care Insights, host Daniel J. Marino, Partner of Lumina Health Partners, talks to Ericka Adler, Partner at Roetzel & Andress. Ericka shares tips on how physicians and providers can better understand contracts to drive better compensation.

Most Read Thought Leader Posts in May

The State of Advanced Analytics in Healthcare: Seven Industry Leaders Speak Out
By Peyman Zand, Vice President, CereCore
Twitter: @CereCore

Healthcare CIOs face increasing pressure to implement advanced analytics at virtually every turn. According to a recent State of the CIO Survey by IDG, twenty-five percent of IT leaders plan expect advanced analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning to drive their technology investments in 2021. Continue reading…

Information Blocking Through the Eyes of Health Information Exchanges
By Vaishali Patel and Jordan Everson, ONC
Twitter: @ONC_HealthIT

The information blocking regulations at 45 CFR Part 171 began to apply to health care providers, health IT developers of certified health IT, health information exchanges, and health information networks on April 5, 2021, per ONC’s recent interim final rule. That makes now a good time to consider stakeholders’ views about practices that may constitute information blocking, including the extent to which they exist. Continue reading…

How Telemedicine for Chronic Disease Management is Reducing the Burden on Existing Healthcare Systems
By Dr. Leo P. Langlois, Advisor, Arkenea
Twitter: @Arkenea

Chronic disease management continues to be one of the greatest healthcare challenges for providers across the United States. One recent study titled ‘An Empirical Study of Chronic Diseases in the United States’ shows that approximately half of all adults in the country have a chronic disease of some sort and, close to 33% of the total population is living with more than one chronic illness. Continue reading…

Connecting With Patients Within and Beyond the Exam Room
By Colin Banas, MD, Chief Medical Officer, DrFirst
Twitter: @DrFirst

A typical office visit with a primary care physician lasts only about 15 minutes. Within that limited face time, you need to build rapport with your patient, diagnose their condition, prescribe medications, perhaps order additional studies, and plan follow-up care. So how can technology help you better connect with your patients? Continue reading…

In 2021, Cancer Researchers Can Make Up for Lost Time with Better Patient Matching to Clinical Trials
By Dr. Tandy Tipps, Senior Vice President of Healthcare Solutions, Inteliquet
Twitter: @inteliquet

Patients and doctors missed or cancelled an estimated 22 million cancer screenings in the first four months of the coronavirus pandemic, resulting in an estimated 80,000 missed diagnoses, according to research published last year. Another study found that diagnoses for six major cancer types dropped by almost half. Continue reading…

Preparing for the Future of Population Health 4.0
By Jenifer Leaf Jaeger, MD, MPH, Sr. Medical Director, HealthEC
Twitter: @HealthEC_LLC

Public Health 1.0 identifies the initiation and growth in both knowledge and tools for medicine and public health. Public Health 2.0 characterizes the development of our traditional public health systems within both local and the federal government. Public Health 3.0 encapsulates the involvement of multiple sectors including other governmental agencies, community-based organizations, and the private sector. Continue reading…

How to Fix the EHR’s UX Problem
By Baha Zeidan, CEO, Azalea Health Systems
Twitter: @AzaleaHealth
Twitter: @bzeidan

Numbers don’t lie; according to a recent Mayo Clinic Proceedings article, a cross-sectional survey of nearly 900 US physicians from all specialty disciplines assessed the usability of their EHRs using the System Usability Scale, and the mean SUS score was an appalling 45.9 out of 100. Continue reading…

The Key to Frictionless, Efficient Health System Staffing: Being Predictive
By Bryan Dickerson, Senior Director of Healthcare Workforce Solutions, Hospital IQ
Twitter: @HospitalIQ

Over the past year and a half, reactivity in all areas of operations within the healthcare system has had significant impacts to both the nurse and patient experience. One of the areas hit the hardest during the pandemic have been the nurses themselves. Continue reading…

Doctors Now Must Provide Patients Their Health Data, Online and On Demand
By Sarah Kwon, Kaiser Health News
Twitter: @KHNews
Twitter: @skwonjournalist

Last summer, Anna Ramsey suffered a flare-up of juvenile dermatomyositis, a rare autoimmune condition, posing a terrifying prospect for the Los Angeles resident: She might have to undergo chemotherapy, further compromising her immune system during a pandemic. After an agonizing three-day wait, the results of a blood test came back in her online patient portal — but she didn’t understand them. Continue reading…

How Fear Threatens Our COVID-19 Safety Response, and How to Overcome It
By Michael Tkach, PsyD, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Behavioral Health Officer, Affinity Empowering
Twitter: @AffinityRTW

Everyone experienced a variety of emotional reactions at the onset of the pandemic. Disbelief. Fear. Anxiety. The pandemic dramatically changed life as we knew it, as masks became commonplace, work shifted to the living room, and social interactions were but a thing of the past. These restrictions were implemented to protect people, and, as a consequence, completely changed how people engaged in their professional lives. Continue reading…