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

Most Played Radio Episode in May

From The Healthcare Leadership Experience, host Lisa Miller is joined by Ray O’Kelley, CEO & Founder of Healthy Contracts and Business Data Applications (BDA), Inc. Topics include the three steps to a healthy contract for healthcare organizations, the true definition of a contract review and why there’s no total AI solution for effective contract management. Ray also shares his four goals for working with hospitals and their contracts, and why he believes simple and accurate data is essential.

Most Read Thought Leader Posts in May

Optimizing Life Sciences Unstructured Data in the Cloud
By Krishna Subramanian, President & COO, Komprise
Twitter: @Komprise

The digitization of healthcare driven by the explosive growth of medical devices and point-of-care software in recent years has been a game changer. Consider the speed at which effective COVID-19 vaccines were developed by large pharmaceutical companies, saving millions of lives, and allowing the global economy to recover faster. Continue reading…

Data-Driven Healthcare Operations Will Transform Outcomes
By Tom James, Healthcare Cloud Services and Solutions Leader, 2nd Watch
Twitter: @2ndwatch

You don’t need another story urging you to “get to the cloud.” That’s old news for healthcare executives, who’ve long understood the necessity of rebooting the way their organizations operate in the digital era. In a recent McKinsey study, 19 of the 22 healthcare leaders the company interviewed described digital healthcare solutions as “highly relevant” or “relevant” to their businesses. They get it. Continue reading…

Five Ways that HIT Can Improve Health Equity
By Robert L. Murry, PhD, MD, FAAFP, Chief Medical Officer, NextGen Healthcare
Twitter: @NextGen

On March 10th I had the distinct privilege of presenting to the ONC Health IT Advisory Committee at their meeting titled “Health Equity by Design.” The presentation highlighted five areas of focus for Health IT in reducing health disparities: health equity data collection, actionable analysis of the data, integration of healthcare and social service providers, the special role that Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) can play, and access to healthcare and technology. Continue reading…

How Can Technology Contribute to Equity in Health Care?
By Devin Partida, Editor-in-Chief,
Twitter: @rehackmagazine

Technology is central to modern health care, including making comprehensive medical treatment equally available and accessible to everyone. Equity is a significant concern today, especially as data highlights persisting disparities among different demographics. Even where there is equal access to health care, circumstances cause uneven quality of treatment from one person to another. In many ways, technology is both the problem and the solution. Continue reading…

The Telenursing Revolution: Increasing Capacity with Technology
By Rose Watson, Content Specialist, VirtuSense
Twitter: @VirtuSense

Here’s a familiar tale: The ICU wing of your hospital only has 50% of its nursing staff, but all the beds are full. Downstairs, there’s a waiting room full of people. Some have been there all night. Some arrived early this morning. And statistically, some most likely have COVID-19. Some of the people waiting to be admitted are angry at the wait, and almost all of them are scared. Continue reading…

A Different Point of View: Healthcare IT’s History of Magical Thinking
By David Lareau, CEO, Medicomp Systems
Twitter: @MedicompSys

Every few years, the healthcare industry seems to lose its collective mind over the latest new thing that will solve all our problems and usher in the (dreaded) “new paradigm.” This combination of magical thinking and marketing hype sporadically erupts and then dissipates as reality sets in, and we realize that there is no single answer to the challenges we face. Continue reading…

Virtual Care Intimacy
By Nick van Terheyden aka Dr Nick, Principal, ECG Management Consulting
Twitter: @drnic1

After years of existing on the periphery of the healthcare system, telehealth’s big moment arrived during the pandemic. Lockdowns and other mandates, along with fears of contracting COVID-19, kept many patients from seeking in-person care throughout much of 2020 and sporadically during the two years that followed. Virtual care platforms enabled patients to see their physicians from the comfort and safety of their homes. Continue reading…

3 Ways to Boost Revenue Cycle Efficiency with Process Redesign
By Mark Spinner, President and CEO, AccessOne
Twitter: @myaccessone

As hospitals face rising bad debt and revenue cycle workforce shortages, leading organizations are exploring new ways to ramp up patient financial engagement and efficiency. One out of four healthcare organizations report rising rates of bad debt and uncompensated care, a survey of healthcare finance leaders found. Meanwhile, one-third of organizations say challenges with staff productivity—whether due to staffing challenges or difficulties adjusting to remote work models—have had a negative impact on healthcare revenue cycle operations. Continue reading…

Digital Patient Engagement Offers Burnout Relief
By Gary Hamilton, CEO, InteliChart
Twitter: @InteliChart

The mass resignation of health care workers has left providers searching for answers. Employment in the industry is down by nearly 300,000 since February of 2020. This is not for lack of effort in maintaining the course; these are workers who often feel burdened to the point their only option is to exit and find employment in another field. Continue reading…

Marching Forward: The Path to Operationalize TEFCA
By Elise Sweeney Anthony; Liz Palena Hall and Mariann Yeager, CEO, The Sequoia Project (the TEFCA Recognized Coordinating Entity)
Twitter: @ONC_HealthIT
Twitter: @sequoiaproject

On January 18, the ONC and the TEFCA Recognized Coordinating Entity, The Sequoia Project, released the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement. The next key step for TEFCA is the release of resources to advance its operationalization, such as standard operating procedures. These SOPs will include specific policies and procedures to further guide QHINs and will identify, where applicable, necessary technical implementation requirements. Continue reading…