Health IT Issues that Deserve a Second Read – May 2024

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 Tate Chronicles, host Jim Tate talks to Clifton Porter to explore issues related to long term care in the US. As Senior Vice President of Government Relations for the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living, Clifton provides unique insights based on his 30+ years in the field.

Most Read Thought Leader Posts in May

How Value-Based Care Models Are Impacting Billing Practices
By Isaac Smith, Billing/coding/reimbursement specialist, Medcare MSO
LinkedIn: Isaac Smith
LinkedIn: Medcare MSO

Medical billing is a field that is constantly evolving, with new updates and developments. One such development is value-based care, which is currently transforming the medical billing industry. Value-based care is a provider payment model that prioritizes high-quality healthcare over the quantity of services. Continue reading…

4 Ways to Mitigate Breaches and Security Crises in Healthcare
By Matt Betts, Director, Provider Client Services, and Carlos Estrada, CISO, Sagility
LinkedIn: Matthew Betts
LinkedIn: Carlos Estrada, M.S.
LinkedIn: Sagility

While today’s healthcare payers and providers are increasingly turning to tech enablement to drive efficiency and reduce labor costs, there are conflicting pressures and demands. Complex regulations challenge business as usual, with an ever-higher bar for improved member-patient experience to compete in the marketplace—all in the face of shrinking operating margins. Continue reading…

Nurses Take New Seats at the Leadership Table: Five RNs Speak Out
By Beth Friedman, Sr. Partner, FINN Partners
LinkedIn: Beth Friedman
LinkedIn: FINN Partners

The year was 1990. I was a clinical data analyst for a three-hospital health system reviewing cases for medical staff Joint Commission compliance. And I was bored. My supervisor, a senior nursing executive, encouraged me to make a change. Six months later, I started a new career in health IT and never looked back. Continue reading…

Getting Intentional About Equity: New Guide Helps Developers and Users of Digital Healthcare Technologies
By Robert Otto Valdez, Ph.D., M.H.S.A., Kevin Chaney, M.G.S., and Bryan O. Buckley, Dr.PH, M.P.H., M.B.A., AHRQ
LinkedIn: Robert Otto Valdez, PhD MHSA
LinkedIn: Kevin Chaney
LinkedIn: Bryan O. Buckley, DrPH, MPH, MBA
LinkedIn: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Just over 20 years ago, the Institute of Medicine released two seminal reports on the need to improve healthcare quality—one on healthcare disparities, another that emphasized the promise of digital healthcare technologies. Since then, healthcare technology has made significant strides. Continue reading…

Clark on Connecting: Clonnection Principles
By Susan Clark, Senior Director of Program Development, DirectTrust
LinkedIn: Susan Clark
Clark on Connecting

Back in the early times of Promoting Interoperability (then still known as Meaningful Use), I was working to support this program for Eskenazi Health, Indianapolis’s safety net hospital and its ambulatory providers. At that time, they were utilizing an EHR designed and built by Regenstrief Institute. Continue reading…

The Power of Gamification in Senior Physical Therapy: A Pathway to Healthier Aging
By Alaina Victoria, PT, DPT, OneStep
LinkedIn: Alaina Victoria, PT, DPT
LinkedIn: OneStep

Maintaining motivation and commitment to rehabilitation can be a significant challenge across all ages, including seniors. By integrating game-like elements into physical therapy (PT) exercises, such as challenges, rewards, and interactive technology, seniors can find renewed enthusiasm for their rehabilitation efforts. Continue reading…

Using Gamification to Boost Health Literacy: Unexplored Opportunities
By April Miller, Senior Writer,
LinkedIn: April Miller

Technology is making health care more accessible than ever. However, access to medical care is only helpful if people know when to see a professional or how to avoid health issues at home. Consequently, health literacy must improve for this growing accessibility to meet its full potential. Continue reading…

Strengthening Healthcare Cybersecurity: Safeguarding Patient Data in an Evolving Landscape
By Kevin Erdal, Managing Director and Practice Lead – Digital Health, Nordic Consulting
LinkedIn: Kevin Erdal
LinkedIn: Nordic Consulting

Healthcare providers are navigating a significant evolution in digital health capabilities as providers continue to fast-track digital adoption. Post-pandemic advancements in IT are becoming embedded across the healthcare enterprise and signal progress within clinical and operational outcomes. Continue reading…

The Healthcare Interoperability Universe: FHIR, Governance, and Transparency
By Pieter De Leenheer, Ph.D., CTO, 1upHealth
LinkedIn: Pieter De Leenheer
LinkedIn: 1upHealth Inc.

The healthcare industry is generating data at an astronomical scale, from clinical and claims to genetic and lifestyle data via wearables and other IoT devices. This zettabyte scale reservoir of largely untapped and unstructured data opens a plethora of promising applications in areas such as care management, population health, and prior authorization. Continue reading…

The AI Applications Augmenting Rehabilitation Care Delivery
By Jared Gillespie, Senior Director, Clinical Solutions, Academy Medtech Ventures (AMV)
LinkedIn: Jared Gillespie
LinkedIn: AMV

As healthcare continues to shift towards value-based care models, rehabilitation services are increasingly evaluated based on the quality of outcomes and cost-efficiency. In this environment, clinicians face the dual challenge of delivering high-quality care while minimizing costs. Continue reading…