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

Most Played Radio Episode in October

From Designing for Health, hosts Craig Joseph, MD, and Jerome Pagani, PhD, invite the author of Design for How People Think and Brilliant Experience’s John Whalen, PhD. He shares about his background in cognitive science and working on projects such as, and how designing with the brain in mind and using “”radical common sense”” can create a better healthcare system for patients and clinicians alike.

Most Read Thought Leader Posts in October

Embracing Emotional Well-Being: Four Key Mental Health Trends
By Dr. Bruce Bassi, Advisory Board Member, CharmHealth
X: @charmhealth

In an increasingly digital world, individuals continue to turn to digital tools to address a wide range of challenges and concerns. Whether it’s managing daily tasks, seeking information, or connecting with others, the integration of technology into our lives has become pervasive. Continue reading…

Virtual Assistants Enhance Success of Post-Discharge Programs
By Patty Riskind, CEO, Orbita
LinkedIn: Patty Riskind
X: @orbita_inc

Over the past two decades, healthcare has emphasized two priorities that are sometimes at odds with one another: Reducing the length of inpatient stays and decreasing the incidence of preventable patient readmissions. In other words, caregivers are expected to get patients home sooner while making sure they are at low risk for a return visit. Continue reading…

Striking a Balance: Navigating Customer Voice and Health Fads in Healthcare
By Katie Brenneman, Writer, Researcher
X: @KatieBWrites93

As a healthcare professional, you always want patients to leave your office satisfied and informed. After all, happy, well-informed patients are far more likely to adhere to the care you prescribe and will buy into their treatment plan. However, many modern patients have already researched their ailments and may have self-diagnosed on their own. Continue reading…

Introduction to Fraud, Impersonation, and Operational Controls
By Kyle Neuman, Director of Trust Framework Development, DirectTrust
X: @DirectTrustorg
LinkedIn: Kyle Neuman
This is Part 2 of a 5-part series.

Let’s dig deeper into identity credentials and focus on one specific facet of identity credentials: identity proofing. What is it, why is it important, and what risks should we look out for when relying on identity credentials that involve identity proofing? Continue reading…

Making Better Business Decisions by Listening to Your Customers
By Amy Brown, CEO, Authenticx
LinkedIn: Amy Brown
X: @be_authenticx

Much of the world has evolved to support people who like to figure things out for themselves. We’ve got YouTube tutorials on thousands of topics and the internet for everything else. Plenty of B2B companies offer their clients DIY options through customer portals and more. But in the complex healthcare world, DIY often won’t suffice. Continue reading…

Patient Data Security: Automation and BI-Driven Solutions
By Mike Gunion, VP for Sales & Marketing, Infinit-O
LinkedIn: Michael Gunion
X: @InfinitOInc

In an era where data is hailed as the ‘new gold,’ the healthcare sector’s booming investment in technology is a testament to its value; in 2021, AI in the healthcare market was valued at over 11 billion U.S. dollars globally, with projections soaring to approximately 188 billion U.S. dollars by 2030. With such an enormous stake, particularly in an industry intrinsically bound to vast quantities of sensitive information, the significance of patient data security is undisputed. Continue reading…

Talent Tuesday: Solving Hospitals’ Workforce Management Challenges With Tech-enabled Virtual Care Partners
By Lyle Berkowitz, MD, CEO, KeyCare
LinkedIn: Lyle Berkowitz, MD
X: @KeyCareInc

Tales of a supposed “doctor shortage” have spread far and wide across the healthcare industry in recent years. But what if we’re looking at this so-called problem in the wrong way? What if we don’t have a shortage of physicians, but rather a shortage of using them efficiently? In this alternative view, we have enough physicians, but we need to surround them with the right technologies and teams to ensure they can take care of a larger population at scale. Continue reading…

Forward Thinking and Future Focused: Six Inspirations from AHIMA23
By Beth Friedman, Sr. Partner, FINN Partners
LinkedIn: Beth Friedman
X: @FINNPartners

I’ve attended over two decades of American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conferences in my career. But this year’s event was remarkably different. At AHIMA23, the association’s legacy of ensuring data quality and protecting patient privacy met face-to-face with today’s most important healthcare issues—interoperability, workforce, and social determinants of health. The association’s recent acquisition of HCPro was another harbinger of exciting progress to come. Continue reading…

Healthcare Cyberattacks: Real Money, Real Lives, Real Risks
By David Burda, News Editor & Columnist, 4sight Health
X: @davidrburda
X: @4sighthealth_

I’ve never added up the time I spend each day fending off cyberattacks. Listening to and then deleting robocalls on my landline answering machine. Deleting spam emails on my laptop. Deleting suspicious texts on my smartphone. Deleting unwanted invitations on my social media channels. Continue reading…

Technology and the Workforce Crisis: Balancing Innovation, Efficiency, and Burnout
By Karen Conley, DNP, RN, SVP of Clinical Services, Kyruus
LinkedIn: Karen Conley
X: @kyruus

Burnout and workforce shortages have long been issues across the healthcare industry, but in recent years, they’ve dominated the headlines. There’s been a nearly continuous news cycle about the impact: longer wait times, reduced availability of services, increased healthcare costs, fewer providers, and reduced quality of care, to name a few. Continue reading…