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

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Most Read Thought Leader Posts in September

Transforming the Pharmacy Experience Will Transform Health Outcomes
By Tony Willoughby, President, Catalyst Health Group
Twitter: @CatalystHG

It’s just human nature in many ways: We often know what we need to do, but we struggle to take all the steps at exactly the right time to get to the outcome we desire. Such is the case with medication adherence. We’re prescribed medication. Oftentimes, we know the medication will help us. And yet, we struggle to take it as prescribed. Continue reading…

Your Hospital Is Average
By David Burda, News Editor & Columnist, 4sight Health
Twitter: @davidrburda
Twitter: @4sighthealth_

If you want great medical care, you should move to Lake Wobegon, where all the hospitals are above average. Anywhere else, chances are your medical care will be average. At least according to a short but revealing research letter published recently in JAMA Health Forum. You can download the four-page letter here. Continue reading…

The Promise and Potential of Applied A.I. in Healthcare
By Sridhar Nemala, Co-Founder and Head of AI, Curie AI
Twitter: @ai_curie

Applied artificial intelligence is changing the way clinicians diagnose and treat patients. AI will never replace clinicians, but it is already empowering decision-making. Advances in data collection and analysis are making a real-world impact on the treatment of chronic, underdiagnosed conditions, such as pulmonary disease, sleep disorders, arrhythmia, and other conditions. Continue reading…

How Can We Address Disparities in Cancer Screenings?
By Morris Panner, President, Intelerad
Twitter: @Intelerad
Twitter: @mpanner

Modern medicine has revolutionized cancer treatment, and the prognosis for many cancers today is very good if caught early. That’s why regular screenings for certain cancers are a crucial part of preventive care. Unfortunately, these screenings are not always readily available to everyone, a shameless issue that can otherwise lead to preventable consequences. Continue reading…

Three Ways Hospitals Use Data for Quality Improvement
By Linda Justice, RN, MCSM, symplr
Twitter: @symplr

How do we measure quality in healthcare? The question is forever top of mind in an industry where quality is expected yet is difficult to define and measure. The U.S. is an outlier in healthcare. We spend more on healthcare per capita than any other wealthy nation but underperform when it comes to many key metrics, including hospital admissions for preventable diseases and rates of medical, medication, and lab errors. Continue reading…

HIPAA & Cybersecurity Insurance
By Art Gross, President and CEO, HIPAA Secure Now!
Twitter: @HIPAASecureNow

Healthcare businesses need to be aware of the requirements that come with a cybersecurity insurance policy. In a world of online profiles, splashy websites, and great social media campaigns, businesses can misrepresent themselves in more ways than one. A great photo of your team or a full biography may help create patient trust, but it doesn’t mean a thing if you can’t back it up with excellent patient care. Continue reading…

Combat Health Staffing Shortages With Automation Support To Your Staff To Allow Them To Do More With Less
By Teri Gatchel-Schmidt, MBA, CPC, VP, Consulting & Business Development, SYNERGEN Health
Twitter: @SYNERGENHealth

Over the past three years, industries across the nation have felt the effects of labor shortages – but none more than the healthcare industry. Few organizations have effectively traversed the nationwide exodus of labor, whether struggling to find new workers or retain old ones. Teams across the nation suffer from physical and emotional stress, and many have headed to the exit doors, but this isn’t a brand-new development. Continue reading…

Garbage Can Cause HIPAA Issues
By Matt Fisher, General Counsel, Carium
Twitter: @matt_r_fisher
Twitter: @cariumcares

Throwing out the trash is an everyday occurrence whether in personal or business life. However, when it comes to healthcare organizations, it is necessary to think about what trash goes where. The consideration goes beyond the difference between regular waste and hazardous medical waste. Specifically, how should trash that has patient information printed on it be thrown away? Continue reading…

A Hybrid Approach to Overcoming Coding Staff Shortages
By Cheryl Cruver, Chief Revenue Officer, AGS Health
Twitter: @AGS_Health

Exacerbated by pandemic-induced burnout, resignations, and even terminations, staffing challenges remain throughout healthcare. Medical records, billing, and compliance are the fastest-growing healthcare white-collar administrative professions, according to the American Hospital Association, which is expected to grow 13% by 2026, but there are shortages here, too, exasperated by the same staffing challenges as the rest of healthcare. Continue reading…

A Technology-Driven Take on Improving Clinical Trial Access and Outcomes
By Liz Beatty, Chief Strategy Officer, Inato
Twitter: @inatohealth

Tasked with reimagining patient-centric cancer clinical trials, the Bloomberg New Economy International Coalition has identified eliminating patient identification and enrollment barriers as top priorities for accelerating the development of novel cancer treatments, screening, and prevention. Continue reading…