Top 2022 Read Posts

As is our custom every month, we compile our Top 10 most read posts that deserve a second read. This list takes those lists just one step further. With over 22,500 combined reads, these are the 10 most read articles of 2022.

Thank you to all these authors that have shared their thoughts with us and our readers.

Key Trends Facing Payers in 2022
By Teresa Younkin, Senior Consultant, Point-of-Care Partners
Twitter: @pocpHIT

As we start rolling up our sleeves to get to work in 2022, we already are seeing several trends that will continue to transform healthcare in the year ahead. Payers will have their work cut out for them and will be forced to adapt, with many modifications coming sooner than later. Point-of-Care Partners will be reporting on prominent trends as 2022 rolls on, so stay tuned. But we wanted to start off with a handful of trends and some ways in which they will affect payers. Here’s a sneak peek. Continue reading…

5 Biggest Challenges of Health Care Data Security in 2022
By Devin Partida, Editor-in-Chief,
Twitter: @rehackmagazine

Data security is one of the most pressing challenges facing the health care industry today. Medical organizations’ vast amounts of sensitive patient data make them prime targets, and many lack the expertise and tools necessary to protect themselves. Cybercrime’s recent surge has led many health care organizations to realize that they need better security. The industry now understands the need for data security, but many obstacles remain. Here are five of the most substantial of these challenges for the coming year. Continue reading…

Key 2022 Health Care Regulatory and Policy Priorities to Navigate
By Pooja Babbrah, Practice Lead, PBM Services, Point-of-Care Partners
Twitter: @pocpHIT

Through its policy and regulatory mechanisms, the federal government is in the driver’s seat to drive and effect changes in health care and health information technology. The most recent Unified Regulatory Agenda provides insight into what is likely to come in 2022 and beyond. The most notable rules continue to be focused on activities by agencies at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). Here’s a sneak peak of expected 2022 priorities. Continue reading…

How Payers Can Improve Member Experience with Modern Contact Centers
By Patty Hayward, Vice President of Industry Strategy for Healthcare and Life Sciences, Talkdesk
Twitter: @Talkdesk

The healthcare payer space has shifted radically in recent years, with evolving reimbursement models, the rise of healthcare consumerism, advances in technology, and a global pandemic that upended businesses. However, the imperative for payers to deliver member experiences that improve engagement, drive health outcomes and lower costs has remained constant. Today’s health plan members are no longer willing to tolerate inefficiency, delays and lack of choice – and they will shop for a different health plan if their expectations for a superior customer experience is not fulfilled. Continue reading…

Information Blocking Claims: By the Numbers
By Rachel Nelson and Cassie Weaver, ONC
Twitter: @ONC_HealthIT

The 21st Century Cures Act, signed into law by President Obama in 2016, directed ONC to implement a standardized process for the public to report claims of possible information blocking. The information blocking claims reporting process welcomes claims of possible information blocking from anyone who believes they may have experienced or observed information blocking. Any information received by ONC in connection with a claim or suggestion of possible information blocking and that could reasonably be expected to facilitate identification of the source of the information is protected from disclosure under the Cures Act. The Cures Act authorizes the HHS Office of Inspector General to investigate any claim of information blocking. Continue reading…

Reshaping Data Exchange: How a New Age of Interoperability Unlocks Massive Benefits for Health IT Organizations, Patients, and Providers
By Jonathan Shannon, Senior Director of Healthcare Strategy, LexisNexis Risk Solutions
Twitter: @LexisNexisRisk

The concept of interoperability in healthcare IT has had its fair share of challenges over the years. Compounding challenges around security, organizing the vast amount of data, and making such data available in a timely fashion has hampered the ability to meaningfully exchange such information in healthcare. However, thanks to recent regulations and increasing consumerism in healthcare, we are beginning to usher in a new age of interoperability. Continue reading…

Social Determinants of Health in Healthcare IT Standards
By David Pyke, Interoperability Subject Matter Expert, Audacious Inquiry
Twitter: @A_INQ
Twitter: @loftwyr

Social determinants of health, as defined by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, are the conditions in the environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. Over the past few years, the role that SDOH plays in healthcare and health outcomes has become widely recognized throughout all aspects of the healthcare industry. As such, organizations in the United States and around the world have highlighted the need for SDOH information to be included in a patient’s health record to better treat the patient on a holistic basis, using a more “whole-person” approach to healthcare. Continue reading…

3 Reasons Healthcare Organizations Aren’t Meeting Digital Patient Experience Expectations
By Kamal Anand, Senior Vice President of Growth, Intrado Healthcare
Twitter: @IntradoHealth
Twitter: @kamal_anand

The health IT research institution, KLAS, recently conducted a survey of patients to learn about their satisfaction with technology that allows them to digitally interact with the healthcare system. Data revealed that while patients want to connect with healthcare organizations via mobile and online channels, the technology offered by their providers doesn’t always meet their expectations. Sometimes, digital communication isn’t even an option. Continue reading…

Four Indicators a New Standard of Care is Coming
By John Martin, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Butterfly Network
Twitter: @ButterflyNetInc

An evolved state of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is transforming diagnostics across many care settings by delivering powerful imaging insights to close information gaps and drive better care decisions. Such an affordable, efficient means of gathering critical data at the bedside is not only engaging a growing number of clinicians and specialists, but is also touching vast underserved geographies. Continue reading…

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…