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  • PatientPing helps with coordinating care among healthcare providers

    In this Innovation Spotlight, SearchHealthIT features PatientPing, a startup in Boston that provides technology to improve coordinating care. Continue Reading

  • Four tenets of a successful telehealth program implementation

    Implementing a successful telehealth program can be a challenge. Health IT experts from Mass General share four key steps to ensuring a telehealth initiative will be successful. Continue Reading

  • Patient population management calls for technological approach

    Shaun Sutner, news and features writer for SearchHealthIT, starts this handbook by interviewing a healthcare analytics expert on population health, analytics and patient engagement. The expert shares why he believes technology and data analytics are essential to population health management and improving interoperability.

    Next, Reda Chouffani examines how the rise of electronic health records has convinced healthcare providers to use more technology, such as business intelligence systems, to study their growing collections of digital patient data. He also lists a few reasons why providers sometimes struggle to implement business intelligence and analytics systems.

    Chouffani closes out the handbook by exploring how healthcare practitioners are using clinical analytics systems to inform and reinforce their care decisions. He also outlines some criteria that management teams at healthcare facilities should evaluate before purchasing and rolling out an analytics tool.

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  • Hospitals aren't ready to adopt value-based reimbursement models

    Most healthcare organizations -- 58% of respondents to a Peer60 report—aren't ready to adopt alternative payment models for value-based care yet, according to the report. Also, 37% of respondents ... Continue Reading

  • Health IT trends: The top 11 quotes from 2015

    In our look back at 2015 through quotes, analysts, government officials and physicians reflect on 2015 health IT trends, including ICD-10, cybersecurity and wearables. Continue Reading

  • Inside the relationship between data and population health management

    If any trend has the impact to really move healthcare IT forward, it's population health management. The emerging area brings to bear data aggregation, data governance and data analytics to improve the care of large groups―and possibly create cost savings for providers.

    This three-part handbook looks at that vital relationship between data and population health management. First, contributor Evan J. Albright answers these common questions: What is population health management? And, why are providers moving in this direction, even though it means assuming greater risk? Next, columnist Reda Chouffani offers five areas in which providers can help contribute to employee wellness. Finally, SearchHealthIT news writer Kristen Lee looks at Maine's health information exchange, and how a new data analytics layer has already brought a return on investment for the HIE. Continue Reading

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  • Clinical decision support system tracks quality care measures

    Providers that don't schedule checkups frequently enough can be reminded by providers that deploy a clinical decision support system. Continue Reading

  • Healthcare CIOs bystanders in ACO saga

    Accountable care organizations could hold the key to transforming U.S. healthcare, but it all depends on whether a spate of technologies will help cut costs and lead to better patient health. Continue Reading

  • ACOs justify telemedicine investment

    In the July issue of Pulse, our editorial team takes a hard look at the increasing popularity of telemedicine. The Affordable Care Act has pushed the concept into high speed, and large health systems are justifying IT investments in technologies that will support physician-to-physician consultations and virtual patient visits via videoconferencing. The move allows for doctors to serve a wider geographic territory -- all while saving a whole lot of money.

    Also in this issue, SearchHealthIT News Director Don Fluckinger reports from the front lines of the eHealth Initiative's Third Annual National Forum on Data and Analytics in Healthcare. Fluckinger chronicles the difficulties facing accountable care organizations trying to implement analytics. We also take an in-depth look at health IT operations outsourced to the cloud. Small group practices and specialists have embraced cloud IT operations, while larger healthcare providers are holding fast to traditional models. New reports, however, show a sunnier forecast for cloud services -- 83% of 150 respondents to a recent HIMSS Analytics survey use cloud services for at least one aspect of health data. Next, Joseph Kim, M.D., takes a gander at trends in healthcare gamification. Prompted, in part, by meaningful use stages 2 and 3, new mobile applications are taking personal health to an entirely new level. And consultant Reda Chouffani closes with a quick look at the mobile security issues healthcare providers face. Get strategy tips organizations can follow to adhere to compliance regulations and better protect their data and devices. Continue Reading

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