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  • APIs and the cloud help cure health IT interoperability ills

    In the natural course of human events, it's safe to say most people have endured an untold number of doctor's appointments, emergency room visits and hospital stays. Each time, patient information is recorded, stored and updated in electronic health records, or EHRs. But due to the lack of health IT interoperability, this accumulated wealth of health data that's vital to patient care may not be fully accessible because EHRs can't always communicate with each other and other platforms that doctors and nurses access regularly.

    The interoperability app gap, however, is being addressed more aggressively by the healthcare industry, partly because of pressure from government regulators and health IT interoperability standards. Our cover story examines application technologies in the form of APIs that are commonly used in many industries, but not nearly as much in healthcare -- until now. Even though hospitals depend heavily on legacy systems for much of their information exchange, APIs can significantly improve EHR interoperability. In another feature, we look at those on-premises healthcare systems and explain how EHR interoperability might benefit more from cloud-based systems.

    Also in this issue, discover how hospital administrators are turning to big data analytics to transform vast amounts of collected patient information into actionable insights that can help improve patient care, safety and operations.

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  • Healthcare cloud adoption challenges include cost and complexity

    Although the cloud offers many benefits to healthcare organizations, it is important for CIOs to properly plan for a migration to mitigate any potential issues. Continue Reading

  • What to do when a new storage system requires an EHR migration

    Executing an EHR migration to a new storage platform can be a daunting task. Health IT experts from North York General Hospital share their experience and lessons learned. Continue Reading

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  • Mobile devices in healthcare may one day appear 'invisible'

    For some CIOs, mobile devices in hospitals don't reach their full potential. Imagine a day when mobility becomes so intertwined with healthcare that it disappears into the background. Continue Reading

  • Epic's EHR: Challenges and lessons learned at Mass General

    MGH CIO talks about the hospital's recent move to Epic's EHR. The hospital has encountered EHR challenges including moving off homegrown systems and a staggered implementation. Continue Reading

  • Revenue cycle management, after the ICD-10 implementation

    Now that the ICD-10 transition is out of the way, revenue cycle management professionals are tracking their performance against the new code set. This handbook offers guidance to ensure that the transition to ICD-10 remains smooth and provides tips on general best practices to deal with revenue cycle management (RCM) IT challenges.

    First, SearchHealthIT news and feature writer Shaun Sutner explores RCM's relationship to health IT, and offers insights from experts to help strengthen your strategy. (Hint: It all begins at patient registration.) Next, contributor Evan Albright offers six tips organizations can follow to decrease revenue risk when implementing an EHR system. In the final story, news writer Kristen Lee takes a look at how the ICD-9 to ICD-10 transition has affected RCM. Continue Reading

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