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Information and ruminations on the business of healthcare from veteran healthcare journalists.

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    The use of care plans increases medication adherence, patient self-management and clinical quality ratings, say 70 percent of healthcare organizations engaged in care planning, according to newly published market metrics from the Healthcare Intelligence Network (HIN). A majority of respondents—83 percent—incorporate care plans into value-based healthcare delivery systems, according to HIN's December 2015 survey, with more [...]

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    Editor's Note: Could the Hollywood hack happen to your organization? The event had all the hallmarks of a Hollywood blockbuster, but this month's assault by a hacker on Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center (HPMC) was frighteningly real. The malware attack locked access to certain computer systems and prevented the medical center from sharing communications electronically, according [...]

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    The healthcare industry is under pressure to advance its use of technology to control costs, digitize patient information and streamline operations. But with significant increases in cyber attacks and the sensitive nature of healthcare data, security is a growing concern, according to a new infographic by ESET. The infographic examines: which threats healthcare organizations fear most; [...]

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    Although provider's electronic health record (EHR) adoption jumped from 42 percent in 2009 to 83 percent in 2014 as a result of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009, the broader impact of this transition remained questionable on patient outcomes. While EHRs are expected to improve the quality and […]

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    If provider discontent doesn't prompt a delay, the controversial MACRA legislation will become reality in just six months, shaking up traditional physician reporting and reimbursement as healthcare knows it. And while the proposed MACRA rule is still in flux, the bones of the law aren't expected to change, notes Eric Levin, McKesson's director of strategic […]

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    A primary tool for Saint Vincent’s Health Partners Post-Acute Network is a playbook documenting more than 140 transitions for patients traveling from one care setting to another, including the elements of each transition and ways network members should hold each other accountable during the move. Here, Colleen Swedberg, MSN, RN, CNL, director of care coordination […]

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    The 10 largest healthcare cyber attacks of 2015 affected over 100 million records, valued at up to $154 per record breached, according to a new infographic by FireEye. The infographic examines the depth of the healthcare cyber security threat, why the healthcare industry is a top target for cyber crime and the potential cost to […]

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    Two key trends emerging from a July 2016 survey on Stratifying High-Risk Patients highlight the need to occasionally eschew sophisticated tools in favor of basic, face-to-face care coordination. As one survey respondent noted, “A key element [of stratifying high-risk patients] is building a trusting face-to-face relationship with each patient, knowing what they want to work […]

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    In a nod to the wide diversity of physician practices, the recent "Pick Your Pace" announcement by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) clarifies the timing of reporting for year one of the Quality Payment Program and offers eligible physicians and other clinicians multiple options for participation. But whatever participation level a practice […]

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    All of Maryland's acute care hospitals use a certified electronic health record (EHR), according to a new infographic by the Maryland Health Care Commission. The infographic examines the top three EHR vendors in use in Maryland, as well as the use of patient portals, IT for population health management and telehealth and the number of […]

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    The role of IT in healthcare delivery has expanded dramatically in just the last few years—and so has the threat from data thieves. A single, stolen healthcare record is worth hundreds of dollars on the black market—creating an estimated $6 billion cybersecurity problem for the industry as a whole, according to a new infographic by […]

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    Managing a Medicare population, particularly when the majority has two or more chronic illnesses, can be daunting. But in the current realm of healthcare reimbursement, the care of these beneficiaries is rife with opportunity. "Depending on the manner in which you're managing your Medicare Part B demographic, you have an opportunity to generate from 100 […]

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    Healthcare organizations are increasingly targeted by cyber criminals seeking to steal electronic protected health information, electronic health records, personally identifiable information and other confidential patient data, according to a new infographic by A10. The infographic examines the healthcare cyber threat, the need for SSL, why healthcare organizations have been slow to adopt SSL and the […]

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    As the largest sponsor of Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) accountable care organizations (ACOs), Collaborative Health Systems (CHS) has learned a number of lessons about the integration of data analytics and technology. Here, Elena Tkachev, CHS director of ACO analytics, outlines three challenges her organization has faced in the rollout of health analytics to its […]

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    Healthcare organizations with access to electronic healthcare record, claims, socio-demographic and administrative data, have to apply that data through all available lenses to act properly on the data to improve health, according to new infographic by Optum. The infographic details three possible lenses through which healthcare data should be examined, as well as finding opportunities […]

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    U.S. hospitals that provide superior patient experiences generate 50 percent higher financial performance than average providers…key in today's shift from volume- to value-based healthcare, according to a new infographic by Evariant. True patient engagement is about creating trust between the patient and health system, nurturing a relationship over the course of a patient's lifetime. This […]

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    Healthcare providers across the globe are recognizing the need for digital technology in their hospitals and practices. But with ever-tightening budgets and numerous priorities, where exactly should they focus their investments? What will really drive the most value? The biggest impact comes from digitizing the ways clinicians, healthcare workers, and administrators do their jobs, according […]

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    Information technology and healthcare leaders are looking at ways to improve electronic health record (EHR) and clinical documentation effectiveness, according to a new infographic by Nuance Communications, Inc. The infographic examines the strategies healthcare organizations are implementing to improve clinician satisfaction with EHRs and how organizations are optimizing EHRs this year. Between Medicare's aggressive migration […]

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    The traditional clinician's medicine bag is now a thing of the past, but its replacement promises to be even more useful as a means of facilitating better patient care, according to a new infographic by Transcend Insight. Now, a doctor's visit is facilitated via laptop or with a smartphone -- technologies and products of healthcare […]

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    Can melding the best of electronic health records (EHRs) and artificial intelligence foster greater empathy among healthcare providers? Basil Hayek, Director of Business Consulting, Sapient Health, and Paul Penta, Manager of Business Consulting, Sapient Health, examine that possibility in this guest post. EHRs, artificial intelligence, and empathy: If this were a Sesame Street segment, it […]

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