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New Approach Helps Health Information Exchanges Cross State Lines

May 15, 2017 - In the era of value-based care, the ability to understand how a patient moves between providers and what happens to them during those visits could be the difference between a performance bonus and a missed benchmark. But as most providers are now well aware, the challenges of seamless and reliable health information exchange are many.  Even organizations that are willing to collaborate...


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New Approach Helps Health Information Exchanges Cross State Lines

by Jennifer Bresnick

In the era of value-based care, the ability to understand how a patient moves between providers and what happens to them during those visits could be the difference between a performance bonus and a missed benchmark. But as most providers are...

Epic Systems EHR Brings Care Coordination to Walgreens Retail Clinics

by Jennifer Bresnick

Retail clinics are becoming an increasingly popular – and increasingly sophisticated – alternative to traditional primary care appointments, especially for patients who may not be able to afford or access other healthcare providers....

NCQA: Patient-Centered Medical Home No Longer “Unduly Onerous”

by Jennifer Bresnick

In addition to being dedicated, hard-working, and compassionate, physicians tend to share the character trait of being a very vocal, forthright, and outspoken group of professionals.  Over the past few years, they have had ample opportunity...

FHIR Can Move Genomics from Prediction to Precision Medicine

by Jennifer Bresnick

In just a few short decades, the field of genomics has expanded dramatically, transitioning from a specialized discipline of academic biology into a mainstay of clinical care at academic medical centers, dedicated precision medicine hubs, and...

athenahealth EHR App Marketplace Grows, Targets Patient mHealth

by Jennifer Bresnick

The recent flurry of interest in public application programming interfaces (APIs) as a way to connect disparate health data has prompted electronic health record vendors to open the floodgates to third-party developers with bright ideas about...

Why an “Empty Desire” for Big Data is Inhibiting Value-Based Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

For the most part, the healthcare industry has embraced the idea that access to big data is a critical part of doing business in the modern care environment.  But there’s a major difference between having big data and leveraging it...

Physician Portal Aids Data Exchange for Stand-Alone Hospital

by Jennifer Bresnick

While much of the healthcare industry is turning to mergers, acquisitions, and economies of scale to combat the financial challenges of value-based care, there are still more than a few organizations that have committed to operational independence....

As FHIR Matures, Healthcare Interoperability Comes into Focus

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource, better known as FHIR, has quickly seared itself into the consciousness of the health IT industry, becoming one of the most promising methodologies for open, seamless data exchange. In just a few...

Revenue Cycle Analytics Enable Value-Based Care for Pediatrics Group

by Jennifer Bresnick

Value-based care contracts are becoming increasingly popular for providers and payers looking to slim down spending and increase quality, but few organizations can truly flourish in the pay-for-performance environment if they do not have robust...

EHR, Big Data Analytics Success Hinges on Holistic Change Management

by Jennifer Bresnick

The ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus probably didn’t have electronic health records, value-based care, and big data analytics in mind when he said that “change is the only constant in life,” but most modern healthcare organizations...

APIs Boost Care Coordination, Data Exchange at Northwell Health

by Jennifer Bresnick

Northwell Health, the largest hospital system in the most populous metro region in the country, has a lot on its plate when it comes to conducting care coordination activities for more than 8 million people.   With 21 hospitals, over 2700...

Precision Medicine, Population Health Share Strategies and Goals

by Jennifer Bresnick

Any organization that wants to have a hope of functioning smoothly divides its operations into distinct departments, each of which is in charge of a specific process.  Every member of the team contributes to the organization’s ultimate...

Epic App Orchard Encourages Developers to Use FHIR, Open APIs

by Jennifer Bresnick

At HIMSS17 in Orlando last month, the vendor halls were packed to the gills with companies touting the latest plug-and-play technologies that use emerging data standards to perform analytics, shuttle information between organizations, enhance...

Healthcare Analytics Help Mercy Uncover Cost, Quality Insights

by Jennifer Bresnick

Every spring, the HIMSS Conference and Exhibition brings tens of thousands of healthcare stakeholders together under one massive roof to share best practices, explore the latest innovations, and brainstorm new strategies for achieving the Triple...

Health Data Exchange, EHR Dashboards Underpin a Successful ACO

by Jennifer Bresnick

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) come in all shapes and sizes, guided by a wide range of health IT philosophies.  Some ACOs demand total technical uniformity to standardize processes, while others encourage EHR individuality and allow...

Unfiltered EHR Data Overloads Physicians, Perpetuates Burnout

by Jennifer Bresnick

Interoperability and seamless data exchange are all the rage among regulators and vendors looking to give providers every decision-making advantage they can.  From meaningful use and MACRA to 21st Century Cures, CommonWell, and Carequality,...

What Healthcare IT Users Don’t Really Need to Know about FHIR

by Jennifer Bresnick

The healthcare industry may not be the nimblest when it comes to adopting and truly optimizing new technologies, as most EHR users will readily agree.  Reluctance, denial, frustration, and confusion have been unfortunate hallmarks of the...

Blockchain Will “Change the Physics” of Health Data Sharing

by Jennifer Bresnick

More than 40,000 healthcare stakeholders gather at the HIMSS Convention and Exhibition every year to get a good look at some of the most advanced and intriguing health IT tools on offer from hundreds of vendors, big and small, seeking to hawk...

Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare: Augmentation or Companionship?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Every year, the HIMSS Conference and Exhibition acts as a barometer for the health IT industry, reflecting the most promising trends and hottest buzzwords capturing the attention of regulators, developers, providers, and consultants. In 2015,...

Data Governance Key to Hospital’s Natural Language Query Project

by Jennifer Bresnick

Whether inside or outside of the hospital, data is everywhere – and consumers of data are getting used to a certain level of speed, accuracy, and trustworthiness when they ask questions of Google, Siri, or Cortana.  In everyday life,...

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