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Addressing Burnout Through Workflow Optimization

Through creating workflow checks and balances that foster support and team work, burnout can definitely be avoided and alleviated for physicians. Distributing responsibilities for patients between team members makes sure everything doesn’t weigh down just one person. The biggest hurdle to overcome before this change can be effective is gaining unanimous support within the organization as complete involvement is required.
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Healthcare IT Sees Exponential Market Growth For 2018

According to a recent Black Book Report, the 2018 State of Healthcare IT Consulting, healthcare industry management consulting was a $20 billion industry in 2016 in the US while this year, it is projected to reach $53 billion. This rise in demand is attributed to the implementation of software, information systems, systems integration and optimization & support of mergers and acquisitions. In all of these instances, organizations are looking for a niche industry expert to oversee these implementations and are willing to spend big for the best they can get.
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Meeting The New Demands For A Population Health Management Company

Having resources to better understand risk patterns for certain health issues could prevent expensive health problems from even arising and readmissions from ever taking place. Healthcare organizations that recognize this advantage are investing billions in analytics tools to track this data. In this new niche industry, healthcare organizations will need to make a well informed decision for which population health management company best suits their needs while also taking into account cost and provider feedback.
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Companies Turn To Specialist Consultants To Tackle IT Interoperability & Optimization

Organizations are looking for help from experts with strong experience in niche problem-solving and vendor knowledge to work together with their overall IT infrastructure team to solve business problems. With continued advancements and imposed requirements, healthcare organizations are looking to optimize their IT technologies and are turning to specifically skilled outsourced professionals to make sure everything runs smoothly.
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Smartphones Could Solve Many Unanswered Interoperability Issues Including Patient Matching

AHIMA, CHIME, HIMSS and other big names all feel that patient matching, a process of comparing data from different health IT systems to obtain a complete record of the patient’s health history, needs to become a priority as neglecting it hinders healthcare’s overall growth and innovation. By allowing patients to access and update their own health data conveniently from their phone, and linking everything the patient undergoes to a phone number or app, smartphones could bridge the gap between data exchange, interoperability and overall patient involvement and satisfaction.
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New Federal Regulations Affect Healthcare IT Innovations and EHR vendors

As the value based care system continues to be pushed by CMS, healthcare organizations are rushing to implement these new policies while EHR vendors work to keep up with ever-changing demands. While these new requirements may help eliminate burden on providers, it may also force EHR technologies to have to change their system designs, which is why standardization of practices & requirements will be key to continued growth on both sides.
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Athenahealth Progresses Into Second Round of Bidding War

Three potential buyers, UnitedHealth Group, TPG and Bain Capital, have all entered the race to acquire athenahealth. These offers are in addition to the still standing offer from hedge fund Elliott Management. Athenahealth has been considering a potential sale since June and, with more offers on the table, the real possibility of an acquisition is on the horizon.
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Big Technology Players Pledge To Further Interoperability Movement

Technology giants such as Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce all came together at the Blue Button 2.0 conference to further the interoperability evolution by pledging their resources to the cause. With big companies like these removing barriers to allow health data to be transmitted more fluidly, we can only look forward to further expansion of health care interoperability and accessibility.
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Three Strategies To Engage Clinicians During EHR Implementation

The EHR implementation process is a know stressor for most hospital staff as it requires a significant adjustment and time commitment from normal operations. If clinicians were more engaged from the beginning of implementation, instead of just thrown into a new system, they would be more inclined to learn the system along the way and be more accepting of the change. Healthcare organizations can avoid conflicts, slowdowns and inefficiencies by merging the implementation and learning process from the start.
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“Promoting Interoperability” Rule Finalized By CMS

On August 2nd, The Centers For Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) finalized rules that will further promote interoperability through the MyHealthEdata initiative and the CMS Patients Over Paperwork initiative. These new rules hope to empower patients by providing better access to pricing data, increasing patient access to their health data and allowing providers more time dealing with patients instead of paperwork.
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Choosing An EHR System: Cloud Vs. On Premise

With no shortage in options when choosing an EHR system, one new decision that comes into play is the desired type of EHR architecture. For cloud EHR, one can choose between a public cloud, private cloud or a hybrid cloud, all offering different levels of storage capability, accessibility and price points. In contrast, on premise EHR systems are hosted locally and require IT professionals to oversee and maintain hardware and software. The real question is, will cloud based EHR’s take over as companies look to save money?
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Top 10 Best Practices For Cybersecurity In The Healthcare Industry

The best way to avoid a cybersecurity attack? Have preventative practices in place to be prepared for anything. The key is to always be a step ahead of attackers, and this list of the top 10 lessons the CISO Dan Bowden has learned in his IT career is a great place for anyone in the healthcare industry to start.
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Project ECHO Further Promotes Push Towards Telemedicine

Project ECHO links primary care providers with expert specialist teams through an online hub that allows them to manage patient cases together and provide the quality care they need. With telemedicine on the rise and many complex health conditions, there aren’t enough providers specially trained to treat every arising issue. ECHO trains the provider on specialty care services and also provides ongoing support through patient treatment, making sure patients get the proper care they deserve.
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Patients Need To Utilize Portals On An Ongoing Basis, Not Just Original Download

As patient portal adoption has reached 90%, according to a recent Stat Poll from the Medical Group Management Association, we have only just scratched the surface of portal use and its potential. With engaged patient use and patient generated health data submitted regularly, the healthcare community would not only benefit from the ability to constantly monitor patients health but could also track health data long term and gain valuable statistics and data.
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Community Health Workers: What Is Their Job?

Community health workers are public health workers that base health upon social factors particularly in their respective community. They link healthcare with social services and mental care to better address healthcare needs as a whole. Healthcare is no longer just about addressing physical ailments, but also social forces such as education, living situation, financial status and how these factors effect overall ability to be healthy.
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EHR Systems Correlate Directly With Physician Burnout Rates

As technology and the digitalization of the healthcare industry continue their rapid incline, physician burnout continues to grow as well. Burnout is one of the main culprits for pushing staff to retire early or even leave the profession entirely. This article entails a few key strategies that could prevent this burnout and hopefully create a cohesive work environment between physicians and EHR technology.
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Telehealth Technology May Fill The Void Of Physician Shortage

With the aging baby boomer population looming on the healthcare horizon, the industry predicts a physician shortage and believes that telehealth may be the answer. With technology such as video conferencing promoting the ability to connect with patients remotely, physicians could serve a wider range of patients from both a time and geography perspective.
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Big Name Companies To Watch As They Enter The Healthcare Arena

Well known names such as Amazon, Apple, CVS Health, Facebook, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Uber & Lyft are all looking to get their piece of the ever expanding healthcare market. With their robust experience and knowledge, it is no surprise that they would fit well into an industry in desperate need of streamlined approaches to difficult problems.
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