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Faulkner Guides Epic Systems from EHR to Comprehensive Health Record

HealthITAnalytics Epic Systems founder and CEO Judy Faulkner has a reputation for big ideas. And with some of the top health systems in the country among her customers and around two-thirds of patients owning a current Epic record, the company and its leader tend to have their sites set at scale. Faulkner has dedicated decades to growing her company into a market mover that features prominently in any discussion...


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Incorporating Patient Engagement into Patient Safety Initiatives

PatientEngagementHIT Ensuring patient safety is a vital part of medical care and a key component of a quality healthcare experience. As healthcare professionals work to deliver care free of medical error, they are also recognizing the tremendous role patient engagement...

Planning for Data Backup, Recovery in Health IT Infrastructure

HITInfrastructure Healthcare data backup and data recovery are critical components of every health IT infrastructure. The inability to access data is a serious issue in healthcare. Organizations constantly face the possibility of data breaches, ransomware attacks,...

HIEs Consider Joining Ambitious ONC Health Data Exchange Framework

EHRIntelligence After months of development, ONC released its Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) draft in an effort to push the healthcare industry closer toward its goal of achieving true interoperability characterized by advanced health...

The Role of the Hospital Chargemaster in Revenue Cycle Management

RevCycleIntelligence The hospital charge description master, or hospital chargemaster, is at the heart of the healthcare revenue cycle, serving as the hospital’s starting point for billing patients and payers. A hospital chargemaster is a list of all the billable...

The Difference Between Healthcare Data Encryption, De-identification

HealthITSecurity As healthcare organizations invest in the latest technological advances for cost savings and better patient care, cybersecurity measures must also be considered. Healthcare data encryption and the de-identification of data are two essential methods...

Improving Pediatric Patient Experiences with Age-Appropriate Education

PatientEngagementHIT For pediatric patients and their parent caregivers, fear in a hospital is a normal thing. Young patients can experience sensory overload, parent and child are often separated during procedures, and there is the looming fear of an adverse health...

Understanding Healthcare Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

HITInfrastructure Healthcare Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), sometimes called Hardware-as-a-Service, is becoming more popular as organizations migrate parts of their infrastructure to the cloud. Infrastructure delivered as a service can significantly cut back...

Pay-for-Performance Strategies for Independent Physicians, Small Practices

RevCycleIntelligence Pay-for-performance models aim to reward providers for high-quality care at lower costs. However, value-based reimbursement structures tend to require substantial upfront and ongoing investments and put practice revenue at risk, straining the...

Laying the Foundation for Strong Healthcare Risk Management

HealthITSecurity With cybersecurity threats becoming more sophisticated each day, healthcare organizations must implement necessary policies and procedures to keep sensitive data secure. A current and comprehensive healthcare risk management plan is a key component...

What Are Precision Medicine and Personalized Medicine?

HealthITAnalytics Since the beginning of recorded history, healthcare practitioners have striven to make their actions more effective for their patients by experimenting with different treatments, observing and sharing their results, and improving upon the efforts...

Effective Nurse Communication Skills and Strategies

PatientEngagementHIT In healthcare facilities, nurses can be found nearly everywhere -- at patient screenings, in nursing stations, and, most importantly, with the patient in the exam room or at the bedside. Nurses are on the front lines of patient care, making nurse-patient...

Meeting the Challenge of Healthcare Consumerism with Big Data Analytics

HealthITAnalytics As the remarkable, eventful year of 2017 lumbers to its cold and snowy close, healthcare organizations may feel as if they are starting 2018 on an unstable footing. From tragic natural disasters and devastating ransomware attacks to the first...

Pros and Cons of PACS, VNAs for Medical Image Data Storage

HITInfrastructure As healthcare providers invest in new medical imaging technologies that produce increasingly large and complex data files, organizations need to implement infrastructure tools that can support the storage and appropriate access of necessary patient...

Understanding the Basics of Clinical Decision Support Systems

HealthITAnalytics Clinical decision support systems are quickly becoming essential tools for healthcare providers as the volume of available data increases alongside their responsibility to deliver value-based care. Reducing clinical variation and duplicative...

For Ongoing ACO Shared Savings, Look Outside Inpatient, Primary Care

RevCycleIntelligence Seven years have passed since the Affordable Care Act catalyzed the idea of volume over value in the healthcare industry, paving the way for accountable care organizations (ACOs) to accrue shared shavings while focusing on population health....

Training Employees to Avoid Healthcare Data Security Threats

HealthITSecurity Large-scale healthcare data breaches have already impacted millions of individuals in 2017 alone. As organizations rely more and more heavily on a growing number of technologies, the need for preparing for healthcare data security threats is...

Using Patient-Reported Outcomes Measures to Improve Engagement

PatientEngagementHIT Between the various quality reporting and reimbursement requirements in the value-based care landscape, it seems as though there is no element of healthcare left unmeasured. But as industry professionals embrace patient-centricity, many are turning...

3 Keys to a Successful Value-Based Care Implementation

EHRIntelligence The goals of value-based care are clear — improved population health, increased patient satisfaction, and reduced cost — but the means of getting there aren’t. Healthcare organizations are grappling with the transition from...

Overcoming Rural Hospital Revenue Cycle Management Challenges

RevCycleIntelligence Despite serving as a critical healthcare safety net for millions of patients, many rural hospitals are constantly on the brink of closing their doors due to a number of revenue cycle management challenges.  Eighty-two rural hospitals have...

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