IT Forefront

The latest on health care technology and digital-enabled strategy

Are you prepared for cybersecurity threats to your IoT technologies?

by Kirsta Hackmeier and Andrew Rebhan August 13, 2019

The Internet of Things (IoT) has radically changed how providers and patients approach care by generating more accurate sensory data and making possible new avenues of treatment. For instance, in today's modern hospitals, everything from the ultrasounds to the automatic doors may be computer operated and digitally linked to the larger hospital network—just two examples of IoT technology, which describes devices with digital and computing capabilities that interface with the physical world. Other examples would be a smart watch that tracks your steps, or a programmable insulin pump.

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Why digital transformation so often fails—and 3 ways to make it succeed

Andrew Rebhan July 30, 2019

Tech startups have set their sights on health care's $3 trillion market, and investors have been all too willing to throw funding their way. These new market entrants are young, nimble, and stocked with IT talent. Startups often develop a concept for a product or service that sounds revolutionary, and venture-capital firms, seeking to profit off of the company's growth potential, can value these companies in the millions—even if an actual product doesn't exist yet. Digital health funding in particular has been rising exponentially for years now, giving birth to a number of "unicorns," or startups that have a valuation of over $1 billion.

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Should you integrate biomedical services into IT? Consider the pros and cons.

Andrew Rebhan July 16, 2019

Medical devices are vital components of care diagnostics and delivery. Their network connectivity and resulting special security precautions often drive the decision to integrate biomedical services into the IT department. However, as with any organizational structure change, this decision should not be made lightly.

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4 questions to pressure test your third-party risk management program

Andrew Rebhan July 2, 2019

Innovation, disruption, and digital transformation will further complicate the already complex cybersecurity landscape in health care. Innovation will require new strategic partnerships with third-parties to deliver new-in-kind interactions and services capabilities. These interactions with new business and patient care partners significantly increase a system's cybersecurity risk profile.

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Just announced: Our 2019 IT Virtual Summit agenda

June 18, 2019

Don't miss our biggest event of the year

Last year, the Health Care IT Advisor program piloted our first ever virtual-only national meeting in response to the changing needs of our members. This new format was able to reach a record number of IT (and non-IT) leaders in a more flexible, convenient, and economical way—and we hope you'll join us again this year!

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What health IT stakeholders should know about the 2020 IPPS Proposed Rule

by Naomi Levinthal and Camille Bridger June 4, 2019

Last month, CMS released the 2020 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule, with updates to requirements for the Medicare hospital Promoting Interoperability (PI, previously Meaningful Use) and Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) programs.

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Natural language processing: How this emerging tool can improve mental health treatment

Andrew Rebhan May 21, 2019

Editor's note: This story was updated on June 27, 2019.

Natural language processing (NLP) allows computers to analyze, understand, and derive meaning from text and speech similarly to how humans do. NLP is part of the larger artificial intelligence (AI) landscape, drawing from fields including computational linguistics and machine learning in its algorithms to convert unstructured data into actionable information.

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How to manage EHR usability issues to reduce physician burnout

May 7, 2019

Physician burnout has reached epidemic proportions in recent years. More physicians than ever question their futures in the profession because they are frustrated by a loss of autonomy, ever-encroaching payer and regulatory requirements, and mounting productivity pressures.

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