IT Forefront

The latest on health care technology and digital-enabled strategy

How UPMC is creating a 'touchless' patient experience

Mackenzie Rech July 28, 2020

As telehealth booms amid Covid-19, more and more visits are moving outside of the four walls of hospitals and clinics. But not all care can or should be conducted virtually, so health care organizations are rethinking physical spaces.

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Confused about the new ONC information blocking requirements? We've got answers.

Julia Connell , Ye Hoffman July 17, 2020

Interoperability is top of mind for providers this year, as they grapple with how to comply with new information blocking policies finalized in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's (ONC's) Cures Act rule.

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Why does health care keep facing breaches and ransomware? Maybe it's time to revamp staff training.

Andrew Rebhan July 7, 2020

For the past nine years, the security software firm SplashData has produced an annual "worst passwords list," and the entries are as mind-numbingly careless as you’d expect. The firm's analysis is based on millions of passwords that are leaked online and discovered in breaches throughout each year. For 2019, the three most-used worst passwords were (in order):

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Medicare wants to permanently allow telehealth home health visits. (But there's a big catch.)

by Jordan Angers and John League June 29, 2020

CMS on Thursday issued a proposed rule that would allow home health agencies (HHAs) registered with Medicare to continue to use telehealth technologies beyond the Covid-19 outbreak. But there's a big catch: Providers wouldn't be reimbursed for telehealth services.

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How University Hospitals built a smarter ICU

by Jordan Angers and John League June 16, 2020

Covid-19 has exposed worrisome gaps in care delivery at the bedside—with the demands of the country's epidemic revealing the shortcomings of many existing systems and approaches, especially in intensive care.

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What's the difference between 'AI' and 'robotic process automation'? You're asking the wrong question.

Andrew Rebhan June 9, 2020

Our team has covered artificial intelligence (AI) in depth for a few years now, but we've noticed that despite the rapid escalation of research and deployments, we still have a definition problem. Whether in our discussions with members or even in our internal meetings, we always need to make sure everyone is on the same page about terms—and one question in particular comes up frequently: "Are we talking here about AI or robotic process automation (RPA)?"

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CMS wants to publish your eCQM data to Hospital Compare. Are you ready?

Julia Connell , Ye Hoffman May 27, 2020

So far, this year has brought a frenzy of policy updates that put health IT in the spotlight. CIOs have been busier than ever before, whether they're rolling out telehealth platforms in record time, or grappling with the latest federal push for greater interoperability. We have some good news for CIOs on the topic of policy updates—the recent Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposal did not impose any new technology requirements for reporting Promoting Interoperability (PI) program measures.

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Why remote patient monitoring is critical after Covid-19

by Jordan Angers and Mackenzie Rech May 26, 2020

Virtual visits caught the public's attention at the start of the Covid-19 epidemic, but virtual visits alone don't provide the level of continuous monitoring and interaction needed to support patients long-term.

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