IT Forefront

The latest on health care technology and digital-enabled strategy

Beyond technology: How behavioral psychology and design thinking can help your patients change their behavior (and stick to it)

Andrew Rebhan October 8, 2019

Health care stakeholders need to rethink how they develop IT-enabled patient engagement strategies, particularly for chronic disease management. Currently, IT leaders are focused on unifying multiple technologies to aggregate and analyze various sources of patient data. Applying an analytics layer (e.g., classification and segmentation algorithms) to these data sources allows health providers to develop risk scores and stratify patient populations across multiple dimensions, such as age, chronic illnesses, online activity preferences, health-related behaviors, etc. This data-driven insight makes it possible to offer more effective interventions and customized content across the care continuum.

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To leverage new tech, you need strong infrastructure. Here's how INFRAM can help.

by Anita Mago and Jordan Angers September 24, 2019

The HIMSS Analytics Infrastructure Adoption Model (INFRAM) has been on the market for over a year now, and it's still gaining traction. The model is increasingly popular as health care organisations optimise EHRs, manage cybersecurity concerns, and invest in infrastructure as the first step on their digital journey.

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'Digital,' 'disruptive,' 'innovative'? Do your part to fight health care's buzzword problem.

Andrew Rebhan September 10, 2019

While reviewing presentation materials I'd recently prepared, I noticed I had managed to fit the words "digital," "transformation," "disruption," and "innovation" in a single sentence. "That can't be right," I thought, cringing at how I'd crammed all those words together. I realized that sentence was saying a lot of "things" without really saying anything at all. I immediately did a keyword search throughout the entire presentation, and I found many slides where I'd used these same terms—sometimes on their own, but more often together.

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Medicare just dropped 1,000s of pages of regulations. Here's what IT leaders should know.

by Ye Hoffman, Julia Connell, and Camille Bridger August 27, 2019

CMS recently released several thousand pages of annual rulemaking. These regulatory updates establish next year's Medicare payment policies and reporting requirements across various programs. Affected providers must successfully participate in these programs to avoid hefty penalties and/or potentially earn incentives.

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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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