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The latest on health care technology and digital-enabled strategy

Sneak peek: Our 2018 Virtual Summit

Naomi Levinthal June 19, 2018

This July, the Health Care IT Advisor will host our first-ever Virtual Summit, IT Beyond Meaningful Use and Operational Excellence. The Summit features our newest research for your top health IT-related strategic priorities. This multi-day event, occurring from July 17 to July 26, will bring our latest content to you and your teams via a series of webconferences, instead of requiring travel and whole-day absences from your work schedule. You can find the full agenda with dates and times for each session at the event registration page here.

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Here's how 4 organizations are leveraging IT to address social determinants of health

by Andrew Rebhan and Peter Kilbridge June 5, 2018

The U.S. health care system has historically overemphasized the importance of medical care in efforts to improve health outcomes. Compared with other developed Western countries, the United States spends far less on social services, while vastly outspending other nations on medical care. The problem with this disproportionate spend is that Americans fare worse than other peer countries across many measures of health, including maternal mortality, life expectancy, low birth weight, and infant mortality.

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Beyond 10,000 steps: How wearable technology can improve health care delivery

by Peter Kilbridge and Sophie Ranen May 22, 2018

The rapid adoption of connected wearable devices offers health care organizations (HCOs) opportunities to increase patient satisfaction and engagement, and improve care management practices.

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A 'Stage-less' Meaningful Use?

by Naomi Levinthal and Ye Hoffman May 8, 2018

The days of Meaningful Use (MU) as we know it may be over. The 2019 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule explains CMS's intent to overhaul the existing MU program, now renamed to the "Promoting Interoperability (PI) Programs."

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Hack the opioid crisis with these tech-enabled solutions

by Peter Kilbridge and Sophie Ranen April 26, 2018

Health system approaches to the opioid crisis too often fall short. These efforts may focus on treating opioid misuse and abuse but neglect prevention, target a single specialty (e.g., pain medicine), or be limited within the walls of the hospital.

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Our biggest takeaways from HIMSS18

by Naomi Levinthal, Andrew Rebhan, and Allyson Vicars March 26, 2018

The Health Care IT Advisor team made our way to Las Vegas earlier this month for HIMSS18, where we heard about some of the biggest themes in health care IT. Below, we've rounded up some fast facts on the conference and some reflections on the topics that caught our interests.

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Meet the newest health care robots

by Jim Adams and Andrew Rebhan March 19, 2018

Rapid technological advancement in robotics—sensors, computers, natural vision processing, etc.—and hardware improvement continue to open up new possibilities for robotics in health care.

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Artificial intelligence reality check: Your team must prepare for these challenges

by Greg Kuhnen and by Andrew Rebhan March 5, 2018

The artificial intelligence (AI) space is popular, immature, and crowded with options, but there are several challenges organizations need to keep in mind as AI adoption in health care moves forward.

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