IT Forefront

The latest on health care technology and digital-enabled strategy

Trust but verify: Key considerations and practices for a successful IT outsourcing arrangement

Andrew Rebhan , Ernie Hood March 26, 2019

As IT has become an integral component of nearly all functions within the hospital, CIOs increasingly find themselves balancing more priorities with the same, or fewer, resources. Given the health care industry's ongoing margin pressures, executives continue to look at outsourcing as a viable option to cut costs and increase efficiencies. However, while IT outsourcing partnerships have the potential to benefit hospitals strategically and financially, they may also pose a number of challenges.

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The top 4 drivers of health IT staff engagement, according to our 20,000-staffer survey

by Allyson Vicars and Kelsi Gardner March 12, 2019

As organizational strategies become increasingly reliant on and driven by technology, CIOs and other health system leaders are recognizing the importance of IT department staffing and engagement. So what can you actually do to keep your IT staff engaged in their jobs?

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Here's what our IT experts learned at HIMSS19

Naomi Levinthal , Andrew Rebhan February 26, 2019

The 2019 HIMSS Global Conference and Exhibition—hosted in Orlando—brought together over 43,000 attendees to explore the latest in health IT. According to HIMSS registration figures, roughly 27% of attendees were registered as "IT professionals," while 29% were registered as part of the C-suite. As usual, the exhibition floor was packed with organizations trying their best to stick out among the crowd, including:

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What 125 health care leaders told us about their AI and analytics strategy

Greg Kuhnen , Andrew Rebhan January 29, 2019

The Health Care IT Advisor program recently surveyed 125 health care leaders to better understand how they plan to apply advanced analytics—including artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning—to simplify operations, improve patient interactions, and manage the total cost of care. Our online survey targeted validated senior provider and payer leaders across the United States. Participants were asked to answer up to 10 questions, pulled from a pool of 19 total questions. Some of the questions we asked were repeated from prior surveys in 2013 and 2015.

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Precision medicine can be a game changer—learn how IT plays a critical role

Andrew Rebhan January 8, 2019

Editor's note: This story was updated on January 31, 2019.

The field of precision medicine, while still in its infancy, holds the promise of transforming health care delivery. For example, a recent survey by the Center for Connected Medicine asked 44 health system executives to rank the five emerging health IT categories they expect to have the biggest effect on their business five years from now—the top response was "AI for precision medicine" at 62%, with "genomics'" placing third overall at 54%.

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Thinking about jumping into artificial intelligence? The AI is the easy part.

Greg Kuhnen , Andrew Rebhan December 11, 2018

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are old ideas that have undergone a dramatic revival thanks to advances in processing power, the availability of broader and deeper data, and advances in the maturity of AI tools. Combined, these technologies allow machines to learn and make decisions in a way that mimics human intelligence.

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Our top 5 innovation and digital disruption blog posts of 2018

Naomi Levinthal , Andrew Rebhan November 27, 2018

Innovation and digital disruption were hot topics for our members in 2018. Here are some of the most popular IT Forefront blog posts of the year.

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MIPS just grew by 194K providers. Here's what that means for potential incentives.

by Naomi Levinthal, Ye Hoffman, and Bethany Jones November 13, 2018

The Merit Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program is about to get bigger. In the recent CMS 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Final Rule, the definition of eligible clinicians (ECs) for the Quality Payment Program (QPP) was expanded to include new provider types: physical therapists, occupational therapists, qualified speech-language pathologists, qualified audiologists, clinical psychologists, and registered dietitians or nutrition professionals. This, along with additional participation opportunities now available (i.e., an "opt-in" process to MIPS), means more providers can earn MIPS incentives or face penalties—to the tune of about 194,000 more ECs in 2019 compared with the previous year.

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