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The latest on health care technology and digital-enabled strategy

So you've implemented 2015 Edition CEHRT, now what?

by Ye Hoffman and Camille Bridger December 3, 2019

This year was a big year—2019 was the first year that 2015 Edition CEHRT was required across several CMS programs, including the Promoting Interoperability (PI) program and the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program. As IT leaders, you were responsible for the implementation of 2015 Edition CEHRT. With multiple stakeholders and many moving parts, this has been a difficult task, and many organizations are still in the process of optimizing their systems.

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So you've implemented 2015 Edition CEHRT, now what?

by Ye Hoffman and Camille Bridger December 3, 2019

This year was a big year—2019 was the first year that 2015 Edition CEHRT was required across several CMS programs, including the Promoting Interoperability (PI) program and the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program. As IT leaders, you were responsible for the implementation of 2015 Edition CEHRT. With multiple stakeholders and many moving parts, this has been a difficult task, and many organizations are still in the process of optimizing their systems.

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How—and why—health organizations are using synthetic health care data

by Kirsta Hackmeier and Andrew Rebhan November 19, 2019

Having access to comprehensive patient data is necessary for the advancement of health care in general, and digital health in particular. However, health care organizations have struggled to acquire and manage the volume and variety of data that is available today. "Synthetic" health data is helping to fill the gaps to promote health research and app development.

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Philanthropy's a big growth driver for health systems—but IT can make it better. Here's how.

John League November 5, 2019

Philanthropy can be a significant driver of growth for hospitals and health systems, sometimes contributing 20% or more of net income. But without access to data and digital tools, fundraising teams struggle to connect with donors. IT leaders are uniquely positioned to help health care philanthropy achieve its potential to support hospitals' and systems' mission.

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What CPC+ tells us about IT's role in care transformation: Don't overlook the basics

by Jessie Goldman and Julia Connell October 22, 2019

Earlier this year, Mathematica Policy Research, a third-party firm hired by CMS to evaluate the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) program, released its first annual program report. CPC+, introduced by CMS in 2016, is a medical home payment model designed to improve primary care delivery.

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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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