IT Forefront

The latest on health care technology and digital-enabled strategy

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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Just announced: Our 2019 IT Virtual Summit agenda

Naomi Levinthal June 18, 2019

Don't miss our biggest event of the year

Last year, the Health Care IT Advisor program piloted our first ever virtual-only national meeting in response to the changing needs of our members. This new format was able to reach a record number of IT (and non-IT) leaders in a more flexible, convenient, and economical way—and we hope you'll join us again this year!

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What health IT stakeholders should know about the 2020 IPPS Proposed Rule

by Naomi Levinthal and Camille Bridger June 4, 2019

Last month, CMS released the 2020 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule, with updates to requirements for the Medicare hospital Promoting Interoperability (PI, previously Meaningful Use) and Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) programs.

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Natural language processing: How this emerging tool can improve mental health treatment

Andrew Rebhan May 21, 2019

Editor's note: This story was updated on June 27, 2019.

Natural language processing (NLP) allows computers to analyze, understand, and derive meaning from text and speech similarly to how humans do. NLP is part of the larger artificial intelligence (AI) landscape, drawing from fields including computational linguistics and machine learning in its algorithms to convert unstructured data into actionable information.

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How to manage EHR usability issues to reduce physician burnout

Allyson Vicars , Naomi Levinthal May 7, 2019

Physician burnout has reached epidemic proportions in recent years. More physicians than ever question their futures in the profession because they are frustrated by a loss of autonomy, ever-encroaching payer and regulatory requirements, and mounting productivity pressures.

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Here's how 5G can support health care's digital transformation

Andrew Rebhan , Greg Kuhnen April 23, 2019

Editor's note: This post was updated on May 30, 2019.

We live in an increasingly hyper-connected world, and fifth-generation (5G) technology is going to play a key role. All major wireless providers are already working to launch 5G networks, which are expected to offer extremely low latency and higher throughput to support connectivity across a range of devices. 5G is also expected to be up to 100 times faster than existing networks, opening up new avenues of innovation across industries (e.g., self-driving cars, smart homes and cities, robotics and drones).

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Three ideas for your public comment on the latest CMS and ONC interoperability proposals

by Naomi Levinthal and Camille Bridger April 9, 2019

With the release of complementary proposed rules by CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) a couple of months ago, health care organizations and their health IT vendors will have to comply with practice changes and updates aimed at promoting greater interoperability for the health care industry, improving patient access to their health information, and implementing key provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act.

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