IT Forefront

The latest on health care technology and digital-enabled strategy

'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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Just announced: Our 2019 IT Virtual Summit agenda

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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