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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

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

Andrew Rebhan 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

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

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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