IT Forefront

The latest on health care technology and digital-enabled strategy

The secret to engaged physicians at go-live: Personalize the EHR

by Dan Clark February 23, 2018

I often compare an EHR implementation and go-live to getting a new smartphone. Out of the box, it's a powerful tool, but it doesn't truly become effective until you start to download applications, add your email and contacts, and pick a personal picture as your background.

Just like your new smartphone, EHRs aren't ready to perform at their best out of the box and always require some degree of personalization. EHR personalization may sound like one more step in a long, multi-staged implementation and go-live, but it can often be the difference between adoption and rejection.

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Medication nonadherence is a $300 billion problem—here's how 3 IT vendors want to solve it

Peter Kilbridge and Andrew Rebhan February 15, 2018

The health care industry has a $300 billion problem: nonadherence to prescribed medications.

Nonadherence has many potential causes. Some patients don't fill prescriptions because of concerns about drug costs. Some take medication inconsistently or at the wrong dose. And some choose not to follow their doctor's orders out of laziness, distrust, or an aversion to side effects.

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4 keys to finding—and retaining—the right security leader

Ernie Hood , Allyson Vicars February 12, 2018

The current cybersecurity landscape brings a host of problems for health care organizations (HCOs): Escalating financial stakes, sophisticated and quickly-evolving cyber threats, and an incredibly in-demand security talent market.

Join us Feb. 15 to learn how executive leaders can prepare for key security vulnerabilities

At the helm of an organization's cybersecurity talent is the chief information security officer (CISO). Today, the CISO is central to the provider organization's ability to fulfill its mission to care for patients, but finding and keeping an effective, talented CISO can be a challenge.

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Why nurse executive input is crucial in IT rollouts

John Kontor, MD January 30, 2018

Recently, I received emails from two chief nursing executives at separate organizations calling me out for initially excluding the CNO/CNIO role from one of our infographics, Why the EHR life cycle is just like raising a child. If I'm being honest, my initial reaction was confusion and defensiveness. But as I gathered my thoughts, I realized I shared their indignation, and I was guilty of the oversight.

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The MIPS reporting deadline is just weeks away. Get our tips for a smooth experience.

by Naomi Levinthal and Ye Hoffman January 29, 2018

Under MACRA, 2017 marked the first year of CMS's Quality Payment Program (QPP), with its two new payment tracks: the Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APM) and the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). For providers subject to MIPS, now is the time to submit their Year 1 performance data to CMS. These data will be used to determine whether providers are due a positive, negative, or neutral payment adjustment to their Medicare Part B claims in 2019.

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The CDS revolution is coming: Here's what to expect

Peter Kilbridge January 18, 2018

Provider organizations have struggled with computerized clinical decision support (CDS) for decades, but new platforms and technologies promise to usher in a new era of innovative, effective CDS.

Read on to learn more about the new era of CDS. Then, join me for a webconference on Thursday, Feb. 8 for a deeper dive into what senior IT and clinician executives need to know about emerging CDS approaches—and how to manage their requirements as well as their impact on the provider organization.

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Your primer on 2018's top health care IT challenges

by Naomi Levinthal January 12, 2018

The more things change, the more they stay the same. That tried-and-true expression certainly applied to health care in 2017, and we expect it to apply again in 2018. 

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Our top 5 health IT blog posts of 2017

by Jim Adams January 8, 2018

From AI and cyberattacks to net neutrality, 2017 was a big year in health IT. Make sure you caught our top five IT Forefront blog posts of the year:

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