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The Business Case for Healthcare Interoperability

The Business Case for Healthcare Interoperability

Full disclosure: I wasn’t able to attend Allscripts Client Experience (ACE) this year. I did, however, watch CEO Glen Tullman’s opening address. During his address, a number of interesting points arose, including his vision for a “Connected Community of Health,” his take on the value of metrics and measurability, and Allscripts’ revamped customer care program. Via Skype, Farzad Mostashari, national coordinator for health information technology, joined for a quick but informative Q&A session. Mostashari brought some interesting insight as well, especially when Tullman asked for his insight interoperability. In response, Mostashari cited three approaches: Enabling easy, effortless flow and access to information* Ensuring privacy and security of sensitive information Establishing a business case for exchanging information
Most Wired, Most Meaningful, Most Important

Most Wired, Most Meaningful, Most Important

Not too long ago, Hospital & Health Networks announced its 2011 Most Wired awardees. Congratulations to those organizations who earned a spot on the list, including the 72 Hyland customers who count themselves among them. But there’s a bit of a catch. According to a semi-official reader poll on HIStalk, 43 percent of respondents believe that ultimately, no one benefits from this kind of award. Also, 23 percent believe the CIOs benefit, 21 percent the magazines, 11 percent the vendors. As for patients? A whopping 2 percent. I freely admit my cynicism. Blame my ten years in journalism. Blame genetically rooted New England pragmatism. Blame it on hype fatigue, advanced grouchiness or acquired skepticism syndrome. Whatever the underlying cause, I get it. And well, I’m with you.
Healthcare Communities, Allscripts ACE 2011 and ECM

Healthcare Communities, Allscripts ACE 2011 and ECM

As I settle into my new role as Hyland’s healthcare marketing manager, I reflected a bit on the bigger picture of my past experiences in the industry. One healthcare concept that’s always stood out to me is that of “community.” I can think of few words as resonant and universally applicable to healthcare. On a fundamental level, you have the community of people that hospitals and healthcare organizations serve. But beyond that, those organizations themselves constitute a community, as do the professionals committed to the delivery of care and service. With Allscripts’ annual customer event this week (ACE 2011), I reacquainted myself with its website. Almost immediately, I noticed the prevalence of this community theme. It reflected the idea that, on a more technical plane, every organization maintains a unique, often complex community of software applications.
Better margins, better healthcare-3 trends driving IT for the revenue cycle

Better margins, better healthcare: 3 trends driving IT for the revenue cycle

For the past few years, “meaningful use” has put healthcare IT’s focus on the clinical side. But, as I’ve seen over my time in the industry, the pendulum will inevitably swing back the other way: to the revenue cycle. And based on the impending issues that will be discussed next week at the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) annual conference, this swing is coming very soon. Why now? There are three movements in healthcare that, in my opinion, will put the IT focus back on the revenue cycle.
Meditech: What It Is – And What It Isn’t

Meditech: What It Is – And What It Isn’t

I love Meditech. I’m what you might consider a Meditech lifer. For more than 15 years, I worked in a hospital that had Meditech across almost every area of the hospital. And, I was lucky enough to get both the clinical and IT perspectives – I first came on as a nurse actually using the system, and eventually transitioned to be an IT analyst and manager. Through this experience, I learned that not everyone feels the same way about Meditech as I do. For me, it was stable, integrated and has great reporting capabilities. It was there for me when I needed it, and it got the job done. But what I quickly found out was that because Meditech was our go-to system for almost everything, people often accused it of lacking in certain areas. As I heard these conversations, it became my personal mission to defend my loyal Meditech system. And then it hit me.
HIMSS 2011 Day 1-Systems That Work Together Work for Healthcare

HIMSS 2011 Day 1: Systems That Work Together Work for Healthcare

The first day of HIMSS 2011 has come to an end, and it’s certainly been a much different feel than last year. Last year, it was about meaningful use of patient information. But today, attendees seemed to be focusing on a more actionable question – how? As one reporter that I spoke with put it, no one system is going to do it all. Healthcare organizations must realize this. Once they do, their priorities shift to focus on ensuring multiple systems work together. From the patient care perspective, this is where interoperability plays in a big way. I had the opportunity to visit the Interoperability Showcase yesterday, and my tour was focused on an event that happened that needed to be documented and archived in a static form. What struck me most in what the three vendors showed was what was implied – this is an optimal situation, and isn’t something that’s happening now universally when there is IT in place.
HIMSS Day 1, Part II: What About the Cloud?

HIMSS Day 1, Part II: What About the Cloud?

What’s my favorite part about HIMSS? You never know who you’re going to run into. Waiting for the hotel shuttle yesterday, I ended up having a conversation about the future of healthcare IT with none other than the founder of Quality Systems Inc. and NextGen, Sheldon Razin. Sheldon is the classic entrepreneur – he knows so much about a field – healthcare IT – and wants to share it with anyone who’ll listen. So, naturally, he lit up when I asked him, “What do you think is the future of healthcare IT?”