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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.

The State of the Healthcare IT Market: Reflecting on the 2011 HCI 100 Ranking

Over the past few years, enterprise IT buying has changed drastically, especially in healthcare. The amount of information from trade media, vendors and industry associations can be overwhelming. Yet with all this information available, buyers continue to turn to the simplest of information sources: vendor rankings. One of the most notable of these in the healthcare market is the annual HCI 100, a revenue-based ranking of all software and services vendors in the U.S., compiled by Healthcare Informatics. The list itself is a good indicator of who the players are and how they grow (or regress) from year to year. But, most people, especially in the fast-paced healthcare industry, don’t have time to parcel through the vendor names and abbreviation-laden product descriptions to identify market trends that would help them through the buying process. So, to help you out, based on this year’s HCI 100, here are two major trends I’m watching in healthcare IT, and how you can use them to navigate the buying process of enterprise health information technology.
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.