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Un-complicating Healthcare IT

How to Get Value Out of Your Healthcare Organization’s IT This Year

There have been some great technological innovations in healthcare over the past few years with the main purpose of improving patient care. Today, it seems as if healthcare organizations are shelling out the big bucks on technology that appears to “work” but the main purpose of adding patient or clinical value is lost.

In a rush to stay compliant with recent Meaningful Use updates and other requirements, healthcare providers are fast-tracking technology implementation which, by doing so, can cause workflow complications, care interruptions and financial burdens later on.

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IT Security Best Practices for Healthcare: FREE download

Security will always remain a “hot topic” in the world of healthcare. With technological innovations coming out year after year, it is more important than ever to be up-to-date on the latest security tools and tactics to keep your healthcare organization safe from an attack.

Every year is becoming a record setting year for the number of security breaches that occur with healthcare organizations remaining a top target for these attacks. With there being more devices being on a healthcare organization’s network, the likelihood of a security attack increases.

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3 Simple Health IT Strategies for CEOs: #3 Modernize Your IT Operation

Last but not least, here is our third simple health IT strategy for CEO’s in 2017. The first strategy was “Implement Security As A Service,” and the second strategy was, “Create your enterprise healthcare IT data sharing plan by conducting an Interoperability Assessment.”

3. Modernize your health IT operation

When was the last time that you seriously considered your overall approach to IT? I’m not talking about which EHR you use but rather, your operating approach for IT. There is a ton of potential to optimize and create efficiencies while improving end user satisfaction and on-time project completion, but you can’t keep doing things the same way you always have. It isn’t enough just to hold the line on costs by telling your staff to do more with less; you have to consider alternative methods. It is time to take a deep dive into analyzing things like:

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3 Simple Health IT Strategies for CEOs: #2 Interoperability Assessment

Welcome to part two of this “simple health IT strategies for CEO’s in 2017” series. These three strategies are meant to be simple, short reads for you as you’re busy with projects starting in the New Year. I’m offering practical horse sense tailored to the independent community healthcare IT setting. The first strategy was “Implement Security As A Service,” and today we’re going to KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) again with another strategy for data sharing.

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3 Simple Health IT Strategies for CEOs: #1 Security As A Service

Typically, when you read articles and reports about the look ahead or future of IT you hear about Jetsonian-type technology predictions. Even looking ahead to just the year 2017, Gartner begins to list off phrases like “Advanced Machine Learning,” “Intelligent Things” and “Digital Twin” to articulate the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2017 (digital twin has nothing to do with cloning yourself; sorry to disappoint). At the broad research and development level, I’m sure Gartner and Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) are spot on when it comes to spotting trends that are at the tip of the spear for new ideas, but I’m not sure those concepts are really going to help advance the proper healthcare IT priorities in your organization in 2017. All of that pontificating about how machines will overtake the world is interesting for movie story lines, but it really doesn’t help us get work done.

So, in this series, I’m going to outline 3 “No Fluff” health IT strategies for your 2017 efforts. In my experience, the KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) method has proven time and time again to be a valuable tool for execution. So don’t look for highbrow theories in the following text, just good old practical horse sense tailored to the independent community healthcare IT setting. Alright, enough build-up, let’s get simple.

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Un-Complicating Healthcare IT: DIY Disaster

A lot has happened in healthcare over the last few years with technical innovations coming one after the other. Technology has now fully integrated itself within healthcare, becoming a day-to-day normality among providers.

For example, in 2009 only 16 percent of U.S. hospitals were using EHRs, according to Becker’s Healthcare. Now, more than 80 percent of all hospitals are using EHRs. Also, according to an Advisory Board survey, today 84 percent of providers use smart phones, 58 percent of hospitals are using mobile-optimized patient portals and 79 percent of U.S. health systems have WLANs (Wireless Local Area Networks).

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5 Health IT Things to Be Thankful for This Year

If someone were to ask you to come up with a list of all the things you are thankful for this year with no qualifications I’m guessing for most of you, that wouldn’t be a difficult task. However, if pressed to come up with a list of all the things related to Health IT that you are thankful for, that might be a more difficult list to make. So, I thought I would help out by creating a starting point for you. In doing so, discovered that it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. Hopefully, you can use this list as a launch point from which to create your own list. We have much to be thankful for as we really do work in a great industry at one of the most potentially revolutionary moments in history!

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How to Use Lean IT Methods to Improve EHR Performance and Usability

Since the introduction of EHRs, many people who interact directly with the applications have had negative feelings. This is well documented. Technical innovations within healthcare organizations can come with frustrating moments of not knowing how to use the new application, the application not working the way it should or workflow problems occurring while using the systems. These frustrations not only affect the person who is using the application but they also affect the customer or patient who is on the other end.

According to a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers, here are some technology development trends among CEOs within healthcare organizations today:

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Why Do EHR Interfaces Suck So Much?!

If you have been involved at any level with Electronic Health Records, ancillary information systems or revenue cycle management solutions in the healthcare setting over the last decade, you probably have had a negative experience with an applications interface along the way.  HL/7 is no more a guarantee of moving information from point A to point B than a politician’s words are guaranteed to be true. It’s just data right, so why does it have to be so doggone hard?

About now, you are expecting me to say, “It doesn’t have to be this way,” or “just hire me,” or “buy ABC software and all your problems will go away”. Well, sorry to disappoint but that’s not the focus of my rambling here. The truth is interfaces do suck and will continue to for a while. To pile on to the sentiment, here are some completely unconfirmed but widely shared statistics via public domain that highlight the problem:

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