I came across this article today as I was exploring some details regarding recent legislation that was signed into law in Iowa. https://www.healthcarelawtoday.com/2018/04/23/iowas-new-telehealth-law-what-you-need-to-know/Read More
Phil Stravers | Partner, V.P. Strategy & Development
Recently a customer of ours was recognized in a CNN article. This is a great story of an organization that has defied the odds by being strategic about how they "do healthcare" in small town / small county America. This industry speaks often about the need for innovation and when we hear those words our minds typically lean in a direction of some new whiz-bang treatment, technology or phone app. Upon reading this article though, you find that in Main Street America, innovation can and must take on different forms. We are proud to be associated with the bright minds at North Sunflower. This is a team that innovated its way out of despair but hasn't rested on the initial success. They continue to innovate their business model, their technology and their approach to customer service, including keeping the place completely spotless - and that's no cliche' - they really do.Read More
I have been working with rural and community hospitals for more than 22 years and in that time, I have witnessed a mind-boggling amount of change. From the Balanced Budget Amendment to the advent of Critical Access and Certificate of Need to HIPAA to ARRA, HITECH and now MACRA and MIPS, the regulatory and reimbursement changes have come without mercy. At the same time, the impact of technology in both care delivery and care management has been nothing short of revolutionary. In the past 22 years however, the one constant that I have observed is that physician satisfaction is not only a pillar to the well-being of the community, it’s THE basis for continued financial stability at the local community hospital.Read More
For some reason the latest strain of Malware, named WannaCry (See this link to the Sophos web site for helpful information) has really caught the attention of national news media even though it is hardly the first of its kind. It is a unique strain, but it seems like they usually are these days. Possibly, the news was a bit slow over the weekend or possibly, the world is finally waking up to the fact that these security exploits can cause significant harm and financial loss.Read More
What If Disney Ran Your Healthcare IT?
We recently published a pre-recorded webinar titled “What If Disney Ran Your IT?”. In that webinar, we explore what creating a magical end user experience is worth. Using Disney as an example, we begin to unpack and explore how a focus on end user experience can drive positive results for your IT. If you are struggling to see the results from IT that you want for your organization or are frustrated with poor performing systems and ever rising costs, I think you will find these 50 minutes to be worth your time. Here are some examples of the “Disney-like” concepts that we unpack in this webinar:Read More
Over the next few weeks, we'll be doing some "Knowledge Sharing" from the ICE Technologies team who attended HIMSS17 (along with over 40,000 HIT folks!) in Orlando. We'll cover topics including artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, interoperability, EHR utilization, and others.Read More
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.Read More
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:Read More