The More Care They Receive, The Worse They Feel

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by Zhenya Abbruzzese Fall 2015 – Imagine patients who actually get worse the more care they receive, instead of better – suffer more symptoms, require more care, rack up higher medical bills and become more dissatisfied with their care. Take, for example, Anna P. She’s a 46-year-old accountant who’s been feeling dizzy. One day, she’s… Read more »

The Complexity Crisis

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by Christopher Dennis Summer 2015 – There is a complexity crisis looming in American healthcare. As the population ages, healthcare providers, employers, insurers as well as federal, state and local governments will need to develop and deploy strategies to manage poly-chronic, highly comorbid patient populations. This subset of high-risk patients represents a small percentage of… Read more »

Even Perfect Interoperability Won’t Do the Trick

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by Nesim Bildirici Winter 2013 – Although we’ve seen the widespread adoption of HIT throughout the healthcare system led by the dramatic increase in the use of EHRs/EMRs by physicians and hospitals, true patient-centered, coordinated care is still an unrealized goal. EHRs/EMRs do an outstanding job of enabling vast amounts of patient data to be… Read more »

On-Demand Healthcare

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by David McCann August 2013 – The healthcare industry is undergoing a dramatic transformation as healthcare providers adjust to changing consumer expectations and new industry regulations created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). These two converging forces bring both opportunities and challenges for providers to improve their quality of care and deliver a better patient… Read more »

HIPAA vs. Open HIT Systems

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by Graham Barnes July 2013 – In March, as required by the HITECH Act in 2009 as part of ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act), the DHHS (Department of Health and Human Services) finalized the rules for HIPAA (Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) Privacy and Security compliance and breach. Covered entities and their business… Read more »

Interoperability? Not without Standards

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by Chuck Parker June 2013 – We constantly hear that healthcare needs interoperability like the ATM or cell phone networks, but what does that really mean? Interoperability is becoming more important as we begin to implement systems in all of healthcare. The goal of the HITECH and ACA legislation was to increase the use of… Read more »

Let’s Stop Paying Homage to Evidence-Based Medicine

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by Rick Lee March 2013 – Evidence-based medicine will always have a place in our health care industry. For example, we can ill afford to unleash unproven drugs on an unsuspecting and vulnerable population. Having the FDA require strict adherence to time-tested processes and methodologies protects our citizenry. But health care software development needn’t be… Read more »