With MACRA Rule, What’s Next for Meaningful Use in 2017?

With MACRA, What's Next for Meaningful Use in 2017?

Editor's Note: Michael Nusimow is the CEO and Co-founder of drchrono, an EHR, practice management, medical billing and healthcare API platform that focuses on iPad, iPhone and web.  Michael has been working in information technology for over 15 years and implemented components of the Bloomberg Terminal, used by customers worldwide. Despite all of the changes happening in healthcare legislation over the past few years, 2017 is not looking any easier. It is easy to get confused with the
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Why EHR Systems Are Not Enough to Fill the Patient Engagement Gap

Rob Grant Evariant Why EHR Systems Are Not Enough to Fill the Patient Engagement Gap

Editor's Note: Rob Grant is the Co-Founder and Executive Vice President at Evariant, a healthcare CRM platform provider where he is responsible for advancing the company's market strategy, fostering new key business relationships and growing its customer base. He is a veteran of the healthcare and technology industries, with more than 20 years of executive experience in leading innovation, business strategy, new business development, sales, marketing, finance and operations.In today’s healthcare
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America Has A Rural Healthcare Crisis. Technology Can Help

Rural Healthcare

As 2017 begins, around 81 percent of Americans live in urban areas, up from 79 percent in 2000. At the same time, urban and suburban areas where vacant land exists (so, not you, San Francisco) have been expanding, redefining what used to be rural. With this demographic shift comes a transition of resources and tax bases that leave rural areas and rural services, including healthcare, struggling to survive.Indeed, we can learn a lot about the state of rural healthcare from several access-related
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Ransomware Leads the Way in 2017’s Predicted Rise in Health Data Theft

HIMSS Unveils New Cybersecurity Hub: 5 Things to Know

Editor’s Note: Santosh Varughese is the President of Cognetyx, a provider of ‘Ambient Cognitive Cyber Surveillance’ to protect information assets against cyber security threats, data breaches and privacy violations. Welcome to 2017, the writing is on the wall and it didn’t take long to get there. Earlier this month Atlanta’s Emory Healthcare was hacked by the Harak1r1 the 0.2 Bitcoin Ransomware.  A database from the facility’s Brain Health Center containing data from more than 200,000 patients
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7 Healthcare Trends to Watch in 2017

7 Healthcare Trends to Watch in 2017

Editor’s Note: Abhinav Shashank is the CEO & Co-founder at Innovaccer Inc., a datashop integrating complex data across multiple distributed sources to give healthcare organizations greater insights to provider better care.2017 is here! As much as the last year was packed with surprises for the healthcare industry, a lot of them are expected this year too. President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office, the 21st Century Cures Act is law and MACRA redefines the terms of the healthcare
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Plotting the Roadmap to Value-based Reimbursements in 2017 & Beyond

Value-Based Health Care is Antithetic to Patient-Centered Care

Editor's Note: Mark R. Anderson, FHIMSS, CPHIMS is the CEO of AC Group and a member of Innovaccer’s Board of Advisor, a Silicon Valley-based healthcare analytics company. Previously, he is a former CIO for 5 IDNs, an interim CFO, and CEO of Rural Hospitals.  Policymakers and private industries have been pushing for a change in healthcare reimbursement policy. Back in January of 2015, several of the nation’s largest health care systems and payers, joined by the purchaser and patient stakeholders,
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How Comorbidity Threatens American Healthcare

Irv Lichtenwald, Medsphere Systems CEO

Comorbidity is not a word heard every day—not even in healthcare, where it applies. But researchers and physicians, assisted by IT-derived diagnostic data, have come to understand that comorbidity is essential to understanding and managing population health, especially among vulnerable populations challenged by mental illness and addiction.A patient with comorbidity has at least two chronic diseases at the same time that interact in such a way as to worsen the impact of each illness on the
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Is Journey Mapping the Future of Transforming the Patient Experience?

Is Journey Mapping the Future of Transforming the Patient Experience?

Editor's Note: Victor Morrison is Next IT Healthcare’s Chief Strategy Officer. He has over 22 years of pharmacy expertise. You can follow him on Twitter @VictorOMorrison At this year’s Next Edge Health Experience Summit, Riley Conrath and Shane McAllister of EffectiveUI gave a great talk titled “Designing for the Emotion of Healthcare.” EffectiveUI has written at length about journey mapping and persona development for healthcare clients, but it was particularly striking to hear their talk
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A Modern Industrial Revolution: Electronic Health Information Connectivity

A Modern Industrial Revolution: Electronic Health Information Connectivity

Editor's Note: Buff Colchagoff is the CEO of RosettaHealth, a cloud-based health messaging and exchange platform. Colchagoff has over 16 years of health IT experience with large projects, including building the VA’s PHR MyHealtheVet, as operations manager for the Nationwide Health Information Exchange (NwHIN) which grew into the Sequoia Project. The industrial revolution has shaped life as we know it today.  Historic inventors, explorers and entrepreneurs paved the way to economic and social
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What Does The Cures Act Mean for Mental Health Care? 5 Things to Know

Can We Balance Civil Liberties with Mental Health Treatment?

Remember that the two things you don’t want to watch being made are sausage and law. Then recall that while the process for both may be unappealing and seem incongruous, the product is not always so.  Take the 21st Century Cures Act, for example, which is a lengthy (996 pages) piece of legislation (summary here) that focuses primarily on health-related scientific research and medical devices. It also broadly outlines the terms for an upcoming drawdown of America’s strategic petroleum reserve,
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