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How EHR Technology Definitions Influence EHR Use Statistics

EHRIntelligence On a near-annual basics, federal agencies provide updates on EHR adoption that serve as a bellwether of the healthcare's industry technical capabilities, most notably the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). However, reliance on these facts and figures can be problematic as a result of varying definitions of EHR technology. As recently as May 31,...


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The Role of Healthcare Data Governance in Big Data Analytics

HealthITAnalytics Data has always been the lifeblood of the healthcare industry.  From blood pressure readings and surgical records to insurance claims, immunization histories, patient demographics, and payment receipts, every action of every member of the...

Preventing Big Data Pain Points During a Healthcare Encounter

HealthITAnalytics When it comes to the healthcare space, the term “big data” may seem needlessly redundant.  After all, each and every patient generates a staggering amount of information each second they’re in the clinical setting. ...

Preparing the Healthcare Revenue Cycle for Value-Based Care

RevCycleIntelligence Not only do value-based care models aim to make healthcare providers more accountable for the services they provide to patients, but they are also designed to shift financial accountability away from payers to healthcare organizations. However,...

How Payers Should Prepare for Value-Based Reimbursement

HealthPayerIntelligence Value-based reimbursement is a new payment strategy between insurers and providers meant to foster higher quality care by incentivizing strong performance with shared savings, bonuses, or other financial rewards. This diverges from the more traditional...

How the Affordable Care Act Impacts Patient Engagement

PatientEngagementHIT The 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act began a thorough overhaul of the healthcare system. Some states expanded Medicaid, consumers began to buy health insurance on federal and state health insurance exchanges, and healthcare professionals...

What Clinical Quality Measures Mean to Healthcare Providers

EHRIntelligence Throughout the healthcare landscape, providers and hospitals must navigate various different incentive programs and quality improvement programs, with which come numerous requirements for clinical quality measures. However, provided the vast...

How to Choose the Right Healthcare Big Data Analytics Tools

HealthITAnalytics In just a few short years, the idea of “big data analytics” has transitioned from a mysterious new buzzword to an essential competency for healthcare organizations large and small.  Analytics has moved from a lofty cutting-edge...

The Impact of BYOD on Healthcare Providers and Hospitals

mHealthIntelligence While BYOD was thought to have begun around the same time that patients started bringing their smartphones into the hospital, its relevance is driven by doctors who have their own preference for devices. Back in the “good old days,”...

How Precision Medicine Will Shift from Research to Clinical Care

HealthITAnalytics President Obama’s widely hailed unveiling of the Precision Medicine Initiative in 2015 may have brought the term to the forefront of the nation’s consciousness, but “personalized medicine” in and of itself is far from...

How to Overcome the Challenges of Bundled Payment Models

HealthPayerIntelligence Bundled payment models are a form of reimbursement between payers and providers that adheres to an episode of care instead of payment for a particular medical service. This reimbursement system was created to transition healthcare providers from...

The 3 Building Blocks Supporting Patient Engagement Strategies

PatientEngagementHIT In the increasingly value-based healthcare industry, patient engagement has become an important buzzword to know. However, the wide-reaching definition of the phrase can often make it difficult to pinpoint. According to the Healthcare Information...

What Is EHR Optimization, How Does It Start?

EHRIntelligence So much of the focus of an EHR implementation is on the go-live and plenty of hustle and bustle precedes a practice's launch of a new EHR technology. However, the digital journey has only just begun at that point and what follows to sustain...

The Difference Between Big Data and Smart Data in Healthcare

HealthITAnalytics The healthcare system’s digital makeover has aimed to help providers work smarter instead of harder, but there are plenty of stakeholders who firmly believe that the electronic health record revolution has completely missed the mark. ...

How the Affordable Care Act Changed the Face of Health Insurance

HealthPayerIntelligence The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has revolutionized the health insurance industry in a number of ways. Its impacts have been vast and wide. One of the most significant impacts of the landmark legislation is the upward trajectory...

What Is Healthcare Revenue Cycle Management?

RevCycleIntelligence While hospitals, small practices, and larger healthcare systems are known for saving lives and treating patients, every healthcare organization needs to develop successful processes and policies for staying financially healthy. That is where...

Why HIE Data Analytics are Critical for Behavioral Healthcare

HealthITAnalytics In the healthcare industry, “interoperability” is more than just a technical term for the way electronic health record systems shuffle information back and forth.  It’s a concept that can – and should – be applied...

What Is Value-Based Care, What It Means for Providers?

RevCycleIntelligence Value-based care is a form of reimbursement that ties payments for care delivery to the quality of care provided and rewards providers for both efficiency and effectiveness. This form of reimbursement has emerged as an alternative and potential...

Is There a Difference between Telemedicine and Telehealth?

mHealthIntelligence Today’s healthcare ecosystem is filled with references to and examples of telemedicine and telehealth – in some cases, the two terms are used interchangeably. Whether they mean the same thing is a topic of considerable debate. In...

What Are the Benefits of Accountable Care Organizations?

HealthPayerIntelligence Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are provider and payer arrangements established to improve care coordination between primary care physicians, hospitals, specialists, and public or private health payers. The Centers for Medicare &...

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