Thought leader podcast series: Addressing the opioid crisis


In our latest Thought Leader podcast, I speak with Phil Campbell, CIO and VP of Information Services at CalvertHealth (Prince Frederick, MD), about how his organization has been addressing the opioid crisis through its award-winning Opioid Stewardship Program

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Topics: CIO, Podcast, Population Health, Patient Engagement, Patient Safety

Q&A with John Lynn: 4 Questions from the 2018 MEDITECH Physician and CIO Forum


Recently, at MEDITECH’s Physician and CIO forum, I sat down with John Lynn, the editor and founder of Healthcare Scene, and also the founder of two conferences, Expo.Health and the Healthcare IT Marketing and PR.

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Topics: Physician, CIO

Thought Leader Podcast Series: Rural healthcare and the role of the CIO


Our thought leader podcast series continues with a very special guest: the 2017 CHIME-HIMSS John E. Gall, Jr. CIO of the Year Randy McCleese. Randy currently serves as the CIO at Methodist Hospital, a 192-bed acute care hospital, 25-bed critical access hospital, and 19-practice physician network based in Henderson, Kentucky.

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Topics: CIO, Industry Leaders, Podcast, Health IT, Value

Save your data (and your budget) from cyberattacks


It cannot be overstated how much of a disaster cyberattacks are on hospitals. Despite the severity of the crime, the moral, legal, and cultural norms that would stop a prospective vandal from crossing a physical fence and painting graffiti on your hospital don’t seem to apply on the internet. 

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Topics: Security, CIO, Healthcare IT

Response to webinar, “3 secrets to leadership for women in healthcare IT”

Posted by Helen Waters, Executive Vice President, MEDITECH on September 26, 2017

Recently, I was inspired by a HIStalk webinar, “3 Secrets to Leadership Success for Women in Healthcare IT,” hosted by two female executives of health IT companies, Liz Johnson and Nancy Ham. During the webinar, Ham and Johnson provided valuable advice to women who are interested in progressing in their careers to a leadership position, but who may experience unconscious or conscious gender bias.

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Topics: CIO, C-level, Healthcare IT

Why 3 separate hospitals started an HIE together


Picture this. It’s 3am. A patient comes into your ER unconscious after a car accident just down the road. The patient has never been in your facility before so you don’t know the status of their medications, allergies, or any medical history. I think we can all agree, this makes it challenging to provide the safest, most accurate care.

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Topics: Security, CIO, Interoperability, Patient Safety

How one hospital is preparing for Meaningful Use Stage 3

Posted by Katie Hall, RN, BSN, Rockdale Medical Center on September 12, 2017

Numbers matter.

If there’s one message that healthcare providers, executives, and IT staff have learned through the evolution of Meaningful Use, it’s that the data we collect and report has significant impact on our sustainability.

Not only do the numbers we transmit to CMS matter, but the numbers they send back — in the form of financial reimbursements — also matter.

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Topics: Government Regulations, CIO, Big Data, Meaningful Use

How EHRs can give time back to docs


This scenario is all too familiar: It’s nine o’clock at night and a physician is at home catching up on documentation after a full day of patient visits. A recent survey found that physicians were spending two hours of their personal time every night on documentation.

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Topics: Physician, CIO

Your guide to the MACRA 2018 proposed ruling


For most people, summertime means backyard barbecues, ball games, and vacations. But for those of us in health IT, it also means reviewing the proposed 2018 Quality Payment Program Year 2 changes under MACRA. The proposed ruling was released on June 20th, and coming in at 1,058 pages it makes for a seriously long beach read.

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Topics: Government Regulations, MACRA, CIO

5 vital EHR features to help reduce sepsis


Sepsis contributes to nearly one in two hospital deaths, making it one of the biggest concerns in healthcare today. Improving survival rates requires a combination of early symptom recognition and aggressive treatment.

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Topics: CIO, Patient Safety, Sepsis