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Advance directives and end-of-life care: The conversation no one wants to have

My husband and I recently attended a funeral that was devoid of anything personal or unique about the deceased's life: Who she was, how her life mattered and how those who loved her will miss...

mHealth innovation: 4 payer/provider development success stories

By Judy Mottl In the last year alone, many providers and payers have created new mobile innovations to improve patient care efforts, cut costs and streamline communication. Some of those initiatives...

David Bowen: DHMSM infrastructure, sustainability a top priority [Q&A]

While health IT and military pundits alike are waiting with bated breath for the Department of Defense to end speculation and announce the winner of its coveted $11 billion Defense Healthcare Management System Modernization contract, the heavy lifting is just starting for the Defense Health Agency.

Glimmers of hope on the interoperability horizon

Andy Slavitt sounded every bit the part of a an administrator looking to fundamentally change the way healthcare is delivered during his shared keynote address with National Coordinator for Health...

3 takeaways from the HIMSS mobile survey

The new mobile survey released at last week's Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual conference in Chicago provides encouraging and exciting insight on how such...

HIMSS15: Data-informed post-acute care choices save Advocate Health Care $200M

Advocate Health Care is using data analytics to risk stratify their entire patient population--a departure from the traditional approach of focusing on the most costly-to-treat patients. Execs from the country's largest ACO outlined the program at a HIMSS session this week. 

HIMSS15: Ed McCallister calls innovation a natural behavior at UPMC [Q&A]

Before taking the reins as CIO for the provider side at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Ed McCallister served in the same capacity on the payer side of the organization. Having both points of view, he said, has helped him to view patients more as consumers.

SGR passage: Reactions positive from HIT stakeholders, but questions loom

While early reaction from the health IT community to the sustainable growth rate bill passed overwhelmingly by the Senate late Tuesday has been fairly positive, questions remain about what lies ahead for providers, Congress and federal agencies.

What the SGR repeal means for value-based payment models

Mere hours after the Senate pulled off a last-minute repeal of the long-problematic Sustainable Growth Rate formula, panelists at a forum hosted by the National Coalition on Health Care made it clear that while the "doc fix" bill represents a major step forward, it is only one piece of the healthcare reform puzzle.

Expanding virtual care: How CIOs are catalysts for change

There is no better time than right now to be a CIO in healthcare because we are at the core of change.