The State of Healthcare Interoperability in 2019

Healthcare interoperability initiatives have been going on for quite some time now, with varying degrees of success. While some interoperability efforts have been successful and are expanding reach, others have shut down completely.

So what is the state of healthcare interoperability in 2019? New England HIMSS examined this topic in its annual HIE Conference – a day devoted to exploring some of the issues around interoperability and health exchanges. Let’s examine some of the takeaways from the event. (more…)

Countdown to HIMSS19: Making the Mission Impossible … Possible

mission impossible, himss19The holidays have wound down, the kids are getting sick of their new toys, the cold has set in here in New England, and that means only one thing: HIMSS19 is just around the corner!

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HIMSS19 will be held Feb. 11-15 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. As in previous years, Dimensional Insight will have a strong presence at the conference and we will be demonstrating our technology on the show floor. What else are we looking forward to at HIMSS19? Here’s a look. (more…)

3 Realities as We Move Toward Value-Based Care

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Value-based care is quickly moving from “talked about” to “reality” in healthcare. As providers are implementing new value-based arrangements, there are a lot of issues that are coming to light that may not have been fully thought out or realized before.

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Stakeholders from across the healthcare ecosystem discussed several of these realities recently at Xtelligent Media’s Value-Based Care Summit, held in Boston. While I have a notebook filled with takeaways from the event, here are a few themes that stood out on what providers need to be cognizant of as we move to a more value-based world. (more…)

Why Interoperability is Paramount in the New Healthcare Landscape

Interoperability. We’ve been talking about it in healthcare for more than a decade, but as for progress? Well… while there have been advances in some areas, it’s clear we have a long way to go.

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Today, the need for interoperability is even greater than it was before. It’s becoming increasingly clear that as new payment models emerge and healthcare shifts towards a population-oriented view, free and timely exchange of data will be critical. Let’s take a look. (more…)

Want to Cure Cancer? First Liberate the Data

a woman in a research lab holding a pipette, cure cancerEach year, the United States spends billions of dollars on cancer research. In fact, the National Cancer Institute’s budget is $5.665 billion for 2018, and that does not include money from private donations. Despite all the money and effort spent on cancer research, there is a bit of a “big data crisis” preventing healthcare institutions from optimally learning from each other.

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The New York Times recently published an article titled, “New Cancer Treatments Lie Hidden Under Mountains of Paperwork,” which talked about this problem and the difficulty of extracting meaningful data from medical records. And I have to admit, the article struck a nerve. (more…)

3 Healthcare Challenges and How Analytics Can Help

Healthcare is inarguably facing some of the most daunting challenges today, with the potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the uncertainty of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), numerous other regulations with which providers must comply, new payment models, and much more.

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At our recent Dimensional Insight Users Conference (DIUC17), Julie Beard from KLAS Research spoke at a couple of our breakout sessions about some of the biggest healthcare challenges providers indicate they are facing today and where the industry is headed. (more…)

3 Takeaways from HIMSS17

We are back from a successful HIMSS17 show in Orlando. During the conference, I spent much of my time on the show floor, talking to leaders of various healthcare organizations. In addition, I attended many of the educational sessions that HIMSS offered at the event.

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In both the exhibition hall and the sessions, the themes that came through most clearly were excitement, optimism, and a certain sense of relief. Let’s take a look at how these themes came through in the various topics that generated the most buzz and the takeaways from HIMSS17. (more…)

What Impact Will the Trump Administration Have on Healthcare IT?

trump healthcareThere’s been a lot of discussion about what will happen to healthcare under the incoming Trump administration. Most of this discussion has focused on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its ramifications. In fact, the latest report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) indicates that repealing the ACA could lead to millions losing health coverage and skyrocketing premiums in the first year.

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So what will the change in administration mean for those of us in healthcare IT? How would a repeal of the ACA impact healthcare technology? What is the future of initiatives already in progress? Here’s a look at some of the most pressing issues. (more…)

HIMSS16 Conference Recap Day 1 – Pre-conference Agenda and Keynote

HIMSS16 logoThis week, Dimensional Insight is in Las Vegas for the HIMSS16 conference. This is the biggest conference of the year in the healthcare industry, and since many of our readers work at hospitals or health systems (or are otherwise in the industry), we decided to write about some of what’s going on at the conference all this week.

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While the exhibition hall officially opens today, yesterday was full of pre-conference activities (such as the CIO Forum) as well as the opening keynote addresses. What is already clear is that this year’s conference will focus a lot on moving from just implementing technology to making that technology do something – namely, better care for patients. To that end, there is a large focus on interoperability and population health. (more…)