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Schwartz MSL Identifies Top Healthcare IT Influencers

With years of experience tracking the dynamic world of healthcare IT (HCIT) topics, Schwartz MSL has developed a list identifying the top 25 HCIT influencers. These well-respected journalists report on the most current news stories, trends, players and ideas in the industry, making them opinion leaders you want to follow and want following you!Stay tuned as we continue our HCIT Influencer Series with an ins ...

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Natural disasters can leave long-lasting effects on health; Know the risks ahead of time

  In the event of a natural disaster, hospitals are typically prepared for the potential of a power outage with backup generators. However, NYU Langone Medical Center, which treats as many as 800 patients at a time, had a devastating experience during Hurricane Sandy – the backup generators failed. As a result, the facility had no power for lights, respirators, machines and elevators. A ...

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Healthcare Practices What it Preaches

My family got flu shots on Friday. Quick and painless. Since it is in the “preventative health” category, it was covered under our health plan and there was no co-pay.  I know this because our human resources department informed us of this benefit.Then I read an article by Phil Betbeze of HealthLeaders titled, “Mandatory Flu Shots Mean You're Serious About Patient Safety.” The f ...

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Transparency in Healthcare Leads to Trust and Improved Outcomes

The national emphasis on value-based healthcare and metrics based on improved outcomes is putting a renewed focus on the issue of transparency. Transparency comes in the form of information to patients, such as the services providers offer, the cost of those services and the quality of the services.In 2006, The Commonwealth Fund published an article titled, "Transparency in Healthcare: The Time Has Com ...

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Trade Show Prep – Before, During and After

A little more than a decade ago, our country experienced a devastating event – 9/11. That put a halt to business travel and trade shows. But as the saying goes, time heals all wounds. As such, travel and trade shows are on the rise. Karen Malone, vice president of Meeting Services at HIMSS, firmly agrees. Malone has been overseeing events for more than 20 years. HIMSS is one of the top trade shows for ...

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Predictions in the Spirit of National Health IT Week

Predictions. The media loves them – be it for sports, politics or the weather. Typically, we start to see predictions about the next year’s trends in the healthcare IT industry around November.  But Scott Mace of HealthLeaders wanted to get a head start and published a top 10 list in early September. As the saying goes, “The early bird gets the worm.” Or in this case, it gets th ...

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Using video to improve health IT efforts

Last week, in going through the many healthcare IT articles, I came across one that caught my eye. The title of the article is “How video observation can improve health IT efforts.”As a tennis player, I know that one of the most effective methods pros use is video. A pro might say, “You need to turn your shoulder more on your backhand,” or “You’re not keeping your head up ...

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Healthcare IT Week in Review: Listening to the Customer’s Voice

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) was busy last week. On Thursday, the agency released the final rules for stage 2 meaningful use. And on Friday, CMS finalized October 1, 2014 as the deadline for ICD-10 compliance. News like this elicits commentary in the media, particularly when an agency extends a deadline. But was CMS listening to the voice of the customer when drafting the final ...

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Healthcare IT News of the week: Hospitals’ mobile strategy; surge in med device integration; meaningful use boosts care quality

Five essentials to a hospital's mobility strategyWhile many hospitals' IT priorities focus on achieving meaningful use and getting up to speed with ICD-10, there is another issue which is important to healthcare providers - having a strategy for mobile technologies.  Among others that David Lee Scher, a former cardiac electrophysiologist and an independent consultant, discusses are: having an instituti ...

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Healthcare IT News of the week: Biometric bracelets for patient ID; a recipe for healthcare; EHRs help prescribe antibiotics

Biometric bracelet could send remote-monitoring data on patients to EHRsSusan D. Hall of FierceHealthIT reported on a research project at Dartmouth College on a biometric bracelet that would match data from medical devices, such as blood pressure cuffs and remote heart monitors, to the correct electronic health record. The bracelets could help make it easier to keep patient identities straight, an ...

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Healthcare IT News of the week: Blumenthal and Berwick sound off; the benefits of Medicaid, medical homes and clinical analytics

The Affordable Care Act is the start of a "prevention revolution" in AmericaSusan Blumenthal, MD, Public Health editor at HuffPost and Former U.S. assistant surgeon general, wrote a post in the Huffington Post titled, “Healing America’s Health Care System,” which casts a vote of confidence for the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Blumenthal explains the issues and challenges facing ...

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Healthcare IT News of the week: What is really driving up healthcare costs

Each day at Schwartz MSL, the Healthcare IT Practice shares news items on topics of interest with our clients.  Here are some recent highlights:What is really driving up healthcare costs According to a report from the Health Care Cost Institute, a Washington, DC-based research group, spending on healthcare costs for commercially insured children under age 18 grew faster than spending for adults from 20 ...

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