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Five Key Considerations for a Successful EHR Optimization

An electronic health records (EHR) system is not only meant to be a database for patient information, but its purpose is to also streamline and improve your healthcare organization’s processes and outcomes. Optimizing and customizing EHR workflows requires the identification of pain points and any unique requirements for a specific organization. Then, step by step, […]

Hospitals Suffer Financially Post-COVID: What That Could Mean For The Future

According to the Kaufman Hall National Hospital Flash Report in September 2022, U.S. hospitals are still operating “substantially” below pre-pandemic levels—calling the first nine months of 2022 an “extremely challenging year characterized by dramatic fluctuations in margins.” Year-to-date margins using the Kaufman Hall Operating Margin Index were -0.3% through August; this demonstrated “continued losses hospitals […]

The 21st Century Cures Act and its Impact on Interoperability and Healthcare

On March 20, 2020, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), released the 21st Century Cures Act: Interoperability, Information Blocking, and the ONC Health IT Certification Program Final Rule. This ONC release was to carry out the 21st Century Cures Act passed by the United States Congress—with the “Final Rule” focusing on […]

How to Succeed in HIT Implementation: Taking Technological Change to the Next Level

As a CIO or healthcare IT professional, much of your success is dependent on the successes of your end users, co-workers, and customers. The role of IT has changed, though, which has caused the definition of success to evolve, putting you in a position where you can’t afford to mark a project complete upon system […]

Most Popular Healthcare Technology Trends of 2023

After saying “goodbye” to 2022, there’s no time to rest on our industry’s laurels. Instead, it’s time to look ahead to see what trends are expected to have the biggest impact in healthcare IT in 2023 and beyond—and continue to address the upcoming challenges and opportunities. Here, we share three trends—as well as an ongoing […]

Real Risks Involved With Blockchain Technology

Blockchain technologies come with significant benefits. The decentralized structure of the blockchain allows organizations to share data in an environment where no one entity is totally in charge, so organizations can build trust with one another as information is exchanged and stored. The nearly unalterable transaction records are encrypted from end to end, making it […]

How Technology is Affecting Hospitals From the Top Down: The Role of Today’s CIO

The role of IT personnel in healthcare organizations is rapidly evolving due to the impact of technology. Instead of operating behind the scenes, CIOs are increasingly taking on a more visible role, explaining how new technologies will impact operations and how to proactively address upcoming mandates and advancements. By staying ahead of the curve, they […]

How to ‘Be’ the CIO Your Organization Needs in 2023

Plenty of changes have occurred over the past few years that affect your role as CIO and how you lead your healthcare company’s IT department: some because of COVID; others because of increasingly more sophisticated hackers; and still others because of rapidly advancing technologies. No matter what challenges you face and opportunities you encounter, be […]

Healthcare Information Technology Salary

Demand for healthcare workers and for IT professionals are both significantly increasing, much faster than the average for overall occupations. Looking at healthcare employment, this is expected to grow by 13 percent from 2021-2031, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS); looking at IT occupations, openings are expected to grow by 15 percent over […]

More Than Two Years Into The Pandemic, Hospital Budgets Are Beginning to Crack

The COVID-19 virus has put a strain on what we once considered ordinary life: from supply chains to how we interact in schools and other public places. The pandemic has also put significant pressure on where people go when they are hit with an illness: our healthcare systems. In August 2022, the Kaiser Family Foundation […]