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New HFMA research shows value-driving practices for specific hospital types.
An estimated 130 health information exchange (HIE)organizations exist today-and many of these fledgling HIEs are at risk.
Service-oriented architecture has the potential to increase the flexibility of business processes while enhancing clinical efficiency and patient safety.
We are frequently reminded of both the importance of IT in health care and the extent to which the healthcare industry trails other information intensive industries in its use of IT.
We should all be prepared to step up and cross the new frontier of online physician-patient communication.
A detailed IT strategy should be an important part of a healthcare organization's strategic plan.
IT is an increasingly hot topic for hospital boards-and one that can challenge board members, who may not have any background or experience in this area to draw from when making critical decisions about the organization's IT strategy.
It's possible to gauge a hospital's IT functions in one day by hiring a consultant to review three key areas infrastructure and application performance, execution, and alignment.
Take a look at the best in healthcare IT and you'll find these key elements: a healthy organizational foundation, a sound link between organizational strategies and the IT plan, and strong project management skills.
There will always be more demand for IT projects than an organization can afford or manage.
If you've been thinking that technology for improving healthcare financial management is a luxury, think again.
The pharmaceutical industry needs to develop safer and more efficacious treatments, and the healthcare industry needs to deliver evidence-based, high-quality care. The realization is dawning that each cannot attain its goals alone.
Care managers can use registry-based reports to quickly see where each patient's care gaps are and determine which patients need extra assistance.
An important consideration when automating population health management is how best to acquire the capabilities.
A sample online health risk assessment illustrates the types of questions providers can ask to identify patient needs and ascertain how they should be classified in terms of risk.
New technology systems help hospitals cut costs as they prepare for rapid growth in radiology imaging.
Successful population health management depends on substantial clinical data integration across the care enterprise and automated tools for engaging patients in their own care.
Cloud technology can help hospitals find innovative ways to capture, manage, store, and share information with potential cost savings.
As electronic health records proliferate across the nation, an important new opportunity awaits healthcare organizations that can find meaningful commercial uses for the data contained in their EHR systems.
Implementing an anesthesiology information system and redesigning work flow processes helped one hospital improve its operational efficiencies and the bottom line.
Cloud computing delivers an infrastructure foundation with the flexibility and scalability to meet the future demands of the United States' increasingly complex healthcare IT agenda.
Although payment structures often don't reflect the value of life-saving technologies such as stroke telemedicine, HFMA Chair Debi Kuchka-Craig tells why these technologies can be a wise investment now.
A study of health information exchanges that have been deployed across the United States quantifies the potential value that can be gained from HIEs and the obstacles providers could face.
There is near universal agreement that health care in the United States and in many areas around the world is close to "hitting the wall."
How clear are your organization's IT policies? Having user friendly IT policies just got more important with the OIG's new emphasis on IT security.
An Omaha hospital's creative solution-forming a separate company to handle automated payment exchange-has improved efficiency, saving the facility about $8 million in cash in the first year alone.
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