Health Systems and Life Sciences organizations continue to be exposed to ransomware attacks during the global pandemic with increased impact to patient care and exposure to large global integrated health delivery systems. Patients have recognized significant patient care impacts such as rescheduled surgeries, increased patient wait times, delayed COVID-19 test results, and challenges filling prescription medications. This presentation will provide healthcare executives a guide to understanding how their organization is positioned to protect against emerging ransomware threats.
May 16, 2022
The connection between EHRs and physician satisfaction – and, by extension, clinician burnout – is one that has been well-explored over the past few years. And the COVID-19 pandemic has only made those issues more relevant. Dr. Richard Baron, president and CEO of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the ABIM foundation, joined Healthcare IT News Senior Editor Kat Jercich to discuss his recent JAMA Network Open commentary about why some physicians may be happier with their EHRs than others – and what organizations might do about it.Talking points:-People in physician-owned practices report higher EHR satisfaction-Clinicians feeling technology is done to them, not for them-The clinical purpose of an EHR gets lost-How owning a practice makes a difference-The burnout from "inbox overload"-Using EHRs to answer broader population health questions-Connecting technology to physician success-The effect of COVID-19 on burnout-What organizations can doMore about this episode:EHRs are still a mess for physicians, but change is comingPatient messages via Epic increased during COVID-19, raising burnout concernsFemale physicians spent 33 more minutes per day in EHRsEHR satisfaction: A better way is possibleMayo Clinic study links EHR usability with clinician burnoutKLAS: Clinician burnout is a worldwide problem
May 13, 2022
Sponsored: Dan Dennis, Hyland Software’s senior vice president and chief information security officer, outlines how organizations can navigate the ever-changing cyber threat landscape and keep staff engaged through talent retention and training.
May 6, 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic has had spillover effects on screening and preventive care. But even before the novel coronavirus, adequate screening for disease, especially among vulnerable people, was still a public health concern.A recent study from the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University found that even though screening rates have improved, about one in five women still do not receive a test for syphilis during pregnancy –- which is recommended by the CDC given the serious threat syphilis can pose to the health of the fetus. Brian Dixon, study senior author and director of public health informatics at the Regenstrief Institute, joined Healthcare IT News to speak about the research and the role IT can play in informatics.Talking points:-Rates of congenital syphilis have been rising-Previous studies have largely only used claims data-The benefits of syphilis screening during pregnancy-Disparities in syphilis screening rates, and what might be behind them-The potential effects of COVID-19 on screening rates-How public health leaders could use information like this-More ways health IT can be used to support public health objectives-The next projects on deck at RegenstriefMore about this episode:Regenstrief, IU launch public and population health programRegenstrief launches initiative to disseminate SDOH dataHow HIEs can enable public health reporting when EHRs fall shortHospitals facing big hurdles to public health data reportingCIOs plan big investments in EHR optimization and pop health IT
May 6, 2022
Patients in rural parts of the United States often face specific and numerous barriers to care, including financial hurdles, logistical concerns and trust in the healthcare system.As the Executive Director of the National Rural Accountable Care Consortium and the founder and executive chair of Caravan Health, Lynn Barr is deeply involved in rural health policy. She joins Healthcare IT News Senior Editor Kat Jercich to discuss her journey of working with health systems, the role population health programs and value-based payment can play in inequities and what policy changes are necessary for independent providers.Talking points:-60 million people live in rural America-What data measurement can reveal about quality -The divide in life expectancy between rural and urban Americans-Population health programs and value-based payment addressing inequities-The HITECH Act's effect on independent physicians-Small numbers don't work for judging cost-Leading indicators of success for population health-Why regional benchmarks may not be useful for safety-net providersMore about this episode:Rural hospitals face growing sustainability threats on multiple fronts, AHA saysRural hospitals need more than telehealth to survive the pandemicCMS announces a new value-based payment model for rural healthcare providersHHS puts $48M toward rural public health IT, workforce expansion
April 29, 2022
The fee-for-service model of healthcare has been reexamined over the past few years, with alternative models increasingly gaining traction. Zak Holdsworth, CEO and co-founder of Hint Health, tells Healthcare Finance News Executive Editor Susan Morse he believes the status quo payment models are on their way out – and the question isn't "if," but "when."Talking points:-How Hint Health got started-How the direct primary care model works-The benefit for health systems-What about specialty care?-Employers are starting to explore new options -Should insurers be scared?-The difference between this model and the ACO REACH model-The future for Hint HealthMore about this episode:Employees want direct primary care from their employer plansFlat-fee primary care model helping fill a niche in Texas, but it isn't insuranceFueled by health law, 'Concierge Medicine' reaches new marketsHint Health rolls out value-based primary care direct contracting networkHow a direct primary care model provider benefits from an easy-to-use EHR
April 22, 2022
Physician Partners of America has agreed to pay $24.5 million for allegedly billing for unnecessary services, while the American Hospital Association says CMS’ proposed rule doesn’t increase payments enough.
April 22, 2022
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April 18, 2022
This week: The end of the public health emergency is nearing; Federal agencies hit with EHR outage. Plus: Akili's video game-like intervention improved users' cognitive functioning.Links to the stories:HHS is giving clear signals of wind down of public health emergencyEHR outage takes down federal Cerner systemsAkili Interactive's DTx improves cognitive function in adults with MDD
April 15, 2022
Artificial intelligence tools in healthcare, as with any other software, are not immune to bias – especially if they have been trained on data sets that do not accurately reflect the global population.Last year, VisualDx, which provides diagnostic support software, launched Project IMPACT, a global effort to reduce disparities in medicine and highlight ways to bridge gaps of knowledge and improve healthcare outcomes for patients of color.VisualDx Director of Clinical Impact Dr. Nada Elbuluk joined Healthcare IT News Senior Editor Kat Jercich to discuss the project and the roles individuals and clinicians can play in working toward health equity. Talking points:Why it's so important to have a broad range of images across different skin typesAchieving health equity is a complicated problemHow individuals can contribute to reducing health inequityThe effect of providers' knowledge gaps on patient careHow technology can address some of those gapsThe role AI and ML tools can play in reducing bias – or worsening itWhat's missing from the wider conversation about health outcomesReal action is needed to promote health equityMore about this episode:VisualDx to unveil vastly expanded clinical decision support system at HIMSS16Even innocuous-seeming data can reproduce bias in AIFDA highlights the need to address bias in AIHow an AI-powered tool could help diagnose skin cancer in veteransHow augmented intelligence can promote health equity
April 15, 2022
(Sponsored) Jennifer Jones, CNIO at Integris Health, explains how standardizing and optimizing their care communications technology may help lead to better and safer workflows for their caregivers and ultimately stronger outcomes for patients.
April 12, 2022
Join DocSF co-chair Ashley Libby Diaz in this wonderful panel discussion with the best in the industry.
We are joined by Dr. Kris Siemionow, the CMO of Surgalign, Dr. Ken Trauner, founder of DocSpera.com, Dr. Rick Angelo, CMO at Kaliber.AI, and Danny Goel, M.D., CEO and co-founder of PrecisionOS, in this great conversation about the OR of the future. These doctors share their thoughts, from what they imagine these rooms will be like in the future to what technology they will be using. Data collection from the OR, Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality, ambulatory options for patients, and robotics around ortho and the MSK space are topics they go through. In this discussion panel, we uncover the future that it’s just around the corner and will help surgeons be better equipped to help more patients.
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March 31, 2022
The world has gone digital. How are you adapting? In this episode, we are sitting down with Julie Campbell, VP of Healthbox to talk about digital strategy. Healthbox, a HIMSS solution, supports and advises orgs that are developing, adopting, and investing in the digital solutions that will transform healthcare. How do our preconceptions about seniors, Medicaid, cybersecurity, EMR/EHRs, and digital strategy influence our progress towards the ideal digital health ecosystem? Join us as we walk through the myths holding back digital transformation and how we can use the Digital Health Indicator (DHI) to build a plan to overcome them in the post-COVID world.
March 30, 2022
We are joined by Robin Young, the CEO of PearlDiver, on the DocSF Venture virtual stage for this episode.
Robin has been in the orthopedics ecosystem for the last 35 years, has a background in Wall Street, is a publisher of the Orthopedics This Week Magazine, and is a renowned writer. He is here on DocSF Venture to help us understand how to read and understand capital data from the industry. The Medtech field, specifically in orthopedics, has gotten a lot of investment since 2018, and the numbers show it. Robin talks to us about how the orthopedic companies know their future lies in the digital field, how other industries like sports and gaming are helping orthopedics and what AI brings to the landscape.
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March 29, 2022
From registration to imaging, smart hospitals deploy AI, IoT, 5G networks, and other technologies from edge to cloud for improved connectivity and secure data sharing to deliver better patient experiences, streamline workflows, and reduce costs. On this podcast, we’ll be focused on how virtual care is being reimagined; transforming patient rooms and critical care environments to streamline operations and improve patient care. Chris Gough, General Manager of the Health and Life Sciences at Intel, works with partners and hospital systems of all sizes to solve complex challenges related to the future of care. In-patient virtual care solutions that utilize predictive analytics, machine learning, and computer vision technologies are becoming more prevalent and have expanded. We’re seeing applications expand into remote patient observation, virtual ICUs, and many more. The benefits of these virtual care solutions include improved patient outcomes, increased operational efficiency, and reduced COVID-19 exposure for both patients and healthcare staff
March 28, 2022
Healthcare IT News Executive Editor Mike Miliard sat down at HIMSS22 with Google Cloud Director of Global Healthcare Strategy and Solutions Aashima Gupta and Healthcare and Life Sciences Industries Managing Director Joe Miles to discuss the future of hybrid care, what COVID-19 revealed about information silos and how technology can strengthen human-to-human connections.Talking points:-How interoperable data is driving strategy and insights-COVID-19 shined a bright light on the siloed information in the industry-What Google Cloud is hearing from customers-Helping providers and payers have better visibility into problem areas-Is hybrid care the new future?-Seamless data exchange is necessary for patient experience-How to make sense of unstructured data-AI helping to reduce costs and make the system more intuitive-"Big AI" versus "small AI"?-Lowering the barriers to AI adoption-The acquisition of Mandiant-How healthcare rose to the challenge of the pandemicMore about this episode:Google Cloud, Amwell foresee a 'new narrative' of virtual careGoogle Cloud Healthcare API focused on interoperability, during pandemic and beyondGoogle Cloud unveils AI tools to help healthcare analyze unstructured medical textGoogle Cloud intros new interoperability platformAI can play a key role in turning unstructured data into actionable insightsGoogle to acquire Mandiant for $5.4B
March 25, 2022
In this episode of the DocSF podcast, you are greeted by Dr. Nancy Lynch, President of Advisorthopædics, as she kicks off the event.
We start with a very insightful presentation by Dr. Lynch, in which she presents a lot of data regarding the musculoskeletal digital health space in terms of investment. There is a lot of money flowing into the industry, and we need to understand how innovation and investment are working right now. Nancy walks us through how these investments are cross-pollinating from other fields in the health sector but ultimately lead to the MSK space. She also does a great emphasis on where the money is going.
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March 24, 2022
Hi from HIMSS22! We're on the ground in sunny Orlando, Florida, for Global Conference. In this episode, Healthcare IT News Senior Editor Kat Jercich is joined by Executive Editor Mike Miliard and Executive Editor Susan Morse to talk about what they've seen at the conference and any predictions for next year.Talking points:-Using the hard lessons of COVID-19 as inspiration moving forward-The importance of using data to address inequities-Data cleanliness and governance as AI takes a larger role in healthcare-How clinicians can be supported in times of increasing stress and burnout-What cybersecurity experts have to say about ransomware -How the pandemic has accelerated change-Any predictions for next year?More about this episode:HIMSS22 opening keynote: 'What will we do to reimagine health together?''Recognize it, monitor it, audit it': Taking action to avoid biased healthcare AIHealth inequity solutions require data, analytics and awareness turned into actionTo work toward health equity, 'be a data detective'National Coordinator: TEFCA will enable 'North Star' architecture for public health60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley addresses workforce challenges at HIMSS22
March 18, 2022
Health equity takes a village: community leaders, providers, payers, and most importantly, the patients themselves. Join Ankoor Shah, Accenture’s Health Equity Lead, community member Nicole Gyimah, and Kelly Binder from Unite Us as they speak to the challenges patients face when trying to access healthcare, as well as how systems can form community-led collaborations to drive forward health equity.
March 17, 2022
Providers quickly adopted virtual care during the COVID-19 pandemic.Virtual specialist care company Summus Global saw the utilization rate of its platform jump by 3.1 times between January 2020 and January 2021, with membership growing more than 1,000%. CEO and founder Julian Flannery tells Healthcare Finance News Executive Editor Susan Morse he does not see virtual use declining to pre-pandemic numbers.Spurred by the growth, seasoned players joined emerging startups in the M&A virtual care space. Oak Street Health acquired RubiconMD for $130 million; MDLive launched a remote patient monitoring program for virtual chronic care management; and One Medical and Humana introduced their own virtual chronic care offerings. Flannery believes these acquisitions will continue.Talking points:Summus Global has raised over $40 million in the last 12 monthsSummus sells to both employers and large health systemsPatients are set up with consultations within a network of more than 4,000 specialists across 48 hospitalsOver 80% of consumers say they will use virtual care, post COVID-19Over 75% of doctors say they will continue to use virtual careThe U.S. physician shortage will play a role in the growth of virtual visitsVirtual care is evolving rapidly to more tailored careMore about this episode:The COVID-19 crisis has 'forced people into virtual mediums,' says CEORPM startup Athelas raises $132M and more digital health fundingsOak Street Health invests only in value-based careOak Street Health buys virtual specialty care company RubiconMD for up to $190M
March 17, 2022
In January, President Joe Biden announced plans to reignite the Cancer Moonshot, setting the ambitious goal of reducing the cancer death rate by 50% over the next 25 years.Through genomic testing, precision oncology and immunotherapy, the goal is reachable, said Dr. Suresh Nair, Physician in Chief at Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Topper Cancer Institute, in an interview with Healthcare Finance News Executive Editor Susan Morse. Talking points:Innovations include strong robotic surgery programs for less invasive treatments and faster recoveryThe alliance reduces the delay between cancer research and care due to advancements in technologyThe Topper Cancer Institute, in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania, is participating in clinical trials on the molecular profiling of tumors. This is a real-time tumor tracking systemGenomic testing, precision medicine and immunotherapy will help reach the goal of the Cancer Moonshot to reduce the cancer death rate by 50% over the next 25 yearsThe combined expertise of multidisciplinary teams in cancer treatment can leverage new research and clinical trials, sometimes years ahead of other cancer research and treatmentThe alliance allows for the rapid deployment of increased standards of care – in real time – as new research becomes available.More about this episode:CMS expands coverage of lung cancer screening with low dose computed tomographyThe benefits of using genomic data for health systems and patientsCancer patients potentially overlooked in COVID-19 vaccine rolloutAetna launches gene therapy network as a standard medical benefitLack of diversity in clinical trials influences drug development
March 16, 2022
The rise in telehealth utilization, especially amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, has highlighted the potential of virtual care to expand access to services. These can be particularly important for those who may face hurdles to brick-and-mortar care. Dr. Jerrica Kirkley, co-founder and chief medical officer of Plume, joins Healthcare IT News Senior Editor Kat Jercich to discuss the potential of telemedicine for trans and gender-nonconforming people.Talking points:The need for data to support gender-affirming careThe dynamic, multifactorial process of providing services for LGBTQ peoplePatients are based across the country, including large metro areasYounger people are increasingly likely to identify as trans or gender-nonconformingInsurance coverage doesn't necessarily guarantee careWhat gender-affirming care entailsThe role of state licensing in telehealth expansionHow communities are being centered in careMore about this episode:More inclusive EHRs can help extend welcome, save transgender livesBeyond 'male, female, unknown' – informaticists propose gender-inclusive HL7 modelTelehealth has enabled wider access during COVID-19 – but not for everyoneStates can make a difference in long-term telehealth policiesDigital transgender health company Plume scores $14M in Series A funding
March 15, 2022
Given the strain on hospital resources caused by the pandemic, many informaticists have focused on the ability to try and predict patient populations. In January, researchers at the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University found that machine learning models trained using statewide health information exchange data can actually predict a patient's likelihood of being hospitalized with COVID-19.Joining Healthcare IT News Senior Editor Kat Jericch to discuss the study's implications are two of its lead authors, Dr. Shaun Grannis and Suranga Kasturi.Talking points:How tools like this might be useful for health systems and hospitalsConnecting system-generated data with public healthHow COVID-19 has shined a light on cracks in different systemsThe Indiana Health Information Exchange as a data repository Seeing data-sharing blossom during the pandemicBiases in the model and how they can be addressedHow integrated data can be a powerful tool to shape policyMore about this episode:Regenstrief launches initiative to disseminate SDOH dataHIE-trained AI models can forecast individual COVID-19 hospitalizationData from 175K COVID-19 patients fuels predictive severity modelPredicting COVID-19 hotspots: Kaiser Permanente tool uses EHR data to forecast surgesEven innocuous-seeming data can reproduce bias in AI
March 14, 2022
In February, the federal government announced that the DOJ's Civil Division had recovered more than $5.6 billion in settlements and judgments under the False Claims Act, or FCA, for fiscal year 2021. This was a huge increase from the previous year – and almost 90% of that money was related to health industry claims. Joining Healthcare IT News Senior Editor Kat Jercich to discuss past and future enforcement initiatives is Ethan Davis, partner at King & Spalding.Talking points:A government wake-up on private equity enforcementDOJ's new cybersecurity initiativeHow COVID-19 shifted the federal approach to investigationsForthcoming focus on potential Provider Relief Fund fraud and clinical trial fraudThe Anti-Kickback Statute and how it affects providersEHRs as a stated area of focusWhat listeners should be aware of around telehealthHow stakeholders can protect themselvesPredictions for the rest of 2022More about this episode:OIG warns EHR vendors it will 'vigilantly' crack down on false claims tied to meaningful useDOJ slams Greenway with $57 million False Claims fineDOJ lawyer in Greenway case: EHR vendors are now on noticeCareCloud to pay $3.8M to settle kickback allegations with DoJAthenahealth to pay $18.25M for alleged False Claims Act violationsFlorida woman to pay $20.3M after using telemedicine to shield alleged fraudJudge awards whistleblower $390K in athenahealth kickback case
March 13, 2022