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The Journey Never Ends: Technology's Role in Helping Perfect Health Care Outcomes

David Garets, Claire McCarthy Garets
March 08, 2016

If your health care organization is typical, you were successful in getting your electronic medical record (EMR) system installed on time and within budget. You declared victory and collected some money from meaningful use. But very quickly, you realized you were not getting the expected return on...

Bringing Value to Healthcare: Practical Steps for Getting to a Market-Based Model

Rita E. Numerof, Michael Abrams
February 01, 2016

The healthcare sector is on the cusp of sweeping disruption. The hallmarks of the old system—pricing that’s disconnected from outcomes and incentives for treating sickness rather than maintaining health—are no longer sustainable. And yet, after decades of financial success, it’s difficult for most...

Analyzing Form, Function, and Financing of the U.S. Health Care System

Paula Stamps Duston
December 24, 2015

Analyzing Form, Function, and Financing of the U.S. Health Care System tells the story of the U.S. health care system by using a narrative approach identifying function rather than the more common data-driven focus on structure. It presents policy decisions we have made about our health care system...

Accountable: The Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance Accountable Care Journey

Carl Couch, MD, MMM, FAAFP
December 14, 2015

While many health care organizations need to improve health care quality and lower costs, most lack specific strategies and tactics for implementing these changes. Baylor Scott & White Health has established and continues to develop an accountable care organization (ACO) called the Baylor Scott...

Leveraging Data in Healthcare: Best Practices for Controlling, Analyzing, and Using Data

Rebecca Mendoza Saltiel Busch
December 10, 2015

The healthcare industry is in a state of accelerated transition. The proliferation of data and its assimilation, access, use, and security are ever-increasing challenges. Finding ways to operationalize business and clinical data management in the face of government and market mandates is enough to...

Telehealth in Rural Hospitals: Lessons Learned from Pennsylvania

CJ Rhoads
November 24, 2015

Improving the quality of healthcare, while increasing accessibility and lowering costs, is a complex dilemma facing rural communities around the world. The Center for Rural Pennsylvania believed that telehealth, the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support...

Biomedical Informatics: An Introduction to Information Systems and Software in Medicine and Health

David J. Lubliner
November 18, 2015

Medical informatics lies at the intersection of computer science and medicine, and understanding critical aspects of both fields provides for more proficient practitioners. Biomedical Informatics: An Introduction to Information Systems and Software in Medicine and Health supplies a cohesive...

Population Health: An Implementation Guide to Improve Outcomes and Lower Costs

George Mayzell, MD, MBA
November 18, 2015

As healthcare moves from volume to value, payment models and delivery systems will need to change their focus from the individual patient to a population orientation. This will move our economic model from that of a "sick system" to a system of care focused on prevention, boosting patient...

Transforming Teams: Tips for Improving Collaboration and Building Trust

Claudia St. John, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
September 10, 2015

Human resources and management consultants are frequently asked to help their clients address fundamental breakdowns within their organizations. More often than not, these breakdowns occur between conflicting functional areas, such as sales and customer service, sales and operations, or creative...

Clinical Co-Management: A Bridge to Clinical Integration and Pathway to Bundled Payments

Cherilyn G. Murer, JD, CRA
August 27, 2015

A decade ago, UK HealthCare recognized the need to reposition itself as a regional referral center, focusing on advanced subspecialty care for the entire state of Kentucky. The goal was to become a "medical destination" for patients from that region who needed access to specialized care.To support...

Emerging Technologies in Healthcare

Suzanne Moss Richins
May 14, 2015

Recent changes in healthcare delivery as mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are forcing providers to focus on technology as a way to improve the health of the population, while engaging patients and encouraging them to take accountability for maintaining their own health....

Big Data and Health Analytics

Katherine Marconi, Harold Lehmann
December 20, 2014

Data availability is surpassing existing paradigms for governing, managing, analyzing, and interpreting health data. Big Data and Health Analytics provides frameworks, use cases, and examples that illustrate the role of big data and analytics in modern health care, including how public health...