I like to say that the intersection of health care and information technology (IT) is a great place to wake up every morning. Our environment has always been influenced by the trends, changes and pressures of both environments. Considered separately, they are two of the largest, fastest moving, most complex currents in the economy. The interplay between them creates unique challenges and opportunities. 2016 saw health care trying to assert itself—temporarily at least—as the stronger stream.
It’s no mystery that the cost and performance of workplace health programs continue to challenge employers. Organizations that use data to help drive their workplace health strategy could have an advantage in lowering costs and improving the well-being of their employees.
Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), a 279-bed children’s hospital in Orange County, California, earned one of the health information technology industry’s highest accolades: the 2016 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award. CHOC received this prestigious award as a nod to the organization’s efforts to improve patient care. HIMSS Davies winners are Stage 6 and 7 Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model organizations that improve patient outcomes using electronic health records (EHR) and information technology (IT) while achieving return on investment.
Of the 75 women recognized on Health Data Management’s list of the 2017 Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT, 34 were health IT (HIT) executives working at provider organizations.
The health care industry is keeping a close eye on the current government landscape and how it will influence the future of health care. Dr. Kavita Patel, associate chief medical officer and Medicare director at John Hopkins Medicine and a nonresident senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, a global think tank that brings together more than 300 leading-experts in government and academia to provide research, joined The Cerner Podcast to provide her recommendations and analysis on policy issues.
A new command center, CareAware Patient Flow® and Clairvia® helped AU Health improve operation collaborations, nursing resources, and overcome challenges of tracking capacity.