Practicing Innovation: Collaborate, Democratize, & Organize

Even as federal regulations and policies shift and healthcare leadership turns over in the Beltway, innovation is dominating healthcare conversations. I’m excited that we’re talking innovation as more than just a concept, but as a practice. Here’s a sampling of the recent innovation conversations:  Office of National Coordinator (ONC) 2nd Interoperability Forum I am heartened Read more about Practicing Innovation: Collaborate, Democratize, & Organize[…]

All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go . . .to HIMSS18

Actually, my bags are never unpacked (given my travel schedule for the past three decades), but the pace is now a bit slower. I’m really looking forward to attending HIMSS18. Renewing friendships and striking up some great conversations will be high on my list, but I’ll focus my time on these areas: Innovation. I frequently Read more about All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go . . .to HIMSS18[…]

2017’s Patient Identification and Patient Matching Lessons

2017 proved to be a banner year for patient identification and matching experimentation and discovery. While not all initiatives end in success, 2017 certainly proved the classic saying: nothing ventured, nothing gained. Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge (PMAC). The Challenge ran from April 2017 through mid-October, attracting considerable interest from Read more about 2017’s Patient Identification and Patient Matching Lessons[…]

AHIMA 2017: Patient Matching and Global Friendships

The dust has settled from AHIMA 2017. I had a great time cultivating friendships old and new, all while discussing the need for accurate, trusted patient and provider identification. And, of course, I had a couple good meals while in Los Angeles. Here are two of my biggest takeaways. Patient matching is as front of Read more about AHIMA 2017: Patient Matching and Global Friendships[…]

White paper from IFHIMA amplifies the role of Information Governance in HIM

Whether you live in Australia, Canada, Japan, Spain, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, or anywhere in the world for that matter, today’s  healthcare requires trusted, accurate and secure data to meet the goals of transformation. Information is essential to meeting these goals because transformation activities impact better care, operational efficiency, controlling costs, and consumer engagement. Key to Read more about White paper from IFHIMA amplifies the role of Information Governance in HIM[…]

Choosing the right EMPI: 4 key questions

I am frequently asked whether an EMPI or Identity component from a EHR vendor can sufficiently handle the complex needs of patient identification. There’s never a simple answer. Rather, organizations should ask several questions, including: Are you addressing person or patient data? First and foremost, organizations must ponder what type of data they need in Read more about Choosing the right EMPI: 4 key questions[…]

Let’s Talk Innovation in Patient Identification

Today it is extremely problematic when patient identification data does not allow the automatic linking of records to support care coordination, analytics, research, or value-based reimbursement activities. Healthcare organizations, especially medium to larger ones, have tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of records that can’t automatically be resolved and require expensive human resources that Read more about Let’s Talk Innovation in Patient Identification[…]

Why Use Data? CDOs Share Their Insights

I attended the IBM Chief Data Officer (CDO) Summit in San Francisco in late March and was inspired by the speakers who shared insights, stories, and even lessons learned from lack of success. There were so many solid points to ponder, but I’ve distilled my takeaways into these nuggets. What’s in it for me to Read more about Why Use Data? CDOs Share Their Insights[…]

Beyond NPI: Unraveling Provider Identity Complexity

If your provider identities are “just a little wrong,” is that okay? I recently discussed managing provider identities with For the Record,  highlighting an issue that does not get the attention it deserves. But provider identities can’t be ignored – they have a profound impact on value-based reimbursement, compliance, and analytics. And as Stephanie Luthi-Terry Read more about Beyond NPI: Unraveling Provider Identity Complexity[…]

Pick Your Path: Meeting Goals in 2017

Given the current state of healthcare policy, finance, industry mergers/dissolutions, and much more, you might think this would be a good time for a long, quiet pause – but we all know that’s not practical. Instead, let’s consider another approach, borrowing from Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken.” I particularly like these lines, as I Read more about Pick Your Path: Meeting Goals in 2017[…]