Healthcare IT

Epic EHR
Top 10 Hospitals Using an Epic EHR System

Epic is the largest provider of EHR systems in the United States, accounting for more than 30 percent of all inpatient and ambulatory systems. As hospitals and care facilities continue to utilize electronic data sharing, and hospitals adopt multiple systems across departments, there could be greater incentive for smaller companies to…

Disruptive Technology
What Disruptive Innovation Means for Healthcare Delivery

Disruptive innovation has been a source of growth and trepidation in the healthcare industry. The widespread adoption of EHR systems and first implementations of telemedicine have industry leaders questioning their roles in the future of healthcare—but not all disruptors are technological. There has been a monumental shift in the focus…

Epic EHR
Obstacles Hinder HIE Utilization, but Future Bright

Health Information Exchanges (HIEs), publicly or privately operated hubs of patient data intended to connect regional providers, have faced significant obstacles in recent years despite support from the ACA and state organizations. While some are technological, such as discrepancies in data classification among EHR systems, others involve deliberate data blocking…

hospital outpatient procedures
The Hidden, Growing Problem of Physician Burnout

The current political climate has generated a lot of uncertainty regarding future healthcare developments, but the debate over national policy can sometimes overshadow issues affecting the frontlines of patient care. One growing problem is physician burnout, manifesting itself in a lack of enthusiasm for work, growing cynicism about patients or…

Hospital ER wait times
Are Today’s Providers Overwhelmed by Quality Reporting?

In today’s healthcare delivery environment, few concerns are as important to providers, payers, and consumers as quality. Quality scores can drive patients towards or away from hospitals and doctors, determine reimbursement rates, and subject organizations to a wide range of government incentives or penalties. Most would agree that quality measurements…

Telemedicine
Telemedicine Growing in Adoption and Efficiency, but obstacles Persist

Given relatively recent advancements in technology and the greater availability of high-speed internet connections, telemedicine has found new applications in several aspects of clinical care, such as remote monitoring of patients with chronic conditions, virtual office visits, and transmission of patient data between specialists and primary providers. According to a…