Answers for a Healthier World

The benefits of skilled portfolio management are vast. If done properly, portfolio management can add visual control of an organization’s enterprise and unit level application portfolio to their Information Technology (IT) space. More importantly, portfolio management empowers organizations with analysis and visibility into the current state of their operations, whether that is vendor product management or application management, customer satisfaction or operational performance levels.

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The value of aligning financial and clinical aspects within healthcare organizations is critical to closing the gap that exists between the revenue cycle and IT departments. The need for clinical understanding in finance operations complicates these efforts, along with the siloed technology systems that hinder the ability to align the clinical with the financial systems of many healthcare providers.

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Effective Electronic Healthcare Records (EHRs) perform a host of valuable services. At the heart, EHRs maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare practices while driving the collaboration and communication between patients and clinicians. This leads to the ultimate goal: better overall patient care.

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In healthcare, actionable information provided as early as possible can dramatically improve patient outcomes. Leidos and the University of Miami Health System are working together on a predictive analytics infrastructure that delivers data to physicians where and when they need it, enabling them to make informed decisions at the point of care.

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Thirty years ago, when my grandmother would get sick, she would go to the doctor, listen to his advice — and then do as she was told. These days, though, when my daughter gets sick and the doctor tells her to take a medicine or complete a test, her first response is to ask questions about the medicine that she's being prescribed: What is it? Why should I take it? What are the potential side effects? How much does it cost? Is there a generic alternative?

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Conferences help instill innovation. This is the core mission of the 2018 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society conference (HIMSS18) in Las Vegas, March 5-9. Getting the most out of the conference, however, requires understanding some navigation tips and tricks, as well as prep work that could prove useful.

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Leidos Health president Jonathan Scholl recently sat down with POLITICO writer David Himmel to discuss the future of healthcare technology. In an interview published in POLITICO Focus, Scholl described why healthcare technology in the U.S. hasn't produced the improvements seen elsewhere in tech — and how to fix that.

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Three impediments hinder most healthcare providers. Closing the gap that exists between revenue cycle and IT is the first major issue. This challenge, although common in all industries, tends to strike the healthcare sector particularly strong because of the advancements and investments in unified electronic healthcare records (EHRs). 

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Legacy support engagements can be either disruptive or seamless to a hospital from a clinician’s perspective. The characteristics that determine one or the other fall solely on capabilities of the legacy support vendor and the quality of communication and legwork hospitals undergo before they start an engagement with their selected legacy support vendor. If the vendor and the hospital communicate poorly or have separate goals, the execution and completion of a project can be damaging to a clinician’s ability to perform their job.

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Successful deployment of an Electronic Health Record (EHR) across multiple sites requires significant planning and coordination. Doctors and nurses often struggle to adjust to a new process and technology, and the technical teams are often “on-edge” trying to address any last-minute glitches. The expectation is always that the new EHR will conform to all complex workflows, and leaders are hoping that the adoption happens quickly so that costs can return to normal. Launching a new system, however, often fails to come-off without a hitch- and represents a tense time for a hospital or a clinic.

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