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“Constant Onslaught of Data”: The Tricky Balance Clinicians Face in Sorting Through the Noise

“Constant Onslaught of Data”: The Tricky Balance Clinicians Face in Sorting Through the Noise Healthcare Triangle • Apr 07, 2021 “You can’t over-communicate.” It’s a saying many physicians and IT leaders are familiar with and, for many years, it held true. But in today’s world, where data is being collected from all types of devices, that’s no longer the case. “The reality is, you absolutely can over-communicate, and drive people crazy so that they don’t see anything,” said Becky Fox, CNIO at Atrium Health, during a recent panel discussion. Becky Fox, RN, CNIO, Atrium Health Thanks to the IoT revolution,...

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Interoperability – Building a Roadmap

Interoperability – Building a Roadmap David Jarvis, Director of Interoperability Services • Mar 16, 2021 Where will the road take us? Are we there yet? Familiar phrases amongst road-trippers and travelers, but it’s not a strategy for Healthcare Interoperability. This road needs to be planned out and built with flexibility; a framework for what the future may bring. Consider the interstate road systems across North America. It cannot get you everywhere you want to go, but it provides a route to get you most of the way there that is efficient and provides services along the way. Before we hit...

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Integrating Hyperledger Fabric and SAP to Blockchain your Supply Chain

Integrating Hyperledger Fabric and SAP to Blockchain your Supply Chain Raj Srinivas • Mar 19, 2021 With the growing popularity of Hyperledger Fabric among major enterprises who also widely use SAP in their Supply Chain ecosystem, we look into ways and means through which a robust integration can be done between SAP and Hyperledger Fabric. SAP offers various techniques to communicate with external systems, amongst which the common ones are OData, SOAP, RFCs, IDOC and JCO. In order to communicate with SAP an external system like Hyperledger Fabric should be calling one of these protocol types. OData is a great...

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Will APIs and The Cloud Make Interface Engines Obsolete?

Will APIs and The Cloud Make Interface Engines Obsolete? Joe Grinstead, VP of Technology & Cloud Managed Services • Feb 09, 2021 Healthcare has relied on interface engines for decades to transport and transform data between systems. These monolithic systems are typically big, complex and require highly specialized skills to implement and operate. In most cases they represent a large capital investment and are difficult to replace because of how interwoven they become in the organization. With the advent of FHIR and other API based services along with the flexible services offered by public cloud providers, a question arises as...

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Focus on Interoperability – Your Critical Priority in 2021

Focus on Interoperability – Your Critical Priority in 2021 David Jarvis, Director of Interoperability Services • Feb 06, 2021 As we move into 2021, the industry will be faced with yet another seemingly insurmountable challenge – interoperability. For nearly a decade, the industry has been slowly making systemic changes trying to reach a dream of healthcare interoperability. But perhaps for the first time, the combination of COVID, the realities of the 21st Century Cures Act, and the changing socio-political landscape will begin to break down barriers and place interoperability at the forefront and demand rapid innovation this year. Continuing to...

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2021 Revenue Cycle – What to Expect?

2021 Revenue Cycle – What to Expect? Ryan Sommers • Jan 27, 2021 As 2021 is now underway, here’s what you can expect from healthcare-centric revenue cycle projects. Budgets and spending may continue to get trimmed throughout the year to offset the financial difficulties and lower margins COVID has brought, but IT and RCM technology projects will be mostly untouched, and may even get bumped-up in priority. 1. A greater emphasis on projects seeking to maximize technology already on-hand. Simply put, most organizations continue to feel that their existing technology simply isn’t doing enough. And the pandemic has bumped it...

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Secure & Compliant Infrastructure On-demand for Pharma & Life Sciences in the Cloud

Secure & Compliant Infrastructure On-demand for Pharma & Life Sciences in the Cloud Sudish Mogli – Chief Technology Officer, Gautham Gurumurthy – Principal Technical Program Manager • Jan 20, 2021 Secure and compliant Infrastructure is one of the fundamental requirements for Pharma and life Sciences companies in the cloud. These industries require scalable compute and storage capabilities to run advanced algorithms and processes to tabulate drug and reagent performance, to increase the overall drug efficacy. The Infrastructure must be GxP and HITRUST certified to ensure developed drugs can pass regulatory approvals. This is required for the delivery of highly personalized...

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Advancing Healthcare with the Healthcare Interoperability Readiness Program

Advancing Healthcare with the Healthcare Interoperability Readiness Program Dec 03, 2020 The 21st Century Cures Act, a United States law enacted at the end of 2016, mandates patient data interoperability for payers, providers, and healthcare organizations. As we approach rolling implementation deadlines, healthcare organizations are wrestling with how to liberate data from siloed systems – not only to give patients more granular control of their data, but also to improve outcomes by giving doctors a more complete view into their patients’ conditions. The stakes are significant. Yet, in speaking with our customers, the number of healthcare organizations that feel prepared...

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Data Analytics and Data Science for LifeSciences in the Cloud

Data Analytics and Data Science for LifeSciences in the Cloud Sudish Mogli • Nov 25, 2020 Problem statement for the industry Pharma companies are pursuing the ultimate moonshot goal of changing the way medicines are developed so the right treatment can be delivered to the right patient at the right time. Thus, enabling the delivery of highly personalized healthcare, which effects the Pharma, Life Science and Healthcare verticals. Why this is a challenge? Pharma and Life Sciences companies are endeavoring to deliver personalized healthcare by gaining access to millions of deep, broad and loosely connected patient-years of data from various...

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The Power of the Portal

The Power of the Portal Ryan Sommers • Nov 19, 2020 It’s 2020, and despite all the technology available to us these days, healthcare still manages to find a way to lag behind. One of the components that shines though is the EHR patient portal. Portals are must-haves for most organizations and providers, but they are much more than that as well. For patients, it’s quick and easy access to a number of the core tools and needs essential to their care. For providers, it’s a mechanism that provides much needed automation and a respite from the labors of administrative...

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EPIC Community Connect the HTI Difference

EPIC Community Connect the HTI Difference Ryan Sommers • Nov 02, 2020 Epic is the undisputed EHR software leader, both in terms of market share and staff satisfaction scores. However, one area has recently come under scrutiny, and not without merit. KLAS reviewed the Epic Community Connect experience for the first time this year, and as a domain we are heavily engaged with and know particularly well, we thought we’d share some additional perspectives. The major pattern reported in KLAS’ 2020 report is one that we’ve recognized for years, and have successfully established partnership and implementation procedures around to mitigate....

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Healthcare Triangle’s Keys to a Successful Application Support Services Transition

Healthcare Triangle’s Keys to a Successful Application Support Services Transition Laurie Isaacson, Director, MEDITECH Practice • Oct 29, 2020 Healthcare provider organizations are reassessing how their Electronic Health Record (EHR) is supporting patients, providers, and their strategic goals. In a time of upheaval and innovation for healthcare, organizations cannot accept the status quo from their systems and are turning to partners like Healthcare Triangle to help them manage support for their EHR and other clinical and revenue cycle applications. When making the choice to direct internal resources to new projects and strategic efforts, Healthcare Triangle follows key tenants to successful...

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Three Key Considerations for 2021 Healthcare IT Planning

Three Key Considerations for 2021 Healthcare IT Planning Healthcare Triangle • Oct 06, 2020 All over the country, healthcare providers are planning their 2021 priorities. New tech, value-based care, and global events are driving healthcare to broaden its view of access, quality, and affordability. The IT organization must respond to remain relevant and enable care delivery. Here are three key considerations for your organization’s 2021 IT planning and budgeting. Is your technology infrastructure agile? We’ve learned from COVID and other major events in 2020 that agility and scalability need to be a key part of our planning in health IT....

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Automating Cloud Services to Meet Security and Compliance

Automating Cloud Services to Meet Security and Compliance Healthcare Triangle • Sep 14, 2020 With close to 90% of enterprises adopting a Cloud-first approach, the Cloud has become the obvious choice for rolling out business applications. As IT’s focus shifts from technology provider to service provider not only does their role change but the need for automation also increases. New services must be delivered on demand and at the speed of business. To meet these demands DevOps and service automation are a central part of a sound Cloud strategy. Service automation and self-service capabilities The ultimate goal must be Automating...

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Why Cloud Enterprise Platform Approach? & What’s in the Box?

Why Cloud Enterprise Platform Approach? & What’s in the Box? Healthcare Triangle • Sep 14, 2020 One of the most important aspects required for an organization to survive and outperform their competitors is AGILITY. Agility gives an organization the ability to be proactive and responsive to market changes as they occur. This leads to innovative approaches resulting in faster times to market and accelerated revenue growth. Driving this agile business approach is the Cloud. While organizations are demanding agility, they also realize that they cannot forgo fundamentals such as security and compliance. The need to meet security, compliance, governance and...

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E/M Code Changes: Your Transition to Simplified Code Selection and Documentation Requirements

E/M Code Changes: Your Transition to Simplified Code Selection and Documentation Requirements Ryan Sommers, Director • Sep 11, 2020 The changes coming to E/M Office Visits and other Outpatient Services beginning January 1st of 2021 are set to simplify code determination and their corresponding documentation requirements. But while they will reduce the administrative burden on many, is it that straightforward? What exactly must be done, now, in transition? 1. Hold an education sprint. Your physicians, practice managers, and billing/coding staff all need to possess detailed understanding of the changes at hand. Otherwise, you may find the changes creating more work,...

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Plan Now for New Electronic ADT Notification Requirements

Plan Now for New Electronic ADT Notification Requirements Healthcare Triangle • Aug 27, 2020 New Requirements The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) final Interoperability and Patient Access Rule creates a new Condition of Participation (CoP) that requires hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, and Critical Access Hospitals to share electronic Admission, Discharge, Transfer (ADT) event notifications with other providers and systems so that providers including post-acutes have at their disposal the most up-to-date and accurate information about their patients as it relates to admissions and ED visits. The compliance requirement goes into effect May 1, 2021 and CMS will begin enforcement...

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Price Transparency 2021 – Are You Ready?!?

Price Transparency 2021 – Are You Ready?!? Ryan Sommers • Aug 07, 2020 Price Transparency is coming. January 1, 2021 to be exact. Unless it changes. Either way, are we ready? Are YOU ready? Most agree, and studies have in fact shown, that price transparency is an important consumer factor, and can directly impact choices made, along with the overall amount spent on routine medical services. Exactly what it should look like however, has caused much debate. Hospitals are concerned that patients will be more confused than ever, when what they truly want and need are out of pocket costs....

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