Bill Siwicki

Bill Siwicki is Managing Editor of Healthcare IT News. Bill has nearly 30 years of experience in journalism, with more than 15 years in healthcare IT and healthcare finance along with extensive expertise in mobile technology.

CMIO analytics artificial intelligence

Onpointe CMIO Terry Sullivan said that simple analytics won't cut it anymore.

By Bill Siwicki 08:16 am March 22, 2017
Healthcare organizations are going to need all of them to compete and thrive in the next generation of healthcare, according to Onpointe chief medical information officer Terry Sullivan.
Covenant analytics population health

Covenant Health care coordination manager Rebecca Williams, RN, said the system had to think of itself in a full-risk contract because it is on the hook for almost everything. 

By Bill Siwicki 08:31 am March 21, 2017
The health system transformed itself to tap into timely information to make care services more attractive to its own employees and as a result positively impact patient outcomes.
Northwell LoJack care transitions

Northwell supervisor Jennifer Laffey

By Bill Siwicki 07:33 am March 17, 2017
Homegrown care platform enables real-time messages when enrolled patients get discharged, admitted to another facility or present symptoms. And within the hospitals it serves as a documentation tool for all interactions.
Medicaid expansion Harvard economist

Katherine Baicker of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health said that Americans with insurance coverage are better off but there is no way to expand Medicaid and reduce costs. 

By Bill Siwicki 08:07 am March 15, 2017
Expanding Medicaid coverage in Oregon increased the use of care services and improved overall health while diminishing financial strain on patients. Here’s what healthcare executives and policymakers around the country can learn from the experiment.
Mass General population health

Mass General's Adrian Zai said that among the population health challenges is coordinating care and making sure all the right pieces are in place. 

By Bill Siwicki 08:15 am March 14, 2017
The hospital's multidisciplinary care teams track patients in real-time and can mount interventions to correct lagging performance. And Mass General’s clinical director of population informatics Adrian Zai, MD, said that doctors like the program.
trust vendors cybersecurity
By Bill Siwicki 08:14 am March 14, 2017
Ninety-two percent of executives said they trust vendors completely, according to research by Bomgar. And the plot thickens as 71 percent expect to become more reliant on third-parties in the next two years.
ACOs accountable care organizations
By Bill Siwicki 07:53 am March 10, 2017
Looking at 400 accountable care organizations, University of Texas researchers found that ACOs can use health IT to improve overall efficiency by coordinating care and providing better services.
MassHealth population health

MassHealth chief medical officer Carolyn Langer, MD. 

By Bill Siwicki 07:52 am March 10, 2017
Convene every stakeholder. Identify cross-department linkages. Understand patient sub-populations. Don’t forget long-term care and behavioral health. And hold ACOs accountable.
Palmetto Health telehealth reimbursement
By Bill Siwicki 09:03 am March 08, 2017
As part of a population health program, telemedicine technology requires new assumptions and strategies as well as technology, clinicians and finance all working together, Palmetto chief value and informatics officer Tripp Jennings says.
Partners population health
By Bill Siwicki 06:51 am March 07, 2017
By changing the way it previously treated the majority of patients, the hospital can help prevent many of them from moving into the most expensive cohort, senior director Kamal Jethwani said.

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