When an EHR Isn’t Enough

The healthcare industry’s transition away from a fee-for-service environment has spawned a litany of new care models. Patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs), accountable care organizations (ACOs), and the like may differ in certain respects, but they all share a common goal – to improve the quality of patient care and reduce costs through better coordination.

Another thing they have in common? They need the right IT system to be effective. Continue reading

Apple Targets Clinical Research With Second Foray Into Healthcare

This blog post was written by Jenni Bendfeldt, Manager, and Dan Harrison, Senior Manager.

Apple has a way of introducing products that transform entire industries and make consumers wonder how they ever got by beforehand (when’s the last time you carried around a bunch of CDs?). So when the largest tech company in the world announced in 2014 that it was getting into healthcare, industry professionals wondered whether Apple’s HealthKit was capable of achieving iPhone-like appeal and utility in a notoriously complicated field. Continue reading

Thinking Strategically About Healthcare Technology

Healthcare providers are investing heavily in IT solutions in an effort to make their operations more efficient, offer useful tools to their patients, and comply with government-mandated technology standards. But a true technology strategy involves much more than just implementing a new IT system. Technology touches nearly every facet of a healthcare organization, from care provision to provider compensation. Organizations must understand their existing needs and long-term objectives before selecting the technology solution that’s right for them.

John Whitham is an ECG Principal and one of the leaders of our Healthcare IT practice. In this brief video, he talks about partnering with clients to help them think strategically about technology, as well as the multidisciplinary approach that we bring to every engagement.

Implications of Effective IT Strategies in ASCs

This post features a conversation between John Whitham, Principal, and Conor Gallagher, Senior Manager.

The continuing migration of surgical procedures from hospitals to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) has health system leaders rethinking their outpatient strategies. But as hospitals and ASCs consider alignment opportunities and reimbursement dynamics, they also need to think about the technology that serves as a foundational layer for their success. ASCs are playing an increasingly prominent role in patient care, and it is essential that they employ a contemporary IT solution to manage patient billing, optimize efficiency in operations, and facilitate the flow of information among sites of care.

John Whitham, a Principal with ECG and a leader of the firm’s Healthcare IT practice, and Conor Gallagher, a Senior Manager in ECG’s Ambulatory Surgery practice, talk about the role that IT plays in a successful ASC strategy. Continue reading

The Future of Health Information Data Exchange

Data is integral to every aspect of healthcare. Timely access to accurate, up-to-date data – medical history, drug interactions, information about a particular disease – positions providers to successfully treat patients in a safe and efficient manner. Today’s physicians are armed with more information than ever before, thanks to technology that can transfer vast amounts of data at increasingly rapid speeds.

But is there such a thing as having too much data? Continue reading