The Affordable Care Act Survives The Supreme Court (For The Most Part)

Rich Temple, Executive Consultant, Beacon Partners

The Supreme Court today handed down a historic decision upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), virtually in its entirety, on the basis of Congress having the authority to levy a “tax” (i.e., the non-compliance penalty for the individual mandate).  This is a different angle than many observers expected for upholding the ACA; most were focused […]

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The Hidden Pools of Healthcare IT Talent

As leaders in health IT, we are all too well aware of the challenges involved in attracting and retaining top-grade talent.  As we are confronted with ever more complex challenges in our health care landscape, we are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit people who can take leadership roles in moving projects forward and, simultaneously, […]

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EHR Value & the Importance of Studying Studies

A study was recently published by Stanford University calling into question the value of Electronic Health Records as drivers of improved patient care.  This study has caused quite a buzz in the EHR community, and I think it is important for us in this community to be ready to explain how some aspects of this […]

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CPOE AND MEANINGFUL USE – DON’T RUSH IN

I felt compelled to write a few paragraphs about the most recent Leapfrog report that just came out on CPOE systems (full report right here on healthsystemcio.com), and their failure in repeated testing to catch a vast preponderance of errors that they should have caught. Leapfrog revealed that it had tested CPOE systems at 214 […]

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“Patient Safety” Contrasted with “Patron Safety”

I just returned from a weekend with my family at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, OH (the “roller coaster capital of the world”).  While we certainly had fun taking in all the coasters, I couldn’t help but think about health IT (I know, what can I say, I need a life!). What really struck […]

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