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Five Best Practices to Enable Population Health Management
Learn how to deploy population health management into process, work culture and technology systems with data.

Advanced Analytics in Health
Six succinct chapter and infographics addressing new paradigms, predictive analytics, the "Internet of Things", cloud analytics, self-service BI, optimizing EMRs, and creating a data centric culture.

Beyond the ROI of Virtualization
Healthcare organizations enabling virtual desktop infrastructures (VDI) have a tremendous opportunity to impact their patient care. This paper highlights the results of a series of clinical and IT staff interviews HIMSS Analytics conducted in March 2015 to highlight the quantitative ROI of VDI.

Case Study: Beaumont Health System Automates CMS Reporting, Provides Safer Care
Read the case study to learn how Beaumont Health System used InterSystems HealthShare® to automate government mandated reporting even though the data in its EMR was not easily accessible or available in the required formats. HealthShare also enabled Beaumont to improve patient care and safety, save time and effort while meeting reporting deadlines, and benchmark its performance on hospital acquired infections against other hospitals nationally.

Beyond EMR: How Cloud Services Are Securing, Streamlining and Simplifying Healthcare
Esker is the nexus of efficient healthcare information processing. Medical professionals of all kinds can achieve a fully automated communication exchange that goes beyond fax and EMR systems for end-to-end automation in multiple paper-based processes. Read this White Paper to find out more!

The Big, Big Data Workbook
Few technology trends have earned the kind of hype big data has. But then again, few technology trends have offered enterprises so much potential for transformation. Ever since software began to envelope whole business processes at the turn of the century, it's been clear: Data changes the way we work.

The Business Case for Paperless Document Exchange
Paperless document exchange is catching on as a comprehensive solution capable of solving these and other critical healthcare challenges. Read our new eBook to explore why automation is ideal for bringing new levels of simplicity, collaboration and security to clinical and business processes.

Connecting Care Around the World
Read this Q&A with Joe DeSantis, InterSystems vice president of HealthShare platforms, for a perspective on how shared health information is making a difference in care, and why healthcare organizations need to move now from a vision of connected, coordinated care to reality.

Connecting Care Coordination Teams, Anywhere, Anytime
The explosion of mobile health and advances in medical technology has been accompanied by a parallel increase in acute-care complexity and coordination challenges. Today, test results, x-rays and even snapshots of wounds can be shared among clinicians in less time than it takes to go from one hospital floor to another, and patients are being treated by an increasing array of specialists – thanks to the flexibility of mobile health technology.

Cost of a Data Breach at Healthcare Organizations
Minimize your breach risk – Get the security you need to tackle today’s threat landscape.

Delivering Network Intelligence Through Effective Data Management
When it comes to "big data", the healthcare industry is held to a higher standard for two important reasons. First, this is where it can be the difference between life or death, both for patients and for the companies that serve them. Second, for such an enormous industry, healthcare is remarkably fragmented yet interdependent. In this paper featuring NaviNet, learn about the value-driven transformative quality measures needed to organize and elevate data.

Electronic Signatures for Healthcare
Healthcare professionals, administrators and providers agree: it is time to remove paper from everyday processes like contracting and procurement, HR, Medicare billing, patient onboarding and more.

Empowering Today's mHealth Professionals for Dynamic Productivity
In the highly mobile health environment, care teams need fast, easy ways to collaborate with each other and their patients. While enabling anytime, anywhere productivity can inform an organization's ability to drive high-quality, low-cost health services, it must also address privacy, compliance and security concerns. This solutions brief highlights personalized, dynamic solutions to empower mHealth professionals with new tools that maximize those abilities.

Gartner 2013 Cool Vendor Report with Flash for All - Competitive Differentiation with Flash Storage
Learn how every business can improve efficiency, compete better, and deliver compelling user experiences with flash. You'll also gain access to Gartner's 2013 Cool Vendor Report Download our ebook and learn how you can improve efficiency, compete better and deliver compelling user experiences.

Going Mobile
Hop on board the mobile app development bandwagon yet do it with more than the latest technology in your briefcase. Use this whitepaper to guide you toward a well-crafted mobile app that is technologically superior and serves your strategic business goals. You can have both.

Health Analytics for Everyone
Health analytics solutions from Microsoft and partners help pull together different types of data—from EMR systems to handwritten notes to social media—and marry these diverse data types in ways never before possible. Give everyone in your organization a powerful new way to work with data—with today’s health analytics solutions, you can empower your health professionals to generate actionable insights from the rapidly growing data in our industry.

How Does Patient Satisfaction Impact the Likelihood of Readmissions?
For nursing leaders: A look at how hospitals can leverage interactive technology and processes to improve the patient experience and reduce preventable readmissions.

How Flash Changes Everything
Pure Storage set out with a simple mission: to create a purpose-built storage array that overcomes these barriers. The result is the Pure Storage FlashArray and its tightly-coupled software, the Purity Operating Environment. When compared to a disk array, the FlashArray is 10X faster (on both IOPS and latency); 10X more efficient in power, space, and cooling; more reliable on enterprise workloads; so simple that it installs in minutes and less costly than the $5 per GB that is the going rate for performance disk.

How to Design a Robust Health App
A multitude of health apps competes for consumers’ short attention spans and strong desire to get healthy. To draw your audience to your health app, we have gathered experts who will point to key design and research activities that can guide you as you develop a healthy and sustainable app.

How Valley Regional Imaging Went Paperless
Learn how Valley Regional Imaging successfully implemented a paperless office and decreased per patient processing costs by 75% in just six months.

How VNAs Reduce Clinical Data Cost and Complexity
Healthcare organizations are struggling to manage not only the explosive growth, but also the complexity of digital patient information, spread across disparate facilities, applications and data silos. To combat the strain on IT resources this deluge inflicts, it makes sense to evolve from traditional proprietary solutions such as PACS (picture and archiving communication systems). Through better data liquidity and accessibility, cloud-based vendor-neutral archive (VNA) solutions can make it easier and less costly to pursue new opportunities, clinical strategies, business models, acquisitions and other initiatives.

Hybrid Cloud Powers Next-Generation Health IT At The Point-of-Care
The shift from fee-for-service to value-based care is creating significant financial and performance pressures for healthcare providers. As Health IT leaders work to harness cloud, Big Data, mobile, and social technology to optimize their EMR, building a trusted hybrid cloud infrastructure lays the foundation for team-based care. In this whitepaper, learn how a hybrid cloud framework enables coordinated care to improve patient care delivery, lower IT costs, and increase business agility -- including recommended steps and solutions.

Improving Patient Care and Compliance by Automating Inbound Healthcare Documents
Efficient and secure management of insurance forms, physician orders, prescriptions and more is critical to the success of any healthcare provider -- patient care cannot be compromised. Read this White Paper to find out more about automating healthcare documents!

Installing an Interactive Patient Care System Using Existing Infrastructure
How hospitals use existing coaxial cable to deliver interactive patient care and hospital system integration.

Leveraging Population Health to Meet Value-Based Care Goals 
Many provider organizations are turning to population health management programs to produce the clinical results that will enable them to financially succeed under value-based reimbursement. These initiatives aim to enhance outcomes for an entire group of individuals, instead of merely looking to improve health on a one-to-one basis. Using recent HIMSS Analytics research, this whitepaper offers insights into how organizations can accomplish this. 

Managing the Unknown
In this resource, Dr. Alan Snell, former CMIO, and Jeffrey Short, a healthcare attorney, share insights on medical device risks that are easily missed, and easily catastrophic, with repercussions ranging from HIPAA violations to patient harm. More importantly, they offer guidance on what healthcare leaders can do to ensure their patients, data, medical devices and clinical networks are safe and compliant with federal mandates.

Patient Care Drives Tech Strategy at Halifax Health
Learn how a few changes across the healthcare infrastructure can power better patient care and streamline workflow.

Patient Portals - Best Practices for Greater Success
It's the era of patient engagement and improving the patient experience. This microbook highlights best practices for choosing portal technology, and then getting staff and patients on board with adoption to get the most out of this key investment.

Potential Unlocked: Transforming Healthcare by Putting Information to Work
Healthcare data is essential for value-based care and other transformations. Clean, connected, and safe data -- delivered rapidly across hallways, across networks -- is vital for the entire healthcare ecosystem. Healthcare data management has become an important competitive advantage. It lets you move faster than your competition, provides better insight into your business, and deliver powerful agility not usually associated with healthcare, but one that will be, quite literally, do or die, in the coming transformation. In this new eBook, you'll see the benefits of implementing the right healthcare data solutions. You'll learn: key factors driving healthcare transformation; what "transformed healthcare" means for your institution and you; common barriers and best practices; and how to build an effective business case for data infrastructure.

The Product Innovation Challenge
On the path toward product development, companies can get waylaid and lose touch with their business objectives. Hit the pause button and clarify your company’s intention and customer value proposition. Following this route will ultimately yield more value than a high-tech tool created in a vacuum.

Redefining the Patient Experience
Holy Redeemer CXO shares innovative steps on the patient experience journey.

Securing Information in Patient Admissions and Discharge
Every time a document or form is copied, scanned, printed, faxed or emailed -a patient's protected health information (PHI) can be accidentally exposed or intentionally compromised. Notable Solutions adds a layer of security and control to electronic and paper-based patient admissions and discharge processes.

Download this white paper to learn how Notable Solutions is helping hospitals to minimize the manual work and decisions that invite human error, automatically mitigate the risk of non-compliance, and avoid the fines, reputation damage and other costs of HIPAA violations and privacy breaches.

Securing Health Data in a BYOD World
In many ways, bring your own device (BYOD) sounds good to healthcare leaders. It can improve productivity, optimize practitioners’ time and even reduce capital expenditures. But there’s a flip side to BYOD that often sends shudders down the spines of healthcare IT executives and hospital administrators: As BYOD usage increases, so can security vulnerabilities.

Securing Health Information at the Point of Care
Eighty one percent of healthcare organizations use smart devices to collect, store or transmit some form of PHI and 49 percent do nothing to protect them. In fact, theft or loss of portable and unencrypted devices is the leading source of reported HIPAA data breaches and fines.

Download this white paper to learn how Notable Solutions is helping hospitals to minimize the manual work and decisions that invite human error, automatically mitigate the risk of non-compliance, and avoid the fines, reputation damage and other costs of HIPAA violations and privacy breaches.

The Secure Exchange of Protected Health Information
To demonstrate meaningful use of electronic health records (EHR), as required by the HITECH Act, hospitals must fulfill the seemingly contradictory mandates to increase the sharing of patients' protected health information while also keeping it secure.

Notable Solutions adds a layer of security and control to paper-based and electronic processes, enabling HIPAA-compliant secure exchange of PHI. Download this white paper to learn how this advanced capture and output platform helps hospitals to reduce error, automatically mitigate the risk of noncompliance and avoid the fines, reputation damage and other costs of HIPAA violations and privacy breaches.

The Cloud Fax Advantage: Boosting Efficiency and Lowering Costs with Automated Fax Operations
Even in today’s high-tech healthcare world, faxing is still commonplace in many hospitals and offices. However, relying on traditional faxing methods can come at a cost to your patient care and compliance.Efficient and secure management of insurance forms, physician orders, prescriptions and more is critical to the success of any healthcare provider. Read this White Paper to find out more!

UPMC: Unlocking the Potential of Data in Healthcare Transformation
Value-driven transformative business measures, such as reduced patient admission, member retention and patient engagement, all depend on access to trustworthy data. In this paper featuring UPMC, delve into the three defining characteristics to fostering a data-centric environment: Analytics, best-practice care, and managing the many relationships in healthcare.

Usability Testing: Achieve Meaningful Use in Stage II
With the advent of 2014, EHR software is in the spotlight as physicians work toward ONC’s Meaningful Use Stage 2 certification. Listen to researchers explain why formative and usability testing are vital to delivering a product that meets the needs of your end users.

Using Big Data to Increase the Effectiveness and Quality of Patient Care: CHRISTUS Health Success Story
This whitepaper shows how Christus Health was able to improve outcomes through operational efficiencies and data driven decision making. With end to end integration, their business intelligence initiative is able to deliver accurate, integrated views of patient data enterprise-wide. This provides unprecedented ability for their care providers to correlate and integrate data allowing form more informed decisions and improved quality of care.

Using All-Flash Arrays to Solve Tier-1 Database Problems
Latency is the life-blood of any database application. When transactions slow, it is often a direct result of disk contention at the storage layer driving-up storage I/O latency, which directly translates into slower transactions and a slower end-user experience. Moving to an all-flash architecture for your database affords immediate and obvious performance benefits, but also introduces a whole host of operational benefits: - Simplify operations - Eliminate tuning - Provide a price point that is less expensive than disk based and even hybrid systems

Using Digital to Transform Information Systems
Learn how the University of Pennsylvania’s Health System transformed its information system via digitization. What started as an intention to reduce the paper load generated by a single patient visit, turned into a comprehensive overhaul of the hospital’s medical and financial records. The end result? Dramatically increased efficiencies across all departments.

Using Apps to Engage Patients in their Health
Technology alone can’t change human behavior. Yet technology infused with a deep understanding of human behavior goes a long way toward shifting habits. Learn how to win over and engage consumers by devising mobile apps that play to people’s motivations, goals and mental models.

Web Security Matters in Healthcare
The healthcare industry is an increasingly attractive target for cyber criminals. The more difficult organizations make their systems to breach, the less likely it is they will be a target. Learn how web security is key in healthcare IT programs.

10 Good Reasons to Change Your Prior Authorization Strategy
With government mandates growing more complex, providers can’t afford to forfeit reimbursements. Providers need to better manage processes to streamline prior-authorization amidst the complexity of clinical decisions & payer policies.

4 Top Trends in Healthcare Data Analysis to Adopt Today
From changing reimbursement models to an increasingly empowered patient base, the pressure is on hospitals to make better use of their data. But how to turn ever-expanding volumes of data into actionable insight?

The 7 Essential Layers of Secure Cloud Computing
If patient health information (PHI) is the family jewels of healthcare data, then healthcare IT leaders must step up their vigilance in defending the castle against threats. And in today’s increasingly cloud-centric IT environment, healthcare organizations must be increasingly creative and comprehensive in protecting PHI data from resourceful and sophisticated cyber thieves. After all, PHI is estimated to be an order of magnitude more valuable to cyber criminals than credit card numbers.