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.

 

Blockchain illustration
By Bill Siwicki 12:09 pmDecember 7, 2018
Recently the first digital currency – redeemable for U.S. dollars – was deposited in physicians’ wallets for improving care and patient satisfaction.
By Bill Siwicki 07:28 amSeptember 24, 2018
The key performance indicators, measurable processes, implementation data and demonstrable value are what makes an effective innovation dashboard.
By Bill Siwicki 11:51 amSeptember 17, 2018
One has a moat surrounding its products no one can get through while the other offers an open operating system for all to use.
epic, cerner, allscripts signs from HIMSS18 convention booths
By Bill Siwicki 04:35 pmSeptember 10, 2018
Major electronic health record systems vendors are pretty innovative companies when it comes to keeping their products up to date with the changing requirements of delivering healthcare at health systems, hospitals and group practices. But there is only so much big companies can do, and further, sometimes the perspective from an innovative upstart developer can shed light on new features and...
South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, Massachusetts

South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, Massachusetts, is part of the South Shore Health System. Credit: Google Maps

By Bill Siwicki 02:11 pmSeptember 7, 2018
Boston's South Shore Health System was facing some challenges with five affiliated OB/GYN physician groups across 40 referring physicians: patient confusion, missed revenue, and negatively impacted Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems scores. To overcome these challenges, South Shore built a smartphone app. Using "app-as-a-service" technology and specialized blueprints...
Nurse responding to a text.
By Bill Siwicki 11:57 amAugust 27, 2018
Indianapolis, Indiana-based Community Health Network wanted to up its hiring game. It wanted the best clinical and administrative employees it could find in Indiana. To help with this goal, the health system turned to a text message-based recruiting platform to find not only nurses but also master-level social workers, housekeepers, security personnel, patient services representatives, cooks,...
Health Wizz pilot app uses a blockchain- and FHIR-enabled EHR aggregator
By Bill Siwicki 11:57 amJuly 19, 2018
Health Wizz has updated and is piloting its unusual blockchain- and FHIR-enabled EHR aggregator mobile app, which uses blockchain to tokenize data, enabling patients to securely aggregate, organize, share, donate and/or trade their medical records. The idea is to enable individuals to control their health data as easily as they do their online bank accounts to allow better communication between...
By Bill Siwicki 03:08 pmMay 31, 2018
Riverside Medical Clinic is the largest physician-owned practice in California. It is a multi-specialty enterprise that has more than 170 providers and sees more than 400,000 patient visits a year. As such, it has a great need to communicate with myriad patients on a daily basis, no matter the location. So Riverside recently implemented a patient communications platform that uses bidirectional...
By Bill Siwicki 04:25 pmMay 17, 2018
Vecna Technologies, a developer of patient self-service systems, has integrated its onsite patient check-in platform with Imprivata's PatientSecure identification technology. Through the partnership, hospitals and ambulatory practices will be able to use Imprivata's biometric palm vein scanning technology to securely ID patients who are checking in using Vecna's platform. There is now a thriving...
By Bill Siwicki 02:07 pmApril 17, 2018
Miramont Family Medicine, a group practice in Fort Collins, Colorado, has four offices with staff and patients in each location. For physicians, finding the time to be physically present where and when they are needed can be difficult. Dr. John Bender, Miramont's CEO and a diplomat for the American Board of Family Medicine, was looking for a better means to connect with patients and staff when he...