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.

 

June 12, 2017
When Beaumont Health System in Dearborn, Michigan, identified the need for heightened and more effective security training in 2014, it brought on a new security executive with a bright idea. Scott Larsen, manager of cybersecurity operations and architecture, tracked down a company that delivers security training in bite-sized chunks – 10-minute interactive sessions using the gamification style. “...
June 6, 2017
The pace of innovation in healthcare today is a “gold rush” for apps. Innovators large and small are speeding apps through development and bringing them to market as quickly as possible, which all-too-frequently means security is among the last considerations. That means healthcare organizations must be extra diligent when considering new apps. “There are a million different apps out there – the...
May 22, 2017
Just like online streaming giant Netflix uses behavior data to recommend movies and shows to customers, medicine is on the cusp of becoming that personalized in its approach. “We are not applying that same kind of data understanding in healthcare today and we really should be, and will be in the future,” said India Hook-Barnard, director of research strategy and associate director of precision...
May 12, 2017
The Internet of Things has the potential to provide significant financial value for healthcare providers and payers over the next three years, a new study from consulting firm Accenture found. And the inability of many healthcare executives to understand how the IoT can be used could cause them to risk substantial cost savings. The report found 73 percent of healthcare executives say the IoT is...
May 5, 2017
A new report claims 64 percent of enterprise security professionals doubt their organizations can prevent a breach to employees’ mobile devices. What’s more, 20 percent of businesses have experienced a mobile breach, while 24 percent don’t even know if they have or can’t tell whether they’ve had one, according to a new survey of 410 security professionals by Dimensional Research. The survey...
April 26, 2017
The Center for Connected Health Policy has released the fifth edition of its State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies Report. CCHP uncovered many notable findings in the new report. Perhaps chief among those: 48 states and Washington, D.C., provide reimbursement for some form of live video in Medicaid fee-for-service.  Specifically, 13 states reimburse for store-and-forward delivered...
April 17, 2017
Venture capital funding in the health IT sector almost doubled quarter over quarter for the first part of 2017, coming in at $1.6 billion in 165 deals compared to $845 million in 159 deals in Q4 2016, research firm Mercom Capital Group said in its new report.  VC funding in Q1 2017 also was up compared with Q1 2016, when nearly $1.4 billion was raised in 146 deals, Mercom Capital said. The...
April 3, 2017
A new HIMSS Analytics study of 129 C-suite executives, IT professionals, clinicians and department heads has found 79.8 percent use tablets and 42.6 percent use smartphones to access the information needed to provide and coordinate care. On the other hand, 37.2 percent use laptops and 94.6 percent still use desktop computers.   “The use of mobile technology within our daily lives has become...
March 24, 2017
As the U.S. healthcare landscape transforms and value-based care and other alternative payment models take root, the need to improve the health and care of individuals and subsequently populations of individuals becomes all the more acute. This is why more healthcare organizations are launching population health management programs and investing in technologies to support these programs. “...
March 24, 2017
UCHealth in Denver tested CareLoop’s real-time social feed of information and messages and found that 96 percent of patients responded well to the experience. The feed, which is akin to Facebook for emergency departments, delivers messages from caregivers, questions from patients, test results, explanation of care delivered, what to expect next and more. This way, patients have a live feed giving...