When it comes to Norman Doors, the real shame lies with the designer who failed to account for basic human factors. Far too many HIT applications reflect a disregard for basic principles of human factors engineering.

There is a misbelief that FHIR is going to provide a rapid path to robust interoperability between third-party applications and EHRs. It’s vital we address those misconceptions and mitigate the risks posed by the hype.

Every January, JP Morgan conducts a world-class conference focusing on investment in healthcare. It’s an impressive gathering of investors, healthcare leaders and innovators, ranging from services to life sciences to information technology. Participation far exceeds those who actually attend the conference, since this gathering provides a great opportunity to network. It can be a very efficient, if exhausting, way to scan the overall environment and get a sense of what’s hot, what’s not and who’s investing in what.

In a clinically integrated network (CIN), a group of healthcare providers come together in a purposeful and carefully orchestrated way to take economic responsibility for delivering care that is better, cheaper and provides a more satisfying experience for patients. For example, a group of orthopedic surgeons, a hospital, a rehab facility and a home health company might all join together to form a CIN that focuses on joint replacement. The insurance company would negotiate a set price for the entire episode of care and standards to ensure the quality of care is not diminished. It’s up to the CIN to figure out how best to care for the patient “on a budget” while still hitting the quality targets.