News Day: Post COVID IT Projects, At Risk Hospitals and Digital Transformation

With

Bill Russell

News Day May 2020 This Week in Health IT
#ThisWeekinHealthIT it's Tuesday News Day and today we look at the financially at-risk hospitals, Digital Transformation and what IT projects health systems are planning on next.
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News Day: Post COVID IT Projects, At Risk Hospitals and Digital Transformation.

Episode 241: Show Notes.

Welcome back to another Tuesday Newsday! After all of the COVID episodes we have
published recently, we would love to hear from you, email us with the biggest challenges that
have been present in your work. We will go through those on next week's show so send in them
in as soon as you can! In today's business we look at a few important stories that touch on the
current state of the pandemic but more so on what comes next. The first topic is the future of
enterprise software and what it might look like in the coming months. Bill reads through a few
thoughts on this, talking about automation, expenses and more. With so much changing in such
a short period of time there is sure to be a whole of movement with the tech sector as some
companies will disappear, some will step up and some will shift. This will impact the health world
in many ways and we look at a few examples. Cerner and AWS' well-publicized partnership has
taken on new meaning with them announcing their joint effort to useable data for researches on
the COVID-19 pandemic and Bill looks at the story that explains this. The rest of the episode is
used to look at declines in outpatient visits, perceptions of safety at hospitals, struggling
hospitals and how health centers can try to prioritize new and existing projects in a post-COVID
scenario. For all this, be sure to tune in!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • What is the biggest challenge that you or your health system is facing right now? We want to
    know!
  • The looming changes in enterprise software; perspectives on what is next.
  • More automation suits the customer and should be embraced.
  • Reshuffling and acquisition in the tech market and how this will be felt in healthcare.
  • The work that AWS and Cerner are doing to make COVID-19 data available for researchers.
  • Declines in outpatient visits since the advent of the pandemic.
  • The need to make hospitals places people feel safe visiting after the crisis.
  • How the coronavirus has affected financially struggling hospitals.
  • The list of hospitals who have been forced to furlough staff as a result of the crisis.
  • Healthcare projects that will continue through and after the crisis.
  • A simple framework for prioritizing projects for the short term future.

     

Tweetables:

“We expect things that can be done by us ourselves that move things along at a faster pace to
be done that way.” — @BillRussellHIT [0:07:09]

“To a certain extent, we have some work to do here to undo what we’ve done in terms of
cementing in people’s minds to stay away from the hospital.” — @BillRussellHIT [0:15:30]

“No one knows what the new revenue normal is going to be. If you came into this thing as a
billion dollar health system, you might leave as a 800 million dollar health system.” —
@BillRussellHIT [0:18:59]

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
Sirius Healthcare
Cerner
AWS
Why Enterprise Software Will Be Forever Changed
ServiceNow
Bill McDermott
Soma Somasundaram
Ayman Sayed
BMC
Eric Clark
NTT DATA
QuickBooks
Yvonne Wassenaar
Puppet
Adam Mansfield
UpperEdge
Cerner, AWS Partner to Make COVID-19 Data Available to Researcher
Epic
Outpatient Visits Down 60%, Because of COVID-19 Study Finds
Phreesia
Zoom
Atrium
Coronavirus Strains Cash-Strapped, Hospitals Could Cause up to a 100 to Close Within a Year
261 Hospitals Furloughing Workers in Response to COVID-19
Jesus Delgado
Community Health System
Scott Kelly
Asante
Bill Russell Slack Resource Email
Bill Russell Email
This Week in Health IT Email
Health Lyrics
VMware
Galen Healthcare
StarBridge Advisors