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The Innovative Spirit of Pediatric Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital


Naomi Fried, Ph.D.How can innovation be embedded into an organization’s culture? And can a single executive act as a catalyst?

These are questions that Naomi Fried thinks a lot about. Four years ago, Fried was hired as Boston Children’s Hospital’s first Chief Innovation Officer.

She created the Innovation Acceleration Program, which aims to transform the innovation culture at the hospital by identifying and catalyzing new opportunities, facilitating grassroots innovation, and supporting strategic initiatives at the institutional level.

My colleagues over on the Health Leadership Forum recently sat down with Fried to discuss the advantages and challenges of fostering innovation at a children’s … Read more


Disruptive Technology

Giving Health IT Entrepreneurs a Jolt with Our New Accelerator Program


The athenahealth MDP Accelerator program is officially open for business!

Our More Disruption Please (MDP) program has always been about disrupting the status quo in health care by helping to deliver access and connectivity to innovative solutions. This summer, we launched our newest addition to the initiative, the MDP Accelerator, a program designed to disrupt the industry even more, one start-up at a time.

Some background: When we started the MDP program, we made a commitment to foster innovation by bringing together like-minded health care professionals through conferences and hackathons. We then introduced the athenahealth Marketplace, where we integrate … Read more


Care Coordination

Community Hospitals: What It Will Take to Thrive


Community hospitals across the U.S. have been receiving a lot of press lately — and not all of it has been positive. Just this past summer there was the story from Belhaven, NC of Vidant Pungo Hospital closing its doors, leaving the community an hour or more from the nearest ER. In that case, as reported by The Advisory Board’s The Daily Briefing, Belhaven mayor Adam O’Neal blamed the forced closure for “the recent death of a 48-year-old woman suffering a heart attack who was unable to reach a hospital with emergency services in time for live-saving care.”

While that’s … Read more


Medical Billing & Payers

VIDEO: How Data-rich Medical Billing Helped Orthopedic Innovators


Michelle Mangino, Social Media ManagerAt first glance, you might think of Midlands Orthopaedics as a typical orthopedic practice.

They provide comprehensive care across three locations, delivered by 14 fellowship-trained physicians.

The practice has about 29,000 unique patient visits every year, from a diverse population in the Columbia, SC area.

Now, look closer.

Midlands has led the orthopedic industry by bringing advanced surgeries like hip resurfacing and joint replacement to an outpatient setting.

“I don’t know anywhere in the world where hip resurfacing as a subspecialty operation has been done yet as an outpatient surgery,” says Dr. Thomas Gross, Midlands’ pioneer in the hip resurfacing … Read more


Meaningful Use

Putting Six Months of Meaningful Use Stage 2 Data to Use


Libby Webb, Executive Director of Product ManagementWe’re almost three quarters of the way through the first year of Meaningful Use Stage 2 and it’s shaping up to be much more challenging than the industry anticipated. You’ve probably already seen two related bits of “negative” news: that very few providers nationwide had attested to Stage 2 so far, and that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is delaying the overall Meaningful Use program deadlines for providers who have been unable to upgrade to a 2014 “certified” EHR technology (CERT).

We seem to be the exception. Every athenahealth provider has been using our 2014 CERHT throughout … Read more


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