Health-IT World will soon change its name to Digital HealthCare & Productivity. We are making this change to better reflect the broader adoption of digital technology occurring in healthcare and to emphasize our evolving mission to focus squarely on how digital technologies can boost productivity.
When Health-IT World was founded in 2003, there was no U.S. HealthIT czar; efforts to create interoperability standards were stalled; HIPAA's messy rollout was barely underway; and the Medicare reform bill had not yet passed. The situation is not less chaotic today, but the debate over the need to use digital technology to transform healthcare has ended. Likewise efforts to create interoperable healthcare networks are making steady progress; we'll soon have our second national HealthIT czar; the number of available software solutions has mushroomed; and it seems like a new healthcare web portal opens every day.
Clearly the adoption of digital technology in healthcare is rapidly moving to the next level. What's needed now is coverage of the technologies but with a focus on selecting from available technology solutions; a heavy emphasis on implementation methods; and the clear linking of these two activities to achieving ROI.
Digital HealthCare & Productivity aims do this and more. The new name reflects our continued efforts to be a leader in recognizing change and to help our audience of providers, payers, and technology providers continue to transform healthcare. Watch for Digital HealthCare & Productivity in your inbox.
John Russell, executive editor