H4 Technology featured in Beckers Hospital Review for Top Population Health Management Companies to Know

Hospitals and health systems across the country are developing and implementing population health initiatives aimed at providing better patient care, wellness and prevention. Population health efforts can include targeting at-risk populations for diagnostic testing and preventative measures, chronic care management and home care support. Population health initiatives rely on data gathering and analytics to develop an understanding of patient populations and gaps of care. Here are more than 65 population health management companies to know, in alphabetical order. H4 Technology (Omaha, Neb.). H4 Technology is Continue reading →

Top 5 Business Intelligence Trends in 2017

According to a Harvey Nash / KPMG survey healthcare CIOs are significantly more interested in expanding data analytics infrastructure in 2017 than counterparts in other industries (1).  To help with this interest we put together our Top 5 Business Intelligence trends for 2017.   Predictive Analytics This buzz word has gathered a lot of attention in 2016 and we see this trend continuing into 2017.   How can you improve in 2017?  Use predictive analytics to take preventative action to positively impact the organization.  Examples include Continue reading →

Accelerating Towards Value Based Payments

In 2015, CMS announced plans to accelerate the move of Medicare Reimbursement towards value based payments.   Value based payment is measurement on positive quality (including care coordination) and cost effectiveness of healthcare providers.  Health IT and sophisticated data systems play a crucial role to integrate, analyze, present, and engage patients who are at risk or preventable of  high cost outcomes. Link 85% of Medicare Part A and Part B payments to quality and value by end of 2016 and 90% by end of 2018 Increase Continue reading →

Analytics needed for Providers to Transition to Value Based Care

At HIMSS earlier this month, Interoperability, Population health and Value Based Care were hot discussion topics among the attendees, vendors and educational participants. CMS has announced changes from the fee for service model for Medicare payments.  New Alternative Payment models are introduced to shift the focus from fee for service to value based care for patients. Goal #1: 30% of Medicare payments are tied to quality or value through alternative payment models (i.e. ACO, medical homes, bundled payments, comprehensive primary care initiatives, pioneer ACOs) by Continue reading →

Healthcare IT Connect Summit: H4T’s Chris Henkenius to Present with Nebraska DBH

    For more information or to register, please visit www.healthcareitconnect.com Data Integration, Management & Analytics for Behavioral Health: A Nebraska DHHS Model  March 22nd  10:00am  Track 3 Heather Wood, Quality Improvement and Data Performance Administrator, Division of Behavioral Health, NE Department of Health and Human Services Christopher M. Henkenius, President, H4 Technology, LLC In 2014, the Division of Behavioral Health in Nebraska initiated a project to refresh the data management platform utilized by the State and its providers to improve the quality of mental Continue reading →

How our Health Insurance Premiums Went Down

As a small business, health insurance costs for our employees was a major concern.  As a small business in the healthcare industry, transforming healthcare was a major priority for us.  By merging those two concepts, our healthcare premiums REDUCED by more the 10% in 2016. Step 1 was offering health insurance as part of our benefits package.  That was easy.  Step 2 was to make sure our employees were invested in their healthcare, so we funded their Health Savings Account (HSA) to 100% of the Continue reading →

“If Failure is not an option, then neither is success.”

  Thanks to HIMSS, AHIP, and other healthcare conferences this year, I have had the opportunity to hear from big name speakers like Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Elizabeth Holmes.   In Omaha this past week, Seth Godin delivered the opening keynote for the Omaha Chamber’s Make/Happen event.  Seth was far and away the best speaker I have ever heard.  I have a notebook full of memorable quotes, but perhaps my favorite is “If failure is not an option, then neither is success.”  This quote Continue reading →

Harnessing The Data Explosion

  It is estimated that the amount of data that is generated increases ten times every 5 years and the rate of growth is increasing.  85% of the data is coming from new data sources, like wearable devices.  There are 4.3 connected devices per adult and 27% of businesses are using social media input.  According to a 2015 Gartner report, “By 2015, organizations integrating high-value, diverse, new information types and sources into a coherent information management infrastructure will outperform their industry peers financially by more Continue reading →

What’s In A Name?

When we came on-board and relaunched H4T in October 2014, my partners and I started asking ourselves what H4T meant.  We discussed what we wanted this company to be.  The two most important ideas centered on healthcare and technology. Our President, Chris Henkenius, is a nationally known expert in the Health Information Exchange (HIE) space and he knew first-hand the challenges and opportunities in Healthcare IT.  He knew that with the creative minds we could pull together, we could come up with new and innovative Continue reading →

Are Employers Prepared for the 40% Cadillac Tax in 2018?

Are Employers prepared for the 40% Cadillac Tax in 2018? The Affordable Care Act has come under scrutiny since it was passed in 2009. Whether it will be repealed or replaced only time will tell, but under the current law, employers need to brace themselves for what will come in 2018. A major tax in this plan includes a 40% nondeductible “Cadillac” excise tax on the value of health coverage that exceeds $10,200 for self only coverage and $27,500 for family coverage. In evaluating this Continue reading →