John Derr

John Derr, RPh, currently serves as Health Information Technology Strategy consultant to Golden Living, where he previously served as CIO and CTO. He is currently on the HHS Federal Advisory Committee on Standards, a CCHIT Trustee, and serves on several other federal and state HIT advisory groups. His extensive career has included major executive positions with Squibb, Siemens, Tenet (NME) and AHCA/NCAL. With almost 50 years of experience in healthcare, Derr has also started four companies.

LTPAC information technology conference melds care quality & business impact

June's LTPAC HIT Summit will mark the annual long-term and post-acute care meeting of the minds of technology and longitudinal care coordination. Read More »

Technology reaches further into long-term and post-acute care policy

Health information technology and long-term care, once rarely found in the same conversation, are now topics of discussion within multiple policy-making bodies and workgroups. Read More »

2013: The year of HIT cooperation across the care spectrum?

The long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) industry made some good inroads last year in terms of information technology and electronic records, but 2013 should be a hallmark year of cooperation, connectivity and shared mission among LTPAC providers, acute care providers and the vendor community. Read More »

Working with Workflow: Long-term care’s EMR Technology

Will your EMR grow along with you? Does your information system understand you facility's workflow? Senior care technology expert John Derr explains how to assess workflow amid information technology changes and upgrades. Read More »

Longitudinal care and the LTPAC world

The healthcare system has taken three large steps toward longitudinal care—and toward embracing long-term/post-acute care’s role in that picture. Progress on the Meaningful Use stages and templates for the new Continuity of Care Document were among the highlights. Read More »

The harmonization of clinical care and technology

In this week's blog, John Derr, RPh, discusses the importance of harmony between clinical design and information technology. Successful implementation of transitions of care and longitudinal health records will require bringing both the clinical side and the technology side into the future together. Read More »

LTPAC HIT Summit: A growing harmony between HIT and clinical

Many providers have recognized that there is a harmonizing between HIT and clinical. Clinicians are working together with their IT departments and vendors to solve clinical processes. If you have not formed this partnership within your company you should do so as you will have an earlier success in developing your HIT infrastructure. Read More »

A team approach to HIT

It is important that you understand where the healthcare market is going and commit whether or not to stay with “this is the way we always did it” philosophy. You might decide to stay with what you are doing, but be sure to do a thorough analysis of everything. When you make an upgrade in your HIT you will have to make changes and you have to know the starting point. Read More »

10 HIT strategies to become a preferred provider

Interconnectivity and transitions of care are as important to LTPAC providers as they are good for patient coordination of care. Remember, the end objective is an integrated, dynamic, longitudinal, person-centric electronic healthcare record. Read More »

HIT and risk management considerations for LTPAC providers

New payment models require payors to look closer at risk management. While traditional risk management analyzes the risk of taking a risk, we now also have to analyze the risk of not taking a risk, particularly from an information technology perspective. Read More »

Another banner month for health IT in LTPAC

Since my last blog there have been a number of meetings and reports that are very important to long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) providers and IT vendors. Here’s a review of these events and some information on how you can get involved. Read More »

2012 is the year of technology for LTPAC

It is time that LTPAC providers and vendors step up and become involved in the transition of care processes. With the upcoming emphasis on reducing instances of 30-day re-hospitalizations of patients, SNFs will have to become involved. Read More »

Health information technology in LTC: Where do we stand?

In his new monthly blog, John F. Derr, RPh, Health Information Technology Strategy consultant to Golden Living, will bring you the big picture in long-term and post-acute care health information technology, and inform you on how to participate in the future. Read More »