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340B entities face increased challenges in a shifting regulatory and enforcement landscape

Concerns about who qualifies under the 340B Program, how drugs can be dispensed to patients, and how much entities will be reimbursed may significantly impact the operation of the 340B Program as Congress intended. This evolving landscape poses challenges to all stakeholders.

Why better heart health worldwide is now within reach

By placing the power to detect atrial fibrillation into the hands of 6 billion global smartphone users, validation of further physiological parameters will be expedited and the subsequent adoption of this technology into DTx will enable the low-cost tools required to remove barriers to care and improve heart health across the globe.

This isn’t another story about burnout: Why empathy fatigue is the worst threat to patient care today

At the beginning of the pandemic, we were celebrated as heroes. Now the heroes are asking for help in addressing this new phenomenon of empathy fatigue. If we fail to ignore this crisis of compassion, patients and clinicians will continue to suffer.

Getting the healthcare first impression right through smart pre-care engagement

The trifecta of increasing consumerism, staff burnout, and deferred care is a fundamental and new challenge that every healthcare provider in the country must overcome. The solution needs to start at the very start of the care journey when patients are still formulating an opinion of their provider and the care they are likely to …

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With overdoses skyrocketing, Congress must consider non-opioid alternatives to pain management

Complementary and integrative healthcare providers, including chiropractic physicians, acupuncturists, and massage therapists, provide effective and safe treatments for pain. Yet, they are too often overlooked by Congress and a healthcare system that tends to default to pharmacological treatments as the first step in pain reduction.

Weathering the good and the bad: Why good business practices work

For most companies and medtech, in particular, good business practices (GBP) happens on multiple levels. On the micro level, it’s more prescriptive (i.e., regulatory best practices or good manufacturing practices). On the macro level, it’s expressed as a set of ethics and principles that govern a company’s conduct.

Exploring strategies and innovations that deliver balance and wellbeing, expand access to health care, and dramatically improve health outcomes

Recognizing the symbiotic relationship between chronic diseases and mental wellbeing highlights a need for common sense solutions that embrace a holistic, more balanced-oriented approach that has proven successful in nature for hundreds of thousands of years

3 reasons you should use NLP to make sense of SDOH

Obtaining an understanding of how specific SDOH factors affect individuals is extremely difficult because SDOH data is not methodically collected by clinicians. Natural Language Processing (NLP), a key discipline of AI that uses computers to understand the written word, can overcome this challenge,

What does human behavior teach us about frictionless healthcare?

Incorporating behavior science enables you to better understand your consumers’ unique needs — and the personalized consumer engagements best suited to solve them. With a little less friction and a bit more fuel, you empower your end-users to make positive behavior changes and take control of their own health.

The medtech industry’s responsibility in addressing the socioeconomic barriers to accessing and succeeding on renal replacement therapy

Aside from rallying for more patient-oriented reimbursement and removing the red tape involved so that providers can provide home-based dialysis care, medical device manufacturers must also offer a turnkey solution for home-based therapy that includes servicing the device in a door-to-door model.

Liberation from memorization: How technology can improve clinical decision-making

Physicians and advanced practice providers are expected to commit to memory nearly limitless data. With time and properly developed and vetted software, we could move away from a memory-based system where we create general statements for people to memorize, to a new world where we augment our thinking based on population datasets.

How proactively addressing social determinants of health (SDOH) can drive better outcomes, lower healthcare costs

With proactive outreach by highly trained community health navigators guided by data and leveraging easy-to-use technology, we could get ahead of an individual’s needs, design and execute a care plan, and – hopefully – keep them out of the hospital.

A myopic approach to merger regulation fails consumers instead of protecting them

Consolidated healthcare systems – even cross market systems – don’t have to raise their prices to have anticompetitive effects. They can leverage their size by using the volume of their purchases to extract discounts and other concessions from payers, national suppliers, and from labor pools.

Clarity will help stem the problem of ‘winners and losers’ in medical device safety and security

The Clarifying Remanufacturing to Protect Patient Safety Act was introduced by Reps. Scott Peters (D-CA), Kim Schrier (D-WA), and John Joyce (R- PA) to clarify the meaning of medical device remanufacturing and empower the FDA to educate company technicians so they know if they’ve crossed the line into a regulated activity. 

A call to action: Addressing the mental health of military service members and their families

May’s Mental Health Awareness Month provided an important reminder of how critical it is to reflect on the mental health crisis facing our armed forces, and how a collaborative approach that combines personal counseling services, strong clinical interventions, and innovative self-service digital solutions can make a difference.

Healthcare staffing shortages are on the rise. As more care moves to the home, can technology help close the gap?

Increasingly, health organizations are turning to technology to solve some of the complex challenges related to moving care from traditional acute settings and into homes and communities. For many, the investment in key tools and technologies can increase efficiencies and improve capacity of current staff.

What’s hindering healthcare organizations from adopting multicloud?

If multicloud is on the rise in other industries and desired by healthcare IT professionals, what’s holding them back from deploying it? The answer isn’t quite simple, but there are a few significant challenges healthcare organizations are up against. While there may be a challenging road ahead, the payoff of multicloud will be worth it.

The shift from community dialysis to ‘in-home’ treatments at skilled nursing facilities

The critical, pragmatic steps involved in developing patient-centric and equitable care for the nursing home patients came only very recently when medically advanced home hemodialysis therapies were repurposed and modified for use in the elderly frail nursing home dialysis patient populations

When it comes to digital health, access is the bare minimum—patients need high-quality healthcare experiences

As telehealth has become a bigger part of the healthcare system, focusing on access is important, but quality of care matters, too. When digital health platforms are thoughtful, innovative, and focused on delivering quality care, they can offer a more inspiring vision for the future of healthcare.

It’s time to integrate liquid biopsy into colorectal cancer treatment decision-making

Since it measures the total amount of circulating DNA (ctDNA) in a patient’s bloodstream using a simple blood draw, ctDNA liquid biopsy tests offers oncologists with an accurate, molecular, real-time cancer detection tool. It also helps to determine cancer staging and can help assess how aggressive the treatment regimen should be.

How AI is transforming remote cardiac care for patients

The average heart beats about 1.5 million times over two weeks, and physicians might have to identify a six-second time period, which can determine a clinical outcome. Finding what’s clinically meaningful can be a needle in the haystack type of problem, and AI ensures higher accuracy at scale.

A look ahead: How medical affairs may evolve over the next five years

Covid changed things for medical affairs teams at pharmaceutical companies, causing was a fundamental shift in the way they worked and functioned. The role of the medical science liaison—a key member of the medical affairs team—has also evolved.

Climate change is endangering the health of communities living near chemical facilities

Climate change poses a huge threat to the chemical industry, as many facilities are located in low‐lying coastal areas such as the U.S. Gulf Coast, and vulnerable to damage from hurricanes and flooding. These natural disasters are becoming more common with climate change.

The state of the healthcare workforce is both a catalyst for change and a hindrance

While many leading health systems are working to hire and train aggressively, there will be a point when money will no longer matter and all the incentives in the world won’t be enough to attract or retain talent. That’s why most clinicians, IT leaders and administrators are dedicating more time, money, and effort in adopting …

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3 ways to ensure the IT budget doesn’t get lost in your healthcare merger

Leaders should be proactive about investing in IT to avoid costly issues in the future. Examine existing technology for potential risks and redundancies, assess system performance, and establish forward-looking goals and benchmarks.

Reclaim your privacy by bringing STI testing into the home

Young people ages 15 to 24 account for half of all new sexually transmitted infections, but widespread testing may be hindered by confidentiality concerns. At-home, mail-in testing offers a convenient, safe and private option to screen for STIs.

How is AI moving the needle in the pharmaceutical industry?

Artificial intelligence can help drug study teams solve operational, scientific and ethical challenges. For example, AI can be used to flag real-time trends emerging in drug trials that might otherwise not be obvious until the end of a study when all the data is analyzed.

The globally declining birth rate and the role of egg freezing

Depopulation places an unsustainable burden on a diminishing workforce, as fewer workers are available to support an increasing number of seniors. But technological improvements in egg freezing have resulted in vastly improved pregnancy rates and could help slow the decline in births.

What the “Great Resignation” means for clinical research

Staffing shortages can slow down trial timelines and negatively affect patients, who have less time with the physicians and nurses providing their care. But a few flexible, integrated systems that work for both clinical research sites and sponsors could help alleviate these issues and speed up research.

Healthcare costs are making America sick: Here’s what we can do about it

Cost is a primary reason people avoid or delay care, even when they are insured. But increasingly consumers are talking with providers, shopping around and taking advantage of cost transparency tools to access the care they need.

Can virtual reality and holograms address patients dying alone in future medical crises?

We have witnessed several people die alone during the pandemic without their family members or loved ones being beside them due to hospital regulations. Can VR and holograms reduce the emotional burden for families, patients and clinicians in future crises when patients can’t be with their loved ones?

Fixing the healthcare problem nobody wants to talk about

Patients with behavioral and mental health conditions boarding in the ED is far from a new challenge facing the healthcare system. While no digital health solution alone can alleviate the shortage of available mental and behavioral health facilities and professionals, it can certainly help load balance across the various organizations.

A CMO’s and CIO’s perspective on the future of healthcare

Chief medical officers (CMO) and chief information officers (CIO) believe that the medical industry in on the cusp of transformative change and this partnership will be a key driver of innovation. This collaboration will usher in an era of technological advances in healthcare, which we refer to as Future Care.

The domino effect: Assessing the long-term impact of healthcare staffing shortages

Hospitals needs to make changes not only to retain clinicians but to stem financial losses. Healthcare leaders are committed to rising to the challenge, and investing in new processes and technologies to alleviate administrative pressures is a key way they’re leading the charge.

Medical gaslighting: One more reason to rethink maternity care

A typical health system either loses money or just breaks even on its Labor & Delivery services. As a result, there is little incentive or budget to invest in innovating around or improving the experience. yet despite the poor economics, health systems consistently point to Women’s Health as a top strategic priority.

How digital health is challenging traditional reimbursement models

The traditional fee-for-service arrangements have caused misaligned incentives across the board for patients, physicians, and payers – and proved a huge obstacle to improving care. Recognizing this gap, CMS began to facilitate a shift towards outcome-based care by focusing on outpatient monitoring and disease management. This has led to progress in adopting new reimbursement models.

Increasing access and equity in healthcare through AI

While many healthcare companies have used artificial intelligence for some time now for features like machine learning interpretability required by the healthcare industry for compliance purposes, AI-based healthcare solutions also have the potential to make healthcare more affordable and more accessible, thus helping to improve equity in healthcare.

Planning ahead while looking back: What the pandemic collectively taught us

As artificial intelligence becomes more focused and efficient, and the pharmaceutical and biotech industries consolidate to survive, it’s important to also reflect on what is working in the fight against Covid-19. This will help us to be more prepared for the next global health crisis.

How next-generation automation technology can improve healthcare revenue management

The revenue cycle is incredibly complex due to shifting payer requirements, continuous regulatory compliance and coding updates, and emerging and evolving payment models. That complexity increases the administrative burden and drives up cost for providers.

Here’s what primary care will look like in the future

Primary care providers will function as the hub in a personalized care ecosystem, with the patient at the center. To accomplish this, they’ll not only see patients in person but will engage them virtually as well, while also accessing more data to improve outcomes.

CMS is prioritizing healing heart valves over bolstering brain health

Our analysis demonstrates that CMS’s coverage processes for breakthrough devices demonstrate product class and disease state disparities. These disparities contradict mental health parity statute, CMS Administrator Brooks-LaSure’s focus on equity, and President Biden’s charge to improve brain health.

The future of hospital pharmacy is here: How to maximize this resource to improve patient care

Patients are comfortable with pharmacists being more involved, and physicians place a high level of trust in them as well. That mirrors pharmacists’ own confidence in their abilities to serve as a resource for everything from drug interactions to medication management.

Leveraging data analytics to support employee mental well-being

The latest generation of health and wellness offerings enables employers to provide tailored solutions to their workforce. These apps and programs often leverage big data analytics and the human touch to both identify and connect with employees.

Have back, hip or knee pain? What to consider before seeing an orthopedic surgeon

Surgery is not always the best answer for orthopedic problems. Often behavior modifications that help with losing weight and increasing mobility, such as exercise, stretching and making dietary improvements, can successfully address musculoskeletal issues while also reducing healthcare spending.

Lessons learned from fighting HIV in Africa—and how they apply to Covid-19 in the U.S.

One of the most important lessons learned in Africa—and throughout the Covid-19 pandemic—is that data is your biggest ally. We need data to tell us what’s going wrong and why. But most importantly, we need this information in real time.

Five common social media mistakes in health research participant engagement

Social media is a powerful tool for health researchers, but it also has its pitfalls. To make social media an effective part of your study’s recruitment and engagement efforts, it’s important to avoid making certain mistakes.

How to successfully navigate remote patient monitoring

Early indications show that remote patient monitoring holds promise in advancing value-based care. But healthcare providers and practice managers need to consider several factors before they begin to integrate RPM and wearables into their practices and decision-making processes.

How to ensure Medicare’s kidney care contracting model succeeds and transform treatment

Medicare’s Comprehensive Kidney Care Contracting model spotlights the importance of proactive, coordinated kidney care. It’s critical for nephrology practices to start incorporating this patient-centric approach and consider more than just immediate kidney concerns.

Long Covid highlights racism in medicine, need for high-reliability hospital operations

One way to reduce discrimination in medicine is for hospitals, clinics and other medical groups to cultivate the attributes of a high-reliability organization, or HRO, loosely defined as “organizations that operate in complex, high-hazard domains for extended periods without serious accidents or catastrophic failures.”

During colon cancer awareness month, let’s focus on the little things

Little things truly matter. This is especially true in our fight to prevent colon cancer. Colon cancer almost always starts as tiny mushroom-looking, pre-cancerous growths called “polyps”.  Over a five- to 10-year period, these little 1mm-10mm nothings may evolve into something…cancer. Fortunately, these can be easily removed during a colonoscopy. 

Connecting the healthcare data dots: How a harmonized healthcare data strategy can create efficiencies

When the healthcare industry talks about data, the conversation usually focuses on interoperability and data standards. While these are certainly important, the most effective way to connect the dots and gain a complete view of a patient is through data normalization.

Easing the transition home after a hospital stay: the role of augmented recovery coaching

Many patients are discharged from the hospital only to be readmitted soon afterward. But recovery coaching programs bolstered by augmented intelligence can significantly reduce readmission rates, improve a patient’s overall health and enhance their experience.

The real power of data: Leveling the playing field in healthcare

As we work to engage underserved communities in proactive, value-based medical treatment, we need to find ways to provide more granular data that accurately and precisely reflects the communities we serve. There is no more pressing issue than the advancement of care equity in a country so rife with disparities.

Crafting the next-generation value creation playbook in healthcare private equity

While the pandemic has disrupted demand for certain healthcare sectors, it has accelerated innovation and provided an opportunity for investment in other areas. In particular, there’s been rapid growth in virtual and home-based care delivery, along with the adoption of technology platforms.

Health interoperability with purpose: TEFCA’s impact & (maybe) the beginning of the end of impersonal care

Recently, the ONC revealed its most ambitious healthcare interoperability effort to date with the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA). It outlines a common set of principles, terms, and conditions to support the overarching goal of establishing a universal floor for health data interoperability across the country.

Exploring the technology trends that will define the future of healthcare

While the healthcare industry’s digital transformation continues pushing forward — accelerated, in part, by growing adoption of telehealth — we’re also seeing the effects of a stronger digital foundation for the future of healthcare.

5 steps to push healthcare tech innovation now that data interoperability is here

New Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) regulations promote innovation, interoperability and the free flow of data. Americans have demanded more transparency in healthcare for decades, and finally, there are governing bodies in place to support it.

How workforce intelligence can help combat the staffing shortage in healthcare

Since the pandemic began, health systems have faced severe medical supply shortages for everything from personal protective equipment and ventilators to testing kits. However, those issues pale in comparison to a growing workforce shortage that is touching nearly every aspect of the health ecosystem.

Integrating a whole person care view for actionable behavioral health services

Supporting real-time care coordination will benefit the physical and behavioral health of every patient, resulting in better outcomes and make significant progress against the mental health and substance use crisis that has cut too many lives short and left family and friends grieving.

How do we defeat tobacco? By treating it as a chronic condition

Getting patients to quit and remain tobacco-free requires ongoing treatment that’s customized, flexible, easy to use, and free to the user. Primary care providers are well versed in the management of chronic, treatable conditions. It’s time for primary care doctors to light the way toward getting patients to quit tobacco.

Revised CDC guidelines on opioids are a step in the right direction, but much work remains

More restrictive opioid prescribing guidelines were put in place in a rightful effort to stop a devastating crisis. But this sudden and dramatic change negatively impacted chronic pain patients who were managing their pain through prescription opioids given few other effective options.

Improving the diagnosis and treatment of rare diseases with AI-based technology

To reduce time-consuming manual searches and improve their findings, many organizations are turning to artificial intelligence technologies such as natural language processing. Clinical and research institutions are adopting NLP to capture unstructured information from EHRs that helps with diagnosis.

Big Tech companies are harming – not helping – healthcare

Big technology companies have often been hailed as the saviors that could free the nation from the problems of our dysfunctional, inefficient and archaic healthcare system. The reality is that these organizations continue to fail in their initiatives, ultimately stifling true healthcare innovation.

What to expect from nurse practitioners in 2022

Prior to the pandemic, about half of U.S. states had given nurse practitioners full practice authority. Since then, even more states have issued executive orders to allow NPs to take on more responsibility during the pandemic – an emergency response put in place to help address new challenges.

Five key capabilities for health systems to meet growing consumer demand for self-service

At a time of dramatically increasing consumer demand for convenience and digital self-service, hospitals and health systems have a significant opportunity to close the gap between expectations and reality for people trying to find care.

The calvary has arrived for the kidney care revolution: Policymakers, start-ups join physicians’ longstanding fight to transform a troubled industry

To combat challenges facing the industry, both policymakers and entrepreneurs have been working on complementary strategies to help primary care physicians, nephrologists and other care team members disrupt the status quo.

The value of a human-centric, AI-powered approach to healthcare

Many healthcare companies are examining ways to incorporate AI to improve safety, efficiency and the overall patient experience. However, as companies continue to prioritize this technology, it’s important to focus on finding the right applications, rather than just using it to replace humans.

A tech-enabled solution to drug diversion: What to do when a provider steals a patient’s medication

Unfortunately, too many patients go without prescribed medication because healthcare professionals – a distinct minority but no small number – “divert” the drugs for other uses, often abusing the medication themselves.

Why the FTC’s recent decision to not study PBMs might hurt consumers and independent pharmacies

With its ruling to maintain the status quo, the FTC has decided to take a back-seat and force independent pharmacies to fend for themselves in their on-going fight to secure access to fair prices that allow them to stay in business and continue to serve their local communities and the well-being of their patients.  

How healthcare organizations can listen and adapt in the era of “patient empowerment”

Patient expectations are drastically changing due to the pandemic, access to technology and generational preferences. By actively listening to patients and drawing on data healthcare organizations already have, it’s possible to personalize experiences and improve care delivery.

Automated patient tracking reduces wait times and builds loyalty

Hospital leaders must meet or exceed patients’ expectations for a pleasant, predictable registration experience to maintain a competitive advantage. Consumers don’t see how real-time patient tracking helps departments communicate better, but it has an outsized effect on their experience.

What I realized about hospitals as my brother lay dying of cystic fibrosis in the ICU

During my 36-year-old brother’s terminal stay in the ICU, I discovered a dire need for a more comprehensive approach to critical care. The more he relied on this large, corporate hospital system to keep him healthy and happy, the clearer it became that no matter how highly-ranked or well-funded it was, this hospital did not …

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The future of regulatory labeling compliance depends on technology adoption

The life sciences industry is more quickly adapting to new methods, standards and requirements. The focus is now on how to drive greater data governance and quality through a unified framework.  The challenge comes in instituting a framework that will meet regulatory and labeling requirements.

Now is the time to tackle medication adherence in clinical trials

Integrating advanced technologies, including smart packaging and powerful data analytics, is driving a revolution in adherence monitoring that is accelerating drug development timelines, lowering clinical research costs and making trials safer for participants.