As hospitals and health systems redefine and deliver consumer-oriented care, those that understand the value of the patient experience will emerge as leaders in the post-pandemic healthcare market.
We’ve already broken down the traditional walls of healthcare, and if we invest in the right tools, we can continue shifting to a more streamlined, efficient, and patient-first care model.
CMS has recently proposed essential and timely reimbursement changes to close the racial discrepancy gap around the mandatory payment model for kidney disease
Covid-19 exposed serious weaknesses in the American healthcare system, and has taken an unfortunate personal and economic toll on the entire world. But in the end, I do believe that our healthcare system will emerge more accessible, affordable, and effective
As more connected medical devices are built on AI, cybersecurity risks will increase as well – and it’s more important than ever before for manufacturers to implement advanced security protections in the design phase to ensure the safety of healthcare organizations, providers and patients.
Older adults — especially those with a psychiatric comorbidity or uncontrolled pain — have a higher suicide rate compared with younger adults with the highest rate among males ages 65 and older.
There is no single driver of low-value care — providers, systems, and patients all play a role. But with the right tools, stakeholders can work together to re-align incentives and transform our healthcare delivery system into one that prioritizes value, eliminates waste and leads to better overall patient outcomes.
Given the growing interest specialty providers are showing in virtual visits, health plans should ensure that their telehealth offerings include consumer access to a wide breadth of specialists.
Looking at how hospitals changed during Covid-19 is a starting point for a lot of larger questions in the healthcare industry.
Providers must recognize that each data point from a medical device has intrinsic value if harnessed properly. The tools exist now to extract more value from medical device data for providers and patients.
Unleashed from restrictive norms for recruiting and interacting with patients, researchers are finding ways to bring more people into trials by simply making enrollment and participation accessible beyond restraints like geography and availability during “business hours.”
As the popularity of digital healthcare only continues to grow, the innovative entrepreneurs who balance all factors of the ‘consumer’ patient experience will find the highest adoption.
As a result of digital health adoption soaring during the pandemic, health tech companies looking to hire a new CEO face more competition, but here are some tips to successfully hire the right leader who can navigate the inflection points of growth and steer digital health companies to success.
Healthcare organizations demonstrated tremendous vision, innovation and flexibility as they navigated unprecedented challenges brought on by the pandemic. However, the challenges and changes to the healthcare industry will continue long after Covid-19 disappears.
For HIPAA to remain relevant for the next 25 years, policymakers and healthcare providers will need to remain agile and alert; this groundbreaking legislation will only be effective for as long as it keeps pace with the newest technologies and security challenges.
Tools like eConsent provides organizations with an efficient and streamlined way to garner consent from study participants. Removing this barrier can help improve engagement and deeper the pool of potential participants.
It’s time to embrace electronic prior authorization that, according to a 2021 AHIP study, has been found to reduce the mean time from PA request to decision by 69%. In addition, 71% of providers using ePA reported “faster time to patient care.”
By establishing a virtual relationship with consulting telepsychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and licensed clinical social workers, PCPs and their behavioral care managers have access anytime to the appropriate support for patients’ mental health needs.
Done right, digital transformation in healthcare drives productivity, satisfaction, quality of care, and reimbursement—but it can be easy to get wrong.
Neutralizing the next threat to public health requires a new mindset, a new development path that uses computers and algorithms working in concert with patients, physicians, and scientists.
Clinical decision support systems don’t need to be distracting. We can design them to stop pointing out the patients in the middle of catastrophe, and start helping us prevent them from ever arriving there.
Here are three ways technology is changing post-pandemic care for seniors and vulnerable populations.
The goal is not to enable a robot to perform complex surgeries without human involvement. But using surgical robotics to democratize access to quality care to underserved communities is an outcome that we can achieve and which the world needs.
Peer support is always there to empower people to take the next steps on their path to a healthier, happier existence.
Clinical trials are the safest and most trusted route for identifying new breast cancer treatments, and the more research that can be done, the closer we will be to eradicating breast cancer for good.
Only through the adoption of cutting-edge technologies we can create personalized wound treatments in a way that meets the needs of the medical teams and also significantly improve the patient-experience and quality of life.
Despite these seven headwinds, the medical device market has strong momentum headed into 2022 and beyond.
Consider this scenario. Two 60-year old women live 10 miles apart in the Washington DC […]
CMS recently revealed that the Patient-Driven Payment Model – intended to be revenue-neutral as compared to the previous payment model – increased reimbursements to SNFs last year by more than $1.7 billion, raising the specter of potential payment reviews around the corner.
Creating an effective loyalty strategy can deliver on consumer needs while creating a personalized experience that will help establish deeper relationships between patients, healthcare systems and providers.
While the healthcare system has its share of struggles nationwide, the problem is especially severe in rural areas where there is a shortage of physicians and some hospitals are closing permanently.
Here are three ways to develop leaders capable of effectively fostering a healthy work environment where it matters most – at the front lines of patient care.
As plans struggle to decide how to comply with a badly-worded portion of the final rule on interoperability, they should be thinking about the broader changes at work and whether their choices now prepare them for the world ahead.
Personalizing your EHR is a proven best practice for new implementations and major system upgrades. These four new approaches boost physician satisfaction and improve EHR usability.
As long as providers remain HIPAA-compliant, they will be able to text patients with ease and see all the benefits that it brings — including stronger patient loyalty, more revenue, and more referrals.
Much like COVID-19 forced us all to slow down, to have more meaningful conversations and collaborations, so, too, did HIMSS21.
The ongoing battle the world faces with the Covid-19 pandemic continues. While progress is being […]
The new CMS Mandate on CDSM takes effect on January 1, 2022. Is your organization ready for compliance when ordering outpatient advanced imaging?
It’s essential for physicians to consider the circumstances of their patient’s life while communicating the treatment plan and engage them with dialogue that addresses any challenges or hesitations that they may have to achieve medication adherence.
Technological innovations have enabled the adoption of decentralized and hybrid clinical trial models (DCTs) at […]
Strategies for combating the infiltration of a set of societal beliefs that leads to poor health outcomes is what makes anti-smoking campaigns a compelling analog on the eve of a new OTC hearing aid category.
ISO 13485, the ISO standard for medical device quality management systems, can help manufacturers to streamline QA processes, improving their effectiveness and potentially reducing costs.
A study of women’s participation in cardiovascular clinical trials revealed that only 38% of participants were women. But if women comprise 50 percent of the population, that should be reflected in clinical trials too.
Looking after the entire healthcare workforce’s—including allied healthcare workers’—diminishing mental health and wellbeing should remain a top priority to reduce burnout.
An increasingly compelling benefit of digital transformation, across numerous industries, is the ability to construct a digital twin—that is, a full in silico replica of a real-life structure, instrument or process.
The White House has placed great focus on pricing transparency that went into effect earlier this year, but very little attention has been given to an essential part of the value equation: quality measure transparency.
As commercial outsourcing becomes more sophisticated, it allows for greater innovation as small and ambitious biotech companies are given the strategic power to bring to market needed healthcare solutions.
U.S. government support can advance health breakthroughs and make a significant difference. I encourage you to support the creation of ARPA-H and to take specific actions to let your legislator know its importance.
Data can liberate patients, but as a healthcare system we need to recognize the additional steps necessary in order to make them trust its value. That can only happen when the patient is able to say, “I understand.”
With the right kinds of MA partnerships, physicians can more fully engage, collaborate, and capture the value they create.
If approved by Congress, ONC will receive $87 million for fiscal year 2022. With more funding, prominence, and demands, where should ONC place its focus?
Sustaining the momentum that telehealth has due to Covid starts with a commitment to building positive incentive structures that will redound to the benefit of patients, providers, and payers alike.
The global health crisis has accelerated the use of haptics in allowing surgeons to continue […]
Emotional AI has broad applications across mental health, remote monitoring (through voice and other biometrics e.g. blood pressure, heart beat) and telehealth.
Going paperless can liberate practices and staff from intimidating stacks of paperwork, giving them tools to increase their productivity, grow profitability, improve patient satisfaction, reduce burnout and put the focus on caring for patients.
As data breaches increase in size, and as large organizations demonstrate their willingness to pay ransom, it only becomes a matter of time before more healthcare organizations are the subject of a coordinated attack.
It’s going to take collaboration between health plans and hospitals – to go above and beyond what’s mandated by the government – in order to transform a muddy mess into something clear.
This year has shown that being a doctor is no longer just about skill: it’s about resilience, stamina, empathy, flexibility and teamwork. The way we educate medics needs to reflect this new reality; and prepare medics for the myriad challenges and pressures they will face.
Blending computational biology and AI-based methods, the goal is to identify new targets, pair these with effective chemistry, and define biomarkers to optimally position novel therapies.
The Covid-19 pandemic isn’t quite over yet, which means there’s no better time to implement transformative healthcare strategies in Indigenous communities.
With rising challenges facing the medical community in the coming years, and as the U.S. population grows more unhealthy, digital devices will be a critical solution for patient care and remote patient monitoring.
Specialty pharmacies now have to be ready to not only meet patient demand, but also provide patients the support they need to secure reimbursement, properly administer the drug, and ensure adherence and optimal outcomes.
In an on-demand world, it may seem that convenience and speed are the only way to keep patients satisfied. But often competence is sacrificed at the altar of convenience.
The Federal Trade Commission and the European Union are reviewing the soundness of this acquisition. But if Illumina acquires Grail, the company that it spawned back in January 2016, will it squeeze the nascent liquid biopsy market?
With a strong partnership with an ED management company, hospitals can better address the changes in demand while implementing new strategies to improve care.
To date, AI has demonstrated value in its ability to handle asynchronous tasks such as image triage and detection. What’s even more interesting is the potential to enhance real-time image interpretation by giving the computer context that lets it work with radiologists instead of trying to replace them.
Clear use-cases to fully understand how the synthetic data will be deployed are an essential component of the decision making process, and although by nature synthetic data isn’t ‘real’, its existence within the data supply chain should still fall under data governance and security policies.
Pinterest’s move to outright ban all ads referring to weight loss — regardless of quality of information — is woefully misguided, writes a former Pinterest executive.
Opportunities exist in many areas of the industry, and patients are hungrier than ever for more engaging and humane experiences. For D2C brands that are ready to capitalize on the changing market, the sky’s the limit.
DTx helps reduce mental health stigma that is a barrier for underrepresented populations to receiving mental health care and if developed with intention and within a culturally-responsive framework, DTx won’t judge or discriminate.
An efficient way to create patient-focused educational materials is putting together a strategic group focused on consumers, which includes a medical expert, allied health professionals and a primary care physician to develop the strategy as well as the specific assets to support that strategy.
Lateral flow has grown beyond the home pregnancy test and has the potential to give people access to a range of quick, affordable and accurate tests they can perform at home to screen for a variety of health conditions.
Research organizations can participate in ethical data sharing today by considering participants’ privacy and security and balancing the need to protect their commercial interests with the need to share enough data to benefit medical research.
Artificial intelligence and predictive models are making it increasingly easier for physicians and pharmacists to select the right treatment for the right patient at the right time.
If a doctor can confidently prescribe a specific plant-derived treatment to a patient and know that there’s going to be no meaningful change in the chemical composition from batch to batch, that doctor will be more likely to prescribe that treatment.
ED crowding is therefore an issue in the healthcare landscape where desperate need for change is meeting huge potential for innovation, and an international consortium should be formed to capitalize on this convergence.
A patient-first approach offers a proactive, process-driven program that leverages telehealth consults which can effectively mitigate the transmission of infection, such as coronavirus, for these vulnerable individuals.
Substance use support delivered virtually is accessible, cost-effective, and allows anyone struggling with substance use disorder to incorporate life-changing cognitive-behavioral tools into their daily habits.
While the avenues of care delivery keep growing with new technologies and include care away from the traditional office setting like telehealth, a patient’s electronic health record remains the backbone of that care – no matter how it’s delivered.
PBMs today have a tremendous opportunity to help address health disparities by shifting current drug pricing and “cost vs. access” conversations to value-based discussions.
By embracing flexible healthcare analytics solutions that measure and analyze across different data sources and promote a holistic approach to healthcare delivery, providers are better positioned to drive value-base care success.
Until Medicare and commercial insurers link the reimbursement they pay providers to the things that matter to us as consumers and citizens, we will continue to have a dysfunctional system that abides appalling practices like surprise billing, and continue to spend time on band-aids like this interim final rule instead of fixing the real problem.
Driving change in the health sector is challenging precisely because no one can seem to agree upon who’s driving who, or when, or where. In theory, the ecosystem’s set up to benefit the patient first.
Hospitals and healthcare administrators must come together to find ways to retain their nurses and to rethink how they manage their nursing workforce more generally. Here are four potential strategies.
Stand Up To Cancer and Exact Sciences are teaming up to increase colorectal cancer screening awareness and research such that people don’t have to die from this preventable disease.
Where chatbots really excel is in rapidly delivering reliable content in response to the recipient’s actual needs, questions, or concerns. That allows AI tools to serve as a bridge between vaccine manufacturers, regulators, public health officials, healthcare providers on the one hand and patients on the other.
AI-powered automation tools, when combined with specialty trained virtual scribes, become a dynamic duo that acts as an extension of the clinician’s care team.
Biden has proposed a $9 billion increase in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), of which $6.5 billion will be earmarked for a new funding institute to be called ARPA-H (Advanced Research Projects Agency – Health).
Seniors are one of the top demographics to visit a pharmacy and they’re on their phones just like other generations – so reaching them by text message is simple and effective while meeting a pharmacy’s bottom-line.
Guided by usability experts, a workflow design process can be developed that exemplifies best practices and leads to the optimization of the continuum of care.
By replacing manual processes with automated, artificial intelligence-powered analytics, healthcare organizations can position themselves to maintain both patient trust and financial stability.
No matter where you sit in the ambulatory continuum, whether primary care, a specialist, or urgent care operator, you will face challenges with new digital-first competitors.
We need to embrace principles from the tech industry and incorporate lessons learned from the pandemic to address the challenges of R&D productivity in pharma.
The journey to post-pandemic will be a challenging one, but coordinating your efforts with both patients and clinicians in mind will open the way to creative solutions that stand to be well-received by both stakeholder groups.
It’s imperative that we remember that humans are animals. By ignoring this key association, we’re limiting the advancement of science, including the identification of breakthrough treatments for life threatening diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, heart disease, cancer and more.
The sustainable route to building a more integrated healthcare ecosystem is through partnerships. But for these collaborations to be successful, communication and clear financial incentives need to be aligned between payers and community-based organizations.
NCPDP’s updated e-prescribing standard contains hundreds of improvements for patient safety, workflow efficiency and prescription accuracy.
Virtual care delivery can offer increased convenience and accessibility for patients. But the larger challenge is laying a foundation for innovation in health systems that enables providers to optimize their workflows and collaborate more effectively—ultimately improving patient care.
This pandemic has shown that collaboration, biosimulation and decentralized trials, and active preparedness programs lead to fast, effective drug development when we really need it.
The pharmaceutical industry should be leading the development and implementation of decentralized clinical trials (DCTs) given their expertise in clinical research.
Not only is the community at a higher risk of severe Covid-19 outcomes, but LGBTQ+ people are also suffering from mental health issues associated with social isolation.
Intracranial brachytherapy was recently improved through the development of a surgically targeted radiation therapy comprised of Cesium-131 radiation seeds embedded in a bioresorbable collagen tile.
Given the complex and systemic nature of the country’s crisis, no single solution or course of action can be expected to serve as a panacea. A multi-pronged approach — including digital health tools — that enlists both public and private health stakeholders and addresses each stage of the medical debt life cycle will be required.
there is an urgent need to support the development of diverse and differentiated, multi-mechanistic and potentially complementary therapies, that are effective against Covid-19, are unaffected by the threat of viral mutation and, more critically than ever, are easy to make, distribute and take by the patient.
As clinicians, we are positioned to understand obstacles and identify solutions that others cannot and likely will not recognize. That is exactly why we must always help drive the creation of solutions that can truly improve care delivery and operational efforts critical to the long-term viability of cardiac practices.
As an industry, we should be proud of all that we have accomplished in making precision medicine a reality, whether it has been through advances in screening, drug development, diagnostics, or delivery. However, our work has just begun.
In recent years, a number of niche vendors have entered the market, promising significant savings for payers if they “carve-out” specialty pharmacy services from integrated pharmacy benefits management (PBM). While the savings they claim to provide sound undeniably attractive, they are often greatly exaggerated.
Little is known or reported about the procedures used to sample blood from midline catheters or outcomes from using the MC for this purpose.
By accessing community care networks (CCNs), payer organizations and providers can enable a holistic patient approach that includes social determinants of health ,and diversity, equity and inclusion in its design.
At every state of development, the unique complexities of the healthcare industry stall progress. Innovators can start by partnering with existing entities that already have robust access to healthcare expertise, distribution, networks and funding, along with demonstrated capability to conduct real-world pilots.
Pretty soon, there will come a time where we don’t call digital modalities “virtual care.” It’ll just be the delivery of healthcare.
Caregivers should look forward to how bots can help support them while knowing they still play the most important role of all: and that’s providing the personal, human touch that can’t be replicated by technology.
One key change – in our Covid world – that has not received the same level of attention but that is, in many ways, just as important as the adoption of virtual care and value-based care deliver models, is the rise of the expanded care team.
It’s time to gear our machine learning tools to this data so that people with chronic illnesses—and especially, complex chronic conditions—can get the same kind of recommendations that they use every day to pick their movies or music or buy goods on the Internet.
Hospitals have a responsibility to continually improve quality of care, and offering nourishing, plant-based meals and medical food options are critical for enhancing patient outcomes, reducing health care costs, and lowering the risk of chronic diseases among its community.
As the nation continues to reckon with disparities in health, we have a real opportunity to remove barriers to proper kidney care.
While the insurance industry, and especially the Medicare program, continues to expand benefits there remains a lot of opportunity for improvement surrounding alternative medicine coverage.
Data captured in EHR systems provide near real-time information about the nationwide vaccine rollout, help monitor potential safety issues, and foster understanding of the Covid-19 virus, treatments and associated outcomes in real-world care settings.
When used correctly, RPA solutions can completely transform operational processes to drive financial efficiency, enhance employee engagement, and improve the customer (or in this case, patient) experience.
A new home-support model is needed to enable the growing 65+ generation to maintain their independence.
We urge Congress to quickly pass the NOPAIN Act and help fight the opioid epidemic with the same fervor we’ve battled Covid-19.
Individuals with needle hesitancy are half of the unvaccinated. Our physician leaders need to realize that our relationship with sharps is different from needle-fearing people who receive the jab.
RPM is here to stay but if we do this wrong, the unintended consequence could be a lack of adoption, despite readiness by our government to pay for these services.
The healthcare ecosystem cannot exist without nurses, so it is time to invest in the enhanced technologies available to hospitals to alleviate burnout among healthcare’s most critical team members.
Federated learning is the right solution for healthcare AI. It allows connecting data from different data silos while not requiring any movement of patient data. No huge files to transfer and store. And, most importantly, no risk to patient privacy.
Making the appropriate organizational adjustments, adopting new and advancing technologies, and drawing on data are all ways that skilled nursing facilities can become better suited for the 21st century and the residents that will benefit from advanced care.
The value of tech-enablement in a clinician’s day-to-day goes beyond our current outbreak scenarios. So much is still done by hand and faxed around that it screams of mid-90s nostalgia, but not in a charming way.
When developing tools to tackle a public health threat, product developers don’t have the luxury of not accounting for the needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized; in fact, those people are often the product’s core market.
In September 2020, Apple increased the functionality of its popular wireless earbuds for people who […]
Establishing digital biomarkers which correlate physiological parameters with mental health and wellbeing not only has the potential to provide more reliable tools for guiding diagnosis and evaluating patient outcomes but will also improve our understanding of the pathophysiology of mental disorders
This year, more than 5 million Americans will be diagnosed with Heart Valve Disease. All […]
Even without a pandemic, there is a pressing need for connecting isolated patients when care teams and the patient do not share the same primary language, or hearing-challenged patients and families need help communicating with the team.
While the Covid-19 pandemic is diminished with the introduction of vaccines, the need for a national license model is still prevalent as we face other serious health challenges like natural disasters and social conflict.
Leveraging artificial intelligence can shave years off the difficult process of diagnosing a rare disease. By safely sharing patient data, more will benefit globally.
The coronavirus pandemic is highlighting the potential of public-private partnerships (P3s) to bring together diverse groups to address issues of population growth, rising healthcare costs and enhanced expectations for health service delivery.
As society looks to improve our post-pandemic world, it is a chance to recognize how emotional wellbeing directly impacts physical wellness and to prioritize providing mental health treatment sooner.
Where is digital innovation headed — and how should it be incorporated into member benefits for a patient-centric, value-added experience?
With options like medication purchasing technology and diversion detection platforms, a well-equipped health system is better prepared to help patients and prevent stress and burnout among providers, leading to better healthcare outcomes for all.
Effective management of RCM processes is already very important for most practices and will only become increasingly so in the future.
Patient-generated healthcare data will catalyze a fundamental shift in the way we measure success in medicine – from looking at a series of clinical outcomes viewed through the lens of the healthcare team to considering the entire care experience in partnership with the patient.
As an industry historically slow to adopt new technology, healthcare has flipped the narrative during the pandemic.
Vaccine credential apps can expedite our return to normal life. After a free download, they retrieve the user’s official vaccine record from a trusted registry or healthcare provider and generate a digital vaccine card that is securely stored on their smart phone.
While D2C can enable creativity in customer acquisition and B2B strategies allow for rapid monetization, companies must thoughtfully target consumers, track clinical outcomes, and demonstrate cost-savings.
The ability to leverage predictive algorithms to analyze data and proactively intervene with the most complex cases and get individuals the help they desperately need before they experience a medical crisis can save costs and save lives.
Here are four examples of how data can help hospital liaisons to successfully engage healthcare providers and hospitals to broaden the patient communities they serve.
Covid-19 has demonstrated the grave need for us to invest in chronic disease prevention and support by building stronger, deeper relationships with patients and families, and by focusing more on the environmental, social, and psychological factors that lead to chronic disease and impact long-term disease management.
Microsoft was wise to acquire Nuance as a way to reach physicians where they are. But is voice the right approach to addressing the shortcomings of EHR systems?
The science of using sensor data to define, measure, and create mathematical models of disease can lead to better outcomes—and huge benefits—for everyone in healthcare and life sciences.
The greatest uncertainty is members’ health status, which could impact MA organizations’ bidding submission process for 2022. Fortunately, fully vaccinated members are likely to resume in-person care this year, which means MA plans can expect a more consistent and reliable stream of data to form financial projections.
While the long-term impacts of Covid-19 are still unfolding, here are four ways hospitals and health systems are beginning to understand the monumental impact of the pandemic on the healthcare industry.
There’s a real opportunity to go beyond a piecemeal, bare-minimum, “check-the-box” approach and think of FHIR mandates as an opportunity to kick-start consistency across your API landscape.
To even approach the level of sophistication at which package delivery, ride-sharing and airline companies operate, health systems must employ modern tools to help.
For years, many Americans have struggled to afford basic healthcare. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated […]
The problem is that we’re approaching technology from a clinical and billing perspective, with little input from patients. We must demand and implement technology that is designed for the population you are serving.
Too many cold chain suppliers are still monitoring deliveries and storage compliance with paper-based documentation by individuals scanning thermometers every two hours. Such systems fall short of 21st-Century requirements for biologic medicine.
Plant-based drug discovery may be tens of thousands of years old, but in 2021, it feels exciting, rich, and full of potential. Companies are rapidly building scalable databases with hundreds of thousands of unique chemicals and their links to biological signatures.
With patients being granted easier access to their data, and thus greater and more informed agency over their health, we are finally opening the door for insights to be derived and refined on their behalf
As researchers and clinicians understand and embrace the advanced insights genetic and genomic testing can deliver, the industry is poised to dramatically reduce the incidence and mortality associated with cancers.
If satisfying emotional needs allows one doctor to improve the life of one patient, imagine what a winning product can do for millions of them.
New recommendations may provide reassurance for patients and their care teams, while uniquely positioning healthcare providers to help communicate this critical information to vulnerable populations.
Unless the Supreme Court strikes down the ACA, it will remain in place for the foreseeable future and will see expansion.
With new viral variants reported across the globe, this evolving pandemic requires clinicians to explore novel ways to assuage patient fears about Covid vaccines.
The volume of calls to hospital call centers has led to an industrialized approach thereby sacrificing the human touch and personal connection between doctors and patients. Ironically, artificial intelligence can help to rekindle that by handling call center calls more efficiently.
These innovations have not only made medical check-ups safer, but they’ve also helped modernize and improve the patient journey. These technologies automated many archaic administrative functions and offered medical practices genuine savings – in terms of both time and money.
As a country, we must do a better job supporting people and communities throughout their health journey because communities with greater access to information and increased levels of health literacy will ensure better health outcomes.
As telehealth becomes mainstream, seniors will be forced to adapt – but we as healthcare providers have a duty to make this process as seamless as possible, so one of our most vulnerable populations does not get left behind.
These next few months are a tremendous opportunity to build trust with customers — imagine the reciprocal goodwill if a payer’s message helps its members get to the front of the line.
There should be a discussion about how to address the disproportionate impact Covid-19 has had on Black communities.
No matter if Democrats or Republicans are running the show in Washington, here are three solid bets for pharma companies to plan for in the changing drug-pricing landscape
Historically, providers had to meet certain criteria and address three key areas in the patient’s progress notes: patient history, physical exam and medical decision making. CMS has eliminated the history and exam components as required elements for billing purposes, so medical decision making is now the sole driver of the level-of-service.
Creating the simplest process for informed consent benefits the potential participant by allowing them the time and resources to understand fully what they are consenting to. Through eConsent processes, research also opens the door to a more diverse population to engage in trials.
The failure of IBM’s marketing-first approach to clinical AI was entirely predictable, but it didn’t have to be this way. Here’s how AI can be implemented effectively.
If we don’t prioritize solutions now, the healthcare digital divide may present more widespread national and international challenges.
We can expect the introduction of novel and groundbreaking technologies that will immensely benefit both the dentists and the patients over the years.
While the Covid-19 pandemic has strained the healthcare industry, this administration has the advantage of being able to leverage everything we have learned over the past year to advance the next generation of value-based care.
AI has already shown tremendous promise for everything from automating patient communication and non-clinical administrative tasks to reducing physician burnout. But realizing that promise more broadly requires AI developers to establish trust with their healthcare users.
Your administration needs to establish a mandate requiring health systems that have data sharing capabilities to share their Covid-19 data in the next eight months. This includes Covid-19 test results, vaccination information, and other critical data.
The deadline for ONC’s final rule on interoperability and information blocking is upon us. The time is past due for health providers, networks, and vendors to evolve their IT infrastructure — and the cloud really is the only way forward.
The pandemic has upended virtually every industry, and although many of the impacts are undeniably devastating, negative events can also offer opportunities for positive change, by highlighting existing problems and eliminating roadblocks to new solutions.
Why start with innovation? Because it’s where the products, tools, solutions, and ideas that will change the status quo are born. Without diversity of thought, experience, and perspective, the end result of innovation only serves those already at the table.
Only with proper coverage and access to the modern technologies that made their mark during Covid-19 can we truly democratize healthcare and make the promise of digital health available to all.
Now that trials can happen nearly anywhere, privacy teams and lawyers need to understand how data is collected, stored, managed, disseminated, and ultimately, archived or deleted.
Contactless check-in is not a new concept. Many consumer-focused industries, such as hospitality, have been utilizing this technology for years — including mobile check-in and checkout, keyless entry, and more — to enhance the guest experience.
With the increased reliance on digital technologies, pharma companies’ outreach to healthcare providers needs to be thoughtful, efficient, and respectful. An AI-driven, omnichannel strategy makes this possible by giving every member of customer-facing teams visibility across communications.
Tuberculosis is highly infectious and a global problem that Covid-19 has only made worse. Ironically, two legacies of our response to Covid-19 can give us hope. Many health systems now have unprecedentedly large testing and tracing infrastructures that we can use to test for TB.
If HIPAA does not apply to Amazon Care, then absent another privacy regulation applying, avoiding exploitation of the data relies on the good faith of the entity operating the service.
Becoming mired in discussions about public versus private options is not the best avenue, Instead, we can work to make Covid-related state executive orders permanent.
The emergence of new approaches to the coordination and delivery of behavioral health services is long overdue. Evaluating their impact on some of the most complex and interconnected areas of medicine will require time and work.
In healthcare, the linear (take-make-dispose) approach to consumption is even more pronounced than in American culture in general. It’s time for change.
It may seem intuitive to avoid telehealth or remote care to avoid increased liability and malpractice exposure. But remote behavioral health assessment tools, real-time data-driven insights, and adaptive treatment plans are actually the things that protect clinicians from civil liability in instances of patient suicide.
Automation expands the capacity of care teams, allowing providers to accomplish more with less. As a result, automation can offer an unbiased and personalized mechanism to reach patients in the manner that best suits them.
With widespread vaccine shortages alongside continuing deaths from Covid-19, we must act now to leverage existing technology in order to improve the distribution process.
The key to addressing the impact of postpartum health on the careers of women lies in building a level of awareness to breed a level of comfort in a workforce.
Healthcare providers pushed to the brink after a year of the Covid-19 pandemic are tired, burned out, and even suffering the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Given our current limited supply, the threat of variant spread, and availability of higher quality antibody test kits, policymakers ought to update their vaccine guidance for those who had Covid and incorporate recent research findings on immunity and vaccine efficacy.
To reduce the systemic health inequities that have put so many individuals at higher risk of getting sick and dying from Covid-19, healthcare organizations must leverage advanced technologies such as NLP to identify SDoH and other critical information from unstructured notes.
Whether it is conquering the last mile in healthcare, meeting the country’s mental health crisis head-on or leveraging digital health tools effectively, trust will be central to the future of the member experience.
Telemedicine will not revolutionize health care on its own, but the experience of millions of Americans during the pandemic assures us that it will become a permanent fixture of the health care ecosystem – one likely to account for a growing share of revenue in our $4 trillion health care economy.
While Covid-19 temporarily paused our ability to interact face-to-face, it also ushered in an era of global collaboration and the ability for life science teams to make decisions based on an expanded viewpoint.
The past year has taught everyone the value of a more compassionate and non-punitive approach toward just about everything. Now, it’s time for leaders to take that approach and apply it, with supportive data and knowledge, to mitigating opioid addiction in their communities.
Paying close attention to social determinants of health, like ability to drive or proximity to a grocery store, can also help predict who is at highest risk of being food insecure which, in turn, can help a plan know which resources to offer to those members.
Covid-19 will continue to illuminate the behavioral health crisis, but effective use of digital solutions can drive clinical innovation and expand access to care.
Many people complain about the government – probably with good reason – but the policies surrounding non-dilutive life science R&D are policies that deserve praise, and are the ones that all politicians and leaders, no matter their party affiliation, will support.
When leveraged properly, technology can decrease administrative overhead and processes both before and after care through scheduling appointments, managing patient communications, billing patients, and collecting payments.
The days of the primary care provider (PCP) acting as a gatekeeper to care for Millennials are gone. Some 85% of previous generations elected a PCP, while 45% of 18 to 29-year-olds and 28% of 30 to 49 year-olds have no primary care provider
The inclusion of AI-powered patient analytics within remote patient monitoring systems addresses the need for actionable insight by stratifying continuous patient data that helps in making decisions.
Across the county, large health systems and hospitals are expanding their services to include chiropractic doctors, acupuncturists and massage therapists aimed at supporting their staff.
Covid-19 has highlighted the critical importance of increased communication and transparency between acute and post-acute providers, and the immediate need for more diverse acute and post-acute care options.
Rather than having multiple digital ledgers for the industry, better health care results require a single global blockchain that massively scales, capable of efficiently handling high volumes of data to act as the single source for information.
The solution is clear, the need is urgent, and the infrastructure is in place. Send in the troops.
While 2020 incited widespread adoption of video-based consultations, the healthcare ecosystem is now presented with a new mandate of delivering virtual care at scale. Fortunately, there are some companies up to the task.
While addiction treatment has traditionally focused on the removal of substance use ‘symptoms’ by collecting urine samples and screening for substance use, the complexity of the biopsychosocial framework requires commensurate measurement tooling.
The pandemic has led pharma marketers to embrace digital marketing communications and the benefits of investing in telehealth platforms to engage physicians are numerous and provide a tremendous opportunity.
Just as Amazon leverages machine learning to develop valuable insights into consumer purchasing behavior in real time, healthcare organizations can strengthen their ability to reduce costs of care and eliminate waste and abuse with this type of intelligence.
Many players in life sciences and other sectors balk at updating their compliance systems because of the cost and resources involved. but addressing possible lapses now can save your company millions of dollars in fines and reputational damage.
Prior authorization is a massive and growing problem for patients and providers, and regulation is not likely to solve it completely or anytime soon.
Expect nurses to have prominent roles on medtech advisory boards this year to avoid issues that blindsided some medical communities during the pandemic.
If we continue to apply the technology without widespread agreement to these basic premises, we could dissolve people’s trust before we even earn it.
From sharing stories about mental health, to coping mechanisms and tactics to weather through the Covid-19 storm, TikTok is filled with opportunities to provide extra support to people who need it.
Gamification is being hailed as a promising tool within the digital mental health industry. But should the same tactics that are fueling our online addiction become the standard for driving engagement with solutions that are designed to improve our mental health?
The HHS amendment is meant to vaccinate Americans as quickly as possible. This could be an incredible turning point in offering additional support for our frontline workforce or, if not executed correctly, could add additional and unnecessary stress to a field already experiencing widespread burnout.
The life sciences industry will move toward more agile capabilities for regulatory operations and regulators toward an accelerated approval pathway in support of clinical studies, drawing from lessons learned during the pandemic around global collaboration.
Particularly at the point of care, we have the means and resources to directly inform, educate and offer service to those who have been marginalized across multiple demographic intersections of race, ethnicity and income.
As Covid-19 joins the ranks of cancer and chronic diseases to be tracked and prevented through testing, health plans will need testing solutions that can be distributed quickly and at scale.
As we continue to respond to Covid-19 and prepare for the next crisis, the health care community should learn from defense and intelligence agencies that have developed effective strategies to create a common operating picture through robust data integration.
Cases are down and vaccine distributions have begun in full swing across the nation, but there is still a worry about future surges with new variants of the SARS-CoV2 virus that are now in the U.S.
While healthcare providers have invested heavily in clinical systems over the past decade, they’ve mostly ignored financial and operational systems.
Of all populations, our veterans need—and deserve—the best quality care available. Virtual care technology and remote monitoring devices are easy to implement, cost-effective solutions that remove barriers and make that care possible.
The Biden administration should recognize that including high quality, patient-centered comprehensive medication management (CMM) services as the national standard of care will improve patient outcomes, reduce health care costs and save lives.
To counter vaccine hesitancy, especially dominant in at-risk communities, we need hyper-local and population-specific vaccine programs.
We cannot earn patients’ trust and respect if we are tethered to a computer in the exam room, navigating the EHR concurrent to a visit or otherwise in a hurry to finish so we can return to our office where data entry to the EHR awaits us.
EHRs have caused a few problems for healthcare but they have paved a path on which we can set out on the journey of healthcare transformation. Without the existing EHR infrastructure, we’d not only have to map out a path but lay the road while we’re on it.
Engaging and listening to physician leadership early and often can make the VBC transition smoother and less complex over time for both providers and payers.
We need health systems to improve teamwork and communication by implementing clear processes that are supported by user-friendly platforms.
3D printers are currently being used to construct not only customized prosthetics for patients in need, but a wide variety of other medical items — foremost among them tissues and organoids, as well as surgical models and tools.
The vaccine is being delivered to 195 countries with different databases healthcare systems. Healthtech solutions help us bring together data from different healthcare organizations, manufacturing and distributing facilities, and government departments into a centralized location.
For the last few years, digital transformation has been the mantra for healthcare-related organizations of […]
Medicare Advantage providers need to get ahead of the tide by proactively considering what they can do to suit their enrollees’ new, tech-savvy preferences — now and in the future.
Every patient who could benefit should be armed with the sophisticated and validated technologies currently available to monitor key biometrics at home to alert patients and their clinicians of abnormalities and opportunities for early intervention.
Covid vaccines are the talk of the town but in the meantime, there remains a great need for Covid-19 management solutions – including effective screening, efficient testing, improving treatments, battling vaccine misinformation, continued mask-wearing and social distancing – to protect the public.
At this time every year payers employ teams of people whose full-time job is calling a doctor’s office, requesting information, and waiting weeks for the data to be mailed in hard copy or being required to physically drive to the provider location to pick up records. How will it get better?
Taking your clinician expertise and applying it to the business world might reduce your sense of burnout and rekindle the love you feel for medicine.
When healthcare leaders trust each other enough to share essential information on their patients — either through their own decisions or through forced policy change — real progress can be made on building patient trust and, as a result, real progress on better health.
Few people question whether care delivery will continue to migrate out of the hospital into new settings such as the home. The better question is, what services – specifically – will migrate to the home, and what innovations are necessary to support these migrations?
Viagra’s successful launch gives drug companies a roadmap to building a humanized brand. But it also showed why, even in a pharma-friendly, post-Covid world, humanizing healthcare may be harder than it seems
In dermatology, to ensure that bias is not embedded in the technology, the machine learning algorithms must be trained using images of skin of color, not just light skin images.
The combination of regulatory pressure and technological advances will help move the needle forward — and not just for the sake of better interoperability, but also to get the Covid-19 pandemic under control and improve the health and wellbeing of us all.
For digital health entrepreneurs to truly seize the moment, the focus has to be on developing an exceptional go-to-market engine, alongside those transformative products.
As my personal experience with my grandparents proved, engaging with your local pharmacist can reduce the burden placed on a patient’s family and the primary caregiver, while making the transition to at-home care manageable.
Strategic decisions payers make today will determine how ready they will be for a future where patients expect their healthcare to be as seamless as online shopping.