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3 Ways IoT is Empowering Modern Healthcare Industry Today

Ajay Rane, VP of Global Ecosystem Development, Sigfox Today’s healthcare systems are nothing like their predecessors of even a decade ago, and their growth is due, in large part, to the rapid evolution of technology. In recent years, e-health—the digital services that make it possible to improve the well-being of individuals, whether to prevent, diagnose …

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Leveraging Digital Health to Assist Developing Countries’ Health Systems

Ran Poliakine, CEO and Co-Founder of Nanox Vaccine rollouts are picking up steam and many parts of the world are gradually beginning to relax restrictions and reopen their economies. While this welcome news is cause for celebration, it is crucial for decision-makers in developed countries to understand the reality: for the most part, it is …

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Positioning Your Health System for Digital Transformation

Chris Ingersoll, Principal Architect at Innovaccer In my last article, I discussed how an incomplete picture of patient health can lower the quality and raise the cost of care. Healthcare has been fully digitized but the complete picture is stored in multiple data silos across hospitals, practices, health plans, consumer devices, and more. A data …

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Cybersecurity: The Hidden Health Tech Crisis No One’s Talking About

Roel Decneut, CMO at Lansweeper The life-saving capabilities of technology in a healthcare environment are beyond dispute. Medical professionals in hospital environments rely on networked medical devices to access and share patient information rapidly to reduce the time it takes to make life-saving decisions and deliver essential patient care. Connected devices in healthcare environments allow …

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Why Virtual Care is Key to Health Systems Long-Term Business Strategy

Catherine Murphy, Chief Operating Officer at Zipnosis Over the past year, the shortcomings and gaps in healthcare have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The patient and provider experience (and their respective preferences) in care delivery have been no exception to the industry’s shortcomings.  Providers and patients are looking for more convenient, efficient solutions to …

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Moving Beyond EHRs: What Lies Ahead for Healthcare Digitization?

Chris Ingersoll, Principal Architect at Innovaccer As our economy has become increasingly digitized, we are generating a massive influx of personal data. Across industries, the winning companies are those that have successfully harnessed the value of that data to create unique and personalized experiences for their customers. How we shop, travel, and handle our finances …

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A ban on surprise bills is just a Band-Aid

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.

“The Doctor Will See You Now” and Other Things Patients Won’t Hear Post-COVID

Arun K. Buduri, VP – Engineering/IT and CISO, Innovaccer Following a year of social distancing and strict lockdowns, patients were forced to fundamentally change the way they interacted with their physicians. By April of last year, about half of patients’ primary care visits were conducted virtually. And thanks to the emergency relaxation of regulations from …

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Streamline Locally to Increase Efficiency, Battle COVID Globally

John Schaeffer, Co-President, SSG People tend to think of COVID-19 as a national or even worldwide crisis. The pandemic is everywhere, after all, and we tend to judge entire nations by their reaction to the disaster and how that reaction endangers or protects the countries around them. But a pandemic is made of millions of …

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4 Strategies for Health IT Leaders to Streamline Their Work & Serve Patients

Monica Bolbjerg, MD, Chairman, Founder & CEO of Qure4u As a physician turned entrepreneur, I’ve learned many lessons in my journey from the patient bedside to the health IT boardroom. As a young physician practicing in my native Denmark, my eyes were opened to the administrative headaches and limited engagement that was a result of …

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3 Tips to Help Staffing Run Smoothly at Your COVID-19 Vaccination Site

Martin Hartshorne, CEO of When I Work So far 2021 has been the year of the COVID vaccine as more and more people have become eligible to receive it. As of mid-May 2021, everyone age 12 and over in the United States is able to get a vaccine and about 37.5% of the country’s total …

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Reinventing the Last Mile: Delivering COVID-19 Vaccines to Our Most Vulnerable Populations

Jason Z. Rose, CEO of Adhere Health  Over the past several months, the United States has rapidly accelerated its COVID-19 vaccination rates, with close to half of the population receiving at least one dose by the middle of May. With three highly effective vaccine options and numerous public-private partnerships delivering doses to the public, the …

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SUD: Can Digital Health Solutions Remove Stigmas Around Addiction?

Nicholas Mercadante, CEO & Co-Founder PursueCare We can safely take for granted that a doctor treating your back pain isn’t going to determine the course of care based on whether she thinks you’ll fully commit to getting better. She isn’t likely to start treatment with a contract stating that the only way to stay in …

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The Science of Storytelling: Brand Voice and the COVID-19 Vaccine

Lizzie Harris, Partner, Lippincott Healthcare feels like it’s in a perpetual state of a renaissance.  A decade ago, it seemed it was hardly spoken about at all.  People either had it and never thought about it, or lived without it, and worried about it constantly. According to Gallup’s “Confidence in Institutions Study,” 80 percent of …

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Will U.S. Healthcare Have The Same Success Rate With Chronic Kidney Disease As Native Americans?

Eric Tran, MS in Microbiology, Tulane School of Medicine Donald Voltz, MD, Aultman Hospital, Medical Director of the Main Operating Room For years, hypertension has dominated the healthcare field, afflicting 45 percent of all adult Americans, inducing a number of lethal complications in patients across the country. Another disease that has gained renown in the …

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Supreme Court upholds ACA, dismissing constitutional challenge

The Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, dismissing the lawsuit brought by Texas, 17 other states and two individuals on the grounds that they were not able to prove they were harmed by the law. Industry stakeholders celebrated the court’s long-awaited decision.

Data Reveals Institutional Racism in Healthcare Still Exist, But Providers/Payers Can Change That

Minal Patel, CEO of Abacus Insights The vaccine rollout is following patterns that are all too familiar —  but we can change that Newscasters sounded surprised when they announced for the first time that COVID-19 was disproportionately affecting Black, Indigenous, and people of color. As they presented graphs that showed higher rates of infection, hospitalization, …

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Post-COVID Telehealth in Europe: What Works for Primary Care? – Analysis

The European primary care telehealth market has been transformed since the outbreak of COVID-19 more than 15 months ago. But which countries have developed an ecosystem that is primed for long-term growth that will bring value and improved processes to both healthcare providers and patients? A key starting point is to define the vendors that …

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KLAS: Growth of Drug Diversion Monitoring Market

Jackson Tate, Research Director, Pharmacy Solutions, at KLAS Research Often when we talk about the opioid epidemic, the focus is rightly on the suffering that the situation has caused. However, it’s important not to miss the surrounding context of this crisis, and what various health systems have started to uncover.  Currently, health systems face a …

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The Role of Digital Mental Health in the Healthcare Journey

Alison Darcy, PhD, President and Founder, Woebot Health With more than 20,000 apps available to address myriad mental health challenges with varying degrees of support, it’s clear that digital mental health is experiencing a boom. But there seems to be little consensus regarding the true role that digital therapeutics can and should play within the …

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Inflated savings, hidden costs: How vendors who “carve-out” specialty benefits fail to deliver promised value

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.

Why Provider-Payer Collaboration is the Secret to Value-Based Success

Rachael Jones is SVP, Performance Analytics and Quality, Cotiviti Emad Rizk, M.D.,President and CEO, Cotiviti Just before the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, 48% of healthcare providers surveyed said three-quarters of their organization’s payments were grounded in fee-for-service models of care. Fast forward a year and the financial aftershocks of the pandemic have highlighted some of the …

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The healthcare crisis in Myanmar – how UK GPs can help

Dr Jim Brockbank from Myanmar UK GP Health Action provides an update on how the military coup is affecting doctors in Myanmar and explains a new fundraising initiative to help support health and education projects in the country.

The healthcare crisis in Myanmar – how UK GPs can help

Dr Jim Brockbank from Myanmar UK GP Health Action provides an update on how the military coup is affecting doctors in Myanmar and explains a new fundraising initiative to help support health and education projects in the country.

Applying A Hedge Fund Mentality for Investing in Social Determinants of Health

Matt Lambert, M.D., Chief Medical Officer – Curation Health While I am a practicing clinician, I am a firm believer that improvements in healthcare most often come from borrowing the best ideas from other business models. For example, I have sometimes borrowed from software company and payer colleague insights to describe value-based care (VBC) reimbursement …

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Avoiding 4 Common Pitfalls of Remote Patient Monitoring

Susan Beaton, VP of Health Plan Strategy, Wellframe COVID-19 created a colossal opportunity for health plans and providers to reimagine how they engage with patients. With patients apprehensive about going to the doctor during the pandemic, it became even more vital to keep track of their health in between visits. This is where remote patient …

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What Population Health Management Providers Need to Know About HITRUST CSF Certification

Bob Dupuis, VP of Enterprise Architecture and Security at Arcadia Healthcare companies continue to implement value-based care and population health management initiatives to coordinate healthcare delivery and improve the quality and value of patient care. These initiatives depend on the ability to access, aggregate, and analyze massive amounts of patient data, often coming from hundreds …

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As CMS Delays CHART, Rural Providers Need to Take Value-Based Care into Their Own Hands

Lynn Barr, MPH, Founder & Executive Chair of Caravan Health The answer to solving a healthcare crisis that exacerbates barriers to care among some of the most vulnerable patient populations in the country is staring us in the face. For rural hospitals straining under the weight of erratic patient volumes, sicker populations and lack of …

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Can Technology Improve How We Treat (or Prevent) Chronic Conditions?

Dr. John Janas, Medical Director, Twistle The prevalence of chronic disease in the United States will increase over the next several decades among all age groups, as will the associated care costs, and physical, mental and social consequences. Major obstacles to effective chronic care management (CCM) include: – Patients rarely suffer from a single chronic …

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Making Telehealth Accessible to Underserved Communities Requires a Multifaceted Approach

Over the last year, people across the U.S. have adopted telehealth in record numbers, signaling what people in the industry have long believed — virtual doctor visits and prescription delivery has the potential to truly increase access to high-quality, convenient care.  The meteoric rise of telehealth has also come with its challenges, one of the …

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How to Bolster EHR Efficiency and Access to Offer Better Patient Care

Dessiree Paoli, Senior Solution Marketing Manager at Interlace Health Over the past few decades, technology has advanced health care in incredible ways. Between robotic surgery, training through augmented reality, and the use of wearables to enhance health data, the industry has embraced numerous advances to improve patient care. However, the industry’s relationship with technology hasn’t …

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Telehealth Averted Healthcare Collapse During COVID – Will Inertia Kill Further Adoption?

Dr. Haim Amir, CEO and Founder of Essence Group Major, deep-rooted problems in the healthcare system were brought into sharp focus by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Healthcare organizations in many regions – already stretched to near-full capacity before the pandemic – have been pushed to the brink of collapse. While they scrambled to respond, they began …

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What the Shift to 5G Will Mean for Healthcare Cybersecurity

Matthew Doyle, COO & Head of Investor Relations, Chicago Pacific Founders 5G has spent years hovering on the horizon, its industry-revolutionizing potential waiting just out of reach for healthcare providers and consumers. But now, the wait is (almost) over — and for some, it already is. Mobile 5G began to make limited appearances in major …

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The Risks of Delaying Data Migration for Healthcare Systems

Sashank Purighalla, Founder & CEO at BOS Framework It only takes one data breach to paralyze a whole industry. Hospitality offers one prescient example. In 2014, hotel chain Marriott International was victim to a severe cyber attack, in which the information of 500 million clients was released. That scandal exploded to the political sphere as …

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Why Ransomware Poses a Threat to Both Providers & Patient Health​

Gary Ogasawara, CTO, Cloudian Ransomware attacks continue to wreak havoc on all types of organizations across almost every industry. The healthcare sector in particular has emerged as one of the top targets for ransomware gangs, and the impact can be more dire than for most others. According to new research by Tenable, ransomware is responsible …

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A Promising New Post-COVID World of Virtual Care

Josh Weiner, CEO of SR Health at Solutionreach It’s a striking contrast to look at the world as it now in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic compared to what life was like prior to March 2020. To pre-pandemic eyes, it may even seem like an unrecognizable alien landscape with people everywhere donning facemasks, limited …

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6 Ways eConsults Mitigate Impact of Second Surge of COVID-19 for Providers

Peter Anderson, MBA, AristaMD advisor The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated telehealth adoption to help keep patients out of waiting rooms and emergency departments, in hopes to reduce exposure and spread of the virus.  Even so, it should not be news to healthcare stakeholders that patients experienced delayed healthcare in 2020. An estimated 1 in 3 Americans …

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Talking about Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities in Medical Devices Shouldn’t be Taboo

Nastassia Tamari, Director of Information Security Operations for BD According to the National Vulnerability Database, 18,353 vulnerabilities were reported in 2020. That’s nearly three times the volume of vulnerabilities reported five years ago, and higher than any year in the previous two decades. Given the rise in connected devices, this increase is not entirely unexpected. …

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Frontline Workers Need New Approaches to Treat COVID-19-Related Mental Health Issues

Robert Cuyler, PhD, Chief Clinical Officer at Freespira We’ve long known that the coronavirus pandemic would dramatically impact the mental health of health care professionals and the general population. But just how many of us have been impacted is stunning. Fully 41% of Americans reported at least one adverse mental or behavioral health condition associated …

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Why Healthcare Data Won’t Magically Create Value-Based Care

Irv Lichtenwald, President & CEO of Medsphere Systems Corporation The conversation about transitioning the American healthcare system from fee for service (FFS) to value-based care (aka, pay for performance) has been going on for more than 15 years. Still, it felt like time travel to come across a Health Affairs book review from 2006 by the late …

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EHR Adoption is Essential for Outpatient Surgery to Remain Relevant in Managed Care

Tara Vail, Chief Growth Officer at HST Pathways In 2009, hospitals and doctors were given financial incentives to adopt electronic health records (EHRs) through the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) were not eligible for these funds, and were therefore not incentivized like the rest of the …

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Patient Experience 2.0: A Shift in Priorities Defined by A Year of the Pandemic

Tim Dybvig, SVP of Patient Engagement at Experity The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the healthcare continuum within the past year, creating many roadblocks in the path towards high-quality care delivery. Amid these challenges, we have witnessed a significant shift in patient wants and needs, in addition to heightened demand for accessible, convenient clinical care. Notably, …

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How COVID-19 Made Employee Safety Work for Employees

Omri Shafran, CEO of Texas Medical Over the past decade, the move toward automated hygiene, cleaning, and sanitation solutions has steadily accelerated and its effective implementation has positively impacted organizations who quickly recognized its potential value. Enhanced productivity, increased worker safety, an opportunity to repurpose labor, and improved water savings are just a few of …

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The Future of Revenue Integrity: From Reactive to Predictive – RCM

Vasilios Nassiopoulos, Vice President of Platform Strategy and Innovation, Hayes Healthcare organizations have witnessed an explosion of new opportunities to extract value from the industry’s treasure trove of data in recent years, with success stories related to using advanced technology such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning found in every sector.  Revenue integrity is …

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Cancer Centers: Here’s How We Can Restart Clinical Trials Today

Marie E. Lamont, President and COO of Inteliquet Biopharmaceutical companies developing cancer treatments need to restart the clinical trials shut down or delayed during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic. Some are holding back, however, due to a lack of confidence that sufficient eligible patients can be recruited and enrolled in the trials. Recruiting …

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Effectively Handling Clinical Denials Amid a Pandemic Backlog of Elective Surgeries

Lisa Dadulo, Clinical Practice Director at HGS Healthcare Throughout the pandemic, many hospitals had to delay elective procedures for several months or cancel them altogether.  Surgical volumes decreased over 35% in 2020 from March to July.  This has led to a projected backlog of elective procedures and surgeries.  For example, in orthopedic surgeries such as …

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HCPs: Breaking Through The Noise with Digital Engagement

Andrew Ploszay, PhD Vice President, Digital Strategy & Chief Digital Officer, IQVIA In 2020, the pandemic forced a dramatic switch to a 100 percent remote commercial model for the pharmaceutical industry virtually overnight. While many digital technologies had already been evaluated or implemented by pharmaceutical companies, this event accelerated a digital-first approach with many enterprises …

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How Mobile Channels Improve Patient Engagement and Outcomes

Jeanae DuBois, Chief Marketing Officer, Bitwise Technology Consulting The past year’s pandemic struck a painful blow to health organizations’ pre-COVID patient engagement efforts. A recent report detailed fewer patient visits amidst coronavirus fears and stay-at-home orders. People are simply not going into clinics to address non-COVID medical needs. The result is more serious health issues …

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Why the Digital Front Door is Critical to the Healthcare Revenue Cycle

Joel French, EVP of Patient Experience at R1 RCM, Inc. The COVID-19 crisis has upended many of our traditional business procedures and processes. However, because digital transformations were well underway before the pandemic, the shift to remote work and contactless consumer self-service was swift. In healthcare, digital strategies that were expected to take 10 years …

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Digital Transformation: 4 Moves Finance Leaders Can Make to Emerge Stronger

Sonia Singh VP of Center for Consumerism at AVIA In this time of crisis, the U.S. healthcare system has struggled to safeguard lives and suppress the COVID-19 virus, while buckling under financial strains, low consumer confidence, and the burden of persistent clinician burnout. And yet, the industry is experiencing an unprecedented digital transformation. Between regulatory …

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4 Ways Health Systems Need To Reinvent Themselves to Compete

Juan Pablo Segura, Co-founder of Babyscripts For about a decade, digital health has been slowly winning the battle against healthcare’s slow pace of change. Digital found an unexpected ally in Covid, as the pandemic forced health systems to adopt virtual solutions wholesale.  As we start to come out on the other side, though, some health …

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Advance Care Planning: The Need for Racial Equity in End-of-Life Care

Ryan Van Wert, MD, Co-founder & CEO of Vynca National Minority Health Month presents a critical opportunity to address the huge gaps that exist when it comes to race and healthcare quality in the United States. While there are a variety of factors that continue to play a role in creating this inequity, its impact …

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Top 3 Ways to Justify Interoperability Spend & Power Your Physician Alignment Strategy

Dr. Peter S. Tippett, CEO of careMESH For decades, interoperability has been a dirty word for hospitals and health systems. No matter how much they have worked at it, paid for it, and thrown IT resources at it, return on investment has been difficult to prove. This has been especially true when executing a community …

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Streamlining Biospecimen Procurement: Avoid These 8 Common R&D Mistakes

Jill Mullan, Chief Operating Officer, iSpecimen Long before a clinician administers a drug or runs a new test, there is the arduous R&D cycle. Unfortunately, it’s rarely as streamlined as the one that just delivered COVID-19 vaccines in record-shattering time. For most Americans, vaccines and drugs seem to spring wholly formed from clinical trials, which …

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3 Reasons Why Mobility Matters for Surgery

Dr. Jeffrey Zavaleta, MD, Chief Medical Officer Graphium Health As the computer form factor shrank from the size of a room to a laptop, computing “mobility” finally became a reality as devices could be transported anywhere. For over a decade, the laptop continued to shrink while increasing in performance and lowering in price. Mobility became …

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3 Strategies to Up-Level Medicare Advantage Enrollment Before it is Too Late

Trey Keller, VP of Product Management at Edifecs Aaron Fulner, Sr. Director at Edifecs With a new administration looking to reshape healthcare policy and additional special enrollment periods already underway, now is the time to ensure Medicare enrollment systems are ready for the unpredictability, and potential opportunities, ahead. While Medicare is the fastest growing segment …

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Decentralized Clinical Trials: Surviving & Thriving in the Clinical Research World of COVID-19

Zach Henderson, Chief Commercial Officer, Glooko As with so many aspects of our daily lives, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on clinical trials was both widespread and monumental. Thousands of trials—an estimated 80% of non-COVID-19 trials—came to a halt or were interrupted by the pandemic, which challenged the ability to conduct trials safely and …

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What Will It Take for Hospitals to Survive the Pandemic?

Dr. John Frownfelter, MD, FACP, Chief Medical Officer at Jvion In 1852, Mercy Hospital & Medical Center opened as Chicago’s first chartered hospital. In May, it will close, leaving residents of the surrounding South Side community — poor and mostly people of color — without a place to see a doctor. And it isn’t the …

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PHINs: Addressing the Fundamental Flaws that Have Broken Healthcare

 Brad Bostic, CEO, hc1 The fundamental problem with healthcare can be summed up in one sentence:  We expect healthcare services that cater to our individual needs, yet the health care system operates under a one-size-fits-all, trial-and-error model. It is a model that results in missed diagnoses, protracted illnesses, and even premature death and wastes $935 …

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Why the Digital-First, Patient-Centered Care is Critical to Healthcare

Michael D. Robinson Vice President, Healthcare North America at VMware In the turmoil of one of the hardest years the healthcare industry has experienced, many healthcare organizations innovated nearly overnight, transforming bedside tablets into virtual care providers and parking garages into field hospitals. Through the help of agile, flexible technology, healthcare has empowered providers to …

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Time and Goals Should Drive Your Post-COVID-19 Care Management Strategy

Jessica Scruton, BSN, RN, CCM, VP of Clinical Transformation for Lightbeam Health Solutions COVID-19 forced many health systems to reassess and reconfigure their care management processes and staffing models so that clinicians could better manage more of their acute, complex, and otherwise healthy patients remotely to limit in-person care.  During this time, health systems likely …

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Does Telemedicine Impede or Help the Patient-Centered Medical Home?

Traditional patient care patterns have been radically altered by the COVID-19 pandemic. And after more than a year of disruption, it’s doubtful that everyone will revert to those patterns after the pandemic. New habits have been formed, and consumers are more willing to pursue the path of least resistance in obtaining care, such as opting …

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How a Virtual Care Mindset Leads to Greater Patient Acceptance and Sustainable Telehealth Growth

Sandeep Pulim, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Bluestream Health There’s no question that the demand for telehealth and virtual care has grown exponentially over the last twelve months. With that growth has come a fundamental shift in the attitude toward virtual care. No longer do patients and providers take a “let’s try it” approach—now, it’s …

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Key Lessons from COVID-19 & How We Can Better Support our Healthcare Provider

Peter Ziese PhD, MD, Business Leader, Monitoring and Analytics, Philips COVID-19 has been a novel pandemic in many ways beyond the actual virus itself – from the irreparable impacts it’s having on society, to the immense strain it’s put on the healthcare industry. A recent report stated that 93% of healthcare professionals reported experiencing stress, …

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COVID Exposed The Dire Need for Real-Time Healthcare Data Sharing

Birju Shah, Head of Product for Uber Health & Communities Nick Jordan, Founder and CEO, Narrative In a world where technology and Big Data can provide us with instantaneous access to our banking transactions, and our financial information and credit reports can be retrieved with a few keystrokes when applying for a mortgage — trying to …

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3 Barriers Stalling AI Adoption in Revenue Cycle Management

Kenya Smith, Healthcare Solution Marketing Manager at ABBYY AI technology is quickly evolving and already surpassing human decision-making in certain instances; sometimes, in ways, we can’t explain. While many are alarmed by this, AI is producing some of the most effective and dramatic results in business today.  Adoption of AI in healthcare is growing, but …

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Next-Generation Cloud Storage: Enabling Collaboration & Analytics for Pharma Research

Russ Kennedy, Chief Product Officer, Nasuni Pharmaceutical companies today are distributed, global organizations, with research centers, manufacturing facilities, and regulatory management hubs spread all over the globe. To develop new treatments and bring them to market, all of these different functions need to collaborate more closely than ever. Using traditional, on-premises storage technologies, however, makes …

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GSK’s Benlysta (belimumab) Receives CHMP’s Opinion Recommending its Approval for Active Lupus Nephritis

Shots: EMA’s CHMP has adopted a positive opinion recommending the use of Benlysta (IV, SC) in combination with background immunosuppressive therapies for the treatment of adult patients with active LN The opinion is based on a P-III BLISS-LN study assessing Benlysta (IV,10 mg/kg) + standard therapy vs PBO in 448 adult patients with active LN …

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To Advance Health Equity, Put Real-World Cancer Data to Work

Dr. Miller, Medical Director of CancerLinQ LLC Despite decades of scientific progress against cancer, access to treatment remains highly unequal. Some of the reasons — like institutional racism and poverty — are a reflection of our broader society. Other inequities may go unrecognized but are no less damaging. People with underlying health conditions, for example, …

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How the Pandemic is Accelerating the Shift to Alternative Care Delivery Models

Mark Prather MD, MBA, CEO & Co-founder at DispatchHealth The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed how we interact with one another, with businesses, and with the world around us. From social distancing to hand sanitation to remote working, its impact on society is immense. And among the various industries that are experiencing significant change as a …

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How NLP Can Uncover Social Determinants of Heart Disease

David Talby, CTO, John Snow Labs Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Cardiovascular disease-related deaths—which occur every 36 seconds—cost our country about $219 billion each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). People with poor cardiovascular health …

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Cloud Technologies in Healthcare: Improving Access to Care at Lower Costs

 Venky Ananth, SVP, Global Head of Healthcare at Infosys The healthcare industry has been among those at the fore when it comes to cloud adoption. It’s no wonder then that between 2020 and 2024, the global market is projected to see a rise of nearly US$25.54 billion in cloud technologies in this industry1. What has …

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3 Ways Providers Can Navigate COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout Successfully

Lisa Romano, MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer at CipherHealth The New Year brings hope and promises that an end to the COVID-19 pandemic is in sight. With two vaccines authorized by the FDA for emergency use, and close to 3 million healthcare workers already vaccinated, there is hope that this virus will be eradicated and …

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Quality Virtual Care Matters for Patients – Even More Than Telehealth

Rick Halton, Vice President of Marketing, Lumeon The COVID-19 pandemic made healthcare visits over video or phone the norm, likely turning telehealth into a permanent fixture within the U.S. healthcare system. In fact, the majority of patient access leaders at large hospitals believe 20-30 percent of appointments will happen over video in 2021, according to …

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Achieving Financial Sustainability: A Connected Community of Care’s #1 Goal

Dr. Keith Kosel, Vice President at Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation (PCCI) “Show me the money!” No one old enough to have seen the 1996 movie, Jerry Maguire, will ever forget that memorable phrase. That simple but powerful phrase could apply to every person who punches a clock for a living and just about every …

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Why A Smart Command Center Requires A Health Cloud Platform

Dr. David Nace, Chief Medical Officer at Innovaccer Aviation, military, NASA, or even utilities like the New York Power Authority—almost all high-consequence, complex organizations have one thing in common: a command center. The concept of a command center or a ‘war room,’ or ‘air traffic control’ has been around for a while. Command centers help …

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How Artificial Intelligence Is Making Senior Care More Human

Bent Philipson, Founder of Philosophy Care When it comes to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) in particular and long-term care in general, a human-centered and empathetic approach is not only necessary, it’s obligatory. Putting the needs, constraints, and perspectives of patients first enhances the level of care we’re able to provide.  Perhaps ironically, it is the …

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Innovative, Non-Invasive Technologies Advanced Earlier Detection & Monitoring of Liver Disease

Jon Gingrich, CEO, Echosens North America Leveraging technological advances to facilitate new ways of engaging patients and integrating non-invasive technology into a liver disease program not only serves to improve individual outcomes and reduce costs but also strengthens the financial performance of health systems and provider organizations that include this approach to testing. At a …

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Payers Struggle with Provider Data Management Too

Eric Demers, CEO of Madaket Health Provider data management is usually discussed from the provider perspective: the busy staff, the needless paperwork amid a pandemic, the faxing, emailing and uploading of data. In these scenarios, the health plans are often painted as the villains for their bureaucratic processes and unique requirements. But the reality is …

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Improving Inventory Management During COVID-19 and Beyond

Todd Stewart, Vice President, Enterprise Workflow Solutions, CenTrak Healthcare systems across the country are facing high patient volumes combined with higher patient expectations during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, hospitals and other healthcare facilities need to consider technology that can help them keep pace with evolving demands while prioritizing the health, safety, and experience of …

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Data-Driven Future: Impact of Machine Learning on Diabetes Management

Athar Siddiqui:  Global Strategy Lead, Digital Connected Solutions –  Ascensia Diabetes Care “Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don’t think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without the talking about the other” – Bill Gates wrote this in 1999 and, nowadays, the same can certainly be said about information technology and healthcare.  …

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How to Optimize Your Healthcare Practice with Advanced Technology Solutions

Terrence D. Sims, President of Strategic Growth and Marketing, Raintree Systems As COVID-19 continues to influence patient behaviors and causes providers to reevaluate how they operate their businesses, healthcare practices all around the world started looking for solutions that emphasize clinical efficiencies, elevate patient revenue cycle management, as well as feature enhanced reporting, and analytics …

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Why Patients, Not EHRs, Deserve our Undivided Attention

Prayus Tailor, MD, FASN 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. ______________________________________________________ I am a …

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VR and AR Simulation Medical Training Can Reduce Medical Errors

Adam Dougherty, MD, MPH Chief Medical Officer, SimX Human error is an inevitable event in the practice of any trade, including healthcare and medicine. The errors made in medicine can have many negative effects for patients and healthcare providers. A study out of Johns Hopkins in 2016 found that medical errors accounted for over 250,000 …

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3 Ways to Boost Patient Confidence with Real-Time Contactless Communication

Ford Blakely, SVP & GM, Medallia Zingle Although the vaccine’s rollout is slowly underway, Covid cases worldwide are continuing to reach all-time highs as new mutations make the virus even more contagious than ever before. Not surprisingly, patients’ concerns about visiting their healthcare providers in the midst of this global pandemic persist, pushing demand for …

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11 Best Practices of a Successful Care Model Transformation Plan

Moha Desai, Principal, Healthcare Strategy & Transformation  Health systems across the country will require a plan to react to government deep spending cuts and revenue shortfalls due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hospital services have seen a significant downturn in demand in 2020, and the recent resurgence in cases has led to further decreases. The public …

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Best Practices to Ensure Telehealth Security and Protect Patient Data

Paul Banco, CEO of etherFAX To support the sudden increase in test results and medical records being transmitted during the pandemic, hospitals, laboratories, and pharmacies implemented additional devices and remote connections into their networks. After the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) lifted penalties around telehealth to expand care options amid the crisis, new platforms were …

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Electronic Signatures Speed Care, Keep Providers in Compliance

Stephan Herron, CEO/President of Scriptel Corporation While certain healthcare regulations—especially those around telehealth visits—have been relaxed during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the core compliance and regulatory environment remain intact, including rules around signatures. Many hospitals and health systems have set up temporary care facilities or COVID-19 testing sites, while all types of healthcare providers have …

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Why Labor Management Systems Are a Resource Healthcare Can Rely On

In 2021, the role of advanced technology solutions across the healthcare sector can – and should — be expanded. They already have been applied in such areas as billing, administrative work, in prescription management and some staff position scheduling.  But with the ongoing advances in digital capability and automated intelligence, now is the time to …

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Escalating Cyberattacks on Healthcare Organizations Highlight Need for Security Interventions

Michelle Drolet, CEO of Towerwall, Healthcare organizations have faced continual stress from heavy COVID-19 caseloads in 2020. Cyberattacks on their information networks also loomed as a serious threat, and the pressure to protect data is expected to grow this year, as more criminals target healthcare providers. Protecting patient data from unauthorized access has long been …

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The Future of Remote Care Automation Begins with Cardiac Rehabilitation

Uri Bettesh, CEO and Founder of Datos Health 2020 was undeniably the year that saw telehealth and remote care services come to the forefront of medical care. Many have hypothesized that, in the post-COVID world, remote care programs will be ubiquitous throughout hospitals and health systems. However, such a future is far from certain, as too many organizations currently lack the budget, IT infrastructure, and …

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Can AI Pave the Path to Reducing Physician Burnout?

Abboud Chaballout, Founder of Diagnoss The timing couldn’t be more critical for us to start making serious headway to reduce the growing problem of burnout among America’s physicians. In 2018, physician burnout was already at an alarming 42%, but that number is growing as COVID-19 cases surge around the country.  While we are at a hopeful place …

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Health Plans Must Go Beyond the ONC Mandate and Prioritize Member Experience

Minal Patel, CEO of Abacus Insights Laurent Rotival, SVP, Strategic Technology Solutions & CIO, Cambia Solutions We are all frustrated when there’s a glitch with our online banking, or if bandwidth problems interfere with streaming the movie we want to watch. Imagine how individuals will react when the results of a cancer screening don’t find …

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Why Cancer Registries are Part of America’s Fight for Racial Equality

Warren A Whyte, Ph.D., VP Scientific Partnerships at ConcertAI According to a 2019 study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, one in 1,000 Black males can expect to die at the hands of the police. Black males were also 2.5 times more likely to die during an encounter with police than white …

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3 Ways Hospitals Can Improve Employee Communication—Now and Beyond the Pandemic

This year and the coronavirus pandemic brought new challenges to hospitals and healthcare facilities across the globe. And while the first phase of vaccine distribution has put a light at the end of the tunnel, many regions are still handling surging cases as a result of the holiday season.  As we navigate combatting the latest …

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Telehealth Helped Me Beat COVID-19, But It’s Just A Start

Lisa Romano, MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer at CipherHealth I was the voice of social distancing, a proponent of mask-wearing from the very start. Still, after months of keeping distance from loved ones, the idea of a quick, safe, outdoor family gathering on a beautiful fall day, even if we weren’t going to be wearing …

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Virtual Care in the Post-COVID World: How to Prepare Your Healthcare Environment

Nicole Muehlenhaus, Senior Product Manager, Ergotron As the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated telehealth adoption, many patients and providers supported the remote-friendly technology. While the big spikes of usage may slow, adoption is still far ahead from where it was pre-pandemic, and we expect that to remain. In fact, the global telehealth market is projected to reach …

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A Patient Engagement Strategy Needs to Deliver a Holistic Experience

Chris Evanguelidi, Director, Enterprise Healthcare Market for Redpoint Global Inc. Researchers from Johns Hopkins published a study in October on the impact of the pandemic on health care delivery. Among its findings, the data show a 21.4% decrease in primary care visits in Q2 of 2020, compared against the average volume of Q2 visits for …

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Treat in Place: Protecting Nursing Home Patients From Hospital Readmission

Waseem Ghannam, MD, President, Telehealth Solution A night doctor’s dilemma Five years ago, I was practicing medicine in a rural hospital in North Carolina as a nocturnist, when I received a call from an Emergency Room (ER) doctor. “Hey, it’s Blake. Room 7. Demented. UTI,” he says, and hangs up. I was struck by the …

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Evaluating COVID-19’s Behavioral Health Impact on the Economy

Irv Lichtenwald, President & CEO of Medsphere Systems Corporation We’re now in a new year and new presidential administration. At least three companies are producing effective COVID-19 vaccines, which are being administered to healthcare workers, teachers, and the elderly. By summer, hopefully a large majority of the population in most countries will be vaccinated. From …

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Healthcare Metadata Management: 3 Critical Capabilities to Creating A Unified, Automated Approach

Amnon Drori, CEO of Octopai The healthcare industry, like many others, has become a data driven industry collecting data from patients, doctors, labs, and payers that are all crucial to patient healthcare diagnosis and outcome. When it comes to research, data can be useful in creating emerging healthcare technological innovations, pharmaceutical discoveries, as well as …

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Incyte Receive Positive CHMP’s Opinion for Pemigatinib

Shots: The EMA’s CHMP has adopted a positive opinion of pemigatinib for the treatment of adults with unresectable locally advanced or metastatic cholangiocarcinoma with documented FGF/FGFR status, after at least one line of ST The CHMP opinion is based on P-II FIGHT-202 and patients enrolled into one of three cohorts – cohort a (FGFR2 fusions …

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Novo Nordisk Receives the CHMP’s Positive Opinion for Sogroya (somapacitan)

Shots: The EMA’s CHMP accepted a positive opinion for the use of Sogroya (somapacitan), once-weekly recommending its approval for the treatment of adults with growth hormone deficiency (AGHD) The CHMP recommendation is based on P-III REAL 1 trial in 301 naïve adults and ongoing P-III REAL 4 trial investigating the efficacy and safety of somapacitan …

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The Combination of 5G and AI Will Transform Healthcare in 2021

Bryan Lubel, Executive Vice President, Connected Health of KORE Not many will disagree that the global pandemic has accelerated the use of technology in healthcare. With a healthcare system stressed to a breaking point, medical professionals have had to prioritize critical cases and increasingly turn to technology tools such as telemedicine and remote patient monitoring …

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A New System to Fit A New Economy: How Healthcare Can Recover From COVID-19

Paula Muto, MD, FACSFounder and CEO, UBERDOC, Inc. We are at a watershed moment. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to reevaluate our priorities both economically and with regard to public health. Living with a healthcare system that was created in response to an emergency measure during World War II, US consumers have struggled for …

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Why CMS Will Lead the 2021 Kidney Care Revolution

Chris Riopelle, CEO of Strive Health After an unprecedented year, kidney care providers, including nephrologists, dialysis facilities, and care extenders are expecting 2021 to follow suit. We will see an overhaul in reimbursement and major industry shifts, partly led by CMS, that will require providers to advance their capabilities in a way that will usher …

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How Automation is Key to the Future of Healthcare Operations

Giri Rajaiah, Executive Leader, Vice President, Healthcare & Life Sciences, DISYS As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention. A similar correlation is seen in the quest to leverage innovation and out-of-the-box thinking to address key problems facing the healthcare industry. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has brought the immense pressure the U.S. healthcare …

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From Analog to Digital Neurology: 3 Steps to Better Inform Patient Care

Dr. Nandor Pinter, Director of Neuroimaging Research, DENT Institute Dr. Murray Gillies, General Manager of Digital Cognitive Dx Venture, Philips The field of neurology is at an inflection point. With a growing aging population, neurologists are facing an increasing number of patients needing care, and the pent-up demand for services due to COVID-19 only exacerbates …

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Top 5 Business Opportunities for Digital Health Companies in 2021. Where Is The Money?

Ralf-Gordon Jahns, Managing Director of R2G For many companies, 2020 has been a devastating year due to the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the same can be said for the digital health sector, the pandemic has also paved a way for unexpected and extraordinary business opportunities in 2021. In 2020, Digital health start-ups and …

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Intelligent Automation of the Revenue Cycle: How an Integrated Platform Approach Yields Financial Results

Sean Barrett, Senior Vice President, Product and Digital Transformation, R1 RCM Healthcare provider networks are experiencing enormous pressure to manage financial margins and invest in contactless patient experiences. With overall financial losses projected to exceed $323 billion as a result of COVID-19, a projected $200 billion in administrative waste due to revenue cycle inefficiencies, and …

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Leveraging Technology and Data for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Kevin Grauman, President and CEO, QLess After months of uncertainty, hope is finally on the horizon as three viable COVID-19 vaccine candidates are moving closer towards approvals for public distribution. Getting to this stage was extremely labor-intensive, but unfortunately, it’s not the end of the hardships. The coronavirus vaccine will represent the largest vaccine distribution …

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Challenges of Operationalizing Remote Patient Monitoring Data

Roberto Martinez, President, Mexico, Encora Among the many evolving technologies in the healthcare industry, there may be none more important or impactful than remote patient monitoring (RPM) hardware and software solutions. This technology is opening up new possibilities in extended healthcare – saving patients money, limiting visits to the doctor’s office, and providing healthcare professionals …

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To Beat COVID-19, We Need A Modern Approach to Public Health Data

Ed Simcox, Chief Strategy Officer at LifeOmic The COVID-19 pandemic, which has taken 270,000 American lives to date, has shined a light on another crisis — the U.S. currently has no standardized system for reporting public health data. Health departments all over the country resort to using paper, fax, phone, and email to transmit and …

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3 Steps to Maintain Telehealth’s Momentum Post-Pandemic

In the face of COVID-19, healthcare witnessed how crises can become the long-awaited push for creativity and innovation that the industry needs. When our healthcare infrastructure’s weaknesses were exposed, telehealth helped to stitch them up, with the number of telehealth claims increasing 8,336% nationally from April 2019 to April 2020. Out of need, patients quickly …

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IoMT Is Improving Patient Access: We Must Avoid Creating New Barriers

Heidi Sveistrup, CEO at Bruyère Research Institute Elza Seregelyi, Director at L-SPARK The Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) is changing the face of healthcare and has the potential to significantly improve patient access as well as system efficiencies. The adoption of telemedicine, for example, spurred on by the Covid-19 pandemic, has spread rapidly.  Forrester revised …

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Transitioning from Traditional to E-Fax: How Healthcare Communications are Transforming Post-COVID

Michael Morgan, CEO of Updox The majority of industries have decreased or eliminated their use of the traditional fax machine over the past decade, including aviation, retail, and even finance. While the healthcare industry is at the forefront of disease research and treatment, however, it is still heavily reliant on this aging technology.  Traditional fax …

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Provider Strategies for Mitigating Telehealth Fraud & Abuse in 2021

Dr. Gary Call, Chief Medical Officer at HMS As healthcare spending continues to rise, so too does the inherent risk for bad actors to take advantage. Today, the United States is estimated to spend nearly 18 percent of its GDP, or $3.6 trillion, on healthcare, and is expected to increase to one-fifth of GDP within …

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Why Hospitals Should Act Now to Create Clinical AI Departments

John Frownfelter, MD, FACP, Chief Medical Information Officer at Jvion A century ago, X-rays transformed medicine forever. For the first time, doctors could see inside the human body, without invasive surgeries. The technology was so revolutionary that in the last 100 years, radiology departments have become a staple of modern hospitals, routinely used across medical …

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Traditional RESTful APIs Will Not Solve Healthcare’s Biggest Interoperability Problems

Brian Platz, Co-CEO and Co-Chairman of Fluree Interoperability is a big discussion in health care, with new regulations requiring interoperability for patient data. Most approaches follow the typical RESTful API approach that has become the standard method for data exchange. Yet Health Level Seven (HL7), with its new Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard for …

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Transforming Care Delivery Through AI-Powered Predictive Surveillance

John Langton, Ph.D. Director of Applied Data Science, Wolters Kluwer, Health Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals and health systems have pushed forward with innovative technology solutions with great expediency and proficiency. Healthcare organizations were quick to launch telehealth solutions and advance digital health to maintain critical patient relationships and ensure continuity of …

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Why A Patient-First Strategy for Specialty Rx Pharmacists Is Critical to Optimize Outcomes

Dr. Brandon Salke, PHARM.D, Pharmacist-in-charge, Optime Care One of the biggest challenges for biopharmaceutical companies of rare and orphan disease patient populations is optimizing disease management in a way that enhances the patient journey and improves outcomes. As these companies seek innovative solution partners, a patient-first approach that offers specialty Rx pharmacist expertise is critical …

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Is Your Connected Community of Care Truly Making a Difference?

Dr. Keith Kosel, Vice President at Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation (PCCI) Connected Communities of Care Definition: An innovative method for effective population health management using social determinants of health. A way to streamline effective coordination between medical, government, and community-based organizations. We ask this type of question every day. For example, we may ask― “Is this …

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4 Quick Tips for Getting COVID-19 Claims Paid Promptly

Lillian Phelps, Sr. Director of Product Management, Availity As the COVID-19 pandemic has gripped the world, many providers have adopted an all-hands-on-deck approach and mentality for treating COVID-19 patients, stretching their resources to the breaking point.  We have heard about the frontline heroes who have sacrificed their own health and safety to treat patients and, …

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Meaningful Use of Genomics Requires Informatics Beyond EMRs

Assaf Halevy, Founder and CEO of 2bPrecise Electronic medical records (EMRs) are widely expected to serve as a cornerstone technology that drives the delivery of modern patient care.  But can the EMR alone support all the informatics capabilities required by an ever-evolving healthcare industry? The rapid growth of precision medicine, particularly the use of genetic …

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Death by Ransomware: Poor Healthcare Cybersecurity

Babur Khan, Technical Marketing Engineer at A10 Networks If hackers attack your organization and you’re in an industry such as financial services, engineering, or manufacturing your risks are mostly monetary. But when it comes to healthcare cybersecurity, not only is there significant financial jeopardy, people’s health and wellbeing are also at risk so the stakes …

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How to Capitalize on Digital Health Momentum in 2021

Adam Sabloff, Founder and CEO of VirtualHealth As we re-examine the healthcare system in the wake of the pandemic, we are continually identifying opportunities to rebuild parts of the system to new and improved specifications. One critical facet is digital health, where we continue to struggle with what should really be table stakes: the ability …

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CIO: 3 Rules for Meeting ONC/CMS Interoperability, While Improving Cybersecurity

Scott Galbari, CTO, Lyniate Drew Ivan, Chief Product and Strategy Officer, Lyniate Healthcare data security has been a growing concern for CIOs for the last year or so, as hackers are increasingly targeting health information. Now, with a global pandemic forcing a shift to telemedicine and remote work, and new rules from the ONC and …

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Patient-First Model: High Tech Meets High Touch for Individuals with Rare Disorders

Donovan Quill, President and CEO, Optime Care Industry experts state that orphan drugs will be a major trend to watch in the years ahead, accounting for almost 40% of the Food and Drug Administration approvals this year. This market has become more competitive in the past few years, increasing the potential for reduced costs and broader patient accessibility. …

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Gaps in Clinical Communication, Document Exchange Lead to Gaps in Care

John Harrison, Chief Commercial Officer of Concord Technologies Communication problems and inadequate information flow are two of the most common root causes of medical errors. The potential for miscommunication and faulty exchange of information in healthcare is substantial.  Consider: patient information is dispersed among multiple providers and payers along the continuum of care. Electronic Health …

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How The Internet of Things (IoT) Can Be Used to Monitor The Elderly

Ajay Rane, VP of Global Ecosystem Development, Sigfox Shelter-in-place orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic have exaggerated the social exclusion and loneliness of many elderly and vulnerable individuals, thereby increasing their chances of experiencing critical health complications. This trend—combined with societal shifts including reduced inter-generational living, greater geographical mobility, and less cohesive communities—has placed the …

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For Better Patient Care Coordination, We Need Seamless Digital Communications

Catherine Thomas: Co-Founder and VP, Customer Engagement, careMESH  Peter Tippett MD, PhD: Founder and CEO, careMESH A recent Advisory Board briefing examined the annual Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Readmission penalties.  Of the 3,080 hospitals CMS evaluated, 83% received a penalty for payments to be made in 2021, based on expected outcomes for a …

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COVID-19 Exposed The True Vulnerability of Healthcare Infrastructure

Martyn Crew, Director of Solutions Marketing at Gigamon In 2019, 41 million patient records breached in 572 reported incidents at an average cost of $1.8 million per breach. These statistics are far from surprising with healthcare records selling for a reported average of $45 on the dark web. Unfortunately, the year 2020 aggravated these issues …

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Worthy of further analysis

A recent report by Deloitte projects that the artificial intelligence (AI) drug discovery market will grow 53% by 2025, citing the increased investment of  labs in AI as a way to boost research but also to collect, analyze, and produce real-time, accurate data. Of course, such information, including when also applied to the health outcomes …

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Why Some COVID-19 Testing Protocols Aren’t What You Think

Pawel Czech, Founder of Nex.D While countries around the world continue to flounder with regards to COVID-19 testing, everyone is wondering how national governments could get things so horribly wrong. It’s true that governments have acted incompetently, leaders can make poor judgment calls, and optimistic testing targets are rarely achieved. But the claims of various …

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Is Broadband Access The Missing Key to Improving Rural Healthcare?

The plain truth is that rural America has always had a market failure problem.  In the 1930s, the problem manifests as woefully inadequate telephone and electrical service. The spaces were just too wide open, the potential customers too few, for companies to invest in America’s in-between places.  In response to this market inefficiency, a federal …

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Medical Device Design: 4 Ways Designers Can Create Medical Devices That Work for Everyone

Stuart Karten, Founder/President, Karten Design Medical device design has been going through sweeping changes over the last decade.  Ten years ago, medical device companies weren’t concerned with delivering consumer-level design: Devices that are both attractive and intuitively easy to use by a wide variety of users.  Then the Affordable Care Act was passed, and adherence …

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Gleaning Insights for COVID-19: Why Claims and Clinical Data Matter

Emad Rizk, M.D., President, CEO & Chairman of the Board, Cotiviti As 170 research teams race to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, some that are in late-stage approvals have seen recent progress, but it is still not yet clear when a vaccine will become widely available. Until then, healthcare organizations continue to rely heavily on …

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As Telehealth Surges, Are Seniors Being Left Behind?

Anne Davis, Director of Quality Programs & Medicare Strategy at HMS A global health crisis has thrust us into a scenario in which lives quite literally depend on the ability to virtually connect. Telehealth has rapidly emerged as a vital tool, enabling continuity of care, allowing vulnerable individuals to access their physician from home, and …

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Despite COVID-19: Providers Should Not Lose Sight of MIPS Compliance

Courtney Tesvich, VP of Regulatory at Nextech When 2020 began, no one anticipated that complying with the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)—the flagship payment model of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Payment Program (QPP)—would look so different halfway through the year. Like many other things, the COVID-19 crisis has delayed, diverted, …

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Billions in Federal Provider Relief Funds Have Been Distributed. Now Come Auditing and Compliance.

Anna E. Stevens, CPA, is the Partner-in-Charge of Health Care Services at Weaver, Of the $175 billion in federal Provider Relief Funds (PRF) allocated to healthcare providers, $125 billion has been accepted by hospitals and healthcare providers. The cash infusion was designed to cover costs related to COVID-19 related care. These targeted payments were earmarked …

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Ensuring Telehealth Providers’ Virtual Care Dollars Make Sense

Don Godbee Don Godbee, Mobile Solutions Architect at Stratix Don Godbee Telehealth and virtual care are not brand-new phenomena suddenly cobbled together as a rapid response to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the average US patient could be forgiven for thinking that it is. Indeed, virtual visits to care providers and remote patient …

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COVID-19: How Hospitals Can Create Better Inpatient Bed Capacity through Math

Dr. Pallabi Sanyal-Dey, Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF & Director of Client Services at LeanTaaS Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, key elements of hospital operations such as managing inpatient bed capacity, and access to ventilators and PPE have taken center stage. The general public got a crash course on what hospitals need …

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5 Steps for Interoperability Excellence for Healthcare Providers

Shanti Wilson, Consultant, Freed Associates  As if 2020 couldn’t be any more challenging for healthcare providers, new federal rules on interoperability and patient access, granting patients direct access to their healthcare data, begin taking effect this November and continue into 2022. These rules, while ultimately beneficial to patients, bring an additional level of operational complexity to …

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5 Myth-Busting New Hospital ADT Notification Requirements

 Claudia Williams, CEO of Manifest MedEx When doctors know their patients have been to the hospital, they can act fast to provide needed support. Widespread use of hospital event notifications is associated with all kinds of health benefits, including a 10 percent decrease in readmissions for Medicare beneficiaries. These event notifications are one of the …

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The Modern Approach to Acquiring Healthcare IT

 Cheryl Rodenfels, Healthcare Strategist, Nutanix The COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on the shortcomings of today’s hospital and healthcare IT infrastructure, with many healthcare organizations quickly adopting the latest and greatest technology to support remote operations. However, in the scramble to adapt, many IT leaders did not ensure that the acquired technology integrated well with …

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Virtual Engagement During COVID Pushes Paradigm Shift for Physician Training and Patient Care

Shalini Shah, MD is Vice-Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care, and Enterprise Director of Pain Services, UC Irvine Health The dominant presence of COVID-19 has not meant the absence of cancer, ear infections, heart attacks, chronic pain, or other illnesses that need attention and care. Physicians have continued treatment for all …

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Your Room is Ready: How to Recapture Health System Revenue by Solving “The Motel Problem”

Rich Miller, Chief Strategy Officer of QGenda Healthcare leaders attempting to regain some of the revenue lost during the COVID-19 shutdowns now face a formidable challenge. The American Hospital Association estimates that U.S. hospitals and health systems lost $202.6 billion in just the four months from March 1 through June 30—roughly $50.7 billion per month. …

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NLP is Raising the Bar on Accurate Detection of Adverse Drug Events

 David Talby, CTO, John Snow Labs Each year, Adverse Drug Events (ADE) account for nearly 700,000 emergency department visits and 100,000 hospitalizations in the US alone. Nearly 5 percent of hospitalized patients experience an ADE, making them one of the most common types of inpatient errors. What’s more, many of these instances are hard to …

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COVID-19: How Can Payers Prepare for Mandates and Support Pandemic Relief Efforts

Elizabeth Bierbower, Former President of Humana’s Group & Specialty Division Healthcare can achieve optimum efficiency when patients are at the center of care. When patients have the necessary information to navigate their care journey, they will choose the path to high-quality care at the lowest costs. Cost-sharing and insurance premiums are rising consistently since the …

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3 Key Solutions to Fighting Stress In the Medical Field

As you read this, doctors are on the frontlines fighting a global pandemic. Lives depend on their skills and expertise, but what often gets overlooked is the fact that doctors are still prone to stress. Sure enough, according to a report by Medscape, more than 42% of physicians across various specialties say they are burned …

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How Care Coordination Technology Addresses Social Isolation in Seniors

Jenifer Leaf Jaeger, MD, MPH, Senior Medical Director, HealthEC Senior isolation is a health risk that affects at least a quarter of seniors over 65. It has become recognized over the past decade as a risk factor for poor aging outcomes including cognitive decline, depression, anxiety, Alzheimer’s disease, obesity, hypertension, heart disease, impaired immune function, …

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Hospital Sustainability Demands that Revenue Integrity Move Front and Center

Vasilios Nassiopoulos, VP of Platform Strategy and Innovation, Hayes Razor-thin operational margins coupled with substantial and ongoing losses related to COVID-19 are culminating in a perfect storm of bottom-line issues for U.S. hospitals and health systems. A study commissioned by the American Hospital Association (AHA) found that the median hospital margin overall was just 3.5% pre-pandemic, and …

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COVID-19 and Racial Disparities: Transforming the Health of Businesses

Margarita Alegría, PhD, Chief of the Disparities Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital American businesses and their leadership are at a crossroads. COVID-19 has forced us all to re-evaluate how we work and live, while the current protest movements have placed a spotlight on the systemic injustices non-white workers face both in and out of …

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7 Best Practices for Third-Party Risk Management in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Dr. Aleksandr Yampolskiy, CEO of SecurityScorecard, The globalization of the pharmaceutical industry has forced pharma companies to outsource, increasing their reliance on third-party vendors and suppliers. As this supply chain grows in complexity, companies find themselves grappling with a growing amount of cyber risk.  A data breach in the pharmaceutical industry can cost companies upwards …

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While We Wait for 5G, Is Wi-Fi or Cellular Better for RPM Solutions?

Mark Denissen, President and CEO, Anelto Many in the healthcare industry are keeping an eye on the rollout of 5G wireless, which promises to connect people and things at higher speed and lower latency. In the healthcare realm, this means high-resolution images such as CT scans and X-rays can be taken and transmitted instantaneously to …

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How COVID-19 Has Revealed Healthcare’s Blockchain Use Cases

Brett Furst, President at HHS Technology Group Blockchain technology has somewhat infamously been described as “a solution in search of a problem,” but as the healthcare industry responds to the demands of the pandemic, several valuable use cases have surfaced that could benefit from employing the emerging technology.   Due in large part due to its …

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8 Ways Advanced Analytics Can Help You Decide If Telehealth Should Be Temporary or Permanent

Prasad Dindigal, Vice President, Healthcare & Life Sciences, EXL. Over the past few months, primarily as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth has gone from a “nice-to-have” to a “must-have” for healthcare providers. The surge of COVID-19 patients in the spring, coupled with “stay-at-home” orders in many states, meant that many patients in need …

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Lean on Your Connected Community of Care in Times of Crisis

Dr. Keith Kosel, Vice President at Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation (PCCI) We’ve all experienced crises in our lives. They may be personal in nature (e.g., involving our interpersonal relationships), organizational (e.g., relating to our employment or retirement income), or nature-made (e.g., floods, tornados, or the COVID-19 pandemic). When crises hit our communities, the impacts …

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Mobile Point-of-Care Ultrasound Is Now A Frontline Warrior in Pandemic

Diku Mandavia, M.D., SVP, Chief Medical Officer at FUJIFILM Sonosite Health authorities need to prioritize delivery and the repurposing of mobile point-of-care ultrasound machines which have proven to be reliable, affordable, and effective in saving the lives of coronavirus patients.   Most Americans are familiar with ultrasound technology from the scans done to check on the …

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4 Ways to Combat Hidden Costs Associated with Delayed Patient Care During COVID-19

Matt Dickson, VP, Product, Strategy, and Communication Solutions at Stericycle COVID-19 terms such as quarantine, flatten the curve, social distance, and personal protective equipment (PPE) have dominated headlines in recent months, but what hasn’t been discussed in length are the hidden costs of COVID-19 as it relates to patient adherence.   The coronavirus pandemic has amplified …

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How RPA Can Help Get COVID-19 Vaccines to High-Risk Patients First

Ram Sathia, VP of Intelligent Automation at PK While most of the public’s attention is focused on the horse race for an approved COVID-19 vaccine, another major hurdle lies just around the corner: the distribution of hundreds of millions of vaccine doses. In today’s highly complex and disconnected health data landscape, technologies like AI, Machine …

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Will Nanox Disrupt The X-ray Systems Market?

With its share price falling from more than $66 to less than $24, September was a tumultuous month for Nanox. On August 25th, the medical imaging start-up closed its initial public offering, having raised $190m from the sale of 10,555,556 ordinary shares at a price of $18 each. Money poured in as investors were sold …

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COVID-19 Underscores Need for Identity Governance Administration

Wes Wright, CTO at Imprivata If you work in healthcare, chances are that the COVID-19 pandemic forced you to quickly scale up or move staff around to manage the onslaught of patients. The demand for clinicians and support staff grew alongside the spread of the virus, making organizations add clinicians or reassign employees with new …

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COVID-19 Hastens America’s Reckoning with Rural Healthcare

Source: Christian Heitz from Pexels So long as we could say, “Healthcare is a business,” we could continue to avoid the moral and ethical choices from which such statements shield us. But then COVID-19 came into the picture and the bottom dropped out of healthcare as a business. Hospitals and health systems are hemorrhaging money; …

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COVID-19 Pandemic Further Exposes Systemic Racism…

Michael A Greely, Co-Founder & General Partner at Flare Capital Partners This will be ugly and sad. Racism has cost this country $16 trillion over the last twenty years according to a recent Citigroup report. Much of this loss ($13 trillion) was attributed to discriminatory lending practices and the 6.1 million fewer jobs created as a …

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Rural Hospital Execs Can Beat COVID-19 By Shifting From Reactive to Proactive Care

Eric Tran, Tulane School of Medicine Donald Voltz, MD, Aultman Hospital The COVID-19 virus is ravaging the planet at a scale not seen since the infamous Spanish Flu of the early 1900s, inflicting immense devastation as the U.S. loses more than 200,000 lives and counting. According to CDC statistics, 94% of patient mortalities associated with …

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5 Trends Driving The Future of Healthcare Real Estate in 2020 & Beyond

The COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed patient expectations for healthcare delivery, including offered services and health office operations. Although health systems have remained dynamic in adopting telehealth capabilities, their long-term capital, like real estate and supply chain management (SCM) protocols, have not adapted to match these expectations. Health systems must be aware of current trends …

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Covid-19 has presented the possibility of reinventing healthcare delivery and reimbursement must support this

While there are encouraging signs of reimbursement falling in step with the move towards a more value-based healthcare system, what is needed now to further encourage healthcare innovators is to properly rationalize approval processes imposed by the FDA and CMS.

The Future of the ICU? How Clinical Decision Support Is Advancing Care

Kelly Patrick, Principal Analyst at Signify Research Without a doubt 2020 has been a devastating year for many; the impact of COVID-19 on both personal lives and businesses has had long-term consequences. At the end of September, the number of COVID-19 cases fell just short of 350 million, with just over 1 million deaths reported. …

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Were We Mentally Ready for COVID-19? Why It’s Time to Take Behavioral Health Seriously

Dr. Jacob Lazarovic M.D., IMCS Group As you read this, over 200,000 American deaths have been attributed to the virus. The influx of cases continues, while state and local economies are experiencing hardship, children are shuttered in their homes learning remotely, grown children are moving back home and the “new normal” disrupts nearly all of …

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Thriving in a Value-Based Care Environment: Impacting Outcome-to-Cost Ratio

Jerry Carlson, Product Support Manager, BG DI BU IC Sales, Dunlee As the COVID-19 pandemic creates surges in acute care, many imaging departments are experiencing a decrease in volume, due to patients deferring or canceling non-urgent appointments and surgeries. The impact of this makes it painfully obvious that — because imaging departments rely on a …

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Is Your Community Ready for Connected Community of Care Model?

Dr. Keith Kosel is a Vice President at Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation (PCCI) This question initially brings to mind many possibilities such as connection to the latest 5G cellular service, a new super-fast internet provider, or maybe one of the many new energy suppliers jockeying for market share from traditional utility companies. While all …

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Getting Beyond the Telehealth ‘Stop-Gap’ Mentality

Roland Therriault, President, InSync Healthcare Solutions Since COVID-19 emerged as a major health threat, virtual care has taken off. As many as 46% of patients reported in late April that they had used telehealth to replace a canceled healthcare visit in 2020, while 48% of physicians said they had started using telehealth to treat patients.   …

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3 Telemedicine Security and Compliance Best Practices

Gerry Miller, Founder & CEO at Cloudticity The coronavirus pandemic accelerated telemedicine exponentially as patients and doctors switched from in-person visits to remote consultations. Health providers rapidly scaled virtual offerings in March and April and traffic volumes soared to unprecedented levels, with practices “seeing 50 to 175 times the number of patients by telehealth than …

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Digital Behavioral Health: Addressing The COVID-19 Behavioral Health Crisis

Victor Siclovan, Director of Medicaid Transformation Project at AVIA Living through a pandemic is stressful and anxiety-inducing. Stay-at-home measures are compounding this stress, resulting in social isolation and unprecedented economic hardship, including mass layoffs and loss of health coverage. Fully understanding the impact of these pernicious trends on overall mental health will take time. However, …

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How Low-Code Solutions Reduce Headaches for Healthcare CIOs

Ruby Raley, VP of Healthcare and Life Sciences at Axway Twenty years ago, technology consultants started advising CIOs to build less. That’s when the movement towards Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) began.  Today, there are many shops, especially those in small and medium-sized organizations, with few programmers who build new applications from scratch.   Yes, they …

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Accounting for the Social Determinants of Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Andy Aroditis, CEO, NextGate The COVID-19 pandemic is not just a medical crisis.  Since the highly contagious disease hit American shores in early 2020, the virus has dramatically changed all sectors of society, negatively impacting everything from food supply chains and sporting events to the nation’s mental and behavioral health. For some people, work-from-home plans …

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Why Hasn’t A More Holistic Approach to Patient Care Become The Norm?

When food production technology made it possible, wheat flour processors started to eliminate the tough exterior (bran) and nutrient-rich core (germ) of the kernel to get at the large, starchy part (the endosperm) only. The bread produced from this process is white and fluffy, and it makes great PB&Js and takes forever to grow mold, …

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4 Areas Driving AI Adoption in Hospital Operations and Patient Safety

Renee Yao, Global Healthcare AI Startups Lead at NVIDIA COVID-19 has put a tremendous burden on hospitals, and the clinicians, nurses, and medical staff who make them run.  Many hospitals have suffered financially as they did not anticipate the severity of the disease. The extended duration of patient stays in ICUs, the need for more …

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New leadership, continued vision

Welcome to the first issue of Pharmaceutical Commerce under new ownership. As announced, MJH Life Sciences acquired the multimedia platform in July, after 15 years of careful stewardship by founder Nick Basta. In handing over the keys, Nick mentioned in this space the unique educational role Pharmaceutical Commerce has served—bringing to light useful information on business-impacting …

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The Coronavirus Crisis’ Silent Death Toll: Chronically Ill Patients

Dr. Kayur Patel, Chief Medical Officer of Proactive MD The impact of the coronavirus crisis is shining a bright light on many of the challenges facing the U.S. healthcare system.  So much more than a lack of primary care physicians and hospital beds, the all-hands-on-deck approach to combating the spread of COVID-19 has forced patients …

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Why International Expansion Must Remain a Priority for Cerner, Epic, Allscripts, MEDITECH

What You Should Know: – How the top US acute EHR vendors, namely Cerner, Epic, Allscripts, and MEDITECH (+85% share of US acute market in terms of revenues), have progressed on international expansion. As highlighted below, there is a significant variance amongst the big four in terms of revenue and share of business outside the US. Cerner has by far the highest revenue at more …

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Designing A Digital Experience to Drive Revenue and Patient Engagement

Bill Krause, VP and GM, Digital Experience and Consumer Engagement at Change Healthcare With the rise of healthcare consumerism, people are looking to hospitals, health systems, and physician practices to deliver the same user-friendly, digital experiences they receive from other industries. A recent survey found that more than 80% of consumers surveyed believe “shopping for …

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9 Ways UX/UI Design Can Improve Digital Health Adoption for Seniors

Amy Oughton, Founder, and CEO Dream in Color Seniors have the lowest reported usage of telehealth of any age group. As many healthcare providers are increasing the use of telehealth, especially in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the implementation of new tools and technologies could impact seniors. In my experience, this doesn’t indicate that older …

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Fighting COVID-19 Pandemic: It Starts With Cleaning Our Devices

Rikki Jennings, Chief Nursing Informatics Officer, Zebra Technologies The importance of handwashing has never been more obvious than in recent months, but as experts continue to share information on the spread of the virus, there’s a need to disinfect more than just our hands. In healthcare settings where the spread of infectious diseases is not …

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New Attacks, Regulations, and Stakes Call for New Security Strategies

 Tim Callan, Senior Fellow, Sectigo The amount of data generated by the healthcare industry is staggering—and constantly increasing.  Healthcare data encompasses the personal information of patients, doctors, nurses, and administrators. It includes diagnostic information, test results, ultrasound images, x-ray images, and of course insurance and financial information. With so much sensitive patient information there for …

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4 Ways Businesses Will Adapt Their Healthcare Landscape

Dr. Donald Brown, CEO and founder of LifeOmic The coronavirus pandemic has affected every aspect of our lives, from how we work to how we get our health care. The crisis has put the creativity of many small businesses to the test after being forced to move operations online once social distancing became the norm. …

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Envisioning a 5G-Powered Retail-Healthcare Hub

Mitzi Amon, Director of Healthcare Marketing at Vertiv If you’ve been to a big-brand grocery or department store recently, you probably noticed some form of healthcare outlet – or maybe you didn’t. These in-store pharmacies and clinics have become so omnipresent, right there next to the diapers, dog food, and green beans, that unless you …

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Top 5 RCM Challenges for Healthcare Executives in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond

Brian Robertson, CEO at VisiQuate, There have been many memorable “where were you?” events since the 21st century began. But few can match the COVID-19 pandemic, at least from a healthcare perspective.  The effect on healthcare (and healthcare executives) has been particularly profound since our industry is in the center of everything. From the search for …

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Improving the Patient Experience by Optimizing Telehealth Through COVID-19 and Beyond

Art Papier, MD, CEO and Co-Founder at VisualDx We are facing a global healthcare crisis unlike any in our recent history. Within the span of a few short weeks, we saw our lives and practices drastically change. COVID-19 has fundamentally altered how medical care is delivered today and possibly for many years to come. We …

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Improving the Patient Experience by Optimizing Telehealth Through COVID-19 and Beyond

Art Papier, MD, CEO and Co-Founder at VisualDx We are facing a global healthcare crisis unlike any in our recent history. Within the span of a few short weeks, we saw our lives and practices drastically change. COVID-19 has fundamentally altered how medical care is delivered today and possibly for many years to come. We …

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COVID-19 Underscores Why Certain Aspects of the American Healthcare System Should Change Forever

Irv Lichtenwald, President & CEO of Medsphere Systems Corporation In the late 1940s, the United Kingdom was busily reassembling country and what remained of the empire in the aftermath of World War II. Among many revelations, the war had convinced Britain’s leaders of the need to provide healthcare for all in the event of calamity …

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Why Now Is The Time to Reimagine Healthcare Through Technology

Jeff Fallon, CEO, eVideon It wasn’t that long ago that people went to the bank on a Friday to cash their paper paychecks. Maybe they’d put some in checking and take some out in cash. They’d go to the grocery store over the weekend and maybe write one of those checks. Everyone always had to …

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How Times of Crisis Spur Needed Change in Healthcare Delivery

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change healthcare operations in the world, foundational systems are being adapted to meet these new demands. Sometimes it takes extreme circumstances to see the cracks in a system. COVID-19 has exposed areas with more room for improvement in the healthcare system, such as optimizing operational efficiency. Organizations and individuals …

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Super-Spreading of COVID-19 Co-Infections Reveals a Deadly Diagnostics Gap

Oliver Schacht, PhD, CEO of OpGen Secondary bacterial or fungal co-infections in COVID-19 patients have received inadequate attention from the public. For most, co-infections pose little to no risk according to reports that an estimated 8% of patients are found to experience this during hospital admission – a relatively low number compared to the global impact of the …

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The Adoption of Telehealth During the Pandemic will Shape Healthcare’s New Normal

Abhinav Shashank, CEO and Co-founder of Innovaccer Inc. COVID-19 has presented healthcare with a challenge like no other, with nearly nine million cases all over the world and over 470,000 lives lost. The speed of the outbreak and the disruption caused by it has created unforeseen challenges for communities and economies, and it’s especially apparent in …

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Telehealth Platforms: 5 Pillars of Patient-Centric Design

Ed Adamson, Director of Strategy & Insight at Star To accelerate the adoption of telehealth services and remote health platforms, the patient-centric design is a must. By paying attention to five key areas, you can develop a telehealth solution that works for the most important users: the patients. There are several universal challenges in delivering …

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How COVID-19 is Driving Changes in Hospital Safety Through Technology

Scott Heather, VP of Professional Services US, Bits In Glass COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on all of us, and it’s likely that many aspects of our daily lives will never return to “normal.” In the same way that we scoff at the notion of driving cars without seatbelts today, we’ll likely feel the …

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5 Critical Considerations for Patient Privacy in Telehealth

Sachin Nayyar, CEO at Securonix The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous ripple effect across all industries, with one of the most impacted being healthcare. Providers have had to quickly adapt to supporting patients ‘virtually’ in a secure manner, while simultaneously developing procedures to support accurate reporting to government organizations. These changes have placed added …

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How COVID-19 is Driving Changes in Hospital Safety Through Technology

Scott Heather, Vice President of Professional Services US, Bits In Glass COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on all of us, and it’s likely that many aspects of our daily lives will never return to “normal.” In the same way that we scoff at the notion of driving cars without seatbelts today, we’ll likely feel …

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Avoid COVID-19 Modeling Pitfalls by Eliminating Bias, Using Good Data

Kim Babberl, Product Consulting Group Director at MedeAnalytics COVID-19 models are being used every day to predict the course and short- and long-term impacts of the pandemic. And we’ll be using these COVID-19 models for months to come. While many of us in healthcare are not epidemiologists or data scientists, we’re all sifting through the …

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How ADT-Based E-Notifications Can Enable Better Safety for COVID-19 Patients

Jay Desai, CEO & Co-Founder, PatientPing As COVID-19 continues to impact the country, providers across the continuum face new challenges delivering care and ensuring safety for their patients and themselves.  During this period, sharing real-time information about patients’ care encounters across provider types and care settings matter more than ever. In particular, hospitals sharing admission, …

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Cybersecurity: Managing Risk in the COVID-19 Era

Healthcare IT consultants’ work involving health records may expose them – and their provider and payer clients – to regulatory, legal, financial, and reputational risk. These risks are potentially higher in the COVID-19 era, with many of their employees working from home and accessing sensitive records and networks from remote locations. According to the US …

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Virtually or In-Person, Automation Improves The Healthcare Experience

Muthu Alagappan, MD, Medical Director at Notable Health The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented shift in the way consumers view and access a variety of goods and services—and healthcare is no exception. Recent studies show that many patients, including vulnerable populations like those living with cancer, are delaying recommended care and procedures—and will continue to do so for at least several …

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Telehealth’s Time Has Come. And It’s Here to Stay.

Ernie Ianace, EVP Sales and Marketing at VitalTech “The numbers don’t lie,” is a famous old adage and quite appropriate with regard to the rapid rise and deployment of telehealth solutions in the medical community. It may have taken a global pandemic for society to recognize and investigate the rewards of its adoption, but statistics …

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COVID-19: 4 Essential Patient Payment Strategy Components to Accelerate Cash Flow

David Shelton, PatientMatters CEO In the past few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has shaken societies, economies, and human wellbeing to the core. While protecting public health and welfare are top priorities for hospitals, the harsh reality is that it takes cash to keep the doors open and serve patients effectively. Revenue is down significantly as …

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COVID-19 Infects Patient & Practitioner Demands, Unsettling the Future of Hospital Operations

Eric Stone, Co-Founder & CEO at Velano Vascular Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, the healthcare industry in the United States was in the midst of an intense refocusing on patient-centered care. This evolution was defined by a number of innovations, policies, and even federal reimbursement programs that prioritized emphasis on and impact on the patient experience. It …

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How to Implement HIPAA-Compliant Video Conferencing for Healthcare Providers

John S. Kim, Cofounder and CEO of SendBird Video-conferencing software like Zoom has been getting a lot of attention of late as more and more people turn to digital tools to communicate remotely, whether to stay connected with loved ones, keep work flowing, or communicate with clients.  Healthcare is certainly no exception. A global FICO study …

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4 Ways Healthcare Organizations Can Establish Partnerships to Drive Innovation

With public and private healthcare spending significantly outpacing that of other countries, U.S. hospitals face intense pressure to find new ways to capture greater value. More and more, organizations are finding that partnerships with existing vendors can help unlock next-level performance gains in a transformative environment. Take Nebraska Medicine, for example. In the early 2000s, …

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Enhancing Patient Care With a Touchscreen EMR Interface

 Jeff Fountaine, Director, Healthcare Vertical Market, Elo A clinician’s mission is to deliver the best possible care to his or her patients. However, when technology gets in the way of the workflow, clinicians are obligated to spend valuable time making sure data inputs are accurate and complete across disparate systems. Nowhere is this more prevalent …

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Post COVID-19: 3 Things I Hope Healthcare Won’t Recover From

Randy Carpenter, SVP of the Executive Advisory Board at HCTec The loss of lives and livelihoods from COVID-19 is almost too much to comprehend. And yet, slowly, conversations are emerging about the positives percolating from the pandemic.  It’s human nature to want to look for the positives in even the worst of situations, and I’ve …

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Hospital Wayfinding: The Next Frontier in Healthcare Design

Christopher Thompson, RN, Director of Patient Experience, CenTrak Healthcare facilities and their sprawling campuses can be overwhelming and challenging to navigate. In fact, facilities lose close to $800 million a year due to missed hospital appointments, and many physicians blame a significant portion of this lost revenue on the problems patients have navigating these facilities. …

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