Opinion

Is Dark Data Healthcare IT’s Next Big Opportunity?

Dr. Christopher Bouton, CEO & Founder, Vyasa Healthcare IT professionals have long faced data challenges – from sorting out storage issues during the Big Data age to complying with HL7 standards to adapting infrastructure amidst a rapid shift to telehealth. While these advancements have all improved information sharing across the industry and ultimately the patient …

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Dark Data in Healthcare: Health IT’s Next Big Opportunity?

Dr. Christopher Bouton, CEO & Founder, Vyasa Healthcare IT professionals have long faced data challenges – from sorting out storage issues during the Big Data age to complying with HL7 standards to adapting infrastructure amidst a rapid shift to telehealth. While these advancements have all improved information sharing across the industry and ultimately the patient …

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Why Companies Need Healthcare Commercial Intelligence

Jason Krantz, CEO and Founder of Definitive Healthcare Let’s face it – the healthcare industry has become increasingly difficult to navigate and breeds stiff competition. Faced with a global pandemic, an aging population and increased spending on healthcare,  everyone from small startups to tech giants wants a slice of the market. However, each organization entering …

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Health Data Privacy Protection Requires Cultural Changes and A Holistic Approach

Marti Arvin, VP of Privacy & Compliance, CynergisTek While practitioners tend to think about electronic health records (EHRs) as a modern convenience or necessity following centuries of hand-written and typed charts, the switch from pens and typewriters to computers also transformed scattered medical notes into data – personal information that forms a collectively valuable and …

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Rethinking Patient Access: 4 Key Action for Health Systems

Erin Jospe, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Kyruus As we learn to equilibrate with COVID-19, we are collectively learning how to modulate our acceptance of risk in order to re-emerge and engage with the world around us. It has at times over the course of the pandemic been a necessary choice, oftentimes in the name …

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Children’s COVID-19 Vaccine: A Key to Protecting Pediatric Asthma Patients

What Has Everyone Excited about COVID-19 Vaccines for 5-11-year-olds? With the rollout this month of the COVID-19 vaccine for those 5-11 years of age, we can now directly protect children with asthma for whom COVID-19 infection is an even bigger hazard for our children during the pandemic. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the term “comorbidities” has …

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How IVAs is Helping Care Providers and Patients Deal with Delta Variant

Callan Schebella, EVP, Product, Five9 Communicating clearly and effectively with patients is a hallmark of good patient care. However, as the Delta Variant defines the next phase of COVID, many healthcare organizations are experiencing a massive surge in patient communication volume. Not only do they need to communicate important updates about the virus, testing, appointments, …

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5 Steps for Providers When Selecting a Healthcare Technology Vendor

Joey Cavanaugh, Chief Operations Officer at Zotec Partners Healthcare providers typically rely on a multitude of vendors to help them deliver care to patients. Some partnerships flourish seamlessly, while others are burdensome and take more resources to maintain. Depending on time and interests, physicians themselves may or may not work directly with revenue cycle management …

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An Inside Look at Payer Compliance with CMS’ Patient Access API Rule

John Kelly, Principal Business Advisor, Edifecs The healthcare industry is now closer than ever to its quest for true interoperable data exchange. July 1, 2021 was the enforcement date for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Interoperability and Patient Access final rule. The rule requires that all healthcare payer organizations participating in a CMS program allow members to download and share their data using API’s …

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Information Blocking Rule: 6 Key Takeaways Since Meaningful Use

Leigh Burchell, Vice President of Policy & Government Affairs, Allscripts Information exchange and data availability are now a cost of doing business but establishing a robust strategy for that exchange and compliance with the new regulation from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology takes careful planning. Healthcare organizations can achieve and maintain compliance by …

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Artificial Intelligence: Healthcare’s Most Powerful Weapon

Ashley Mehta, CEO & President of Nolij Consulting The Advent of the ‘Digital CRISPR.’ Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the workplace has transformed how healthcare professionals and organizations conduct daily operations. It has also brought significant improvements in patient care and outcomes while moving the needle forward in the prevention and treatment of diseases. In short, …

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4 Strategies for Urgent Care to Thrive During the Pandemic and Beyond

David Stern, M.D., cofounder & CEO of Experity A year of constantly shifting gears to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic and meet patient needs further solidified the essential role urgent cares play during large-scale public health crises. Subsequently, the pandemic is continuing to change the way patients use and view urgent care. By the end …

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Overcoming Key Hurdles in Decentralized Trials with Better Education

Robert Geckeler, ScienceMedia Product Director As with countless global industries, clinical trials were forced to move key functions online as COVID-19 swept the world in early 2020. Clinical research operations had to rapidly deploy remote approaches that were previously in the planning or pilot stages. While the uptake was rushed, the results have been largely …

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Key Ingredient to Improving Outcomes in Behavioral Health: Measurement-Based Care

Jason Washburn, Professor, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine The burden of mental disorders is well known. Mental disorders are common, resulting in significant disability as well as contributing to — and complicating — chronic health conditions. Most mental disorders are untreated, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only further highlighted significant disparities in access to …

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Decentralized Clinical Research Will Be A Paradigm-Shifting Trend

Zeenia Framroze, Director of Strategy and Business Operations at Sharecare The field of clinical research is on the precipice of change, and for good reason. Traditional clinical trials and processes are primarily confined to sterile, isolated clinical settings that are often narrow in scope and provider-centric. Researchers of tomorrow, however, already are identifying accurate and …

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4 Hurdles On The Road to Hybrid Healthcare – Digital Transformation

Larry English, President & cofounder of Centric Consulting COVID-19 forced healthcare organizations to make a huge leap forward in their digital transformation roadmaps. Although many companies had plans on the books to advance telemedicine, the crisis revealed that virtual care is not only possible but in many cases is also preferred by patients. Virtual care …

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Reshaping Imaging: 4 Areas Enhancing Provider Workflows & Patient Care

Paul Shumway, co-founder at Novarad Ever since Wilhelm Roentgen created the first X-ray image in 1895, few technologies have had more influence on medicine than those related to clinical imaging. It’s pretty remarkable if we compare the MRI, CT, and X-ray technologies of even just 20 years ago with those of today. Rapid innovation is …

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3 Barriers to Decentralized Clinical Trials Adoption

It’s official. Decentralized clinical trials have disrupted the clinical trial process for good. The COVID-19 pandemic elevated many digital innovations, proving that virtually connecting with patients is not only convenient but necessary when it comes to providing equitable access to cutting-edge treatments and clinical research. Historically, traditional clinical trials have always experienced recruitment and retention …

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Three Steps to a Successful Health Insurance Exchange

Chini Krishnan, co-founder and CEO of GetInsured Since the launch of the Affordable Care Act, we have seen federal administrations come and go. Yet throughout the changes and enhancements to the law over time and across party lines, one thing has remained constant – and that is, exchanges or state-based marketplaces (SBMs) have and will …

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Embracing Telehealth: How to Engage Patients & Improve Outcomes

David Rambo, Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Simplex Health It’s no secret that when the COVID-19 pandemic hit over a year ago, healthcare was one of the most impacted industries in the world. As the founder of a startup that works with a number of large healthcare systems, our ability to see patients virtually …

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Why “Just in Time” is “Just Not Right” for Optimizing the Healthcare Supply Chain

Matt Stewart, CEO and Partner at RiseNow The ongoing shortage of COVID-19-related masks and personal protective equipment (PPE) has sent shockwaves through the healthcare industry; we’ve all seen the newscasts and forecasts predicting these supply chain disruptions aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Since China implemented its first lockdown at the start of the pandemic, it …

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State of Healthcare IT/EHR Staffing in a World with COVID-19

Seann Mulligan, Vice President, Strategic Delivery, HCTec After a year dominated by COVID-19, and even with the rising challenges of the delta variant, Healthcare IT staffing is rebounding. To complicate matters more, the rising number of vaccine mandates across hospital systems has the potential to put the entire industry in a serious bind. Throughout 2020, the majority of US hospital systems …

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How to Detect and Address Friction in the Healthcare Employee Journey Leveraging the Latest Technology

Kristi Roe, Head of Healthcare Experience at Medallia Whether you call it the great resignation, pandemic burnout, or the great discontent, the medical profession is not immune to the rising wave of employee turnover that’s currently shaking up organizations across industries. In fact, the churn rate for staff nurses has grown by nearly 3% to …

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Decentralized Clinical Trials: Keys to Optimizing Diversity and Inclusion

The U.S. pharma industry and research intuitions have long struggled with increasing clinical trial diversity in an effective, sustainable, and scalable fashion. Clinical research, in general, acknowledges the universal struggle of recruiting enough participants from various demographic groups. For example, racial and ethnic minorities have been historically underrepresented in clinical trials—a problem that still persists …

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Personalized Screening is Key to Breast Imaging AI Market Reaching $205M by 2025

Dr. Sanjay M. Parekh Ph.D. , Sr Market Analyst at Signify Research Ltd. As October draws to a close, so does Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), or National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) as it is known in the US. Breast imaging AI vendors are heavily promoting this initiative to raise awareness of the disease …

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A State Roadmap To Successfully Deploy Medicare Modularity (MMIS)

Victor Sterling, Principal Industry Consultant at SAS In 2010, the Affordable Care Act ushered in a new era for Medicaid Modularity, an approach anchored by breaking down large, monolith systems into smaller, more nimble and self-contained modules that can de-risk healthcare delivery and unlock innovation. More broadly, Medicaid Modularity is about improving states’ Medicaid Management …

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Is the Smartphone Key to Unlocking Frictionless Patient Registration?

Daniel Cidon, CTO, NextGate Since the beginning of healthcare’s digital revolution, organizations have been striving to achieve the Triple Aim of healthcare: better outcomes, lower costs, and improved patient experiences.   While reimbursement reforms and regulatory actions have helped realize measurable gains in population health and overall spending, progress on the patient experience piece hasn’t always …

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How Hospitals Can Help Patients Meet Financial Obligation While Driving Revenue Excellence

Randall Shafer, EVP and Head of Hospital Business at Firstsource Medical debt in the US has reached crisis proportions.  According to a recent study published by JAMA Network, unpaid healthcare bills are one of the largest sources of debt for Americans, reaching $140 billion last year.  The impact is not limited to patients. Healthcare providers …

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How Healthcare NLP has Evolved from 2020 to 2021

David Talby, CTO, John Snow Labs Few industries have embraced natural language processing (NLP) as openly as healthcare. With the ability to identify new variants of COVID-19 and help speed up clinical trials for the vaccine, the pandemic is just one example of what NLP is capable of achieving. And while new research points to …

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Social Determinant of The Healthcare Professional: Why We Cannot Wait

JohnMatthew Douglas, President And Founder at iPressForward, LLC The following list provides examples of the social determinants of health, which influence health equity in positive and negative ways: Income and social protection, Education, Unemployment, and job insecurity, Working life conditions, Food insecurity, Housing, basic amenities and the environment, Early childhood development, social inclusion, and non-discrimination, …

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The Role Blockchain Could Play in Strengthening Patient-Provider Relationships

Matthew Doyle, COO & Head of Investor Relations at Chicago Pacific Founders With conversations about NFTs and blockchain prominent in the news today, the future of such technology is a hot topic. The integration of blockchain technology into a variety of industries has proved to be beneficial in productivity, efficiency, and security. Because of this success, …

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SDOH In Action: 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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It’s Time More Healthcare Companies Break Through Data Silos

Derik Ciccarelli, a Healthcare Fraud Analyst at Codoxo Unifying health records remains a challenge, but the benefits of integrating disparate data could transform the industry Healthcare payers, providers and agencies have traditionally struggled with unifying health records, but no longer is that a viable reason to put off what can be achieved today. It’s time …

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How Healthcare Facilities Can Prepare for Expanded Inclusion Criteria for Telehealth and RPM Solutions in Value-Based Care Settings

Dr. Nora Zetsche, co-founder of Veta Health As legislation, engagement and positive results continue to push digital patient care solutions forward, many healthcare organizations are not yet prepared for the increased adoption of these technologies. While general interest in telehealth remains somewhat lukewarm, the proof of viability for clinically-driven remote patient monitoring (RPM) is undoubtedly …

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4 Best Practices to Foster Virtual Care Transformation for Providers

Telehealth’s meteoric rise began just as the pandemic took off, and all indications suggest it’s here to stay. States that were once unwilling to reimburse for virtual visits are now onboard. Some have even passed parity legislation requiring insurers to reimburse equally for in-person visits and virtual visits. So why, with all that momentum behind telehealth, …

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How Employee-Focused Tech Can Help Hospitals Endure the Latest COVID Surge

Anna Nerz, Healthcare Solution Manager at SAP For hospitals and the people who staff them, it was exactly the déjà vu they were hoping to avoid: another surge in COVID-19 cases, with the now all-too-familiar strains and stressors that accompany it. The rapid spread of the Delta variant in the U.S. and elsewhere brought reports …

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In rural communities, Covid relief and broadband investment can’t be competing priorities

Funding to keep hospitals solvent through the current crisis must continue unabated. At the same time, though, without the proposed investment in broadband infrastructure, rural hospitals and the communities they serve are destined never to rise above the crisis state in which they currently and barely exist.

10 Tips for Improving COVID-19 Employee Immunization Initiatives

David Owen, Chief Product Officer, Net Health Within the past 18 months, what used to be a relatively simple process for organizations providing healthcare services – ensuring their employees had required and recommended vaccines – has gotten contentious and complicated – to say the least. The rise of the COVID-19 Delta variant and new immunization mandates creates …

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Ways Decentralized Clinical Trials Can Expand Diversity & Improve Participation Rates

Ryan Pack, Global Head Diversity in Clinical Trials, Science 37 I consider myself living proof of the American dream. In 1888, my great, great grandfather purchased a farm, Coleman Crest, that is still in our family today. Understanding his story and what he had to overcome during that period in history has given me such …

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Fraud-Proofing Your Telehealth Strategy

Julia Twaddle, Sr. Director of FraudCapture, Gainwell Technologies By now, you’ve likely read hundreds, if not thousands, of stories about telehealth and its precipitous rise sparked by the pandemic. While telehealth usage has dipped from its peak in April 2020, overall utilization is still 38 times higher than before the pandemic. The numbers lend credence …

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Commercializing Digital Therapeutic Solutions: Key Lessons Learned to Watch

Komathi Stem, Chief Operating Officer at Glooko Zach Henderson, Chief Commercial Officer at Glooko The pandemic has set ablaze the white-hot market for Digital Therapeutics (DTx), which “deliver medical interventions directly to patients using evidence-based, clinically evaluated software to treat, manage, and prevent a broad spectrum of diseases and disorders1.” In 2020, a digital research …

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Can Predictive AI Fully Inform Patient Care Decisions?

Laura Coughlin, RN, BSN, MBA VP, Clinical Innovation and Development, Change Healthcare In recent years, the healthcare industry has fully embraced the potential for artificial intelligence (AI) to transform healthcare practice and delivery. From the advent of big data to the arrival of EHRs, the industry is familiar with the hype that accompanies technology advancements. …

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Healthcare Executives’ Guide to Data-Driven Holistic Care for LTSS Populations

Sheela Datta, Chief Client Officer, VirtualHealth  Brendan Harris, VP, UPMC Community HealthChoices As healthcare leaders reflect on lessons learned during the pandemic, the need for more tech-driven and proactive care models is taking center stage.  It has become clear that organizations that invested in robust technology infrastructure early on were better positioned to not just survive a global pandemic – but thrive–growing their …

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Why Healthcare IT Must Embrace Full-Stack Observability for an Increasingly Digital Future

Gregg Ostrowski, Regional CTO of AppDynamics, part of Cisco Long before the pandemic, digital applications were already incredibly important to healthcare organizations, but over the last few years, they have become essential. Applications can assist with scheduling appointments, virtual doctor visits, accessing medical records and conducting tests down to the most complex AI-powered technologies such as medical imaging. As …

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Healthcare at the Crossroads: Value-Based Care and Interoperability

Michael Pattwell, Principal Consultant, Value-Based Care at Edifecs Amid the difficulties of the last year, a bright spot has emerged that may provide a strong indication of renewed movement toward the transformation of the healthcare industry that we know today. Value-based care, a model that rewards better patient health outcomes, has experienced a surge in interest amid heightened consumer …

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Aetna’s prior authorization policy harms California patients

Beginning July 1, Aetna now requires prior authorization for all cataract surgeries, across all its members and plans. Here in California and across the country, ophthalmologists are going to great lengths to secure approval from Aetna for cataract surgery, while the backlog caused by prior authorization and delayed elective care during the Covid-19 pandemic only grows.

Why Family Caregivers Need Help from the Healthcare Establishment

Claudia Fine, LCSW, MPH, Chief Professional Officer at eFamilyCare I recently spoke with a woman whose husband contracted a serious, chronic illness that requires long-term use of a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) line.  As her husband’s primary caregiver, this woman is responsible for cleaning and flushing the PICC line three times a day. And …

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Taking a Platform Approach to Drug Pricing Issues Can Help Unify Adversarial Sides

David de Vogel, Founder & CTO at Kalderos Healthcare is a notoriously complex industry with a multitude of stakeholders, many of whom find themselves in adversarial positions, simply due to the way the market operates. Ultimately, there is a shared goal of providing the best care to the patient. But as stakeholder relationships grow more …

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6 Steps for Securing Patient Information in Healthcare

Bernard Harguindeguy, Chief Technology Officer & General Manager Intelligence Ping Identity The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) strive for innovations in healthcare technologies that drive down costs and improve the patient experience. One big step forward is the 21st Century Cures Act passed in 2016, putting patients in charge of their own health …

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4 Ways Hospitals Benefit From Improved Surgery Scheduling

David Bocanegra, R.N., Nurse Informaticist, Intelligent Medical Objects Hospitals rely on elective surgeries as a source of up to 50% of all revenue, allowing them to take losses on a range of high-cost service lines to remain profitable. The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare the impact of reduced surgery volume, with hospitals suffering immediate revenue loss …

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Learning from Financial Fraud Detection to Tackle Opioid Abuse Amid COVID-19

Dr. Gidi Stein, MD, Ph.D., Co-Founder and CEO of MedAware Despite falling from its prominent place in the headlines, America’s opioid crisis is still raging. Anxiety, stress, depression, and isolation caused by the pandemic have contributed to substance use disorders. At the same time, the Drug Enforcement Administration has loosened prescribing restrictions, including waiving the …

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How Machine Learning Is Helping Consumers Take Action on Their Health

Craig Wigginton, Chief Technology Officer at Icario For years machine learning (ML) has been touted as a way for health plans to leverage the mounds of data they collect on their members, but practical use cases remain relatively uncommon. For some, the perception may be that ML is a futuristic and somewhat impersonal way to …

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SDOH Strategies All Provider Organizations Should be Adopting Now

Joe Nicholson, III, DO, Chief Medical Officer, CareAllies There is growing concern among many well-respected providers about the consequences of fewer preventive services over the past 1½ years as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As patients slowly start to resume care throughout 2021 and into 2022, experts predict we will see a spike in …

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Hospital at Home: Aligning Provider Needs with Patient Wishes

Arik Ben Ishay, CEO & Co-Founder of Biobeat 2020 saw three factors combine to define the future of “Hospital at Home” care in a way that will become a new care reality over the coming years. Changing Patient Attitudes Patients became more reluctant and concerned about going to hospitals. The fear of contracting illnesses such …

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4 Best Practices to Deliver Virtual Palliative Care for Providers

Michael Fratkin, MD, FAAHPM, Chief Medical Officer at Vynca More and more people are living with serious illnesses such as cancer, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and liver disease. The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) reports that 60 percent of U.S. adults have a chronic disease, which is the …

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Why Moving Enterprise Data Management to the Health Cloud Is Worth The Investment

Abhinav Shashank, CEO and Co-founder of Innovaccer Mike Sutten, Chief Technology Officer at Innovaccer Accelerated digitalization is a boon for the healthcare industry. With electronic healthcare records (EHRs), provider organizations can more easily manage population health and meet the needs of stakeholders. However, the increased use of electronic records also means that providers need to …

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Healthcare Leaders: The Importance of Embracing Patient Engagement

Carina Edwards, CEO of Quil We are incredibly lucky to live in a historically connected world. The internet, smartphones, and technology of all kinds have brought people together in ways unimaginable just a few decades ago. These massive communications paradigm shifts have also left their mark on medicine, although in an unpredictable way. One of …

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RCM: The Art of Compassionate Billing—and Why You Should Put Patients First

Florian Otto Co-founder and CEO, Cedar A woman is charged $22,000 for stitches and scar repair after being bitten by a dog. A man gets hit with a $30,000 bill for ACL reconstruction surgery. People around the country receive Covid-19 test bills ranging from a few dollars to more than $1,000—and to make things worse, …

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Leveraging Technology to Optimize Staffing Shortages Post-Pandemic

Bryan Dickerson, Sr. Director of Healthcare Workforce Solutions at Hospital IQ Chronic understaffing and nurse burnout are two of the greatest and long-standing challenges within the healthcare industry. As a result of the pandemic, these challenges were acknowledged more than ever before. Pre-pandemic research highlighted the fact that the nurse vacancy rate in the United …

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Telehealth: Short-Term Fad or Key to Improving Access to Affordable Healthcare?

Stephanie Jamison, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Greenway Health While telehealth offerings have always held great promise, prior to 2020, their success was sometimes hindered by provider hesitation to adopt the technology, consumer reluctance to using virtual care, and a reimbursement methodology that did not value the investments required by providers or the positive impact on …

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Reimagining Patient Support Through Digital Peer Coaching Programs

Dr. Rosemary Ku VP of Medical Affairs at Better Health Studies have found that social connectedness is so critical to human life that loneliness is more dangerous than obesity and isolation can increase mortality by 30%. Peer support, which is a system of giving and receiving help from others with a shared experience, not only …

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RWE: Supporting Regulatory Submissions with Real-World Evidence

Tiffany Siu Woodworth, Director, Analytic Solutions, Panalgo In 2016, the 21st Century Cures Act was signed into law, mandating that the FDA “establish a program to evaluate the use of real-world evidence (RWE) to help support the approval of new indications for a drug and to help to support or satisfy post-approval study requirements.” Along …

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4 Tips for Healthcare Orgs Considering Cloud-Based Video Surveillance

Nigel Waterton, Chief Revenue Officer for Arcules Healthcare security leaders know that the tools needed to combat threats are only one piece of the puzzle when it comes to protecting what truly matters within their organization. There are a number of factors for healthcare facilities to consider when it comes to identifying physical security challenges …

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4 Things Healthcare Facilities Should Know About Medical Device Recalls

Joan Melendez, Founder & President of Xcelrate UDI More than 4 million recalled medical devices may harm patients in 2021. And that’s just what we can see has been “posted” on the FDA site through June 25, 2021. The number of medical device recalls issued halfway through 2021 is far higher than in the previous …

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Chatbots in Healthcare: A More Humanized, Patient-Oriented Approach

Bent Philipson, Founder of Philosophy Care The adoption of chatbots and virtual assistants, coupled with the integration of artificial intelligence and machine learning technology, has revolutionized the healthcare industry. In many ways, chatbots have become ubiquitous, providing a more optimized user experience through digital means. The healthcare industry has already benefited immensely from this technology, …

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Closing the Digital Divide in Healthcare & Equitable Telehealth Access

Dessiree Paoli, Sr. Solution Marketing Manager at Interlace Health We live in an era of rapid innovation and digital transformation in healthcare. According to Accenture’s 2021 Digital Health Tech Vision report, 93% of health executives said their organizations are prioritizing urgent innovations this year; meanwhile, 81% said the pace of innovation is picking up in …

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How Healthcare Can Weaponize Data to Fight Worldwide Disease

Adam Wilson, CEO of Trifacta After more than a year since COVID-19 became a global pandemic, we now understand that part of the challenge in fighting it, and any infectious disease, is solving the underlying data problem. Without reliable data, leaders can’t plan, epidemiologists can’t model, and citizens don’t feel confident following expert recommendations. Bad …

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Leveraging SDOH in Post-Pandemic Risk Modeling to Overcome Distorted Care Projections for 2021 and Beyond

Kurt Waltenbaugh, CEO, Carrot Health The uncertainty and risk created by pandemic-related disruptions in care have health plans in uncharted water when it comes to relying on claims data and utilization patterns to inform their risk models. But while these disruptions weakened the reliability of traditional risk models, they also created opportunities to deepen and …

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Real-World Data Flow – The Only Way to Change Value-Based Care?

Manan Sheth, Sr. Technical Product Manager at CitiusTech Healthcare interoperability issues have always been confusing, changing, and difficult to address. The reason why is not straightforward: we have a fragmented health system with a myriad of specialized applications that are not universally used. Instead, we have a system where each organization elects which technology tools …

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Clinical Trials: 4 Strategies to Maximize Patients Referrals

Jai Singh, SVP of Growth at Reify Health Clinical trials were front and center in 2020, as pharma companies raced to develop and prove the safety and efficacy of their COVID-19 vaccines. Despite this increased awareness, many potential participants and referring clinicians remain unaware of available trials and how to become involved. This negatively impacts …

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Is Zero Trust the Remedy to Healthcare’s Ransomware Epidemic?

Troy Ament, Field CISO for Healthcare, Fortinet There’s no sugarcoating it: healthcare has a serious ransomware problem. And it’s not a new problem for this sector. In fact, the first-ever such attack targeted the industry in 1989 when 20,000 floppy disks infected with ransomware were given to those who attended the World Health Organization’s AIDS …

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How AI Helped Companies Survive COVID-19: 5 Tips for Resilience

Tim Lawes, Sr. Manager for Solutions Consulting at Symphony SummitAI As the coronavirus pandemic transformed workplaces and workflows, it cast a spotlight on service management and resilient systems. Here are key lessons in how AI can improve your company’s operations moving forward.  The coronavirus pandemic inaugurated a revolution in the workplace as millions of employees …

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How Pharma Startups Can Remain Competitive in Today’s Market

Aaron Ferguson, COO and co-founder of Vytal Challenging the status quo is never easy. Neither is being the underdog. Startups face both of these challenges when trying to break into existing industries dominated by well-established players.  Differences in the size, speed, processes, and culture of a company make it challenging for all startups to compete, …

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Why We Need a Personalized Approach to COVID-19 Immunity Testing

Shahrokh Shabahang, Ph.D. is Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer at Aditxt Therapeutics To date, the battle against COVID-19 has been waged largely in the field of public health, using a series of binary, black-and-white thresholds to measure progress. The number of positive cases per 100,000 people, yes/no results on PCR tests, absence or presence of …

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Why Healthcare Orgs Need to Take a Practice-Centered Approach to IT

Mona Abutaleb, CEO of Med Tech Solutions Over the past year, we’ve all witnessed the dramatic impact that healthcare IT had on both the selfless clinicians who power our health systems and their patients. The Covid-19 crisis accelerated innovation and led to increased adoption of the cloud and telehealth technologies that helped organizations continue to …

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Engagement, Interoperability, and the Future of the Healthcare Tech Stack

Jeff Fuller, Vice President, Analytics Solutions at CipherHealth For all of the advanced clinical technology hospitals across the country leverage to stay on the bleeding edge of innovative patient care, healthcare, as an industry, has been extremely slow to adapt when it comes to implementing modern technology to improve everyday processes—both inside and outside clinical …

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How Built-In Financial Services Can Help Healthcare Providers Rebound Post-Pandemic

Tarun Bhasin, CEO of Kunai While their staff grappled with the medical toll of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare provider’s financial struggles went largely uncovered. But a 2021 KaufmanHall report revealed that hospital operating margins lag well behind pre-outbreak levels—a gap even the CARES Act assistance couldn’t help bridge. To make matters worse, cash flow has …

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Drug Diversion is Complicated: 5 Data-Related Challenges to Overcome

David Brzozowski Sr., President & CEO of Medacist Solutions Group COVID-19 thoroughly dominated American life last year, contributing heavily to the kind of despair that drives drug overdose deaths, which soared last year as well.  This worrisome trend has intensified long-running concerns about how drugs like opioids find their way to abusers’ hands in the …

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Dynamic Care Demands Flexible Solutions: Filling Gaps in Acute Care

Huiling Zhang, MD, MPH, MBA, Head of Medical Office, Connected Care, Philips Healthcare professionals know that patient care never stands still from admission through discharge, but particularly when it comes to acute care settings. Critically ill patients are one of the most complex populations to care for, with their condition often deteriorating quickly and unpredictably. …

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How the Pandemic Underscores the Importance of Health IT in Employee & Occupational Health

Jeff Donnell, President of Enterprise Health,  “I have received more recognition, interest and support in the last year than in the previous two plus decades of my occupational health career.” These were the words spoken to us recently by the medical director of a Fortune 500 corporation reflecting on the dramatically increased attention he was receiving from …

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3 Lessons Learned from Pandemic-Era Clinical Development Regulatory Practices

Dr. Ronan Brown, SVP and Head of Integrated Global Compliance, IQVIA The pandemic has given rise to new norms in drug development that will influence the future of the industry as we know it. The world has been in urgent need of COVID-19 vaccines, treatments, and diagnostic tools. In view of this, regulators have demonstrated …

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5-Step Guide to Hiring AI Talent for Digital Health, Biotech & Life Sciences Companies

Michael Delisle, VP, Practice Leader for Digital Health at GattiHR Artificial Intelligence (AI) will disrupt healthcare’s destiny for good. Here are five steps digital health startups can take to find the premier talent to get the job done.  Not too long ago, AI was the topic of futuristic movies. What was once a fictional draw …

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Stronger Together: A Remedy to Third-Party Cyber Risk in Healthcare

Ed Gaudet is CEO and Founder of Censinet Taylor Davis is Executive Vice President of KLAS Research Controlling healthcare costs while delivering faster and better patient care is predicated upon the secure digitization and distribution of health information, from clinicians to medical devices to EMR and EHR systems, and more. The healthcare blueprint looks and …

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Why Healthcare Innovation Needs Human-Centered Principles

Octavio Egea, Executive Strategy Director, frog Millions of people around the world have lost their health as a result of the pandemic. Millions more have lost loved ones. Trillions of dollars have been spent fighting the virus and restoring life post-pandemic, while many families have lost income, savings, or both.  COVID-19 has no doubt been …

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What COVID-19’s Attack on Healthcare Cybersecurity Taught Us About Its Shortcomings

In the early chaos of the coronavirus pandemic, the healthcare industry struggled to keep up with an influx of patients amidst a shortage of necessary resources. During this time, healthcare staff naturally prioritized the health and safety of their patients, but this led to a marked decline of cybersecurity measures, leaving themselves open to attacks. …

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How AI is Enabling Next-Generation Insights from Biomedical Data

Alastair Blake, MD – VP of Clinical & Commercial Partnerships at nference COVID-19 caught the world off-guard, sending governments, populations, and the entire healthcare community — physicians, nurses, scientists, pharmaceutical companies, and medical device manufacturers included — scrambling to discover and deliver rapid solutions as millions of lives hanging in the balance.  The heroic efforts …

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3 Ways Healthcare Orgs Can Work to Prevent Insider Security Threats

Sanjay Joshi, Global CIO Healthcare and Life Sciences at Tanium Though it’s often “highly sophisticated” or “nation-state” attackers that make headlines, the truth is that healthcare’s most overlooked cybersecurity threats are within the IT ecosystem. In fact, according to Verizon’s 2021 Data Breach Investigations Report, nearly 40 percent of all global security incidents in 2020 …

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Ransomware in Healthcare: The Costly Reality of Withstanding Hackers

How much larger a percentage of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) can healthcare command? This isn’t a rhetorical question, even if it may be difficult to come up with a direct answer. After all, between 1960 and 2018, healthcare increased as a percentage of GDP from a modest 5 percent to more than triple that at almost …

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Why The Future of Healthcare Coverage is State-Based Exchanges, and It’s a Promising Road Ahead

Dan Thomas, CEO, IdeaCrew, Inc. It is essential for Americans to have a streamlined and cost-effective path to obtain and retain healthcare coverage.  Recent events, including the COVID-19 pandemic and the devastation it brought to our healthcare and economic systems, continue to underscore the catastrophic impacts of not providing such an option – and this …

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How Technology Is Powering the Future of Personalized Health

Wilson To, Worldwide Lead for Healthcare, Life Sciences and Genomics at Amazon Web Services Unprecedented innovation and collaboration across the healthcare industry in the past year has presented a clear direction towards a patient experience that is precise, personalized, and human. The consumer-first mindset and the digital technologies that transformed e-commerce are changing healthcare as …

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How Health IT is Helping Hospitals Achieve Faster Patient Transitions and Reduce Length of Stay

Rikki Jennings, BSN, RN, CPN, Chief Nursing Informatics Officer at Zebra Technologies COVID-19 served as a brutal reminder that streamlining patient transitions from one care setting to another is critical – and even more so when hospital beds are at a premium. Even with less revenue flowing in, hospitals were still expected to quickly adapt …

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Risk Mitigation: Strengthening Trust in AI for Healthcare

Joachim Roski, Principal at Booz Allen Hamilton Kathleen Featheringham, Principal at Booz Allen Hamilton Better clinical decision support, population health interventions, patient self-care, and research – these are just a few of the promising use cases of artificial intelligence (AI). In addition to its benefits, AI can introduce risks that could potentially undermine trust in …

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4 Key Constraints Preventing Healthcare from Proper Cybersecurity

Seth Carmody, VP of Regulatory Strategy at MedCrypt Healthcare was created to help people. So why is this industry the most heavily targeted by cybercriminals and ransomware attacks? In the first half of 2020 alone, the Department of Health and Human Services saw a nearly 50% increase in the number of healthcare-related cybersecurity breaches. The COVID-19 …

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Cloud Technology and Healthcare Evolution: Microsoft in the Spotlight

Gerry Miller, CEO & Founder, Cloudticity In April, software giant Microsoft made a lot of headlines announcing its multibillion-dollar acquisition of Nuance, the cloud-based clinical intelligence developer best known to healthcare providers for its Dragon and PowerScribe speech-recognition products. Business analysts and reporters zeroed in on impressive financial details and utilization potential for “ambient AI” technologies …

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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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