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Artificial Neural Networks: Solving Challenges in Health Sciences

There is a lot of buzz in healthcare and life sciences right now around Artificial Intelligence, and the potential uses for Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) and Deep Learning to solve for all manner of messy and complex problems. Deep-Learning software attempts to mimic the activity in layers of neurons in the neocortex[1], this includes cognitive […]

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Amazon Healthcare: Momentum to Renovate American Healthcare

Amazon came forward and announced it would begin to seek new ways to address and possibly reduce rising health care costs for its own employees. The initiatives are all part of a bigger strategy to improve the shopping experience for businesses and consumers. Amazon’s strategy is in the beginning stages of the process but is […]

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Air Travel or Healthcare Mega-Mergers: Same Impact on Customers

The health insurance shakeup continues, and last week’s $37 billion merger of health insurance titans Humana and Aetna is the latest in a wave of deal-making that is likely to reduce the number of large U.S. health insurers from five to three. In addition to the Aetna/Humana merger, Anthem and Cigna have acknowledged discussions about […]

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Established by the State…Or the Federal Government – #Obamacare

  Obamacare wins again. The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Obamacare. They held in a 6-3 decision that the Affordable Care Act authorized federal tax credits for eligible Americans living not only in states with their own exchanges but also in the 34 states with federal exchanges. Those that challenged the law argued […]

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HIT Solutions for Population Health

I’m going to take a “improve / disseminate disease management and improve outcomes of the group” view of Population Health. The technology solutions that can be applied are vast. For the sake of this blog, I’d like to talk about these four: Analytics – The accumulation and aggregation of data needed to improve outcomes and […]

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Hot Topic: Retail Strategy for Healthcare #HITsm Tweet Chat

Participants of a tweet chat hosted by HL7 Health Standards on Friday, March 6, certainly had a lot to say on the topic: A Real Retail Strategy for Healthcare. The hour-long session drew 104 healthcare professionals who posted 980 tweets in response to five questions centered how the industry could benefit from the retail industry’s […]

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The Health Information Exchange (HIE) Teeter-Totter

The cyber-attack on Anthem, the nation’s second-largest health insurer, directly reflects the vulnerability of healthcare organizations, which are years behind other industries in regards to protecting personal information. In today’s healthcare industry, the federal government encourages sharing information across the continuum, which is critical to improving patient care. The challenge is the balancing act between […]

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Using the Finance Playbook to Improve Quality in Healthcare

I loved an article I read in a recent issue of HFMA Magazine in the Healthcare Value section. The title is “The Secret to Building Effective Quality Programs” written by John Byrnes, MD. The finance playbook, described by John, includes these cornerstones: Rule #1: Don’t allow clinicians to calculate cost savings. Finance and clinical counterparts […]

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Gearing Up for 2015: 10 Trends Impacting Healthcare in 2015

Technology is a major player in the evolving healthcare environment, and organizations are increasing their health IT budgets to adapt to the “new” industry. Having the right technology in place can enhance patient experience, help meet regulatory requirements and provide key insights that reduce costs and improve outcomes. In our recently released HIT SNAPSHOT we […]

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Top 10 Healthcare Industry Trends Blog Posts from 2014

As we wrap up 2014, let’s take a look at the top 10 blog posts from our thought leaders. These blogs were published on Perficient’s Healthcare Industry Trends Blog. If you missed these you may want to take a look. #1. What the Market Says You Need in Your Patient Portal by Melody Smith Jones […]

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A New Patient Adventure…A Hair Pulling Experience

I grew up in a small town in Iowa and lived in and around my hometown for 30 years. It wasn’t unusual for my commute to work to be interrupted by a John Deere tractor driving down the highway. When I hit 30 I traded in my rural roots and headed off to the booming […]

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Wearable Technology for All

The definition of wearable technology has changed as much as technology has in the last century. In the first waves of wearable technology we got the calculator watch, you know the one, featured in back to the future. Although we have yet to see a hover board, wearable technology has gone to unbelievable heights. From […]

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3 Components for a Successful Hybrid Environment in Healthcare

It is no secret that healthcare organizations are collecting more information today than ever before. They’re collecting information about their own operations, their patients and the communities they serve. The challenge for healthcare organizations isn’t collecting the information, but analyzing the data and efficiently and securely storing it. Healthcare organizations that can overcome the data […]

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In Healthcare, Connectivity Is Not Collaborating

Interoperability between different electronic health record (EHR) systems is one of the most important requirements that hospitals and physicians must meet as they prepare their systems for attestation in Meaningful Use Stage 2. However, let’s examine the real goals of interoperability within healthcare: 1) To make sure “information follows the patient regardless of geographic, organizational, […]

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The Problem with Health IT is in the Definition

There has been a lot of debate around the challenges within the healthcare industry. Much of the discussion stems from the fee-for-service model and the focus on services and reimbursement rather than the patient. Health information technology has its own set of challenges when it comes to addressing healthcare issues. If we truly want to […]

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ACA and QRS – Shoot for the Stars Part 3

In ACA and QRS – Shoot for the Stars Part 1, I laid out the overall domains that are going to be used to score QHP plans offered through the Marketplace. In Part 2, I discussed some factors to consider for the data derived measures. In this blog, we will take a closer look at […]

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3 Questions Apple Must Answer to Reduce HealthKit Skepticism

There has been a lot of buzz around Apple’s announcement to enter the healthcare space with the unveiling of their Apple Watch and HealthKit app. HealthKit seems to be gaining momentum due in large part to Apple’s strategic partnerships with healthcare industry heavy-hitters. However, many questions remain unanswered and Apple must address them to gain […]

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ACA and QRS – Shoot for the Stars Part 2

In ACA and QRS – Shoot for the Stars Part 1, I laid out the overall domains that are going to be used to score QHP plans offered through the Marketplace. In this blog, we will take a closer look at the data derived measures and what factors a QHP issuer should consider to achieve […]

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Market Driven Patient Portal: HIE Across Diverse Care Settings

So far in this discussion about “What the market says you need in your patient portal” we have been driving toward changes that are core to new engagement models. However, we have not addressed a core enabler: “It’s all about the data!” Consumers demand access to information that meets their needs and they are not […]

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ACA and QRS – Shoot for the stars! Part 1

Last month I posted “ACA’s Quality Rating System – An opportunity to gain market share”, which explained how QHP issuers can gain market share in the individual space. In that blog I mentioned that, as part of the Quality Rating System, plans offered on the Marketplace will receive a “Star” rating based on a 5 […]

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