Category Archives: by Leslie Cozatt

Provide customized care options patients can embrace

With the high costs and risks to patients’ health associated with chronic disease it makes sense to prioritize actions aimed at managing or improving the condition. But what if a patient isn’t inclined to accept the recommendations? Can you still work to improve care and financial outcomes? With predictive analytics you can. By combining not […]
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Optum Forum Review: “Accelerating the move toward data as a service”

Each year at Optum Forum we present the latest advancements in services and solutions aimed at how well gets done. This year’s event included the launch of OptumIQ™ and Optum Performance Analytics. Now we’re learning what attendees think about these initiatives. Massachusetts-based International Data Corporation (IDC) reviewed Optum Forum 2017 and the initiatives unveiled there. […]
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Data access is key to closing care gaps

Advanced analytics can uncover gaps in care but unless that information is available to front line health care professionals the gaps will remain. Teamwork and the right technology can ensure data can be accessed and utilized in a timely manner. This approach is working for both providers and payers. For example Premier Medical Associates, a […]
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Ease a transition to new tech by communicating with your whole staff

Digital technology is revolutionizing health care — but everybody who adopts it knows that it presents challenges in a clinical setting. There are learning curves with hardware and software, new habits to develop, glitches to deal with, and a whole lot more — while you’re taking care of patients under time constraints. According to Judy […]
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Three steps: Get ready for risk-based, fee-for-value health care

Ready or not, here it comes — risk-based, fee-for-value health care is here or coming to a market near you! Health care providers are no longer asking whether they should get ready. They are asking: How fast should we make the transition? They know it may not be pretty. “Organizations need to set a goal […]
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Improving health care outcomes through patient engagement

“Anytime you have a patient that’s more engaged and involved in their care, your outcomes are better.” That’s a quote from Judy Herrington, who has 30 years’ experience in the health care field and serves as the vice president of nursing, medicine services at Parkland Hospital in Texas. Her front-line observation echoes the results of […]
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Evolving technology and a move to all-digital hospitals

Some health systems and hospitals are embracing technology in a big way – building all digital, wired facilities. In April 2016, Modern Healthcare reported on Humber River Hospital in northwest Toronto, which has automated approximately 75% of its back-of-hospital functions. At Humber, the most notable changes have to do with efficiency and quality of care. […]
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High-tech guided meditation eases burn pain

Parkland Hospital in Dallas County, Texas, is one of America’s “most wired,” as recognized by Hospitals & Health Networks® Magazine. Its careful integration of user-friendly tech extends from handy kiosks in the lobby to patient rooms with an array of digital devices that help both patients and staff. While much of the technology is focused […]
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Discover how patients access care to understand need for new solutions

The need for better care coordination becomes clear when you see the results of surveys showing the number of patients taking multiple medications and visiting multiple doctors. In spring of 2016, the New York Times reported on a national survey, conducted by Harvard researchers, that found 39 percent of people over age 65 use five or more […]
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Analytics provides “one report card” for physicians

In today’s health care, there are a lot of players – and a lot of payers, each with their own standards for evaluating physicians and the care they provide. As Greg Kile, CEO of the analytics firm Populytics, explains in an Optum® video, his company’s top 10 payers have 176 different metrics. Being washed over […]
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