Category Archives: Providers

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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Data sharing: Putting an end to communication breakdowns

One of the buzzwords in health care reform is “interoperability.” But what’s behind the buzz? Interoperability is the ability to share data across systems and analyze and use the data. But it’s not just about sharing for sharing’s sake. The goal is to use information to create bigger, more complete data sets that can power […]
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Prepare for bundled payments by focusing on these six areas

As one year ends and another begins, we sometimes take stock of what’s changed or developed in the last 12 months. The online news site HealthPayerIntelligence.com did just that for the health insurance market by defining the top trends of 2016. Bundled payment models made the list.  Take 5 minutes to explore bundled payments in […]
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What health care execs can learn from Billy Beane

“We are in the midst of a generational business model transformation. It takes a strong man or woman to stand up in front of an organization and say we are going in a different direction.” Health care consultant Ted Schwab, formerly of Oliver Wyman, is quoted in the Optum eBook Moneyball, emphasizing the importance of […]
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3 reasons to consider managed services in your analytics strategy

Big changes are happening in health care. With providers increasingly being reimbursed under fee-for-value models, data and analytics are playing an ever-increasing role in an organization’s success. It’s become clear that analytics technology investments are key, but they are only an initial step in the transition to value Leaders in many provider organizations are looking […]
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Is a provider-led health plan a good fit? Evaluate 6 areas to find out

To drive down costs and improve care through value-based models, one must have a deep understanding of the population they serve. Health care providers have this knowledge. Their familiarity with the demographics, economics and general needs of their communities means some are well-positioned to launch their own provider-sponsored health plans (PSHP) and have a sense […]
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Interactive patient technologies changing provider, patient perspectives

Hospitals and health systems are discovering that improving patient experiences not only makes for happy patients, but also increased profits. A recent Accenture study suggests U.S. hospitals that delivered “superior” customer experience achieve net margins 50 percent higher than those rated “average.” Cutting staff is a more traditional way health systems save money. But the […]
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