Predicting Software Release Dates

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by Ara Kouchakdjian, VP Product Management at Stanley Healthcare November 2019 –  The challenge: Figuring out a release date For non-engineers, software processes are a black box.  Those of us facing the market want a simple answer to the question: “when can the client generate value from the new release?” Explanations from many product and… Read more »

How to Prepare for Member Outreach Before Crisis Strikes

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by Ellen Harrison, VP of Operations & Market Strategy, HMS October 2019 – At some point, most healthcare organizations will likely need to communicate with members in some type of emergency or rapid response situation, whether it’s a natural disaster, public health crisis or prescription recall. Just consider the state of natural disasters in 2018…. Read more »

Speed Time-to-Market with a Smaller Investment Through Partnering

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by Julie Mann, Chief Commercial Officer, Holon Solutions September 24, 2019 – The healthcare information technology (HIT) market is expected to grow from more than $187 billion this year to more than $390 billion by 2024. Much of this growth is driven by healthcare providers, health plans and policymakers collectively concluding that the fragmented, inefficient… Read more »

How Hospitals Can Minimize Surgical Adverse Events and Improve OR Performance

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by Michael Woods, Global Chief Medical Officer, caresyntax August 27, 2019 – When one speaks of patient injury in healthcare, it’s easy to point at the statistics. However, almost everyone has a friend or family member who is represented by those statistics. Through that lens, patient harm becomes very personal. Yet the rate of all-cause… Read more »

Application of Blockchain in Healthcare

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by Lynn Carroll, Chief of Strategy & Operations, HSBlox July 2019 – As value-based care accelerates, the disparate data of traditional fee-for-service doesn’t work. Data silos and a lack of patient integration present challenges for dissemination of data across the continuum of care.  As a result, the reporting feedback loop required for the development and… Read more »

What happens to my staff if our hospital automates revenue cycle management?

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by Heather Kawamoto, Chief Product Officer, Recondo Technology June 2019 – Healthcare has a high turnover problem, and not just for clinical staff. In many hospitals, especially in rural areas, it is notoriously difficult to find employees with specialized expertise in working with healthcare insurance companies on various revenue cycle transactions. Compounding the problem is… Read more »

Trust, but verify: Are hospitals following evidence-based standards?

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by Staci Porter, Senior Clinical Strategist, Zynx Health May 2019 – The Russian proverb “Trust, but verify” entered the American lexicon in the 1980s when it became a favorite mantra of Ronald Reagan during arms-reduction negotiations with the Soviet Union. Reagan understood that while trust can provide a strong foundation for a relationship or agreement,… Read more »

The Key Components of a Successful Remote Patient Monitoring Program

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By Robin Hill, Chief Clinical Officer, Vivify Health April 2019 – With U.S. healthcare evolving toward a value-based system that rewards quality over quantity, provider organizations are being required to take on more patient risk than in past contractual agreements with payers. That means providers must collect as much relevant patient data as possible to… Read more »

The Mother of All Public Health Crises

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By Matthew Sappern, CEO, PeriGen March 2019 – Expectant mothers might want to consider medical tourism to Poland or Estonia or Saudi Arabia.  According to the CIA World Factbook and a study in the medical journal The Lancet, these countries and MANY more have better rates of maternal mortality than the United States. (1)  The… Read more »

The Most Important Thing a CEO Must Do – Part Two

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by Jim Gibson (This article originally appeared in Healthcare Musings in November 2011) February 2019 – Last month’s article discussed how finding and attracting good people is Job #1 of the successful CEO. There are many ways to do this, and the methods vary according to circumstances. A common approach – and one that is… Read more »