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Potential for Healthcare APIs to Revolutionize the Industry

HealthITInteroperability Application programming interfaces (APIs) provide the means for one software program to access the services of another. Analogies abound for explaining how APIs work, but one that is particularly compelling is the wall socket analogy. Rather than having to hardwire a new appliance to the power source, a person need only plug it in to draw electricity. That person doesn't need to know anything...


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How Health Insurance Mergers Could Change the Payer Industry

HealthPayerIntelligence During the summer of 2015, Aetna and Humana, as well as Anthem and Cigna, started a merger process that would reduce four of the nation’s largest insurers down to just two. If the mergers are successful, only three payers would dominate...

Exploring the Use of Blockchain for EHRs, Healthcare Big Data

HealthITAnalytics The Office of the National Coordinator might not always get what it wants when it comes to industry cooperation, but ONC officials have been pleasantly surprised by the positive response to its informational blockchain challenge. The agency found...

How Nighttime Telehealth Services Can Improve Overnight Care

mHealthIntelligence In hospitals across the country, the image of the solitary doctor making midnight rounds is changing, thanks to telemedicine. That doctor now sits in front of a tablet, laptop or desktop computer, perhaps at home or even in another country. And...

How to Get Started with a Population Health Management Program

HealthITAnalytics Healthcare providers are well aware by now that there is no magic solution to the incredibly complex conundrum of systemic reform.  Depending on who you ask, the answer to the puzzle of the Triple Aim is either more technology, less technology,...

How Fog Computing May Power the Healthcare Internet of Things

HealthITAnalytics The healthcare industry has always had a bit of a rocky relationship with information technology, and the Internet of Things is shaping up to be no exception.  As devices get smaller and data gets bigger, providers are still struggling with...

What is the Role of Natural Language Processing in Healthcare?

HealthITAnalytics For many providers, the healthcare landscape is looking more and more like a shifting quagmire of regulatory pitfalls, financial quicksand, and unpredictable eruptions of acrimony from overwhelmed clinicians on the edge of revolt. The industry...

Key Ways to Boost Collection of Patient Financial Responsibility

RevCycleIntelligence Ever since the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, more providers are experiencing a shift in healthcare revenue sources, especially as patient financial responsibility increases. While hospitals and physician practices traditionally communicated...

How Payers Could Succeed in ACA Health Insurance Exchanges

HealthPayerIntelligence State and federal health insurance exchanges stemming from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) offer medical coverage for families and individuals that would have otherwise had little opportunity to obtain a health plan and healthcare...

How Patient Engagement Supports Chronic Disease Management

PatientEngagementHIT Patient engagement and chronic disease management are both key components in support of the healthcare industry’s shift toward value-based healthcare. Through robust patient support efforts inside and out of the doctor’s office, providers...

How EHR Technology Definitions Influence EHR Use Statistics

EHRIntelligence On a near-annual basics, federal agencies provide updates on EHR adoption that serve as a bellwether of the healthcare's industry technical capabilities, most notably the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology...

The Role of Healthcare Data Governance in Big Data Analytics

HealthITAnalytics Data has always been the lifeblood of the healthcare industry.  From blood pressure readings and surgical records to insurance claims, immunization histories, patient demographics, and payment receipts, every action of every member of the healthcare...

Preventing Big Data Pain Points During a Healthcare Encounter

HealthITAnalytics When it comes to the healthcare space, the term “big data” may seem needlessly redundant.  After all, each and every patient generates a staggering amount of information each second they’re in the clinical setting. ...

Preparing the Healthcare Revenue Cycle for Value-Based Care

RevCycleIntelligence Not only do value-based care models aim to make healthcare providers more accountable for the services they provide to patients, but they are also designed to shift financial accountability away from payers to healthcare organizations. However,...

How Payers Should Prepare for Value-Based Reimbursement

HealthPayerIntelligence Value-based reimbursement is a new payment strategy between insurers and providers meant to foster higher quality care by incentivizing strong performance with shared savings, bonuses, or other financial rewards. This diverges from the more traditional...

How the Affordable Care Act Impacts Patient Engagement

PatientEngagementHIT The 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act began a thorough overhaul of the healthcare system. Some states expanded Medicaid, consumers began to buy health insurance on federal and state health insurance exchanges, and healthcare professionals...

What Clinical Quality Measures Mean to Healthcare Providers

EHRIntelligence Throughout the healthcare landscape, providers and hospitals must navigate various different incentive programs and quality improvement programs, with which come numerous requirements for clinical quality measures. However, provided the vast...

How to Choose the Right Healthcare Big Data Analytics Tools

HealthITAnalytics In just a few short years, the idea of “big data analytics” has transitioned from a mysterious new buzzword to an essential competency for healthcare organizations large and small.  Analytics has moved from a lofty cutting-edge experiment...

The Impact of BYOD on Healthcare Providers and Hospitals

mHealthIntelligence While BYOD was thought to have begun around the same time that patients started bringing their smartphones into the hospital, its relevance is driven by doctors who have their own preference for devices. Back in the “good old days,”...

How Precision Medicine Will Shift from Research to Clinical Care

HealthITAnalytics President Obama’s widely hailed unveiling of the Precision Medicine Initiative in 2015 may have brought the term to the forefront of the nation’s consciousness, but “personalized medicine” in and of itself is far from...

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