Four Ways Healthcare Organizations Can Embrace Virtual Assistant Technology

Four Ways Healthcare Organizations Can Embrace Virtual Assistant Technology

Virtual assistant technology is primed to improve interactions across the healthcare industry; make sure your organization is ready to capitalize. Virtual assistants are poised to transform the way people interact with information. The technology uses conversation-like exchanges to streamline everyday tasks and inquiries, and it is only going to become more prevalent: Amazon’s Echo was the...

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Under a New Administration, Payers Must Operationalize for Change

Under a New Administration, Payers Must Operationalize for Change

Current State In March 2017, the Trump Administration proposed The American Health Care Act to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and give Americans access to ‘truly affordable, quality health coverage.’ The proposed legislation was ultimately not presented for House vote, however, the Trump Administration remains committed to repealing the ACA and working with bipartisan...

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Are Apple’s ResearchKit and CareKit ready for the Big Leagues?

Are Apple’s ResearchKit and CareKit ready for the Big Leagues?

Apple created a new series of healthcare application development frameworks in early 2016. The new open-source frameworks, CareKit and ResearchKit, provide a standard platform that enables developers to build medically-focused research and care apps with built-in features related to end-to-end data encryption, privacy, and standardized data sharing. CareKit allows users to track their...

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M&A in Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices: How to Stop Value Leakage

M&A in Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices: How to Stop Value Leakage

Most pharmaceutical executives would argue that M&A is critical to drive shareholder value. Transactions can help realize new discovery capabilities, procure new compounds to strengthen stagnant drug development pipelines, or save money, all of which can create a competitive advantage in the market.  The numbers speak for themselves. In 2015, healthcare M&A increased 66%, reaching a...

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Importance of Cybersecurity: Understanding Preventive “Medicine” to Maintain Cyber Health

Importance of Cybersecurity: Understanding Preventive “Medicine” to Maintain Cyber Health

Believe it or not, information security professionals could learn some lessons from the health and wellness industry. The practice of preventative care can and should be transferred to the information security profession. According to the American College of Preventive Medicine, preventive medicine is defined as “a practice by all physicians to keep their patients healthy“.…

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Five things healthcare companies should look for in a managed services provider

Five things healthcare companies should look for in a managed services provider

As technology continues to transform the healthcare industry, firms that deliver health services, along with healthcare providers, are looking to invest their technology dollars in areas that can have the greatest positive impact on their customers.  When budget time rolls around, decisions need to be made about investing in new innovations versus keeping the lights on.…

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Healthcare is Learning from Other Industries (While Tackling Problems Uniquely Its Own)

The final blog in our series serves to summarize the ways in which healthcare can learn from the best practices / innovations of other industries, address unique trends in healthcare, and define their broader impact on the industry. Our previous blogs describe how healthcare, a system often characterized as broken, expensive, and over-regulated, can improve by looking towards other...

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Fax? Isn’t that technology extinct?

For years, I have been hearing this from everyone around me. Business and IT organizations saw the predictions that faxing would die (almost instantly when email gained popularity) and most companies did not invest in a dying technology. Why would they? A few years ago, in the early 2000s, I worked for a corporate Fortune 50 IT organization that was not investing in the technology despite the...

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What Medical Teams Can Learn From Lollapalooza

Every summer, music festivals and other production events bring priceless memories and life changing experiences to millions of attendees. These events (Taste of Chicago, Lollapalooza, etc.) are not only a good time, but also a great display of coordination, regulatory compliance, dynamic teams, and effective use of talented individuals with special social and technical skills.…

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Although Lagging, Healthcare e-Commerce Maturing

People are buying online, now more than ever.   An eMarket report estimated that e-Commerce sales were near $1.5 trillion in 2014. The combination of rising online purchasing confidence and passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has created a foundation for a maturing landscape of healthcare e-Commerce. As a method of adaptation, and to help facilitate purchasing processing, many industries...

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