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Is Precision Medicine the Next Great Frontier?

Genomic-based precision medicine isn’t just a lofty concept. Some patients are already being helped — just as some folks who spend hard-earned wages on lottery tickets are becoming instantly wealthy. Unfortunately, in both cases, the percentage of lucky ones isn’t high enough to warrant a lot of optimism. The problem, say some…

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Posted In: Future of Healthcare, General On: Tuesday, 18 June, 2019
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Happier Physicians, Happier Patients — New Study Says Scribes are the Answer

You can’t watch TV for more than a few minutes, it seems, without seeing one of those direct-to-consumer commercials that urges you to “ask your doctor” about this, or “ask your doctor” about that. Maybe it’s time for a “tell your doctor” commercial. But instead of the obligatory list of…

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Posted In: Best Of, General, Life as a Scribe, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 11 June, 2019

The Dangers of Ignored Referrals and What You Can Do About Them

Like the proverbial horse that refuses to drink, a significant percentage of patients choose not to follow up on the referrals they’re given by their physicians. And providers typically don’t have the resources to lead patients where they don’t want to go. Who’s to blame for that situation? “It’s really…

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Posted In: Future of Healthcare, General, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization, Queuelogix On: Wednesday, 5 June, 2019

Understanding and Overcoming Barriers to Interoperability

Interoperability among U.S. hospitals is improving. Painfully slowly, but it’s improving. A recent data brief from the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology says that in 2017, 40% of U.S. hospitals could engage in what ONC refers to as the four domains of interoperability — the ability to…

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Posted In: Compliance, Future of Healthcare, General, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization, Queuelogix On: Tuesday, 28 May, 2019

Why Patient Navigators are Becoming Indispensable to Providers

Those who work inside the increasingly complex maze that is the American healthcare system can find it challenging to navigate. For those on the outside, the maze can be simply overwhelming. No wonder so many patients either slip through the cracks or fail to follow through with the care they…

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Posted In: Best Of, CareThrough, Future of Healthcare, General, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 2 April, 2019

How Artificial Intelligence is Improving Healthcare

When experts assess the relationship between healthcare and artificial intelligence, they see a budding romance that’s destined to explode into a love affair for the ages. Consulting firm Frost and Sullivan says AI can improve outcomes by 30% to 40% while cutting treatment costs in half. It predicts the healthcare-AI market will…

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Posted In: CareThrough, Future of Healthcare, General, LifeLink, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 12 March, 2019

Physician Burnout in 2019: Are the Numbers Getting Better or Worse?

Recent discussions about physician burnout have taken some interesting turns. Some say the wrong questions are being asked and the wrong solutions are being proposed. Some even question whether the term “burnout” is appropriate to label the well-publicized epidemic of exhaustion among physicians. “The term burnout has taken on meaning far beyond…

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Posted In: Best Of, Future of Healthcare, General, Life as a Scribe On: Tuesday, 5 March, 2019
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