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Fighting Back Against the Ransomware Threat in Health Care

Words like hacking and ransomware are probably too benign-sounding when what we’re really talking about is extortion, blackmail and grand larceny. But they’ve become big business and they’re getting bigger. The bad news is you’re the target. The worse news is that the situation is getting worse. Not only are these criminals often thousands…

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Posted In: Future of Healthcare, General On: Tuesday, 12 February, 2019

Implementing Policies that Promote Bad-Debt Avoidance

High-deductible health plans sound great if you’re an insurance company collecting premiums from patients who never exhaust their deductibles; or if you’re an employer who wants to reduce your healthcare expenses; or if, for whatever reason, you want to discourage people from seeking care that’s anything but absolutely necessary. But…

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Posted In: General On: Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

What Wearables Bring to the Healthcare Table

Three years ago, British researchers writing in the Public Library of Science predicted that enthusiasm for wearable technology would quickly wane. “Like many technological trends,” they wrote, “these mass-marketed gadgets will drift into obscurity.” After all, they reasoned, wearables were typically “purchased by individuals who already lead a healthy lifestyle and [merely]…

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Posted In: Future of Healthcare, General On: Tuesday, 27 November, 2018

Why Healthcare Executives Are Increasingly Upbeat About Value-Based Care Models

The final transition to value-based care is still years away, with many obstacles yet to overcome, but those who’ve begun the journey appear to be finding it somewhat less treacherous than they’d imagined. Recent research strongly suggests that both healthcare executives and payers are becoming less worried and more optimistic…

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Posted In: CareThrough, Future of Healthcare On: Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

A Roadmap to Improved Interoperability

Like vindictive relatives nursing years-old grudges, thousands of EHRs with enormous amounts of invaluable health data just can’t bring themselves to talk to each other. That frustrating lack of interoperability stands as a huge roadblock to the promise of a vastly improved healthcare system—one that would, in the words of Jason…

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Posted In: Future of Healthcare, Life as a Scribe, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 6 November, 2018
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