Category “General”

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

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

How Medical Scribes Boost Productivity, Revenue and Satisfaction

In a recent essay in The Atlantic, Rena Xu, a resident physician in Boston, illuminates the healthcare burnout crisis by analogizing a young chef at an upscale restaurant. Her talented young chef is ambitious and plenty capable, but things just keep getting tougher. For one thing, older chefs are retiring faster than new…

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Posted In: Future of Healthcare, General, Life as a Scribe, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

The Vital Importance of Managing Online Reviews

Online reviews for physicians and hospitals aren’t always fair or accurate. They can also be wildly inconsistent from website to website. But they’re important. And getting more important all the time. The numbers are compelling. Large percentages of patients are looking for information online and basing their healthcare decisions on…

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Posted In: Future of Healthcare, General, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 7 August, 2018
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