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Hang on Healthcare; 2017 Promises to Be Another Thrill Ride of a Year By Sanjeev Agrawal, President and Chief Marketing Officer, LeanTaaS iQueue 2016 was a year of dips and dives, twists and turns. Judging by the first couple of weeks of the new year, it's reasonable to expect 2017 will be another roller coaster year for providers, patients, suppliers and payers. As president and CMO of LeanTaaS, a growth-stage innovator of cloud-based solutions for healthcare, I have a front-car seat in partnership with the 30+ leading health systems with which we work all over the country. So here's my take: 1. Investment in healthcare startups by providers will accelerate. Large healthcare providers are beginning to understand that with all their brilliant physicians, dedicated support staff, and excellent clinical and administrative leaders, the technological innovation needed to... (more)

Houston to Host It's My Heart's First Annual National Family Conference on Congenital Heart Defects

HOUSTON, May 28, 2009 - More than one million American families cope with congenital heart defects, but the enormous obstacles they face remain out of the public spotlight. The non-profit organization, It's My Heart, is working to change that, organizing a conference devoted especially to the challenges these families face and the opportunities offered by medical advances. It's My Heart's First Annual National Family Conference Weekend is scheduled June 26-28. The event's centerpiece is a day-long educational conference on Saturday, June 27th that coincides with a unique conference especially for children. The country duo O'Shea, featuring singer, song-writer and congenital heart defect survivor Mark O'Shea, will also perform at the conference Saturday. Other weekend events include a Friday night Meet & Greet for families and a day of fun at the Houston Zoo on Sunda... (more)

Savvis Selects The Vitality Group to Help Improve Employee Health

Healthcare Innovation Journal The Vitality Group announced that Savvis, Inc. has selected its incentive-based wellness program to motivate and support Savvis associates as they take ownership of their personal health. Savvis, one of the largest IP network and hosting providers in the world employs more than 2,200 employees. The Vitality program will be made available to its U.S. employees. "We are incorporating this program as a key element of our overall benefits offering to provide our employees with the tools and support to be healthy," said Laura Fisher, VP, Human Resources Operations, Savvis. "We selected Vitality because it has tools to motivate those with good heath to maintain it, as well as tools to help employees with health challenges. We've already seen a significant improvement in participation of health screenings, increased 200 percent from last year,... (more)

SSI Offers Fourth-Gen RCM for Health Industry, Cloud Computing

SaaS Track at Cloud Expo The SSI Group, Inc. has developed what it calls a "fourth-generation revenue cycle management (RCM) solution," known as the ClickON ClaimSmart Suite. Its offered as SaaS for Cloud Computing installations, and aims to "increase productivity, reduce errors, streamline workflows, and enhance cash flow," according to the company. The centerpiece is the ClaimSmart Dashboard, which allows users to visualize all aspects of the revenue cycle. The dashboard gives real-time displays of patient eligibility, claim submittals, claim status, remittances, iincluding denials, adjustments, and take-backs, and payer confirmation reports. "Additional drill-down capabilities provide customization to the standard workflow within these revenue cycle phases, said company exec Doug Bilbrey.  "Users at all levels of the organization, from the CFO through the busines... (more)

Possibilities with Cloud Based Healthcare Records

New Possibilities with Cloud-Based Healthcare Records Over the last few years the healthcare ecosystem has revolved around innovations in Electronic Health Record (HER) based systems. This evolution has helped us achieve much desired interoperability. Now the focus is shifting to other equally important aspects - scalability and performance. While applying cloud computing environments to the EHR systems, a special consideration needs to be given to the cloud enablement of Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA), i.e., the largest single medical system in the United States. VistA is a collection of over 168 application packages/modules and is based on the client-server communication model operating on RPC broker. Moving VistA to a cloud platform is still in its infancy. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Shrikant Pattathil, Executive V... (more)

Can Health Social Media Learn from Online Dating?

One of the frustrations cropping up on health social media sites is centered around the mechanism that caused their popularity at the outset, the message board. Perhaps health social networking sites can learn from online dating sites, Match and eHarmony, about linking mechanisms. They can also take a lesson from these websites regarding charging users. more>> ... (more)

Linda Fischetti on VHA Healthcare

This week pre-recording of Federal News Radio Federal Executive Forum featured Linda Fischetti , Health Informatics Architect at the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). During a panel discussion, her comments on VHA accomplishments and plans included: Every Veteran's Administration facility uses electronic health records today. The New England Journal of Medicine recently complimented the VA on their use of electronic health records (EHR). VHA currently has over 1400 points of care and has been using EHR for over 10 years with dramatic associated improvement in clinical health care quality. Until now, electronic health records have been provider records. The current goal is to transform that perspective into a veteran centered record. A majority of health care information is currently recorded on paper. Changing from paper to EHR represents a major challenge and ex... (more)

What is So Great About Private Health Insurance?

Most significant challenges deserve objective analysis based on economic principals. Supply and demand being at the core. Things costing to much ? The explaination is usually a lack of competition or artifical restrictions among alternative options for buyers. Not enough supply ? Barriers to entry , government restrictions or diminishing prospects for profit can be at the root. Interestingly, when it comes to health care what people pay for and what they get is at the core of the problem and private insurance intermediaries are profiting from market inefficiencies. In the end the private for profit insurance industry delivers no real or sustained value and this is central to the health care crisis because they slice the pie with the main objective being their profits, not a uniform allocation of risk and costs among populations to make the cost for all lower. This r... (more)

Top 20 Cloud Services Providers That Are Gaining Mind Share

There is little doubt that cloud computing is big news, but who is gaining your mind share?  Amazon, NetSuite, and Salesforce.com, have been in the news recently with a number of announcements. So many that I’ve been attempting to track them by creating specific journals for each. Our experiences are likely to be different, and barring actual surveys and research, is subjective and based largely on our own impressions and perceptions of which companies are in the news or making news in this segment. There are several lists that are excellent points of reference – The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing, 85 Cloud Computing Vendors Shaping the Emerging Cloud, and The VAR Guy’s SaaS 20 Index. Large technology companies like AT&T, EMC / VMware, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Unisys, and others that come to mind have not been included below in the top 20 that are gaining mind share... (more)

Mobile Healthcare in Developing Countries

Healthcare Innovation Journal on Ulitzer I attended the mHealth Summit organized by the NIH in DC on October 29-30 to get a sense of the progress in the use of mobile technologies to improve health care. It is a fascinating area where mobile technology can make a real difference in the lives of many people, especially in developing countries (see a paper I wrote recently on behalf of Cisco and Intel here). It was an interesting meeting for someone like me working on the m side of the mHealth, as most of the attendees were from the health care community. This allowed me to get a better understanding of the perspective and requirements of the health care providers. It turns out that for most of the applications presented the requirements are very easy to meet. Most of the applications are still based on SMS, the only mobile data service that is truly ubiquitous. For SMS... (more)

Technology Adoption & the Age Myth

Innovations Software Technology on Ulitzer As I evangelize around the upcoming surge in innovation driven by technology and globalism one topic that is often raised is the issue of how older people are unable or unwilling to adapt to the change brought on by technologies. Hence, the rapid states of change I predict are unlikely because of this "age" phenomenon. Focus on the 50 and over crowd regarding technology was explored in a recent marketing research project sponsored by AARP and Microsoft. 60 people in total gathered for dinner and after-dinner discussions about their attitudes toward, use of and expectations for technology. The focus group sessions were in four cities: San Francisco, Phoenix, Chicago and New York. Participants ranged in age from 50 to 60. See the video recap below. The conversations have been consolidated and published in a report  “Boomers... (more)