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
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, 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
Other weekend events include a Friday night Meet & Greet for families and a
day of fun at the Houston Zoo on Sunda... (more)
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)
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)
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)
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
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>>
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
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)
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)
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
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)
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)
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
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