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Addressing Misinformation In Healthcare Through COVID-19 And Beyond
If there is one thing we’ve learned during the COVID-19 pandemic it’s that patients probably can’t get enough reliable communication from their trusted healthcare providers. There is so much misinformation out there, and providers are uniquely positioned to reach out to patients with accurate education about both the disease and how to take care of themselves and stay healthy in general.
Ensuring Telehealth Providers’ Virtual Care Dollars Make Sense
The new age of wide-scale telehealth carries new spending priorities. Learn more about ways for telehealth providers to control costs without sacrificing quality of care.
Reduce Costs And Improve Outcomes By Measuring Individual Physician Care
Data collection and interpretation are critical pieces in the forward progress of the U.S. healthcare system, especially as performance-based payment models become more popular. According to an American College of Physicians position paper, the use of performance measurement (PM) is “intended to help achieve improved quality, high-value care, better patient satisfaction, improved health outcomes, and lower costs.”
Talking Tech And Natural Language Processing – Making It Work In Healthcare
Futurists paint a bright picture of smart clinical technology: ask a chatbot what the right dose of ACE inhibitors is to give a patient with moderate aortic stenosis, and the all-knowing bot will spit out the right answer, based on millions of patient cases. Appealing? Absolutely. Ready for prime time? Definitely not.
Digital Transformation Of Healthcare: Best Of Breed Supply Chain Technology Vs. ERP
The healthcare industry is in dire need of change. With costs going up and reimbursements and margins going down even before Covid-19, transformation is afoot. A major area of transformation and one that this crisis has highlighted is the supply chain. The healthcare supply chain is unique in its own right but in many ways, it lags behind other industries in terms of best practices and digitization.
In The Pursuit Of Health, Community Will See Us Through
Our society functions on the foundation of numerous social contracts: public education, civil liberties, fair taxes, criminal justice. The crises of this year have tested America’s social contracts in unprecedented ways and brought our nation to a time that will someday be reflected upon as a turning point. Yet our healthcare system, the importance of which we are now starkly reminded daily, persists outside the bounds of our social contracts—not fully embraced as a collective pursuit. Healthcare in America continues to be largely viewed as an institution citizens engage with on a very individualized level. We now face an opportunity to embrace a new take and work as a team to save lives.
Are COVID-19 Vaccines And Treatments The Most Desirable Cyber Targets?
The COVID-19 pandemic has driven a massive realignment to virtualized work and interactions, giving hackers a larger attack surface. Even more worrisome are potential security challenges around the therapeutics and vaccines developed to fight the virus. The intellectual property involved is of enormous interest to both state actors and the black and gray markets for vaccine development and distribution. Essential information from government health authorities is also under threat from hackers stoking rumors and purposeful disinformation, along with a wide array of scams and fear-based attacks.
Urgent Care Emerges, Evolves During Pandemic
The U.S. healthcare system has an opportunity for improvement this fall. Its initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic in March exposed acute issues, such as a lack of readily available personal protective equipment (PPE). It also called into question how to deliver adequate care when hospitals reached maximum capacities and access to routine care and COVID-19 testing remained scarce.
Is It Time To Get Away From The Idea Of “Patient Experience”?
For the last 20 years, the healthcare industry has been slowly shifting from fee-for-service to value-based care. We’ve seen the advent of the triple aim, the quadruple aim, pay-for-performance, and ACOs. All of this in an attempt to move from paying for healthcare based on quantity to paying for quality and outcomes. In the meantime, we’ve also seen a rise in consumerism and a focus on patient experience. And we tie those to the goals of value-based care. But the very word experience suggests we are still thinking about healthcare as episodic, and episodic care is susceptible to massive disruptions like those we’ve seen with COVID-19.
Healthcare Cybersecurity Is In A COVID-19 Tailspin
As if stress levels in the healthcare industry aren’t high enough due to the COVID-19 pandemic, risks to our healthcare system’s already fragile cybersecurity infrastructure are at an all-time high. From increased cyberattacks, to exacerbated vulnerabilities, to costly human errors, our healthcare cybersecurity has been sent into a tailspin due to COVID-19 (if it wasn’t already before).