While having more financial “skin in the game” has been a catalyst for healthcare consumerism, it isn’t the only factor to have sparked change. The digital revolution that has driven change in retail, entertainment and financial services industries also influences healthcare.Read More
Insights on Today's Healthcare Consumer
The big buzzword in marketing these days is customer-centricity. It’s a trend that’s transforming the industry, forcing marketers to look deeper for insights into individual customers’ needs and expectations.Read More
Google reports that it currently processes in excess of 2 trillion searches a year—and approximately 5 percent of those searches are related to healthcare in some fashion. In fact, the company recently announced that it is working to improve results returned on symptom searches—which account for one percent of search volume—by augmenting its health conditions data with help from the Mayo Clinic and and Harvard Medical School.Read More
Federal regulators announced earlier this month that one of the biggest healthcare systems in the country has agreed to a $5.55 million settlement related to release of HIPAA-protected data. Did the news send a chill down your spine? Certainly addressing the security of HIPAA data needs to remain a top priority—especially when hackers appear to target healthcare providers with increasing frequency.Read More
Director Robert Altman once compared making a movie to chipping away at a boulder. “You know that there's something in there, but you're not sure exactly what it is until you find it,” he said.Read More
Sayings fall in and out of favor, but “Big Data” has sustained its buzzword status since the 1990s. As the healthcare industry—which admittedly arrived late to the Big Data party—strives to realize the advantages of patient data, a number of barriers impede progress. Technical roadblocks. Inconsistent terminology. Budgetary consideration.Read More
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An article in Healthcare Executive last September quoted population health expert David B. Nash, MD, who said, “The most important five-digit number I need to predict your health status and well-being is your ZIP code, bar none.”
While Nash has data to back up the statement, hospitals still need to address the elephant in the room: How do you leverage the wide array of available patient data—including ZIP codes—to go beyond predicting health status?Read More
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Gary Wizenread, CEO of Cordata Healthcare Innovations, guest blogs today, sharing his thoughts on the all-too-often frustrating experience of post-procedure, follow-up communications.
I want to tell you about my colonoscopy. No, not the procedure itself (you’re welcome), but rather about my experience with the follow-up communication process. It was neither engaging nor particularly patient-centric in my view. Instead, it felt like a large organization doing its best but defaulting to a “check-the-box” approach. I don’t mean to be too harsh on them. After all, patient communication is difficult to do well and its staff has many other items on its agenda.
The experience also confirmed to me exactly why success rates for such communications are so low – typically 0-5% patient response and usually closer to the zero end of the scale. And it underscored the need for a personalized and automated approach to patient communication, which is exactly what Cordata is building through our partnership with c2b solutions and PatientBond.Read More
Interoperability — or lack of it — has been a challenge since healthcare providers first began to implement EHRs (Electronic Health Records). In 2014, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), released a paper outlining a 10-year vision for achieving an interoperable health IT infrastructure. Noting that “An interoperable health IT ecosystem makes the right data available to the right people at the right time,” the paper suggested that “By 2024, individuals, care providers, communities and researchers should have an array of interoperable health IT products and services that allow the health care system to continuously learn and advance the goal of improved healthcare.” Two years in, however, many hospitals are still struggling to share health data within their own organization, even as the amount of data grows exponentially. And many healthcare consumers have begun to wonder “What’s the hold-up?”Read More
Health information exchanges (HIEs) could just be one of the best glimpses we have into the future of health data analytics. That may seem like a bold statement given the lack of confidence some healthcare organizations express in current data sharing tools and practices, but there are indications that HIE use is picking up and beginning to positively impact health outcomes.
HIE adoption is growing considerably, albeit driven mostly by a few key states. Successes in those states, however, should serve as a real world model for health information exchanges’ potential, thereby spurring wider use in states that currently lag behind.
Today, let’s take a look at 3 key indicators that show HIEs are reshaping health data analytics — and the American healthcare system.Read More