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Diagnostic Chaos: What Happens When COVID and Flu Season Collide

Fall is coming. As the leaves change and temperature falls, healthcare providers across the country face a new and sobering challenge: navigating flu season during a global pandemic.  The early symptoms of COVID-19 are, at this point, familiar. Infected patients experience fever, chills, cough, fatigue, headache, sore throat, congestion, and nausea. The problem is that [...]

By |2020-09-18T16:59:27+00:00September 18th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

For Providers, EHR Innovation Benefits Won’t Come Automatically

Given how innovative and game-changing electronic health records have been for the healthcare sector, you would think more providers would be excited about using them. Some are, of course -- but the reception that these information-centric innovations have received has been oddly mixed.  Electronic health records offer providers a real-time digital version of a patient’s [...]

By |2020-05-28T16:16:06+00:00May 28th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

AI Solutions in Assisted Living — What Can Be Done?

Artificial intelligence has made its mark in nearly every sector of the healthcare industry -- so why not assisted living?    Over the last decade, artificial intelligence has proven itself to be adept at empowering healthcare providers, payers, and organizations to apply big health data and analytics towards critical clinical and administrative decisions. This capability [...]

By |2020-04-10T20:38:16+00:00April 10th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Will AI Pave the Way for Value-Based Care?

In recent years, talk of what artificial intelligence could potentially bring to healthcare has come to dominate industry conversations -- and those in the field haven’t been afraid to put money behind their interest.    According to recent research from Accenture, the AI healthcare market has expanded at a remarkable pace, reporting a compound annual [...]

By |2020-03-13T21:54:49+00:00March 13th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

We Need to Think Bigger About How We Use AI in Healthcare

Despite what some of the splashier headlines might shout, artificially intelligent robots are unlikely to replace human doctors, and technology won’t redefine patient experiences anytime soon. However, AI has come to claim an essential place in the healthcare sector in recent years; today, it stands not as a means to replace human work, but as [...]

By |2020-03-03T18:59:05+00:00March 3rd, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Safety-Net Hospitals Aren’t Sustainable — But They Can Be

It didn’t take long for the shock to set in when Chicago’s Westlake Hospital announced its impending closure. The hospital, which serves predominantly low-income communities in Melrose Park and Maywood, first signaled its intent to close in the spring; by fall, it had filed for bankruptcy, citing crushing financial circumstances. When news of the closure [...]

By |2020-06-16T15:37:40+00:00December 9th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Will Value-Based Care Require New Leadership Strategies?

Will value-based healthcare be the answer to America’s medical woes? A significant subset of providers seem to think so. According to a recent survey of the NEJM Catalyst Insights Council, 42% of participants believe that value-based reimbursement models will one day supplant fee-for-service as the primary revenue model for healthcare in the United States.    [...]

By |2019-12-02T13:26:41+00:00December 2nd, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Will Price Transparency Help Patients Find Lower-Cost Care?

At the close of July, the Trump administration proposed new policies that would create greater price transparency among healthcare providers. The driving idea behind the new proposal is that patients will be better able to shop around for care and choose options that fit within their budgetary limits instead of seeking care from the nearest [...]

By |2019-09-11T20:26:27+00:00September 11th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

FCC Rural Telemedicine Update: Improving Care for Patients?

Positive change may be on the horizon for patients who use -- or even rely on -- telehealth services. Earlier this month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced its intent to overhaul its method for distributing telemedicine-adjacent funds through the Rural Health Care Program in a way that eliminates any current wasteful practices or inefficiencies.  [...]

By |2019-08-26T19:48:43+00:00August 26th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments