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The latest on health care technology and digital-enabled strategy

Executives rank Amazon as the most likely to disrupt health care—are they right?

by Naomi Levinthal and Sophie Ranen September 11, 2018

Regardless of actual moves by potential disruptors, the perception of disruption in health care is palpable among health care executives. A recent Reaction Data survey found that 59% of respondents see Amazon as the entrant that will have the largest impact on the market (for comparison, Apple was a distant second at 14%). High resource availability, market influence, name recognition, and the ability to distribute products were listed as some of the top factors that could make Amazon successful in the industry. (Although it's worth noting that executives in the survey said Apple, Google, and IBM were more closely associated with the topics, "technology" and "predictive analytics.") 

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The Meaningful Use overhaul has been finalized: What do we need to do and when?

Naomi Levinthal , Tony Panjamapirom, PhD August 28, 2018

The 2019 Promoting Interoperability (PI, formerly Meaningful Use, or MU) requirements have been set in stone in the 2019 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) final rule. IT leaders must now determine how best to implement and optimize the technology that their hospitals need to comply with the PI requirements—including a new scoring methodology. There is now a required PI score of at least 50 points to successfully demonstrate PI and avoid future penalties (see our 2019 Medicare Hospital PI Penalty Estimator).

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Precision engagement in health care: How long just a vision?

by Jim Adams and Sophie Ranen August 14, 2018

While rare in health care, precision engagement is the norm in many other industries—think Netflix recommendations, grocery store coupons, and Google Map's redesigned Explore feature. These companies excel at anticipating our needs and offering suggestions based on analysis of our past actions and patterns of behavior.

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How much incentive do you get for the max MIPS score of 100?

by Naomi Levinthal and Ye Hoffman July 31, 2018

Editor's note: This story was updated on September 14, 2018.

2017 was the first year of MACRA's Quality Payment Program (QPP), and the results on how providers fared are in.

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Will smartphones become the hub of your digital patient strategy? Apple thinks so.

by Greg Kuhnen and Peter Kilbridge July 17, 2018

Mobile health apps have been promoted as a solution to everything from chronic disease management to medication compliance to wellness coaching—but, on the whole, these apps haven't lived up to early hype or generated significant patient engagement. Most patient-facing health apps deliver a mediocre user experience: They require tedious data entry, don't bring together all of the relevant information, and sometimes raise privacy concerns about how data will be used. However, new options for connecting patient-focused apps to EHRs may unlock a more useful, engaging, out-of-the-box experience.

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Augmented intelligence—virtual assistants come to health care

by Greg Kuhnen and Andrew Rebhan July 10, 2018

Natural language processing (NLP) techniques allow digital systems to streamline user interactions, allowing machines to read text, understand meaning, and generate narratives from existing information. Recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) technologies have accelerated progress in a broad range of NLP applications for health care, including digital assistants for clinical staff, concierge services for patients, and digital scribes to streamline documentation processes.

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Sneak peek: Our 2018 Virtual Summit

Naomi Levinthal June 19, 2018

This July, the Health Care IT Advisor will host our first-ever Virtual Summit, IT Beyond Meaningful Use and Operational Excellence. The Summit features our newest research for your top health IT-related strategic priorities. This multi-day event, occurring from July 17 to July 26, will bring our latest content to you and your teams via a series of webconferences, instead of requiring travel and whole-day absences from your work schedule. You can find the full agenda with dates and times for each session at the event registration page here.

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Here's how 4 organizations are leveraging IT to address social determinants of health

by Andrew Rebhan and Peter Kilbridge June 5, 2018

The U.S. health care system has historically overemphasized the importance of medical care in efforts to improve health outcomes. Compared with other developed Western countries, the United States spends far less on social services, while vastly outspending other nations on medical care. The problem with this disproportionate spend is that Americans fare worse than other peer countries across many measures of health, including maternal mortality, life expectancy, low birth weight, and infant mortality.

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