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The latest on health care technology and digital-enabled strategy

How CIOs can leverage social media to their strategic advantage

by Doug Thompson and Andrew Rebhan December 11, 2017

It's not uncommon for chief information officers (CIOs) and IT leaders to view social media with apprehension—but with a balanced, pragmatic approach, health care organizations can leverage social media to their advantage.

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Why ending net neutrality could be bad news for health care

Jim Adams, MBA , Greg Kuhnen November 30, 2017

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unveiled a plan to repeal net neutrality—the rules that require internet service providers (ISPs) to treat all internet content equally, as opposed to steering it into "fast lanes" and "slow lanes" or blocking selected content outright.

Here's what you need to know about net neutrality and how its repeal could affect health care.

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The secrets to AI success in health care

by Jim Adams and Andrew Rebhan November 27, 2017

A Healthcare IT News and HIMSS Analytics survey released earlier this year found growing interest in artificial intelligence (AI) among health care organizations. Specifically, the survey showed that while only 4.7% of survey respondents are already using AI technologies, about 35% of health care organizations plan to leverage AI within two years—and more than half intend to do so within five. A separate study conducted by Accenture estimates that growth in the AI health market is expected to spike from $600M in 2014 to $6.6B by 2021.

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How to position your organization for scheduling success

by Greg Kuhnen and Sophie Ranen November 16, 2017

Today’s health care consumers have more choices than ever when it comes to where to seek care. However, the sheer number of options, which include traditional access points as well as urgent care centers, retail clinics, and telemedicine services, actually makes it harder for consumers to access the most appropriate setting for their needs.

The IT you need for your consumer experience strategy

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Having a rough day? These technologies know.

by Greg Kuhnen and Sophie Ranen October 28, 2017

With the advancement of artificial intelligence technology and other smart devices, technologists have largely ignored the role of emotional intelligence. Advances in artificial emotional intelligence (AEI) offer health care providers (and smart machines) an increased ability to sense and adapt to human emotion and behavior to better serve, monitor, and treat patients.

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3-D printing: What you need to know before your organization invests

Peter Kilbridge October 13, 2017

3-D printing has the potential to greatly disrupt traditional manufacturing—opening up new possibilities to print almost anything, from small widgets to even houses—and could bring major changes to the health care industry, too.

3-D printing (also known as additive manufacturing) involves putting down successive layers of raw materials to build three-dimensional objects. Such materials can include polymers (e.g., plastics, resins), various powdered metals and alloys, ceramics, wax, and even organic materials (e.g., stem cells).

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6 ways the health care industry can protect itself from cyber criminals

by Ernie Hood and Sophie Ranen September 28, 2017

The health care industry is a lucrative target for cyber criminals, and the data show cybercriminals know it: Health care organizations (HCOs) experienced a 63% increase in major cyberattacks over 2015 and accounted for 15% of all breaches in 2016.

In response to the escalating cyber threats against the health care industry, the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 mandated the creation of the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force, which includes 21 health care industry stakeholders from across the public and private sectors. The Task Force was directed to analyze cybersecurity challenges facing the health care industry and develop resources and plans to aid health care organizations in preparing for, responding to, and sharing information regarding threats.

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Why you would want to 'deconstruct' your PACS

Greg Kuhnen September 13, 2017

Picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) have long been the core engines of health care imaging, particularly within radiology. The functions of a PACS are diverse and include various viewing capabilities (diagnostic, clinical, 3D), short-term archives, lifecycle management, reading worklists, security functions, and more.

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