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Track latest healthcare trends through Twitter stream

August 14th, 2014

by Kent Bottles

As a physician executive who teaches population health, consults with hospital systems and gives keynotes on disruptive technologies, I keep track of all the consequences of the current transformation of the American healthcare delivery system. As we create a new system that emphasizes value over volume, nobody is smart enough to predict the many opportunities and challenges that occur.

I find Twitter is the best way to make sure that I don't miss out on any of the twists and turns that happen because of the rapid changes taking place in our healthcare industry. By following more than 1,400 healthcare leaders on Twitter, not much of importance escapes my attention.

Three trends recently caught my eye because of links to articles in my tweet stream:

  1. Insurance companies shift their focus to consumers not employers
  2. Medical office leasing arrangements have shifted due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
  3. New guidelines call on physicians to use evidence-based medicine guidelines to improve quality and cut costs

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Walmart health and its implications for imaging

August 14th, 2014

by Matt Hawkins, M.D.

Walmart opened five primary care offices across the country with plans to add more. These offices are in/near their stores. And, the supply-chain-rich, nationally-networked behemoth has decided to roll out this initiative by targeting underserved populations. (Do you think the increasing number of Medicaid-covered patients influenced their decision?)

I don't need to spell out the implications of Walmart's entry into healthcare for this crowd. The days of patient's visiting a private doctor's office for basic primary care needs may, in fact, be numbered. While primary care docs will stridently argue that the care they provide is superior to that received/delivered at the local super-center, their sentiments fail to answer the more important question. Rather than asking which care is best, instead we must ask, "Is the care that Walmart provides good enough?" And if it is, then they will win, and win big.

>> Read the full story at FierceMedicalImaging

Radiology in 2014: What 5 health leaders have to say

August 14th, 2014

by Dan Bowman

From reimbursement to the use of clinical decision support, several issues have been top of mind for radiologists and other health professionals when it comes to medical imaging in 2014. And they haven't been shy about sharing their opinions with FierceMedicalImaging.

To that end, we've sifted through our exclusive interviews and contributed content over the past seven months to bring you some of the most intriguing and memorable quotes from industry leaders.

Here are five of our favorite quotes so far in 2014.

>> Read the full story at FierceMedicalImaging

Big data: The Godzilla of healthcare

August 7th, 2014

by Jenn Riggle

If you grew up watching Creature Double Feature movies, you know that Godzilla is a giant dinosaur-like monster that destroys Japan (and most recently San Francisco), and battles other monstrous creatures like Mothra and Destoroyah. In the early movies, Godzilla was the villain, but in the later movies he became a giant, albeit destructive, anti-hero. By the same token, big data can be a hero and save the day, or it can be a big, scary monster.

In its most basic form, big data is digital health information that comes from a variety of sources, including electronic health records, clinical trials, insurance claims, mobile apps like Fitbit and social media, where people post information about their health issues.

The power of big data is indisputable, but is it a force for good or evil?

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10 considerations for a more innovative hospital culture

August 7th, 2014

by Andrea J. Simon

I work with healthcare providers to help them become more innovative. Inevitably, they ask me to make it simple. So, here's a cheat sheet on 10 things to consider for a more innovative hospital culture:

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