Entries by Alexander Craddock

Healthcare Data Integration Leads to Better and More Affordable Care

The United States continues to outspend other industrialized countries on healthcare, mainly due to higher drug prices, increasing doctor/nurse salaries, rising hospital administrative costs and escalating fees for many medical services, according to a newly published study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Per capita U.S. healthcare spending is a stark outlier, […]

Healthcare IT Boosts Consumer Engagement Component

Healthcare IT Boosts Consumer Engagement Component Healthcare providers are undergoing a fundamental transformation by making their services increasingly accessible and adaptable to consumer preferences. Over half of all patient transactions are already handled online, virtually or through an app, according to tech giant Oracle. And that percentage will only grow as a rising share of […]

How Artificial Intelligence Will Influence Healthcare Policy

A prominent part of healthcare’s future rides the still-cresting wave of innovation in artificial intelligence (AI). Half a decade ago, AI hardly made a ripple in the realm of healthcare applications. But by the end of 2018, equity funding for healthcare AI startups had reached $4.3 billion, with deal activity (576 transactions) surging past all […]

HIEs Vie with Other Innovators to Make Interoperability Gains

In late March, the health information exchange (HIE) spanning Kansas and Missouri announced a new capability that will enable participating providers to monitor acute and post-acute patient care events in real time. The not-for-profit Lewis and Clark Information Exchange (LACIE) said its notification platform also supplies contextual information, including patients’ utilization patterns, to providers at […]

Healthcare Integration: Expectation vs Reality

Competition among providers can drive greater healthcare value; however, in reality, the industry has been moving in the opposite direction — toward consolidation. There were 90 hospital and health system mergers/ acquisitions during 2018, with average seller revenue reaching a historic high of $409 million, according to advisory firm Kaufman Hall, which has been tracking […]

RSNA Dives Deep on Artificial Intelligence for Radiologists

The commercial market for artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of over 68 percent through the 2018-2022 timespan, according to industry researcher Frost & Sullivan. Driving the expansion: a tangible shift from innovation to adoption of AI among radiologists, because new tools are proving useful in […]

Interoperability Captures Spotlight at HIMSS19

Interoperability Captures Spotlight at HIMSS19 HIMSS19, health IT’s most expansive conference, kicked off on Feb. 11 with the release of a new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed policy rule detailing the agency’s vision for advancing industry-wide interoperability and patient access to health information. “We believe patients should have the ability to move […]

NetDirector Teams with DocPanel to Provide Rapid Integration and Data Consistency for Radiology Reads and Reports

From PRNewswire: Tampa, FL – December 13, 2018 – NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange, and integration platform, has expanded their healthcare data-trading ecosystem by partnering with DocPanel, a digital community of highly-skilled subspecialty radiologists who provide radiology interpretations for both healthcare providers and patients. With a shared vision founded on providing exceptional patient care and […]

Why Interoperability Still Matters

When HIMSS asked hospital leaders to rate their most pressing 2018 concerns, “Health Information Exchange, Interoperability and Data Integration” ranked a rather middling 13th out of 24 total IT priorities. On a scale of 1 to 7, where 1 meant “not a priority” and 7 designated an “essential priority,” respondents gave interoperability a group score […]