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March 2, 2020
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What is the Future of Orthopedic Innovation? Insight from HSS

In moving to the provider side of orthopedics after spending decades in industry, Doug Leach has learned a valuable lesson that he wished he had known while still leading OEM engineering teams: Partner with providers. Not just the surgeon. 

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March 2, 2020
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Is Healthcare Ready for a New Era of Transparency?

It’s not only patients who are demanding greater transparency around healthcare costs. It’s physicians and state and federal government officials. In just one year – January 2021 – a new federal rule will go into effect that requires all hospitals to post standard charge information, including discounted cash prices, payer-specific negotiated charges, and charges for at least 300 “shoppable” services, such as imaging, lab tests, and outpatient visits.

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March 2, 2020
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Futurescan: Transformation and Disruption

The Society for Health Care Strategy & Mar­ket Development (SHSMD) and the American College of Healthcare Executives have curated a magnificent array of thought leaders who serve as subject matter experts for Futurescan 2020–2025: Healthcare Trends and Implications. The annual publication is designed to help leaders and professionals in the field negotiate the path ahead for some of the major factors creating transformation in healthcare. 

February 10, 2020
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Three Imaging Trends to Watch for in 2020

Will the 2020s be the roaring twenties of healthcare? There is much that remains to be seen as many questions loom over the real efficiency level of artificial intelligence (AI) tools, patient control over data and its usage, and interoperability across vendors.

Ambra Health's CEO, Morris Panner, offers insight into what 2020 -- and beyond -- could bring in radiology.

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January 6, 2020
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Top ten healthcare imaging informatics trends for 2020

Several new trends have emerged over the past five years in the imaging and informatics field. Using the terminology from the Garter hype cycle [1] , some of them have not made it beyond the innovation trigger (yet), some ended up at the peak of inflated expectations, others ended up in the trough of disillusionment, and some have emerged to become somewhat mature technologies. I used the hype cycle categorization to show where the top ten trends are right now and where I believe they might end up a year from now.

Categories: OP-ED Technology
January 6, 2020
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5 Things Medicare Won’t Pay For—But You Should Still Provide in Your PT Clinic

Oh Medicare, you sure don’t like to make things easy for do you? Thanks to everything from payment cuts to slow-moving legislation, PTs have started venturing beyond the traditional reimbursement models and adding cash-based services to their repertoire. 

January 6, 2020
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'Medicare for All': What would it really mean for healthcare stakeholders?

In the spotlight as the 2020 presidential election cycle approaches, “Medicare for All” (M4A) is one of the most defining and contentious issues in politics. According to an August 2018 Reuters/Ipsos poll, 70% of people surveyed support M4A. Another survey indicates the underlying reason for Americans’ interest in healthcare reform: 77% are concerned that rising healthcare costs will cause significant and lasting damage to the U.S. economy, and 45% believe a major health event could leave them bankrupt, according to a 2019 Westhealth/Gallup survey. 

 

 

Categories: OP-ED Reimbursement
December 10, 2019
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How the Cloud and AI Can Elevate the Standard of Patient Care

Through its structure and scalability, the cloud makes data usable, even when there are volumes of it. A modern form of artificial intelligence (AI), exemplified by deep learning (DL) algorithms, crunches this data so people can make sense of it.

By processing data in the cloud, DL algorithms provide the information that people need to improve workflow and image quality and to optimize patient radiation dose, which directly impacts patient safety. Improvements can elevate the standard of care.

Categories: OP-ED Technology
October 29, 2019
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4 Tips For How Radiologists Should Respond To Angry Patients

Sometimes, no matter how calm and collected a radiologist’s demeanor might be, a patient is going to get upset.

Various infractions can set off a healthcare consumer at any time. The authors of a new commentary published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology spelled out some of the common triggers for irate patients and some possible ways to address this behavior.

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September 23, 2019
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Here's What Automation Shouldn't Try to Fix

When it's 3 a.m. and my patient is sick, I don't want a robot answering her call.

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