Infographic: The Harms of Overuse in Healthcare

June 19th, 2019 by Melanie Matthews

It is estimated that up to 30 percent of all healthcare offers no clinical value to patients, according to a new infographic by The Commonwealth Fund.

The infographic explores the impact of healthcare overuse on patients, providers and the healthcare system as a whole.

2019 Healthcare Benchmarks: Reducing Avoidable Healthcare UtilizationMedicaid expansion programs, newly covered individuals under healthcare insurance exchanges, the rise of big data, and shifts in healthcare delivery models have influenced emergency department and hospital utilization.

2019 Healthcare Benchmarks: Reducing Avoidable Healthcare Utilization is a comprehensive analysis by the Healthcare Intelligence Network of how healthcare organizations define and address avoidable healthcare utilization. The report captures key actionable metrics on reducing avoidable healthcare utilization initiatives, challenges, case studies and innovative programming.

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Infographic: Top 5 Chronic Health Conditions Impacting Population Health

June 17th, 2019 by Melanie Matthews

Inpatient stays, though sometimes necessary, can be physically and mentally challenging for patients and are expensive for both those seeking treatment and providing care. This can be especially true for patients with chronic conditions that require consistent management and care coordination, oftentimes between multiple facilities and physicians, according to a new infographic by Definitive Healthcare.

The infographic examines the five most common chronic health conditions in the United States as well as their associated costs and comorbidities.

2018 Healthcare Benchmarks: Population Health ManagementAs the healthcare industry’s pace from volume-based to value-based healthcare payment models accelerates so does the demand for more effective management of population health. With the growth of these payment models, healthcare organizations are taking on more risk in terms of shared savings and shared risk arrangements and are investing heavily in programs to support population health. These programs are expanding in both scope of services and health conditions and disease states managed. With the help of advanced technologies in healthcare, this growth will only continue.

2018 Healthcare Benchmarks: Population Health Management is the fourth comprehensive analysis of population health management by the Healthcare Intelligence Network, capturing key metrics such as populations, health conditions and health risk levels targeted by population health management programs; risk stratification criteria; prevalence of value-based payment models supporting population health management programs; population health management processes, tools, workflows and forms; and program outcomes and ROI from responding healthcare organizations. Click here for more information.

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Infographic: The Patient-Physician Relationship is More Important Than Ever Before

June 14th, 2019 by Melanie Matthews

To ensure long-term, sustainable growth, health systems must prioritize building patient loyalty, according to a new infographic by CipherHealth.

The infographic shows how systems can improve outcomes and keep patients in-network by using outreach to drive consistent, timely, and meaningful interactions with the providers patients know and trust—their physicians.

Framework for Patient Engagement: 6 Stages to Success in a Value-Based Health SystemIntermountain Healthcare’s strategic six-point patient engagement framework not only has transformed patient care delivered by the Salt Lake City-based organization but also has fostered an attitude of shared accountability throughout the not-for-profit health system.

Framework for Patient Engagement: 6 Stages to Success in a Value-Based Health System details Intermountain’s multilayered approach and how it supports its corporate mission: Helping people live the healthiest lives possible.

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Infographic: Digitizing the Patient Experience

June 12th, 2019 by Melanie Matthews

Every step of the patient journey should be treated uniquely for technology to have a positive, transformational effect. From the moment a patient steps foot in a hospital or clinic at check-in, to aftercare delivered through videoconferencing, every part of the patient experience can benefit from thoughtful digitization, according to a new infographic by AT&T.

The infographic breaks down each of these steps individually.

2018 Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth & Remote Patient MonitoringArtificial intelligence. Automation. Blockchain. Robotics.

Once the domain of science fiction, these telehealth technologies have begun to transform the fabric of healthcare delivery systems. As further proof of telehealth’s explosive growth, the use of wearable health-tracking devices and remote patient monitoring has proliferated, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has added several new provider telehealth billing codes for calendar year 2018.

2018 Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth & Remote Patient Monitoring delivers the latest actionable telehealth and remote patient monitoring metrics on tools, applications, challenges, successes and ROI from healthcare organizations across the care spectrum. This 60-page report, now in its fifth edition, documents benchmarks on current and planned telehealth and remote patient monitoring initiatives as well as the use of emerging technologies in the healthcare space.

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Guest Post: Artificial Intelligence’s Impact on the Future of Patient Care

June 11th, 2019 by Steve Bradshaw

Healthcare organizations that adopt AI will become more efficient; their professional judgments will become more accurate and their health predictions better informed.

In the near future, applications of artificial intelligence (AI) will play an increasingly important role in healthcare services. AI’s ability to assist in managing electronic health records, as well as in diagnosing and treating patients, will prove too valuable for healthcare providers and administrators to ignore. By adopting AI, their operations will become more efficient, their professional judgments more accurate, and their health predictions better informed.

Making Electronic Health Records Management More Flexible

Electronic health record (EHR) systems are expensive to maintain and cumbersome to use. AI is already being applied to make EHR systems more efficient. AI can extract and index information from provider notes and help personalize treatment plans. In the near future, AI could make it easier for providers to continually customize their EHR systems to better meet the changing needs of their practices to save time and improve patient outcomes.

Improving Diagnoses and Treatment

Computers can analyze massive amounts of data. They also excel at recognizing patterns. Put these two abilities together, and you get AI’s extraordinary power to successfully perform tasks that previously required human intelligence—in some cases, even surpassing humans in accuracy.

In a process called “deep learning,” scientists train AI systems using large amounts of labeled data. The AI is then able to identify patterns by itself when given data to which it hasn’t yet been exposed. In healthcare, deep learning will train AI systems to help clinicians provide more accurate diagnoses, identify patients at risk of various diseases and conditions, and create individualized treatment plans.

A recent study found that AI outperformed radiologists at finding cancer on CT scans used to screen smokers for lung cancer. When prior scans were not available, the AI did better than all six radiologists in the study, coming up with both fewer false positives and fewer false negatives. When there were prior images, the AI and the radiologists were equally accurate. Although this was a preliminary study, it shows how near-future applications of AI can provide clinicians with more accurate diagnostic and predictive information than is available to them now. The results of this study also may enable radiologists to make more frequent life-saving identifications of early-stage cancer and other diseases.

In addition to reading images, AI will be able to extract useful information from patients’ medical records. By finding patterns in the medical histories, AI could provide warnings when patients are at risk of developing conditions such as sepsis, diabetes or heart disease. An area of intense interest now is using AI to identify which patients are most at risk of being re-admitted to a hospital after being discharged.

AI may also reduce the amount of trial and error involved in prescribing medications and other treatments. It can help identify the treatments most likely to succeed based on each patient’s unique combination of genes, medical history and environmental influences.

The Time Is Right

In the past, there was more resistance to using AI in healthcare. Now, providers and the public are increasingly ready to accept the use of this cutting-edge technology to make healthcare administration more efficient and providers’ decisions more accurate.

Healthcare professionals are seeing what AI can bring to their practices. At the same time, the public has gotten used to the idea of self-monitoring their health using smartphones and smart watches. More work still needs to be done to implement industrywide standards and to safeguard patient privacy, but the benefits of AI in healthcare now appear overwhelming. It is inevitable that healthcare providers and organizations will soon come to increasingly rely on AI applications.

This could be just the beginning. How well AI can “think” depends in large part on how much computing power is available — and that power is increasing exponentially.

Healthcare in the more distant future may include AI applications that we can’t even imagine now. In the meantime, healthcare providers and administrators may soon enjoy greater efficiency and cost containments, while patients could benefit from more accurate diagnoses and effective treatments.

Sources

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/20/health/cancer-artificial-intelligence-ct-scans.html
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-019-0447-x
https://hbr.org/2018/12/using-ai-to-improve-electronic-health-records
https://becominghuman.ai/the-role-of-ai-in-healthcare-technology-6c33a6eee18c
https://www.internationalsos.com/client-magazines/in-this-issue-3/how-ai-is-transforming-the-future-of-healthcare
https://www.appian.com/blog/the-growing-role-of-ai-in-healthcare/

About the Author: Steve Bradshaw began working in the medical gas and environmental industry in 1991, starting Evergreen Medical Services, Inc. in the Carolinas in 1997.

Infographic: Five Steps to Creating a Magnet Physician Enterprise

June 10th, 2019 by Melanie Matthews

Effectively managing value-based risk contracts begins with a “magnet” physician enterprise that fosters engaged and professionally satisfied clinical staff, according to a new infographic by BDC Advisors.

The infographic provides targeted initiatives across five key focus areas to reach magnet status.

Profiting from Population Health Revenue in an ACO: Framework for Medicare Shared Savings and MIPS SuccessA laser focus on population health interventions and processes can generate immediate revenue streams for fledgling accountable care organizations that support the hard work of creating a sustainable ACO business model. This population health priority has proven a lucrative strategy for Caravan Health, whose 23 ACO clients saved more than $26 million across approximately 250,000 covered lives in 2016 under the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP).

Profiting from Population Health Revenue in an ACO: Framework for Medicare Shared Savings and MIPS Success examines Caravan Health’s population health-focused approach for ACOs and its potential for positioning ACOs for success under MSSP and MACRA’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

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Infographic: Healthcare Artificial Intelligence Trends

June 7th, 2019 by Melanie Matthews

Healthcare is a key sector for artificial intelligence (AI), and one of the most active research and development domains. From predicting disease progression to drug development, image recognition and diagnostics, AI could make healthcare more accurate, cheaper and available to more people, according to a new infographic by The Economist Intelligence Unit.

The infographic examines key AI trends in healthcare, including details on adoption, potential benefits and healthcare organization’s top AI concern.

Remote Patient Monitoring for Chronic Condition Management: Leveraging Technology in a Value-Based System Encouraged by early success in coaching 23 patients to wellness at home via remote monitoring, CHRISTUS Health expanded its remote patient monitoring (RPM) enrollment to 170 high-risk, high-cost patients. At that scaling-up juncture, the challenge for CHRISTUS shifted to balancing its mission of keeping patients healthy and in their homes with maintaining revenue streams sufficient to keep its doors open in a largely fee-for-service environment.

Remote Patient Monitoring for Chronic Condition Management: Leveraging Technology in a Value-Based System chronicles the evolution of the CHRISTUS RPM pilot, which is framed around a Bluetooth®-enabled monitoring kit sent home with patients at hospital discharge.

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Infographic: 4 Technologies Enabling the Outpatient Market

June 5th, 2019 by Melanie Matthews

Advancements in medical technology have played a key role in enabling many procedures to shift from traditionally inpatient to outpatient settings, according to a new infographic by Definitive Healthcare, LLC.

The infographic highlights four key technological enablers of the shift to outpatient care.

A New Vision for Remote Patient Monitoring: Creating Sustainable Financial, Operational and Clinical OutcomesAs healthcare moves out of the brick-and-mortar traditional setting into patients’ homes and their workplaces, and becomes much more proactive, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) has been expanding its remote patient monitoring program. The remote patient monitoring program at UPMC has its roots in the heart failure program but has since expanded to additional disease states across the integrated delivery system’s continuum of care.

A New Vision for Remote Patient Monitoring: Creating Sustainable Financial, Operational and Clinical Outcomes delves into the evolution of UPMC’s remote patient monitoring program from its initial focus on heart failure to how the program was scaled vertically and horizontally. Click here for more information.

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Infographic: Designing Telemedicine Facilities

June 3rd, 2019 by Melanie Matthews

Remote patient care and treatment through telemedicine provides healthcare organizations with the ability to increase patient-provider interaction at a lower overall cost of service at a rapid internet speed, according to a new infographic by Fitzemeyer & Tocci.

The infographic highlights the optimal setting of telemedicine and the benefits from these facilities.

2018 Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth & Remote Patient MonitoringArtificial intelligence. Automation. Blockchain. Robotics.

Once the domain of science fiction, these telehealth technologies have begun to transform the fabric of healthcare delivery systems. As further proof of telehealth’s explosive growth, the use of wearable health-tracking devices and remote patient monitoring has proliferated, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has added several new provider telehealth billing codes for calendar year 2018.

2018 Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth & Remote Patient Monitoring delivers the latest actionable telehealth and remote patient monitoring metrics on tools, applications, challenges, successes and ROI from healthcare organizations across the care spectrum. This 60-page report, now in its fifth edition, documents benchmarks on current and planned telehealth and remote patient monitoring initiatives as well as the use of emerging technologies in the healthcare space.

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Infographic: Understanding Prior Authorizations

May 31st, 2019 by Melanie Matthews

Designed as a safety and cost-savings measure, prior authorizations by health insurance companies determine if they will cover a prescribed procedure, service or medication. While the process is intended for safety and cost-savings, they can delay patient treatment and lead to negative patient outcomes, according to a new infographic by Infinx.

The infographic looks at why prior authorizations are needed as well as their impact on patients, providers and the healthcare industry in general.

Profiting from Population Health Revenue in an ACO: Framework for Medicare Shared Savings and MIPS SuccessA laser focus on population health interventions and processes can generate immediate revenue streams for fledgling accountable care organizations that support the hard work of creating a sustainable ACO business model. This population health priority has proven a lucrative strategy for Caravan Health, whose 23 ACO clients saved more than $26 million across approximately 250,000 covered lives in 2016 under the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP).

Profiting from Population Health Revenue in an ACO: Framework for Medicare Shared Savings and MIPS Success examines Caravan Health’s population health-focused approach for ACOs and its potential for positioning ACOs for success under MSSP and MACRA’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

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