The Vitality of HIEs

Health information exchanges (HIEs) allow clinicians and patients to have secure access to electronic patient data across counties, states, and regions. In 2019, there are still many obstacles. Many are now on their second HIE vendor, and vendors are consolidating in the market with payers or other data warehouse offerings. The shift from fee-for-service to value-based care means that HIEs must quickly establish themselves as self-sustaining organizations with genuine business value. HIE vendors must also prove able to deliver efficient exchanges in a timely, cost-effective, and standards-based way. The Ideal HIE Adoption must be supported by an HIE vendor who …

AI, and Then What?

The last time we discussed artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, we covered the basics of what they are, what they are not, and how useful they are when applied to the healthcare industry. Today we are discussing the human side of AI’s capabilities; how the insights gathered from these analytics allow care plans and patient interventions to take shape for physician and care team action. AI and machine learning allow healthcare providers to better tailor care and maximize the impact of their in-person visits with patients. These focused interventions give providers the ability to continuously survey data and generate insights that can be crafted into care pathways, empowering care managers and helping them understand an intervention’s success.   The Importance of Machine Learning  AI and machine …

What it Takes to Make a Sustainable HIE

By definition, health information exchanges (HIEs) allow clinicians and patients to have secure access to patient data across disparate healthcare systems. HIEs still have various obstacles, one being that most state HIEs were formed with grants and funding streams that have started to run their course. We have also seen the HIE vendor market shift from a ‘one throat to choke’ model to a ‘best of breed approach,’ with many HIEs now on their second vendor. In addition, vendors are consolidating in the market with payers or other data warehouse offerings. The moral of the story is that with the …

New and Continuing Healthcare Trends of 2018

As 2017 came to a close, several healthcare trends carried over into 2018. 2017 was a year of tremendous growth within the healthcare industry, but it proved we were only just beginning. Based on select surveys and my own observations, I have summarized the new and continuing healthcare trends we should expect to see through the remainder of 2018. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Artificial intelligence was a very hot topic in 2017, and we should expect to hear even more about it as machine learning continues to be explored. AI is an exceptionally broad topic, and many people are …