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"Hospital Information Systems"


Hospitals choose McKesson Paragon to replace legacy Meditech systems

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Hospitals choose McKesson Paragon to replace legacy Meditech systems

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Clinical integration sets the stage for positive change

pointer By Keith D. Terry, August, 2012
Goal is to promote higher-quality, more cost-efficient patient services by better coordinating care across a continuum of conditions, providers, settings and time.

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A breath of fresh air

pointer By Kenneth Suter, September, 2012
Mobile solutions increase accuracy and accountability for full-service durable medical equipment and oxygen respiratory supplier.

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Is RTLS a tipping-point technology?

pointer By Jon Poshywak, August, 2012
Mobile solutions increase accuracy and accountability for full-service durable medical equipment and oxygen respiratory supplier.

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Healthy data helps patients and providers flourish

pointer By Bud Walker, August, 2012

Evaluating and maintaining data quality is complex in any industry. However, the uniquely complex and non-stop aspects....


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Outsourcing with control

pointer By Doug Cox, June, 2011

Today, a carefully planned customer communications strategy needs to be an integral...


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Optimizing patent strategies

pointer By David J. Dykeman, May, 2011

In the midst of sweeping healthcare reform, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)...


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Real-time analytics increase early discharges

pointer By Michael C. Lindberg, M.D., May, 2011

Hartford Hospital was able to increase early, 11 a.m. discharge from 9.5 percent...


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Forecasting risk

pointer By Clayton Ramsey, May, 2011

Predictive modeling in healthcare represents a cataclysmic shift from more traditional...


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Creating home medical devices

pointer By Peter Brady, May, 2011

Home healthcare in the United States, the fastest-growing sector in healthcare...


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Streamlining scheduling

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Hospitals of all sizes continue to be challenged by outmoded workforce-management...


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How do we get to Meaningful Use Part 2

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For our May issue, HMT put together a roundup on "Implementing Meaningful Use Objectives," asking selected industry experts....

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The digital juggle

pointer By Kenneth N. Rashbaum, May, 2011

It was, as the song goes, oh so simple then. Manufacturing and sales data...


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Streamline your front-end processes

pointer By Julie Waddell, April, 2011

The healthcare industry has consistently been stable, responding well to changes in the economic climate...


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Making decisions for 2011 and beyond

pointer By Jeffrey Jacques, M.D, April, 2011

Health information technology (HIT) has been ranked the top issue facing health provider...


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An end in sight for nurse staffing nightmares

pointer By Robin Stimac, April, 2011

There are many ways to combat the nursing shortage, but most of them are not...


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How do we get to Meaningful Use?

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For our April issue, HMT put together a roundup on "Implementing Meaningful Use Objectives," asking selected industry experts....


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Improving patient prep

pointer By Bunny Isgett-Lynn, April, 2011

The past five years have brought a drastic rise in health insurance...


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Automating sterile supply departments protects patients

pointer By Rush LaSelle, March, 2011

The past five years have brought a drastic rise in health insurance...


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On a mission to eradicate paper

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The past five years have brought a drastic rise in health insurance...


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Finding leaks in hospital workflow

pointer By Scott Fuller, March, 2011

By now it is common knowledge that digitizing and managing workflow electronically...


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Robots expand delivery options with seamless integration

pointer By Aldo Zini, March, 2011

There has always been a comfortable marriage between healthcare...


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Forecast 2011 Part II

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The spotlight will be on compliance with Stage 1 meaningful-use (MU) criteria. One of the key components of compliance...


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The importance of organized and trended data

pointer By James G. Spahn, M.D., FACS, February, 2011

The vast amount of data collected throughout the healthcare system could undoubtedly provide facilities with the knowledge and opportunity to target...


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Problem lists are the keys to meaningful use

pointer By Joe Bormel, M.D., MPH, February, 2011

Many hospitals are behind the curve in implementing a certified electronic health record (EHR) or contending with their existing data exchange...


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Countdown to ICD-10: Are you ready?

pointer By Katie Carolan, February, 2011

The warning signs are blaring. The universe of articles, Webinars, conferences and consultants is expanding. Yes, ICD-10 is here to...


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Forecast 2011: Our Experts Cast Their Eyes Toward the Future of Healthcare IT

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As we prepare to enter the second decade of the 21st century, industry insiders weigh in...


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Stretching dollars without compromising care

pointer By William C. Mohlenbrock, M.D., and Thomas M. Kish, January, 2011

The economic challenges of the past decade have placed hospitals under unrelenting pressures to reduce costs while maintaining quality. With most of the stray dollars already found, any further cost-cutting initiatives will likely bring wit...


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IICC aims to connect labs and clinicians

pointer By Jay B. Jones, Ph.D., DABCC, January, 2011

In July 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services released the final regulation defining meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs), based on which clinicians and hospitals can qualify for incentive payments authorized by the Health Information...


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APH gives self-insured healthcare employers data they can trust

pointer By Matt Cheatham, January, 2011

Advanced Plan for Health (APH) creates custom plans for self-insured healthcare employers by building and analyzing longitudinal claims-based patient records to find patterns and healthcare trends that can cut...


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Navigating ICD-10: How to get from point A to point B

pointer By Sharon Perkins and Greg Larson, January, 2011

President John F. Kennedy once said, "There are risks and costs to any program of action, but they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable...


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How to plan for the new era of data management

pointer By Mark Danis, December, 2010

Stage 1 of meaningful use is now finalized, and provider incentives will certainly result in an increased use of certified electronic health records...


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Identifying and dealing with drug diversion

pointer By Ray Vrabel, PharmD, December, 2010

The effort to access and manage healthcare information online is well underway, and for good reason: it's one way healthcare providers and health plans can rein in the cost of administering...


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Avoid social networking poison

pointer By Fred Touchette, December, 2010

Today, as the use of mobile devices like iPhones and BlackBerrys increases on the job, so does easy access to social networking sites, such as Twitter, Facebook...


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Poised to touch all things

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With RSNA 2010 — the 96th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America — just around the corner (Nov. 28-Dec.3, McCormick Place, Chicago), we thought it would be a great time...

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PACS in your pocket

pointer By Elad Benjamin, November, 2010

Radiology work flow has experienced dramatic change in the last few years.


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The elephant in the room is administrative work flow

pointer By Scott Fuller, November, 2010

For years, hospital IT departments have been responding to the need to automate clinical systems, such as electronic health records (EHR) and computer physician order entry (CPOE), throughout their facilities. Without a doubt, the digitization of clinical documents is a boon — both for quality of care and increased efficiency.


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Optimizing release-of-information processes

pointer By Bonnie Zahn, RHIA, CHP, October, 2010

For almost a hundred years, Underwood-Memorial has been keeping track of patient records, and while the basic intent of this record keeping has remained consistent, the volume of records, the speed with which records need to be accessed and the legislation governing the handling of these records have all changed dramatically. In particular, we have implemented the Cerner Millennium system to help us improve the quality and efficiency of our delivery of care. This new electronic health record (EHR) system has given us the ability to combine operational and clinical information, while accessing relevant patient information.


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Automated referrals close the communications loop

pointer By Joel Vengco, October, 2010
The primary care physician (PCP) refers a patient to a specialist; the specialist treats the patient and then sends the patient and a report back to the PCP. It's a simple process, but for most organizations it actually comprises a number of steps that make for a complex work flow for facilities, clinicians and patients.

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Transcription makeover

pointer By Mike Rozmus, August, 2010
As part of a two-phased project in 2009, Harrisonburg, Virginia-based Rockingham Memorial Hospital (RMH) set out to improve its clinical documentation process, implementing advanced speech-recognition technologies. Even though speech-recognition technology was not new to RMH, the hospital sought to find a new solution that would improve medical-transcription (MT) and clinical-documentation processes.

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Walking in the patientsí shoes

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PacMed adopts a real-time locating system to improve processes, safety and the bottom line.

The care needs and documentation required to meet today's healthcare standards compel caregivers to expect more time and information from patients and processes than ever before. While there are tools to help make documentation easier, healthcare has traditionally lacked a good system to allow caregivers to "right-size" time with patients.


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How to boost operational efficiency in the enterprise radiology environment

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Several years ago, North Shore-LIJ Health System, which cares for people of all ages throughout Long Island, Queens and Staten Island, established a strategy for information technology to implement enterprise solutions allowing for sharing of patient information across hospitals. In radiology, that has led to the installation of highly integrated, multi-vendor products which provide a robust and highly redundant technology environment.

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PACS helps medical center reduce turnaround time from hours to minutes

pointer By Jeff Hicks, July, 2010
It is well known that most hospitals, regardless of size, deploy some type of digital imaging. As medical imaging continues to advance, hospitals must deal with the significant increase in data that is acquired and must be managed. Accordingly, almost all facilities are in one of three stages: leveraging a complete digital picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) solution, in the midst of deploying a digital PACS solution, or considering moving to a complete digital PACS solution. Therefore all hospitals are either implementing, have implemented, or are contemplating the implementation of a PACS solution that will enable their facility to efficiently manage complicated issues from large volume data storage to image distribution, work-flow efficiency, scalability and disaster recovery in a fiscally manageable way. Complicating the matter, many institutions necessitate a system that can manage all of these issues over multiple work sites with seamless coordination between clinical and information technology staff.

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HIEs: The future is now

pointer By Phil Colpas, July, 2010

With all the talk about electronic medical records and meaningful use, it's easy to put health information exchanges (HIEs) on the back burner. But that's not an option. Communicating in a digital healthcare world without HIEs is like trying to navigate a highway system with no freeways.


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An ICD-10 road map

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An ICD-10 Road MapThe transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 — mandated to occur by Oct. 1, 2013, for organizations subject to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) — is expected to improve care-management quality and enhance reimbursement accuracy. The transition, however, is expected to be costly and labor intensive; the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) estimates the cost to providers alone at $3 billion through 2017.


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Technology helps track healthcare providers

pointer By Matthew Haddad, May, 2010

Medservant_rotatorComprehensive, accurate, up-to-date and accessible information on healthcare providers is a key to successful healthcare business management. Most organizations, however, have neither accurate nor up-to-date information on their providers. Moreover, information that is captured is contained in multiple silos, reduced to paper files, rarely shared and never used to control costs.


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Where revenue-cycle management goes wrong

pointer By Chittaranjan Mallipeddi, May, 2010
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Increased profits, streamlined operations and a strengthened financial position are all benefits of the right type of RCM implementation.

A successful revenue-cycle management (RCM) program creates opportunities for healthcare providers to increase profits, streamline operations and strengthen the financial backbone of their practice or institution. RCM implementations also provide opportunities for things to "go wrong." When not addressed, certain obstacles can impact the level of adoption, efficacy and financial impact. By taking into account the most-common problem areas, healthcare providers can increase their chances of a successful program.


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Change unmanageable work-flow procedures

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System provides physician practice with streamlined work flow, easy user interface, filing templates, reduced costs, and organization and multitasking of documents.

ChoiceCare Physicians, an eight-doctor private-practice physicians' group specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation, was using a dated electronic medical record (EMR) program and found that it was not meeting expectations. The office had a filing room full of charts that nurses or other staff would spend hours in, looking for charts for their next-day appointments. Sometimes, they could not find a chart. Since diagnostic reports are in constant demand, staffers could not afford to have a chart go missing or spend hours tracking their progress through the current system. Also, if a patient called wanting results, finding their report took a long time.


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An Intelligent Patient Focus

pointer By David Baum, April, 2010

David BaumLike many emergency rooms throughout North America, Cambridge Memorial Hospital had a practical, hands-on system for tracking patients and treatments: a large whiteboard mounted on the wall that could be quickly updated with felt-tip markers. The whiteboard was easy to see, easy to modify and it enabled both clinicians and administrators to keep a close eye on emergency room (ER) activities. The problem was that the whiteboard was not extensible. Staff could not obtain information from the board unless they were standing in front of it and the board could only be updated with information already known to staff in the ER. This traditional manual whiteboard did not present any new information to the department's providers.


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Automating referrals aids discharge processes

pointer By Lauren Phillips, April, 2010
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Software-as-a-service model sends data electronically to multiple facilities, easing case-management staff workload.

At Falls Church, Va.-based Inova Health System, up to two full days were needed to process and receive a reply on a simple nursing home referral: gathering, copying and collating paper records, faxing them to the facility, playing phone tag with facility staff, talking with staff, relaying information to patient and family, responding to requests for more information from the facility— and doing it all again for the next facility.


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Document-management service saves $2-3 million

pointer By Helath Management Technology, March, 2010
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Program at Methodist Healthcare starts after an in-depth evaluation of printing needs, outsourcing costs and use of technology.

An outdated paper-based system creates roadblocks in the flow of patient data. Overhauling this system is a major project for any healthcare facility, requiring the careful selection of appropriate systems, proper implementation, and the understanding and cooperation of staff members.


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Biometric technology verifies patientsí identity

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HMTBayCare Health Systems implements palm-vein recognition technology to streamline and secure patient processing.

The first step in patient safety is correctly identifying patients at the point of entry to the healthcare facility (including matching them to the correct medical record). As the increasing number of cases of medical identity theft have shown, however, conventional identification processes are no longer adequate and present numerous issues that continue to put a patient's safety at risk. These include simple clerical errors, technological failures and even dishonest patients misrepresenting their identity.


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Health plan installs care-management platform

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The continued use of manual processes raised a real concern for program changes and tracking with newer and more robust state and federal regulations.

Community Health Plan (CHP) in Washington faced several challenges that needed to be addressed in order to achieve its goal of deploying a patient-centric delegated care-management system. For years, care managers at CHP used multiple, disparate systems for case management (CM), disease management (DM) and utilization management (UM) — resulting in information silos. Without an integrated system, there
was a lack of evidence-based clinical pathways to ensure consistent care planning and management of patients. As a result, data collection was not robust, tracking was inadequate and reporting was not streamlined.


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Medical center automates storage with cabinets

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The ultimate challenge was balancing two fundamental regulations — a requirement that drugs in the OR be immediately and readily available, and another necessitating medication security at all times.

One of the most logistically challenging areas of the hospital for medication distribution is the operating room (OR). This is particularly true for institutions such as the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC), with service lines that necessitate 24/7 OR capabilities.


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Technology can cure RAC audit concerns

pointer By Susan deCathelineau, February, 2010
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Many providers have found that content management lends itself to automating transactions and managing content in a single location.

Healthcare providers are used to processes. From billing to patient registration to accounts payable, they operate under rules and regulations, policies and procedures. Audits are processes, too. The recovery audit contractor (RAC) program, for example, is an audit. It starts with a record request from the auditor. Upon receipt of the request, the provider has a strictly enforced 45-day deadline to respond. Once the response is received, the RAC can deem an overpayment occurred. Then, the provider has the option to appeal the decision.


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Revenue cycle streamlined

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Memorial Hermann is one of the largest not-for-profit healthcare systems in Texas, serving the greater Houston area through 11 acute-care hospitals, a large network of affiliated physicians, and numerous specialty programs and services. Its system-driven centralized model involves the coordination of several work processes and products, including billing, coding, pricing and contracting.

"We use a monthly operations review process, designed to identify performance variances and define preemptive actions," says Helen Powers, system executive for revenue operations, decision support and Medicare profitability for Memorial Hermann. "All business operations are reviewed on how well they achieve the health system's overarching goals of quality, operational excellence, customer satisfaction and growth. Under this model, the revenue-operations department carefully manages cash flow and days in accounts receivable."


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Computer-assisted coding: the secret weapon

pointer By Mark Morsch, February, 2010
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CAC does not eliminate the need for medical-coding professionals to be involved in the coding process, but it can make them more productive and accurate.

Technology has finally arrived that is radically changing the process of medical coding in health-information management. Computer-assisted coding (CAC) automatically generates medical codes directly from clinical documentation. With CAC technology, healthcare organizations can streamline their revenue-cycle processes while becoming more compliant with the increasingly complex payer and quality reporting requirements.


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Health System Improves Diagnostic Accuracy

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Platform offers advanced radiology features, while meeting the integration and image-distribution needs of the IT staff.

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Most U.S. healthcare providers are now approaching their second- or third-generation of picture archiving and communication systems (PACS). The staff at St. John Health System in Tulsa, Okla., was no different. They were looking for a standards-based PACS that facilitated integration with existing hospital information systems and radiology information systems (HIS/RIS), as well as existing imaging archives. The St. John staff also needed a platform with advanced features to improve diagnostic accuracy, while simultaneously boosting productivity.


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Forecast 2010: Hospitals

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The Future of Consulting

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By Rob Merkel, IBM Global Business Services

Consulting services for the healthcare industry are in the midst of tremendous change. While cost and quality issues continue to drive the need for transformation across the industry, advances in technology and government stimulus will accelerate the rate at which it is implemented. In particular, three trends will shape the future of services.

First, technology advances are providing a foundation for capturing, sharing and analyzing information. As the industry becomes more interconnected and instrumented, a proliferation of both structured and unstructured data will be captured and shared to significantly improve care delivery and individual health.


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