Why evidence, not culture, is the key to driving value-based healthcare

The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) Confederation has done lots of great research on how to enhance decision making so that every decision delivers greater value to patients (in terms of clinical outcome) and to health care organisations (in terms of operational effectiveness). In its most recent report on this […]

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Filtering the signal from the noise: The lifesaving value of experience when analytics matter

The expletive leapt from the lips of the orthopedic surgeon as he entered my hospital room. He was swathed in a green gown, purple gloves, and a white surgical mask – for his protection, not mine. He was clearly upset. “What, exactly, does $#@! mean?” I asked. “It means you’re […]

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Why clinical insights, not budgets, hold the key to value-based healthcare

Right now, National Health Service (NHS) managers and clinicians in the UK are under phenomenal pressure to find big efficiency savings while improving the value of services to patients. Many in the NHS see integrated care as the answer. But the first step is finding innovative ways to increase the […]

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A ‘Compelling Event’ for Cost Containment in Healthcare?

Historically healthcare has been most ‘self’ motivated to improve its ‘cost containment’ processes and methods.  This is evident from the significant gap that exists between the technology and process in finance versus healthcare.  Many healthcare organizations (either government or commercial) are not ‘profit’ oriented – take the Blues for example, […]

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Patient-centered health care in the new health economy

Today’s healthcare system is under tremendous pressure to reduce overall costs without losing track of the patient. Legislative changes and challenging economic realities make it increasingly difficult to deliver both improved outcomes and cost savings for the most complex patients. The Physicians Pharmacy Alliance (PPA) recognizes the changing healthcare landscape […]

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At SAS, healthy employees = healthy business

For 38 years, SAS CEO Jim Goodnight has run this company by a simple philosophy:  Treat employees like they make a difference and they will. It was with that philosophy in mind 30 years ago that SAS opened the doors to its on-site healthcare center – with just one employee! […]

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Can super-powered messaging save Datapolis?

The lines at clinics, hospitals and pharmacies seemed endless. My people, the people of Datapolis, were growing wearier by the day… The targeted, on-time communications intended to inform citizens about new healthcare options and relieve stress on the system were arriving late, or being delivered to the wrong consumers. And […]

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The League of Analytic Heroes is growing...

The League of Analytic Heroes is growing.  With the addition of each new member, we are better able to combat the chaos of big data. Illumino and Magnacomm are eager to welcome their newest team member. Keep your eyes on www.analyticheroes.com for his arrival.  He's already got his eye on […]

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Is fraud a dirty word in health care?

It is becoming clear that a fair percentage of the health care community, particularity outside of the United States, are uncomfortable using the word, “fraud.”  Instead, you see the words "risk" and "error" used more often to describe fraud. There appear to be many different reasons for the discomfort with […]

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Who will help me save Datapolis?

The men, women and children of Datapolis are falling ill at an alarming rate, forcing me to turn my attention away from my ongoing battle with Obscuro and toward helping the Datapolis Council of Elders distribute its medicine before it is too late. As it happens, just as we most […]

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