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  • eTech Insight – March of the Killer Robots: The Good Kind
    Reliable and Safe Robotic Disinfection Processes for Healthcare Facilities Hospital-acquired infections and patients with highly infectious diseases have always been a challenge for healthcare systems to manage. COVID-19 elevated the need to develop a higher level of cleaning and sanitization processes to protect staff and patients. Healthcare executives acquired a new awareness of the needs for different housecleaning approaches that would be needed to provide safer, faster, and less costly ...
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  • Potential in Patient Engagement
    We all know that with the move to value-based care (VBC), patient engagement is a hot topic, and patient engagement platforms are getting a lot of love. There are a lot of companies trying to make the perfect platform. Patient engagement has been important not only with telehealth and VBC but also with the COVID-19 crisis. As we point out in two of our latest eTech Spotlights, PROCLE Healthworks and Force Therapeutics are two patient engagement vendors that are demonstrating ...
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  • eTech Insight – Telehealth Continues to Advance in High-Risk Market
    Telehealth Version 1.0–Lots of Players, Little Differentiation COVID-19 has forever changed primary healthcare delivery. To survive financially, physicians have had to quickly learn and implement telehealth solutions to deliver virtual care. The catalyst for implementing telehealth services was the Medicare 1135 waiver that reimbursed telehealth visits at the same rate as office visits[1]. This waiver was created to ensure patients would not be needlessly exposed to COVID-19 during an o...
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  • Navigating the Telehealth Frontier
    Back in January, when most of the world was still traveling regularly, we were privileged to attend a telehealth conference in Dubai. The conference was initiated by MWAN Events, a fantastic company with over 15 years of international experience that creates a variety of memorable and innovative conferences and webinars for the Middle East and Africa. At the Dubai conference, MWAN and KLAS struck up a conversation. We decided to keep in touch. In March, the COVID-19 pandemic reared its u...
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  • Pandemic Performance Part I – Vendors Stepping Up
    Now more than ever, the partnerships between healthcare providers and vendors are crucial to the success of the industry and patient well-being. Now months into the COVID-19 crisis, we have been able to reach out to our provider friends to see how well their vendor partners have supported them throughout the pandemic. We are excited to share these findings with you in our Vendor Performance in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis report. There’s so much to share on this topic...
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  • eTech First Look: Uber Health
    When we think about what is broken in the healthcare industry, it doesn’t take long to realize that the healthcare experience for patients is often subpar. Costs are also going through the roof, and outcomes have not improved with the increased spending. These reasons, among others, are why patient engagement has become an increasing focus in this industry—we have to find ways to improve patients’ health and reduce costs. Patient engagement becomes even more vital when we co...
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  • SDOH Framework 2020
    As healthcare providers, the social determinants of health (SDOH) can feel unwieldy and frustrating. How can you make sure your patient has a friend, enough food, and the counselling services they need? There are so many questions surrounding SDOH, but what many providers don’t know is that there is a growing number of technology solutions they could potentially rely on to help them with these problems. In the last few years, there has been growing interest in SDOH, and a lot of prov...
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  • eTech Insight – The Transformation of Primary Care and the Digital Technology Catalyst
    COVID-19 Exposes Gaps in Primary Care Systems The US healthcare system is one of the highest-cost environments in the world. But the high cost does not translate to better outcomes or healthcare quality. In 2019 the US ranked in 30th place out of 89 countries measured by factors that contribute to overall health[1]. US healthcare spending was $3.6 trillion or $11,172 per person in 2018[2]. Healthcare represented 17.7% of the US GDP in 2018.
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  • Building Up Steam: Colburn Hill Group eTech Spotlight
    Robotic process automation (RPA) has been around for quite a while, but now, amidst growing economic pressures, its adoption in healthcare is starting to heat up. RPA solutions have been showing a strong ROI and cost reduction for providers recently, and there are now many more providers who want to know which vendors can help them access these benefits. In KLAS’ new report, we take a look at a vendor that has been garnering high marks and attracting a lot of attention in this market: Colburn...
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  • No-code Mobile App Builders: Better, Cheaper, Faster?
    Commercial vs. Self-Developed Considerations for Mobile Apps Mobile applications are the foundation of digital solutions. As the healthcare industry transforms to a digitally focused healthcare delivery system, the ability to design and develop mobile solutions that support operational interactions will be critical for driving organizational efficiency. Community hospitals are unlikely to have the technical programming resources to design and develop mobile applications specific to their oper...
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  • How Doctors Are Helping the Poor and Saving Money
    Let’s say that you are experiencing heartburn. You go to the doctor, who prescribes medication and a healthy diet. The problem is that the co-pay for the medication is expensive, and you can’t afford the diet the doctor ordered.
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  • eTech Insight – In-Home Care - Complementing Remote Patient Monitoring
    Supporting the Last Mile of Patient Focused Care Some chronically ill patients may not have the ability or resources to trek to an urgent care center or a medical clinic to receive more advanced care that can be provided via telehealth. The US also has a reimbursement issue relative to in-home care reimbursement,[1] but this could be eliminated as the COVID-19 service/outcomes analysis identifies benefits of the approach. Being able to treat people in their homes is a key foundation for pati...
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  • eTech Insight – Data Aggregation Solutions Drive Big Data Accessibility
    Creating a Big Data Environment for Improved Analytics and AI Healthcare providers are keenly aware of the need to allow their data to be used by cohort organizations and technology companies to establish big data repositories that provide more accurate analyses and more sophisticated AI algorithms. Organizations such as Mayo Clinic sell their data to technology companies to facilitate advancements in AI[1]. Patient advocates are concerned that the data may not be deidentified to the extent n...
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  • eTech Insight – IoT Gateways Can Improve Telehealth Services
    The Problem: Teleheath Visits without Supporting Patient Vital Signs I’ve conducted two telehealth visits with my care providers over the last month. My annual physical visit started with a nurse validating my medications and any current health challenges. The PCP then reviewed my health status with me to determine whether I had any issues. I didn’t, so the next step was to complete my lab orders by visiting a reference lab. Once lab tests were completed, I received email notifications of...
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  • eTech Insights – Adaptive eLearning to Support Telehealth Services
    The Problem: Managing a Learning and Training Environment for Fast Paced Telehealth Provider organizations have been using eLearning environments for several years. In many cases, the organizations have not fully supported these environments or the education staff that supports and maintains these systems. COVID-19 will force healthcare organizations to focus their attention on expanding virtual and digital healthcare services. Telehealth will become a much more prominent and robust service o...
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  • eTech Insights – Smart Home Assistant Products Emerge as Consumer Healthcare Managers
    The Problem: Looking for Healthcare Support in Many Places Consumers looking for healthcare information and guidance generally have to access several different sources to find what they are looking for in order to manage and maintain their health or the health of their family. Many of these sources may not be trustworthy. COVID-19 misinformation has been spread on several social media sites, even with close inspection of site content by the social media vendors.
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  • eTech Insights – Digital Application Collaboration Drives Plug and Play
    The Problem: Legacy Architectures and Proprietary Data Sets Can Impede Innovation Those of us who have been in the healthcare IT business for several decades can attest to the fierce competitive environment that exists between vendors in the same market segment. Historically, Epic and Cerner are the most recognized competitors in the enterprise healthcare IT market. These two vendors have disparate architectures and data sets that drive two different approaches for data interoperability. The ...
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  • eTech Insights – The Digital IT Impact for Virtual Healthcare Delivery Post-COVID-19
    The Problem: COVID-19 Demonstrates Care Delivery Gaps in Current Model COVID-19 as a threat to the US population has demonstrated clear weaknesses and gaps in the current care delivery model. State and federal regulations that limited the ability to use telehealth for evaluating patients in their homes or in rural areas of the country have been exposed as indefensible in most cases, and those uses are now being reimbursed by CMS.
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  • eTech Insights – Democratization of Software Programming: Moving in the Right Direction
    The Problem: Software Programming is Expensive and Slow to Deliver Needed Solutions Just 2% of the worldwide population knows how to code, and the need for software developers is estimated to grow by 24% over the next seven years.[1] Software programming is expensive and, in many cases, delivered later than needed. Because of a lack of women and racially diverse people currently working in the space, the knowledge transfer between what users of those groups need and what software developers d...
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