Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• The COVID-19 pandemic has redefined how health care is delivered as well as how people pay for it. On the delivery side, patients and doctors offices have embraced telehealth appointments; on the financial side, patients have turned to contactless payment modalities and phone apps to handle their balances. Digitalization can simplify the medical bill payment process and give patients more information, earlier on, about their financial responsibilities, experts say. Read More
• Care coordination and patient outreach is a proactive approach to care management that can drive positive outcomes such as reduced emergency department visits, decreased hospitalizations, and fewer hospital readmissions. A Tennessee-based physician group is successfully utilizing analytics to target patients who have been discharged from hospitals to fill gaps in care and manage transitions of care. Read More
• Ransomware attacks skyrocketed amid the pandemic when hospitals increased their use of remote work and moved more hospital data online. According to a new report, 560 healthcare organizations were victims of ransomware attacks in 2020, costing healthcare organizations $20.8 billion in downtime, double the amount it cost in 2019. Read More
• Large tech giants are jumping into a growing interoperability solutions market as new federal regulations spur the healthcare industry to open up and share medical records data. Google Cloud rolled out a new tool called the healthcare data engine, currently in private preview, that helps healthcare and life sciences organizations harmonize data from multiple sources, including medical records, claims, clinical trials and research data. Read More
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