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  • Students Create Healthcare Solutions in Hack Health

    September 21, 2016

    Students animatedly discussed ideas in lecture halls, whiteboards overflowed with colorful ink, and groups practiced their product pitches. It wasn’t just an ordinary day at the Warren Alpert Medical School — it was the inaugural run of Hack Health.

    Hack Health is a hackathon with a mission to “improve healthcare using innovation,” said Alexandra Kaye ’17, one of the co-founders of the event. Though this is its first year, Hack Health has already managed to draw 90 participants from nine schools for the weekend, she said. While most participants were undergraduates, others were medical students or healthcare professionals.

    You can read more about it here.

  • Data Analytics Aids Value-Based Reimbursement, but Bigger Goals Loom

    September 13, 2016

    Although data analytics will play a role in precision medicine, experts say we’re far from achieving the full potential. Instead, the focus of analytics now is on value-based care.

    Healthcare organizations have spent years installing electronic health records and other information systems that collect data and improve patient care.

    With all that data in hand, now the challenge is to take advantage of it for value-based reimbursement and show that it is being meaningfully used. Many experts believe the opportunity for transforming that ocean of data into something understandable and valuable in clinical care lies in data analytics, whether it be predictive analytics, big data or genomics.

    You can read more about it here.

  • Healthcare IT: A Large And Growing Market

    August 30, 2016


    • The healthcare IT market includes electronic heath records, revenue cycle management, practice management and mobile health.
    • The total market size is currently estimated to be between $32 billion and $47 billion.
    • The market is estimated to be growing at 10-14% annually.
    • Goldman Sachs estimates that digital healthcare could save America $300 billion annually


    You can read more about it here.

  • Can mHealth Help Doctors, Patients Speak the Same Language?

    August 22, 2016

    A new study from Xerox finds that consumers and providers have different perceptions of their responsibilities in healthcare. An mHealth platform could bridge that gap.

    A new survey suggests that mHealth may be useful in bridging a startling perception gap between doctors and their patients.

    Nearly half of American consumers recently surveyed by Xerox say they take complete responsibility for their health – yet only 6 percent of doctors in the same survey say this is true. Conversely, 40 percent of doctors and payers say consumers don’t know how to take charge of the healthcare, while less than 5 percent of the consumers surveyed say that’s accurate.

    You can read more about it here.

  • 5 Key Tenets for Patient Engagement in the Digital Age

    August 15, 2016
    The surge in personalized medicine and the quantified self movement offers providers more tools than ever to engage patients. Mobile apps and online services now collect data for a deep dive into our health, from prevention to optimization.

    In my years as a clinician and writer focused on preventive health, I’ve observed that simply relying on data does not always drive motivation. In fact relying on data alone may mean missing an opportunity to optimize patient engagement.

    In today’s digital and mobile age, the following should be key tenets that drive engagement.

    You can more about it here.

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