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Are Today’s Providers Overwhelmed by Quality Reporting?

March 20, 2017 BY Definitive Healthcare

In today’s healthcare delivery environment, few concerns are as important to providers, payers, and consumers as quality. Quality scores can drive patients towards or away from hospitals and doctors, determine reimbursement rates, and subject organizations to a wide range of government incentives or penalties. Most would agree that quality measurements serve a critical need, helping patients make informed decisions and encouraging providers to improve, but a less-public debate continues over the validity and appropriateness of today’s most widely used indicators.

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Given relatively recent advancements in technology and the greater availability of high-speed internet connections, telemedicine has found new applications in several aspects of clinical care, such as remote monitoring of patients with chronic conditions, virtual office visits, and transmission of patient data between specialists and primary providers. According to a 2016 survey by telehealth company Avizia, 63 percent of all healthcare providers use telemedicine in some form, and a REACH Health report found 44 percent view the service as a strategic priority, up 10 percent from 2015. Even so, telemedicine is today still in its infancy, with significant regulatory and clinical barriers to any widespread, comprehensive adoption.

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Healthcare Data Breaches: A Growing Threat

October 18, 2016 BY Definitive Healthcare

Healthcare Data Breaches: A Growing Threat

Data security has never been more important for healthcare providers. The number of health data breaches continues to grow each year and 2016 is no exception, according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services. Experts say that even though the market price of healthcare data has gone down, hackers and other thieves have only become more aggressive. While large-scale data heists like those affecting Banner Health and UCLA Health are the most prominent examples, a look at the record of data breaches shows most are not the result of sophisticated cyberattacks but human error and simple theft, affecting hospitals and health systems of all sizes.

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Outpatient Total Joint Replacement: Standard Treatment of the Future?

Outpatient cases of total joint replacement (TJR), a procedure so complex and potentially risky that it once required patients to be confined to hospitals for days, are on the rise in the US, thanks to advances in medical technology and protocols. Though not commonly practiced and vastly dwarfed by the number of inpatient procedures, outpatient TJR has drawn attention for its potential to reduce costs with comparable patient outcomes. Currently, however, clinical and regulatory obstacles stand in the way of its widespread adoption.

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Is it Time for Just-in-Time Medical Device Distribution?

May 17, 2016 BY Definitive Healthcare

Is it Time for Just-in-Time Medical Device Distribution?

Just-in-time supply chain practices have changed the way manufacturers do business, and the same may soon be true for healthcare. Having spent years working with physicians to limit the number of devices used during surgery, supply chain executives are now scrutinizing costs for everything else related to physician preference items (PPIs).

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