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The frightening truth about the security of our healthcare data

Advertisement<p>11 Comments<p>Credit: rangizzz/Shutterstock<p>Is your healthcare data safe? That’s not something most people think about on a regular basis. …

HackerCare Aims To “Hack” Healthcare For Startups

In four years David Varvel went from no health insurance, to full coverage via the Japanese government, to purchasing a high deductible plan, and then full coverage through an employer. He said having to switch insurance that often was “painful.” But now the founder of Tiny Cat Loans, a community …

Fix the Handful of U.S. Hospitals Responsible for Out-of-Control Costs

In May 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released CMS Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR) inpatient data that contain discharge information for 100% of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries using hospital inpatient services. This data shows what more than 3,200 …

Make Physicians Full Partners in Accountable Care Organizations

The Affordable Care Act encourages the formation of accountable care organizations (ACOs) that can accept bundled payments for hospitalization and outpatient care. Most ACOs use an organizational structure, the <i>foundation model</i>, which has a serious shortcoming: It limits the extent to which an ACO’s …

A Role for Specialists in Resuscitating Accountable Care Organizations

Among the current remedies for U.S. health care are Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) — networks of doctors, hospitals and usually payers banded together to rein in costs by providing higher quality, better coordinated care, with primary care doctors central to the process. Whether ACOs are …

Add Security To The List Of HealthCare.gov Tech Issues

To the long list of problems plaguing HealthCare.gov, add data security. The enrollment site for the new health insurance exchanges had a security flaw that didn't get patched up when the exchange marketplace went live.<p>An internal government memo obtained by <i>The Washington Post</i> and Associated Press …

Bringing Outside Innovations into Health Care

Spurred by government reforms and market expectations, healthcare leaders are being forced to reinvent their organizations. The model for healthcare is being flipped upside down — from decades of focusing on acute care episodes and encouraging utilization to a future where successful organizations …

Cutting Costs Without Cutting Corners: Lessons from Banner Health

Cost cutting is difficult in any industry, but it’s particularly challenging in healthcare, where organizations are simultaneously undergoing a major transformation to improve care and the patient experience. In a hospital setting, cost-reduction is often equated with cutting corners, and so is …

Why Innovation in Health Care Is So Hard

Health care—in the United States, certainly, but also in most other developed countries—is ailing and in need of help. Yes, medical treatment has made astonishing advances over the years. But the packaging and delivery of that treatment are often inefficient, ineffective, and consumer …

Are You Having Trouble Keeping Your Operations Focused?

It’s a classic problem: Your business succeeds by building operational strengths that allow it to develop and deliver products or services better than anyone else. Then, over the years, as the business naturally broadens for opportunistic or defensive reasons, it loses its edge: Core strengths …

Why Can’t U.S. Health Care Costs Be Cut in Half?

Technological improvements in health care have given us the quality of life we enjoy today. But chronic conditions, end-of-life care, and an aging society will bankrupt the United States if it doesn’t make dramatic changes to its health care system. America — and many other countries — need an …