Social Determinants are Critical for Patient-Centered Care

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Jan 16

There is much discussion these days about the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH).  Social determinants are critical for patient-centered care.  As health systems, payers and Medicare/Medicaid systems are striving to reduce costs and improve outcomes, one cannot ignore the SDOH and their impact on every aspect of healthcare. What are

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Keeping Your HIE Data Up-To-Date

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Jan 09

Health Information Exchanges (HIE) continue to grow across the US Healthcare landscape.  The origins of HIEs go back nearly three decades. But one problem has plagued HIEs since the beginning.  That is the challenge of keeping your HIE data up-to-date. As with most complex healthcare solutions, there are numerous barriers

The power of smart cards

The Power of Smart Cards

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Jan 02

In an article written in April 2013, Jim DeMaine, MD, spoke to the need for using smart cards in our healthcare system.  The power of smart cards goes beyond simple identification.  Unfortunately, many do not realize the great power a plastic card with a small chip can provide to the

The Value of a Second Opinion

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Dec 12

Patients face this dilemma on a regular basis.  They have been diagnosed with a serious condition. The doctor gives them the grim news.  Perhaps it is surgery, chemo or an elective course of action to treat the condition. Patients are afraid to ask for a second opinion. There is a

Health Care Fraud and Inefficiencies

Health Care Fraud and Inefficiencies

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Dec 07

Scope and Causes of Health Care Fraud and Inefficiencies

Health Care fraud and inefficiencies are no secret.  The US Healthcare system is rife with examples of waste and fraud. These are perpetrated by consumers and providers, or often caused by our own government bureaucracies. In 2012 The Institute of Medicine