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Top 5 Digital Health Trends for 2017

Posted by Digital Health Team on Sep 29, 2017

There is no question about it, digital health is helping shape the future of healthcare. Patients are becoming proactive and are now weighing their options when it comes to finding the most cost effective and high quality healthcare solution on the market. On the other end of the spectrum, health insurance companies, providers and health tech product companies are all competing to deliver cutting edge tech solutions to solve a variety of industry wide  problems.

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Topics: digital health, AI, Telehealth, Blockchain

TOP 10 (Digital) Health Conferences in 2017 (until now)

Posted by Digital Health Team on Aug 31, 2017

One of the best perks of having been in the field of healthcare IT for over 15 years is the opportunity to watch the evolution of healthcare first hand. From ground breaking health tech innovations to digital health trend tracking, we obtain our insight from healthcare events we attend throughout the year such as conferences, summits, expos and festivals nationwide. We love being inspired and at these events we get to meet a lot of really passionate individuals, hear innovative ideas and disruptive projects. We also get to contribute to the changes happening throughout the healthcare industry.

Over the years Vicert has attended too many conferences to count, which is why we finally compiled a list of our Top 20 Health Conferences of 2017. Of course some events are better than others, but keep in mind this an insider view of events with a focus on digital health. Expect our comments, tips and general info about the event as you read our first 10 picks for 2017.

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Summer in the Clouds

Posted by Digital Health Team on Jun 15, 2017

This summer all the tech buzzwords will hijack the digital health space. AI, chatbots, machine learning, blockchain and cloud platforms are successfully being integrated in health tech processes and have solidified the support needed to enable the digital health revolution. For us it all started during HIMSS earlier this year, when we met with IBM and established a premier partnership. Since then we have been busy implementing the Bluemix Cloud Platform, collaborating with Watson Health and building digital health chatbots.

Being in the digital health space for over 15 years, even back when it was called Health IT, has instilled the urge in us for new innovations and products that will disrupt the market. We test them to make sure that not only are they safe, but that they are truly shaping the future. Then we support our efforts by introducing it to our clients and partners.
 
Not long ago (actually just a month back), we held our first joint exclusive event with IBM for our clients, partners and fellow disruptors where we talked about the use of the Cloud in digital health. It went so well that we decided to throw an even bigger event at Runway (Twitter building) in just two weeks from now - June 27th at  6pm . We will show you how to setup a chatbot in 15 minutes and share with you some valuable insights and reports about the state of affairs in the healthcare space together with our partners from IBM.
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Topics: AI, CLOUD, Chatbots

Top 6 Challenges for Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Member Companies in 2017

Posted by Digital Health Team on Nov 10, 2016

2016 has brought many challenges to the health industry. Difficulties with reimbursements and increases in medical costs has driven up the bottom line. Additionally, significant increases in funding of digital health startups over the past three years have brought an onslaught of companies disrupting segments of the payer business model. Fortunately, the Blue Cross Blue Shield brand is a household name that can carry member companies into Health 2.0.

Over the past 15 years we have been working in digital health, including with BCBSA member companies. Based on our observations here are the six areas BCBSA member companies will be focusing on in 2017:

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Topics: Security, Healthcare Payer, UX, DATA

EHR Integration - Challenges and Solutions

Posted by Digital Health Team on May 13, 2016

The marriage between a hospital and its electronic medical records vendor may not always be loving and open, and may even end in divorce. But while the relationship is flourishing, the pair are by necessity devoted to one another, and the vendor often tries valiantly to meet its hospital’s every need, in every department.

So why would a big, dominant EHR vendor like EPIC or Cerner allow an interloper into the family…  some young thing fresh from Santa Clara or Madison or Austin, offering a new and exciting way to solve some small part of the hospital’s complicated life? Because they have to.

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Topics: EHR

11 Patient-Centered Digital Health Trends in 2016

Posted by Digital Health Team on Apr 14, 2016

Today’s healthcare leaders are faced with challenges in managing the financial health of their organizations; especially in response to the expansion of quality reporting, meaningful use and other penalties.  They are looking for ways to improve the health of their patients, and condition-specific populations, at a reasonable cost.  Increasingly they hear about the importance of patient-centeredness and the most effective of these leaders are recognizing the connection to digital health tools.

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Topics: mHealth, Healthcare Payer, digital health, healthcare, Provider, Apps, Mobile Technology

Health plans and Mobile Apps - Who has the secret sauce?

Posted by Digital Health Team on Apr 1, 2016

As an industry, health insurers have been relatively slow to add their mobile apps to the crowded lists of options on members’ smartphones. A 2015 analysis showed that 70 percent of health insurance companies around the globe had published just one or two apps each.

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Topics: mHealth, digital health, Health Plans, Mobile Technology

Why Consumer Success Depends On Business Processes 2/2

Posted by Digital Health Team on Nov 25, 2015

3 things to know about the future of provider networks and partnerships

Along with consumers who increasingly have a choice of insurance, a health plan’s business processes can impact the kinds of providers they attract, setting the stage for future relationships in the new alternative payment, value-based world.

Primary care practitioners and specialists may be leery of investing their time and money in new value-based contracts if there is not some indication that it will be easier for them to take new patients, get paid regularly, ask questions and reasonably adjudicate payments for disputed treatments.

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Topics: Health IT

Why Consumer Success Depends On Business Processes 1/2

Posted by Digital Health Team on Nov 5, 2015

Navigating consumers: The hidden technology metric

Healthcare is changing, but health insurers need to change faster in some underappreciated areas to prepare for the most monumental shifts. Here’s what we know and what we don’t about the consumer imperative.

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Topics: Healthcare Payer

Last days of October or “before we change our clocks”

Posted by Digital Health Team on Oct 30, 2015

October has definitely been a busy month for digital health… and us ;)

We started strong at the Health 2.0 Fall Conference where we sponsored a special event called the Launch! where ten startups companies unveiled their products for the very first time!

As a sponsor of the Launch! Voja Lalich, our CEO, was on stage talking about the future of digital health, and our efforts to contribute to the disruption in Health IT. Check out the 3 minute video discussion between Matthew Holt, Co-Chairman of the Health 2.0 and Voja by clicking HERE.

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Topics: Health IT