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From mHealth to Connected Health - not just a name changer! (but a game changer?)

Posted by Sofija Drecun on Nov 30, 2016

This year we decided that visiting partners and clients on the East Coast was not enough for us given all the activity springing up there, so after being contacted by the Personal Connected Health Alliance we are thrilled to come back to Washington D.C. this year - this time as a sponsor.

The Connected Health Conference offered us cutting edge sessions with innovative companies participating and attending and a truly proactive setting perfect for tackling a number of the industry’s complexities.

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Topics: mHealth, connected health, interoperability, wearables

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

Looking for the Next Big Digital Health Disruptors

Posted by Sofija Drecun on Sep 13, 2016

Every new healthcare app or fledgling technology is like a sunny window into the future: Could virtual reality replace opioids for pain relief, as proposed by startup DeepStream VR? Might smart contact lenses, under development by Verily (aka Google) and Novartis, soon measure blood sugar levels in tears, eliminating painful finger pricks for people with diabetes?

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Topics: Tech, Events, digital health, Apps, Health 2.0

Faulty Code Carries Consequences in Digital Health

Posted by David Schoch on Aug 18, 2016

Developers and coders are a hot commodity and the boom in start-ups around digital health combined with increased health IT spending is making qualified developers harder to find. It’s a classic example of supply not keeping pace with demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 1.4 million computer science jobs are expected by 2020, but only 400,000 new computer science graduates to meet the demand.

With the increase in mobile device applications and further implementation of electronic health records, privacy and security is a growing concern. Naturally, patients expect healthcare organizations to take the necessary steps to safeguard their personal information. 

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Topics: digital health, HIPAA, data breach

DevOps @ Vicert – Lessons Learned

Posted by Tech Team on Aug 1, 2016

Through many years spent developing various applications, using various technologies and working with different clients, we have tried a number of diverse development methodologies and techniques, in search of the most optimal development process. But first, we had to define what optimal means for us.

Some would argue that the optimal process is the one that produces the required output (working functionality) the fastest. While that might be the case for small, simple projects, we find that on a large enterprise scale, the fastest output does not usually produce an optimal result.

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Topics: Devops, HealthIT

How to integrate multiple Wellness devices using Human API

Posted by Tech Team on Jul 21, 2016

In a recent project for one of our clients, we came across a need to gather data from multiple wellness devices. We were faced with a choice between creating a custom connector for each device’s API, or using a service that gathers data in one place.

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Feds use EHR certification to push transparency

Posted by David Schoch on Jun 24, 2016

Ensuring that your electronic health record product meets tightening federal certification requirements is getting more challenging as officials scrutinize health IT products more closely for hot-topic issues such as patient privacy, health information exchange and general transparency about their real-world capabilities.

Over the past several weeks, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has been busy issuing proposed rules and publishing the names of non-complying vendors’ products. This flurry of activity has taken place in the several weeks leading up to ONC’s annual meeting in Washington DC.

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Topics: Health IT, EHR

Alternatives to Traditional Insurance:  Aligning the Accrual of Benefits

Posted by David Schoch on Jun 2, 2016

The healthcare delivery system is undergoing tremendous change because of pressures to increase access, reduce costs and improve outcomes.  New and innovative approaches to how care is being delivered are emerging and the shift to population health, along with an emphasis in engaging patients in self-management activities, are all contributing to the transformation of healthcare in the United States.

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Topics: Healthcare Payer, healthcare, Provider, Health Insurance

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