Valentine’s day special: When Health fell in love with Tech

2018 started of with some newly formed relationships, engagements and marriages in the Healthcare space. We witnessed the creation of power couples, inspiring engagements, but also long-awaited relationships being formalized. Let’s celebrate the love today between tech & health, and wish all the best for the future to come!

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DevOps @ Vicert – Lessons Learned

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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Feds use EHR certification to push transparency

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.

A March 2nd proposal would give the ONC expanded authority to regulate health IT products under the certification program set up as part of the health IT incentive program known as HITECH. In response, a number of industry and health IT advocacy groups had responded that they were worried that the proposal was too far-reaching.

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EHRs as the “Operating Systems” of Healthcare?

As of March 2015, 779 health IT vendors supplied certified EHR products to 490,575 health care professionals participating in the CMS EHR Incentive Programs and/or ONC REC Program. 30 of them are big players, primary, and 749 supply secondary EHRs to participating health care professionals. Surprisingly, market share hasn’t changed much in 10 years – so what does that mean to the EHR systems? Are we at the tipping point of disruption?

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

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.

Or read the transcript in the description bellow the video here.

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And Then There Were Three: IT Considerations of Payer Mergers

Part 2: Five Services via Technologies Payers Should Provide

In the previous post, we discussed how IT tools can facilitate the process of payer mergers. Certainly, members can also benefit from innovation during and after similar corporate transitions. There are ways in which we believe our customers can improve their own experience while benefiting from more informed and adherent patients.

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And Then There Were Three: Digital Technological Considerations of Payer Mergers

Part 1: Implications for Payers

It is no secret that there is an incredible consolidation in the healthcare payer space. There is a prevailing wisdom that the ACA (Obamacare) has fueled this activity.   Others, including former Obama administration adviser Steve Rattner claim that consolidation began with the depression of 2008. Regardless of when it started, the extreme to which these mergers and acquisitions have occurred are both eye-opening and making us give thought to their implications. Deals of the magnitude of Anthem-Cigna and Humana-Aetna would have had regulators reeling decades ago.

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Does Documentation Still Matter?

It’s a great time to be a healthcare software developer. You’ve finally broken free from the traditional software development process. You can now use iterative or Agile development approaches to deliver high-quality software in a fraction of the time.

And the best part of it is that you no longer have to deliver all that painstaking documentation with your applications, right?
Wrong. Dead wrong.

Too many Health IT solution providers are falling into the trap of thinking that streamlined development and faster processes have somehow eliminated the need for good documentation. They figure, “Since everything is moving so fast now, surely the top priority is to start cranking out code as soon as possible.” Continue reading “Does Documentation Still Matter?”

5 Ways Digital Tools Will Help Payers

Undisputedly, healthcare is lagging behind other sectors in its development and use of digital technology tools to meet the needs of its stakeholders, not the least of which is the consumer. The Affordable Care Act has transformed the patient into a true healthcare consumer, looking for the best value for the individual. In order to meet these needs, a script must be borrowed from the playbook of the retail, social, and finance industries, specifically regarding their use of digital technologies in meeting consumer needs. Ultimately, if these needs are met, payers will meet with success. Payers are key players determining the adoption of mobile health technology. The first of this two-part article will focus on the payer’s perspective and the second will address specific customer needs.

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Health IT Innovations: Why a Cautious Approach Is the Riskiest One

Patients will continue to desire more from the healthcare system as its complexity continues to grow. We’re in the midst of an unparalleled period of health IT innovation on all fronts – including payers, providers and ISVs.
With the cost of hardware continuing to fall and the open source movement developing into full maturity, the barriers to entry in the health IT and digital health space have never been lower. That’s why disruption is now coming from all corners of the world. With enough blood, sweat, and tears, startups and early-stage companies alike can grab a foothold in today’s thriving markets.How are healthcare payers, providers and independent software vendors (ISVs) responding? Some are taking a very cautious approach to new technology, waiting to implement new applications and devices until they’re proven. But if they delay too long, they may get left behind entirely.

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