In the healthcare space, there are companies that function as intermediaries that forward claims information from healthcare providers to insurance payers, also known as clearinghouses.
Likewise, if we want to exchange messages between two distributed software components, we need a mediator. This mediator is known as the message broker. It receives incoming messages from a sender and sends them to a receiver. This way the sender and receiver can be totally decoupled.
A message broker acts as an intermediary platform in communication between two applications.
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At this years’ SXSW it was all about blockchain and cryptocurrencies, but it was like that at HIMSS, JPM, CES, etc. as well. Since we wrote already about the first of the two buzzwords – blockchain as a trend in Healthcare, we decided to tackle the idea of cryptocurrencies in healthcare. First, we checked around the office and found out that several devs have been in a couple of Telegram chat rooms as they tried to buy “health coins” in a presale (ICO – initial Coin Offering; Pre-ICO).
Will you be buying your next health plan with ethereum? Or is the new health coin going to solve the problem of fragmented healthcare records?
Continue reading “Health for coins, not dollars 😉 – The “not so serious” Mapping of Healthcare Cryptocurrencies”
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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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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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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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?
This optimistic focus on innovation is what makes the upcoming Health 2.0 conference a driving force in an industry dogged by numerous problems—from a lack of care coordination and wasteful practices to a lack of IT interoperability and workforce shortages. Every year, the conference offers some of the tech industry’s best ideas for solving these problems—or making them disappear altogether.
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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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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.
Continue reading “11 Patient-Centered Digital Health Trends in 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.
Continue reading “EHR Integration – Challenges and Solutions”