Now halfway through 2019, we’ve already seen significant changes in the world of health care. Advances in technology, new partnerships, regulatory changes and more point to an exciting time of transformation toward better, smarter care.
As we enter into the second part of the year, it’s the perfect time to catch up on some of our most popular thought leadership blogs and podcasts from the past six months, which offer insights on the now and next of health care from top industry leaders.
We started the year with a blog post by Cerner’s executive vice president and chief client officer John Peterzalek. He shares his insights on the continuing and emerging topics poised to define the year in health care, such as value-based care, interoperability, cloud and artificial intelligence.
“This year, we will see changes to the health care landscape that offer possibilities and opportunities in the march toward smarter, better care that is higher quality, more efficient, affordable and personalized.”
Health Level Seven International’s (HL7) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard reached a key milestone earlier this year with version 4—the first normative release of the framework. In this blog post, Dr. David McCallie, former Cerner senior vice president of medical informatics, outlines how the release will increase normative content, provide greater standardized access to complete patient records and support for more powerful apps.
“The latest developments of FHIR are another step forward in delivering more flexible, versatile and efficient health care that will benefit both providers and consumers.”
In his second State of the Union address, President Donald Trump tackled significant issues currently facing the United States, including health care. In this blog post, Cerner’s senior director and government strategist, Meg Marshall, weighs in on the administration’s stance on health care and drug costs, price transparency and addressing the opioid crisis.
“Addressing prescription drug costs is a priority for the president. During his remarks, Trump suggested Americans often pay more for the same drugs than people in other countries.”
In celebration of Patient Access Week, Teri Meintel, principal financial alignment executive at Cerner, joined our “Perspectives on Health and Tech” podcast to talk about why Patient Access is a critical piece of the shift toward smarter care that focuses on the needs of consumers and empowers them to take charge of their own health and care.
“Technology is continually changing, and we have to change with it. The patient experience should be the reference point of any technology change within our organizations. Technology shouldn’t replace customer service, it should complement it in a seamless way that allows for an enhanced patient experience.”
In this blog post, Lisa LaBau, Cerner’s vice president of revenue cycle management at Cerner, and Mickey Bowen, Cerner’s principal financial alignment executive, explain the benefits of a clinically driven revenue cycle and the practical steps health care organizations can take to adopt this approach.
“Embracing that a Clinically Driven Revenue Cycle is a transformation and not an IT implementation can be the crucial difference in an organization’s level of success.”
On this episode of “Perspectives on Health & Tech,” Janae Sharp, health care editor at Sharp Index, talks about the epidemic of physician burnout and how awareness and data science can help reduce this serious problem. She also shares her personal experience with the devastation of physician suicide, which claims the life of 300 to 400 clinicians each year.
“I felt like the whole health care system was shut down and overwhelmed by the issue of physician burnout. I was so angry that I decided to create a non-profit to do something about it.”
This spring, health care leaders from across the country attended the American Hospital Association (AHA) Annual Membership Meeting in Washington, D.C. Cerner’s senior vice president of IT Works, Dick Flanigan, wrote this blog post to share his thoughts on the gathering’s prominent topics, including the Affordable Care Act, surprise billing, rural health care and unsustainable drug prices.
“One issue that both political parties seem to agree on is the need to address surprise billing. About 1 in 7 people have received, or know someone who has had, a surprise medical bill.”
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