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Grandma Got a Smartphone: How Telehealth is Benefiting the Senior Care Market

60 Minutes recently aired a compelling story titled, “Living to 90 and Beyond.” In it, 60 Minutes Anchor Lesley Stahl asked 99-year-old Jane if she owns a computer. “I had a computer for 10 years and enjoyed it, but it died,” At almost 100, Jane’s triumph in outliving technology does not mean she lives outside of it. Folks above the age of 90 comprise the fastest-growing part of the U.S. population. Predict ...

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Big Data Takes Big Steps into Healthcare – Part II

In Part 1 , I introduced big data and explained the differences between structured and unstructured data. Today, I will discuss why big data is so important to healthcare and how the industry can squeeze value out of it. Is Big Data That Important to Healthcare? Yes. Ahem, let me say that again. YES!!! Healthcare now represents about 17 percent of GDP—nearly $600 billion more than expected for the United St ...

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Big Data Takes Big Steps into Healthcare – Part I

There is a coming explosion in healthcare big data. Why? The big data analytics market swelled to $18.6 billion in 2013 - a whopping 58 percent growth from the previous year.[i] And this data behemoth isn’t standing still. Its economic foot print will grow to $50 billion by 2017.[ii] Dollar signs that big means there is an unfathomable amount of data to be analyzed. And tons of it is being generated by the ...

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HR 4302 Causes ICD-10 Delay

Do you recognize the name H.R. 4302? If you work in any part of the healthcare industry, you should. It is arguably this year’s biggest piece of healthcare legislation to date. Sailing through the Senate on March 31, 2014 with a 64-35 vote, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (or H.R. 4302) postpones several regulations that would have turned the industry on its head. Passed late in the evening, H.R. 4302 ...

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