SmartBrief Originals
Best practices, case studies and practical tips for Health Care Professionals.

Is it possible for a single innovation to address many of the cost, quality and data gaps in our fragmented medical system, providing real-time, evidence-based answers at the point of care based on everything that is known about a patient?

Health information technology is frequently invoked as the key to solving America’s biggest health care challenges, but as many in the field acknowledge, the gap between vision and reality is often wide.

One of the main goals of efforts to improve the quality of health care in the U.S. is to reduce variation in care, where some patients are treated optimally while others miss out on the best of medicine.

When you consider the technological advances in medical science and treatment, it’s surprising how long it’s taken the industry to begin the transition from paper charts to electronic record keeping.

The challenges facing the health care industry threaten to spiral out of control.

Say you’re leading a large, well-known, long-established company. And suddenly you are faced with a new market, a completely changed way of doing business, selling your product to people in an entirely different way.

What’s the most exciting innovation in health care today?

What does the health care system of the future look like?

Patients should be at the center of the health care universe, America’s Health Insurance Plans President and CEO Karen Ignagni told stakeholders gathered at AHIP’s Ops/Tech Forum last month in Phoenix.

Average is not an option, author and founding editor of Fast Company Bill Taylor told health insurers gathered at the America’s Health Insurance Plans Ops/Tech Forum in Phoenix last month.

As stakeholders in health care work to build a system designed to prevent rather than treat disease, wellness programs and tools continue to be a major focus in the benefits industry.

As health insurers – and pretty much all other stakeholders in the rapidly evolving world of health care – work to build a more sustainable system, they are adapting lessons learned across a variety of industries.

Imagine a future where sensors embedded in the fabric of your clothing, a device in your pocket and a super-smart remote computer is all you need to keep on top of your health.

Today’s health insurance customer is many things, according to marketing pro Lindsay Resnick of KBM Group, but it’s possible to draw a few useful generalizations.

Veterinarian Lance S. Fox knew a good bit about climbing mountains even before he started his trek to Mount Everest, thanks to his time in veterinary school.