How Hospitals Are Innovating and Adapting for the Future

How Hospitals Are Innovating and Adapting for the FutureIsn’t it curious when two intelligent people examine the same information and draw opposite conclusions? That is the dynamic I thought was at work recently, when The New York Times ran an opinion piece called “Are Hospitals Becoming Obsolete?” one day before The Wall Street Journal published an in-depth report titled “What the Hospitals of the Future Look Like.” Based on the headlines, I expected one article to focus on hospitals’ pending doom and another on their rebirth.

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But it turns out only the headline writers were betting on obsolescence versus evolution. The articles’ authors agree that hospitals are undergoing radical changes and they cover much common ground about current trends and where the sector is headed. What do they think hospitals of the future will look like? Here’s a rundown. (more…)

Healthcare Consolidation: What to Watch For in 2018

Healthcare Consolidation: What to Watch For in 2018Healthcare consolidation is on a tear, with several massive deals at the end of 2017, including CVS-Aetna and UnitedHealth Group buying one of the largest U.S. physician groups. Hospitals are merging in ever-larger deals, creating multi-state powerhouses. The number of U.S. hospitals that are part of a system rose nearly 20% between 2006 and 2016, according to the American Hospital Association (AHA).

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Healthcare companies also are forging creative alliances, with some of the industry’s biggest investments now happening outside the traditional hospital setting. Here are three trends to watch in 2018 and what they might mean for healthcare analytics.

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3 Lessons in Implementing Healthcare Data Governance

Do you ever procrastinate or delay doing something you know is good for you? Of course, you do. We all do. It appears healthcare organizations do, too, when it comes to instituting data governance. A recent survey finds many hospitals are struggling to implement such systems.

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But just as a nudge from a friend can help us conquer personal procrastination, organizations that are stalled can learn from peers. Today we look at lessons from Covenant Healthcare, a healthcare system that recently set up its data governance. (more…)