Healthcare Transformation

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In previous blogs, I have discussed the emerging "actionable advice" solutions in the healthcare payer market. On December 8, we presented an IDC Health Insights webinar on healthcare payer actionable advice initiatives amidst the reforming market.  Healthcare payers and vendors are actively investing in analytics, workflow, predictive modeling, visualization and a myriad of related technologies that will sift through the ever increasing information stores to identify critical information upon which an

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Microsoft Corp. announced its acquisition of privately held Sentillion on December 10, 2009.  Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Andover, Mass., Sentillion develops and markets single sign-on (SSO), context management and user provisioning technologies to the provider market primarily in the United States.  The acquisition is expected to close in early calendar year 2010. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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10 Years of Patient Safety: Where Are We Now?

By Judy Hanover

Last month marked the 10th anniversary of the publication of the November 1999 publication of the Institute of Medicine's report, To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System.  This landmark report highlighted the critical situation and the contributing factors in what it called the "nation's epidemic of medical errors."  Two oft-quoted statistics from the 1999 report were the estimated annual cost of these medical errors, between $17B and $29B annually, and the number who die in hospitals as a

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