Healthcare Transformation

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Accountable care from both the public and private sectors are in full swing. Many initiatives are showing positive results in improved quality and cost management but current investments in technology, particularly for hospitals is frighteningly low. IDC Health Insights understands the pressure on hospitals to juggle many coonflicting priorities and low margins makes technology investment a challenge. Health plan investments are more in line with expected levels particularly as many health plans are planning to offer their technology platofrms to providers as a service. Investment priorities are resoundingly for analytics.

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During last week end, a group of doctors, health professionals and geeks met up for the second NHS Hack Day in Liverpool . Hack days as you might know have been quite popular in the last few years. Most famous initiatives have been run in public administration areas, with governments publishing their non sensitive data set, calling for hackers (and not crackers!) to solve specific problems or needs or to find unconventional ways to use them and realizing new types of services. The healthcare sector, especially here in Europe, has been quite slow in adopting this approach, but recent events are showing an evolving interesting scenario.

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The range of future scenarios for the Medicare Advantage market is broad and MA plans have to be careful when considering how they should invest in the near term. One area where they can focus is on five-star analytics solutions. These solutions can help health plans earn bonuses available under the current five-star quality performance program and thus protect revenues against the backdrop of declining government MA reimbursements. Five-star solutions can also help health plans lay a foundation for future business based on quality and/or consumer based initiatives.

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