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by Brian Eastwood | February 13, 2018

Why Patient Relationship Management Is More Than “CRM for Healthcare”

Key takeaways: Patient engagement has come a long way for those organizations looking to move beyond early models of the patient portal propped up by meaningful use – but it still has a long way to go. Patient relationship management is more than just CRM for healthcare, and vendors from

by Brian Murphy | February 01, 2018

Healthcare Needs 5G

Speculations that the U.S. might build and operate a 5G network were a false alarm. Whoever ends up building the next generation of wireless network infrastructure, it seems like a good time to imagine what 5G networks could mean in healthcare. The major telcos claim that 5G networks could deliver

by Brian Eastwood | January 25, 2018

What Digital Health Investors Should Learn From the Flu

Successful startups will define a problem and solve it, not just prove a concept By many accounts, the digital health market remains strong. Both Startup Health and Rock Health reported substantial year-over-year upticks in VC funding announcements, at 44% and 31%, respectively. (Startup Health assessed $11.5 billion in global deals,

by Matt Guldin | January 24, 2018

Can Kindred Help Humana Bend the Cost Curve?

In December 2017, national health insurer Humana and two private equity firms, TPG Capital and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (WCAS), announced the $4 billion acquisition of Kindred Healthcare, a national provider of post-acute services. This was not terribly surprising as it was rumored back in April that Kindred Healthcare

by David Constantine | January 22, 2018

Optum’s Deal With DaVita: Vertically Integrated Healthcare Continues to Grow

Healthcare continues trend toward consolidation as more M&A deals mark the end of 2017 As we kick off 2018, we rest in the wake of the announcement of the largest M&A deal to date in the healthcare industry between CVS and Aetna. While stakeholders speculate about implications, another deal was

by Ken Kleinberg | January 18, 2018

The Tale of My Toe (Nail Fungus)

Anonymous Guest Post (well, OK, it's from Ken)   What follows is an unpleasant story about a toenail fungus. (Sorry.) Actually, mine is pretty bad – it’s on most of my toes, and it’s been there for years. My primary care physician was adamant: “Don’t waste your time and money.

by Ellen Badinelli | January 10, 2018

The Most “Disruptive” Development of 2017 Goes to…Taxes!

Physicians in the Cross Hairs: As states with business-friendly tax codes become a physician’s mecca, those of us in high-tax states may find a dwindling number of practitioners in the next decade. As we take stock of the winners and losers of tax reform heading into 2018, let’s reflect on

by Brian Eastwood | December 21, 2017

Healthcare’s Opportunity to Bridge the Digital Divide – and Boost Health Literacy

"Think globally, act locally" isn't just for recycling   For many Americans, the holidays mean traveling great distances to spend the season with loved ones, which itself means interacting to some degree with the travel, ecommerce, and mobile technology industries. Healthcare aims to emulate each of these industries in its
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