Keeping medical device designs relevant in a big data world migrating to outcomes-driven payment models

Last week I presented the closing keynote at the Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West Conference & Exhibition in Los Angeles. MD&M has always been about what’s next in medical device design and this year’s event didn’t disappoint. While still being primarily focused on hardware, many smart device manufacturers came out to MD&M looking for advice on next generation architecture and thinking so that they could point their product roadmaps in the right direction. ...

Guest Article: Digital health doesn’t stop with Meaningful Use, claims and payment technologies still matter

“Digital Health” is often centered on EHRs and Meaningful Use to the detriment of many other technologies that can help improve patient satisfaction. To help make sure that we don’t forget how useful modern technologies are to actually getting paid for medical services, I invited Jay Fulkerson, president and CEO of Health Payment Systems (HPS), to take us through the most important issues surrounding claims and payment tech. Prior to his role at HPS, Fulkerson served as chief executive officer of Touchpoint Health Plan (which was acquired by United Healthcare) so he knows the payment space pretty well. ...

The connected EHR, cooperative med devices, and accountable tech are the future of health IT

Earlier this week I spoke at Atlanta Healthcare IT Leadership Summit on Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and what I call “accountable tech“. I was pleasantly surprised to learn most of the audience agreed that ACOs can’t succeed without the right technology but am continuously disappointed as to how little we as an industry are doing about it. Accountable tech is health IT that truly enables the slow but emerging move from fee for service (FFS) based payments to value-driven and outcomes based payments. ...