Healthcare analytics: Early days for many, significant progress for some

Recent surveys seem to suggest that the hype of analytics is overhanging reality by a significant margin. However, it’s early days yet, and there are pockets of excellence, such as Adventist Health System in Florida, that are making…


Why Quest Diagnostics is an important showcase for healthcare partnerships and IT innovation

Quest’s recent partnerships will have to stand the test of time to deliver incremental value to the business, especially the one with Inovalon, which launched in October. Regardless of how that goes, innovation through partnerships…


Skating to the puck: Medtech in transition

At Advamed2015, the Medtech industry seemed to be looking to go beyond selling ‘widgets’ in a fee-for-service world, and become more of solution providers, while embracing the growing consumerism sweeping across healthcare. However,…


The new Healthcare model: Beyond the pill, the premium and the patient

Pharma, Payer and Provider enterprises are all forging unusual alliances in pursuit of new revenues from healthcare data analytics. Why is this happening, and will it work?


IBM’s insatiable appetite for healthcare data

There’s obviously a great sense of urgency to realize the full potential of Watson, but for that to happen, IBM needs data — and lots of it. Can Watson ‘see’ far enough into the future to tell if it’s going out play out as expected?


The creepiness factor in healthcare data analytics

Today, we are on the cusp of unlocking the potential of data in the practice of evidence-based medicine and population health management. There are great benefits than can unfold from the use of multiple data sources, but we need to…


Key factors driving cloud analytics in healthcare

While there are several advantages to deploying cloud-based solutions, the most important concern around the use of cloud models is information security. High profile data breaches at Anthem, Premera and other healthcare organizations…


What the digital health revolution means for us

The digital health revolution is being driven partly by a need for more consumer-oriented health solutions. In the first half of 2015, 136 new companies raised more than $2 million each. This may be the most leading indicator that the…


Apple, Google, Fitbit: The battle for ‘wrist-share’ and the convergence of advanced technologies

Wearables have been all the rage in news media for the last couple of weeks. The big names in the space are taking unique approaches to dominate the human wrist. Despite the convergence of several advanced technologies, issues related…


The Apple Watch: Healthcare data gratification, delayed

The Apple Watch is a sophisticated communication device that sits on your wrist, and calling it a watch does it a great disservice. However, the health and fitness features are at best works in progress.


How Fitbit and IBM Watson are transferring the power of healthcare data from one hand to another

Fitbit and IBM Watson are rapidly democratizing the access to personal health data as well as access to complex computational capability, and placing it, literally, in people’s hands. They are effectively transferring power from the…


Blood, sweat and tears: The HIMSS juggernaut of 2015

The battle for the minds of the IT buyer, the healthcare consumer, and the policymakers rages for weeks before, during, and after the healthcare IT’s biggest annual event. This year’s HIMSS conference featured two prominent,…


Operationalizing healthcare analytics: A ‘plecosystem’ approach

The gap in the operationalization of analytics — in other words, taking complex mathematical models and algorithms and making them actionable by integrating them into an end-to-end process requires a holistic approach that involves…


Healthcare analytics: 4 things impacting the adoption rate

Recent surveys on healthcare analytics provide encouraging news about the increase in adoption rates for analytics. However, they indicate some headwinds as well that are likely to impact adoption rates.


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