IDG Contributor Network: The incredible, shrinking shelf life of healthcare technology strategy

As CIOs and industry executives grapple with the rate of change of technology, CEOs – especially in healthcare – grapple with an increasing number of unknowns in the environment that could disrupt their businesses. A survey by consulting firm Deloitte in May 2017 makes a telling statement: While CEO-level themes have remained largely the same since 2015, the urgency levels have ratcheted up. The study indicates that while CEO’s are concerned with protecting margins and managing the transition to population health and value-based care in an uncertain policy environment, they are also very concerned with technology and cybersecurity risks. The increasing consumerization of healthcare has become a CEO-level issue in a sector that barely cared about the healthcare consumer till recently.

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Healthcare CIO advocates a faster move to the cloud

With more than 35 years of health IT experience, UC Irvine Health CIO Chuck Podesta has witnessed the dramatic evolution of IT as well as the impact that technology has had in transforming medical operations and patient care.

That said, Podesta believes the healthcare industry still lags in certain areas, particularly in its adoption of cloud computing and its efforts to develop effective, efficient partnerships with vendors. As a frequent speaker at national conferences, Podesta offers strategies to bring health IT to its next level while at the same time developing strategies that advance the effectiveness of his own organization’s technology. Here, he shares some of his insights and ideas:

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IDG Contributor Network: How GE Healthcare migrated 500 applications to the cloud

At the OpenStack Summit, Jonathan Bryce, the executive director of the OpenStack Foundation talked about a new consumption model ‘remotely managed private cloud’ that’s gaining traction. GE Healthcare is already using that model through Rackspace.

During his keynote speech, Patrick Weeks, senior director of cloud, automation and operations at GE Healthcare (pictured above), detailed the work that the company has done over the last couple of years to move its healthcare enterprise applications to public cloud and remotely managed private cloud.

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IBM, Merge Healthcare Plans: Giving Watson The Gift Of Sight

IBM is planning to acquire Merge Healthcare, a company that specializes in medical imaging software. The goal is to bring enhanced imaging capabilities to the Watson Health portfolio, essentially giving the supercomputer the ability to see.
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Healthcare Trends Institute Releases Health Plan Guide to Leveraging Trends in Post-Reform Consumer Marketplace

The Healthcare Trends Institute, an educational platform for health plans, employers, advisors, and other healthcare benefits stakeholders, has released a new guide for health plans seeking insight on how to leverage the constantly shifting trends in the post-reform marketplace to educate and attract consumers.

Titled Health Plans: Your Guide to Leveraging Trends in the Post-Reform Consumer Marketplace, the guide highlights changes over the past five years as a result of the Affordable Care Act, as well as how a health plan can look to the future and act on these changes to reach consumers.

With healthcare reform continuing to transform the benefits landscape at a rapid pace, those health plans that are able to continually innovate and accommodate a consumer’s need for more information, more convenience, and better service are poised for growth in the present and future.

Specifically, this guide will cover three major topics:

Consumer Trends: Top 5 Healthcare Executive Consumer Strategy Points, Today’s Healthcare Consumers: Six Types of Consumers You Need to Know, Millennial Consumers Special Report
Technology Trends: Big Data, Administration Technology, Payment Technology, mHealth and more.
Future Trends: Accountable Care Organizations, The Future of Telehealth, Continued Rise of Private Exchanges
This free guide is available for download from the Healthcare Trends Institute website here.


About the Healthcare Trends Institute

The Healthcare Trends Institute is an educational platform to help employers, third-party administrators, health plans, brokers, banks, payroll providers, consumers, and other stakeholders keep up with the rapidly changing healthcare benefits industry. It covers a range of topics related to the administration and management of healthcare benefits, including defined contribution, health exchanges, insurance, legislation, and more.

Healthcare Trends Institute programs include an educational web series, an annual awards program, newsletters, training programs, a resource library, a real-time health exchange infographic, and more. To ensure all content and programs achieve the highest level of quality and relevancy, the Institute is guided by an Editorial Advisory Board comprising of subject-matter experts that represent diverse aspects and perspectives within the healthcare benefits industry. The Institute is sponsored by Evolution1, the nation’s largest electronic payment, on-premise, and cloud computing consumer-driven healthcare solution. More information is available at

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