What We’re Reading: January Edition

And just like that, we’re one month into the new year. While it’s still too early to say, we’re hoping the healthcare industry stays true to its new year’s resolutions for overall improvement. At least some of the news from this month seems to indicate that we’re on the right track.

Here’s a snapshot of what we believe to be some of this month’s most interesting stories:

Should Apple Buy Epic?

Mad Money’s Jim Cramer suggested earlier this month that Apple should buy private digital health records operation Epic Systems, and almost everyone in the healthcare industry had something to say about it. Cramer calls out a number of benefits for Apple, including a boost to its stock price and reputation. While Epic isn’t for sale and has no plans go public, this story definitely has a lot of us thinking about the future of our industry. We saw a lot of interesting partnerships take the stage last year, and with this idea now circulating we think it’s fair to say this trend isn’t going to end anytime soon.

Convenience More Important to Patients Than Quality of Care

According to an NRC Health report, patients today want more from providers than just good care. They desire ease, convenience, and choice. In fact, of the 223,000 healthcare consumers surveyed, 51% said convenience and access are the most important factors in decision-making. That’s more than insurance coverage, doctor conduct, brand reputation, and quality of care. We’ve noticed this trend picking up here at MyHealthDirect, and don’t see any signs of it slowing down. This survey is further proof that healthcare organizations now, more than ever, need to focus their efforts on improving access to care.

American Hospital Association, Other Groups Call to Accelerate Interoperability

Seven of the leading hospital associations are urging all stakeholders to take part in driving interoperability efforts forward. Their recently published report, titled “Sharing Data, Saving Lives: The Hospital Agenda for Interoperability” explores what it will take to get interoperability where it exactly needs to be. Interoperability has been a topic of interest for many years but with little to show for it. This latest call for widespread effort to move it forward is the first of hopefully many steps this year to make it happen.

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Here’s a quick preview of where we’ve been this month:

Jason Kressel, COO of MyHealthDirect, explores the obstacles both health plans and providers face in closing gaps in care, and specifically how digital care coordination can help both parties overcome those challenges and ultimately meet quality scores and secure financial incentives.