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Watch for These 5 Health Industry Changes In the Wake of Amazon's and Apple's Efforts to Lower the Cost of Healthcare

Posted by Jerry Stone on Apr 13, 2018 10:57:30 AM

The American Healthcare system has grown more convoluted and difficult to navigate since reforms that began in the late 1990s. Legislators have increased regulation and third-party players, while allowing private companies to make enormous profits at the expense of Americans struggling to pay for their own care. This has yielded a wide range of problems – Bloomberg reveals our system today wastes money and misses the importance of prevention. To remedy these issues, many things need to change, including new laws and consumer participation, but some companies are taking matters into their own hands. Three American business giants, Amazon, JPMorgan Chase, and Berkshire Hathaway are forming a coalition that will take a stab at simplifying care. They’re not the only ones: other tech companies including Apple are venturing into the health sector as well, with the same goal of streamlining. While details on the Amazon deal are sparse, the move still gives the new conglomerate huge power from the start, and will certainly have implications for doctors and patients alike. Here are five ways the health sector may change due to this trend.

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These 7 Mobile Apps will Improve Your Healthcare Practice's Vitals

Posted by Corey Foster on Apr 10, 2018 10:30:00 AM

With the ever-evolving quality and abundance of mobile technology, many industries have their choice of using more mobile applications than their decision makers have time to properly vet. The healthcare sector is one of the most daunting examples in the mobile space. Seemingly infinite mobile applications can either assist doctors, patients and administrators, or ultimately amount to a massive waste of time and resources. This article presents seven apps with solid benefits. Please know that MedicalGPS, LLC does not specifically endorse any of the products or applications mentioned below, we do however know that healthcare is rapidly changing as a result of mobile technology, and offer the following highlights for your information gathering purposes only.

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Mastery of the Patient Experience - MedicalGPS 2017 Year in Review

Posted by Corey Foster on Feb 6, 2018 2:28:45 PM

As we optimistically embark upon a new year in 2018, all of us at MedicalGPS would like to take a moment to celebrate our clients' successes and triumphs of 2017. We invite you to check out several interesting and surprising M3 Patient Experience, M3 Advocate, and other MedicalGPS healthcare statistics on our 2017 Year in Review page

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10 Steps to Maximizing Patient Loyalty: How to Effectively Use Real-time Patient Feedback to Effect Positive Change within a Physician Group Practice

Posted by Jerry Stone on Sep 28, 2013 10:00:00 AM

To save you having to read a long introduction to this article, below is the short, bulleted list regarding how to use real-time patient feedback to effect positive change within your physician group practice.  
Following the list you will find real-world, physician practice applications for each step.

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Recent News in Healthcare, Patient Satisfaction, HIPAA, and CG-CAHPS - September 16th, 2013

Posted by Corey Foster on Sep 16, 2013 11:23:04 AM

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons says Patient Satisfaction is An Emerging Health Policy Issue

"The need to improve quality in healthcare delivery is increasing. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), hospitals, and insurance providers alike are striving to better define and measure quality of health care. A major component of quality of health care is patient satisfaction. Furthermore, patient satisfaction is critical to how well patients do; research has identified a clear link between patient outcomes and patient satisfaction scores.

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Patient Experience - Top Priority of Health Leaders for the Next Three Years

Posted by Corey Foster on Jun 10, 2013 2:53:04 PM

Where do you rank your patient's perception of your practice?  According to the 2013 HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey, 54% of Health Leaders rank 'Patient Experience and Satisfaction' as the top priority for the next three years.

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LinkedIn Confirms Account Passwords Hacked

Posted by Marty Hudson on Jun 7, 2012 12:16:43 PM

I am just posting up the article from PCWorld about LinkedIn being hacked.  Apparently a file containing some 6.5 million passwords appeared in a Russian online forum.  They say some 200,000 have already been cracked.  The good news is the file supposedly only contains passwords hashed using the SHA-1 algorithm and does not include user names or any other data.  Some bloggers and news reports state you should change all your account passwords that use the same password as your LinkedIn account.  The article also states that owners of compromised accounts will notice that their LinkedIn account password is no longer valid and they will receive an email from LinkedIn.  I haven’t received one as of yet. Here’s the article from PCWorld:

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Is Your Axe Sharp?

Posted by Marty Hudson on Oct 4, 2011 11:20:59 AM

"If I were given eight hours to chop down a tree, I would use six hours to sharpen my axe."  - Abraham Lincoln

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Got Stock?

Posted by Marty Hudson on Mar 29, 2011 10:13:31 AM

HCA, which is the largest hospital operator in the US, is no stranger to buyouts. It struck one in the late 1980s and another in 2006. So far, the strategy has generated huge returns for investors. And on March 10th HCA hit the public markets again. In all, the company raised $3.79 billion -- which makes it the biggest private equity IPO ever.

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Are You Adopting 21st Century Customer Service?

Posted by Marty Hudson on Feb 22, 2011 10:25:35 AM

The world of healthcare is changing at a fast pace.  The 21st century patient demands quality, compassionate care.  It’s a different world than it was 15 – 20 years ago and healthcare organizations must adopt to stay competitive.

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