Blockchain-an Emerging Technology that has Promise to Address Functional and Security Needs in Healthcare IT

Remember when businesses all kept their own ledgers, which required updates as each new business transaction occurred? How about the added expenses that had to be paid to intermediaries adding margin for services?  And what about the inefficiencies as each business in the network (supplier, buyer, seller) all recorded the same transactions in their individual ledgers? While many businesses and industries, including healthcare, still operate this way, an emerging technology has great potential to advance Healthcare IT across the economy and in the government, namely “Blockchain.”

Beyond the operating room: Applying military healthcare data insights to the civilian sector

Major Jim Markham is an operations research / systems analyst in the Army.  He is currently serving as a Research Fellow in the Training with Industry program, during which he works with IBM for one year before returning to the Army, including time with the Center for The Business of Government. His fellowship is intended to help him learn how industry applies big data and analytics to healthcare challenges in order to take this knowledge back to the Army.

 

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Treating the Invisible Wounds of War

Today, we are more likely to talk about PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and related mental health issues such as alcohol and substance use as they are recognized medical conditions with effective treatments available. Since September 11, 2001, more than 2.69 million troops have returned from deployments to Iraq or Afghanistan.

Recommendations to Improve Health Care in the U.S.

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Dan Chenok:  Keith, as an experienced physician, leader, and innovator, can you describe your impressions of the health information technology (HIT) field?

IMPLEMENTATION BRIEF 3: Implementation of the Affordable Care Act of 2010

This implementation brief, Preparing for Health Insurance Exchanges: Benefits, Challenges, and Responsibilities for the Federal Government and the States, is the third in a series of reports exploring some of the most formidable and important challenges facing states and the federal government as they implement the Affordable Care Act. These exchanges, which will offer a wide choice of private health plans and sliding scale federal premium subsidies for millions of Americans, are scheduled to launch in 2014.

Realizing Value Driven e-Health Solutions

As is well known, health care remains one of the most pressing issues facing us today. The U.S. health care system continues down what most experts have concluded to be an unsustainable path, mired by ever-increasing costs, inconsistent quality, and access pressures. The U.S. spends over $2 trillion on medical care annually which, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), represents about 2.4 times the average of other OECD countries.

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