How to Create A Winning Cloud Strategy

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Cloud development is a pretty complex industry that requires a lot of expertise and know-how.  Also, it is helpful to know which tools are effective and how you can use them to reach your end-goal. Especially after you have a cloud development platform, you can build some excellent apps and solutions to whatever you have in mind.  Below I have pointed out some of the best tips for developing a winning cloud development strategy to set yourself up for success.

The Cloud is Not a Storage Unit, It’s Strategy

People who do not have a good understanding of the cloud or have not taken the time to learn usually think that a cloud is just a storage unit for emails and data. That actually could not be farther from the truth for people who understand all of the capabilities. The cloud can be used for scaling your business to the moon and gaining a considerable competitive advantage over the competition in your industry. 

Plan, Then Execute

Another important step to the process of using the cloud to your advantage is weighing out how you plan to use the cloud to help your business. After that, you have to consider your IT team and the power that they have. Are they well equipped to scale in the ways that you want to?  If not, then you need to act on new ways so that you can find the correct IT people for your job. Nothing is going to be done if you do not have the right people in place to get your job done. 

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Staying Safe In Your Wheelchair: Great Advice For Getting Out and About

If you’re a wheelchair user you’ll know that every day presents different challenges that you need to
overcome. From mental health issues to managing your pain and health to other tests such as
discrimination, loneliness and those overly helpful people who think they’re doing the right thing.

You may also have issues with your finances and if you’re still waiting for your social security
disability payment to come through you may find yourself under a lot of fiscal pressure right now.
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Staying safe whilst you’re using your wheelchair can feel a little daunting. With so many hazards to
consider, sometimes just getting out and enjoying the fresh air can seem like hard work. Here we’ll
look at some great advice for getting out and about and how you can stay safe in your wheelchair.

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Patient-Centric Approach To Improved Operational Efficiencies for Better Revenue Cycle Management

By Teri Schmidt, vice president of business development, SYNERGEN Health LLC.

While some physicians are beginning to see patient visits return to pre-COVID-19 volume, many independent practices are still struggling. In fact, nearly nine in 10 practice owners or partners that responded to a recent survey indicated they were concerned about the future of their practices, and more than half of all respondents (54%) were “very concerned.”

Months of reduced activity, particularly at practices that suspended elective procedures in the spring, have taken a heavy toll on revenue. As a result, many practices are now compelled to take stopgap measures to contain costs.

High unemployment rates continue to create hardships that can strain patients’ finances. Even an indirect impact, such as a job loss sustained by another member in the household, can affect a patient’s willingness to seek needed treatment or impair their ability to pay for medical services.

To ensure patients can get access to the care they need, as well as their organization’s financial longevity, each health care provider needs to reassess their business strategy with an eye towards improvement in operations. The COVID-19 crisis has exposed many areas of inefficiencies that were already affecting revenues before the pandemic began.

Invest in operational efficiencies for better revenue management

Today, practices have less room for inefficiency and must take decisive steps to invest in technology that will drive increased efficiency at lower costs. Imperatives for a practice thrown into disarray by changes related to COVID-19 are to stabilize the practice by taking better control of the business process. This includes steps to strengthen contingency plans to minimize disruptions and reduce patient liability during the reimbursement lifecycle of the patient, while ensuring the safety of patients and staff during these challenging times.

Reducing patient liability is both a strategy and a desired outcome the practice should aim for as it fine-tunes its management of the revenue cycle, which extends from the patient’s initial appointment through successful payment collection.

The practice can reduce increases in aged receivables by greater attention to pre-visit efforts.  Performing eligibility checks and verification of benefits sets expectations and provides improved financial transparency for the patient which sets the stage for a smoother patience experience.

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Telehealth Impacting Patient Satisfaction in Physical Therapy

By Terrence D. Sims, president & COO, Raintree Systems.

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Telehealth is a $2.6B industry and has grown more than 25% since 2015. The global COVID-19 pandemic has switched telehealth’s use and acceptance into overdrive, and nearly every healthcare discipline is utilizing some form of telehealth platforms as part of their clinical offerings. As the pandemic brought life to a stand-still, industries and employees were placed into one of two categories: those who provided essential services like grocery store staff, doctors, and emergency medical personnel and those who were deemed non-essential.

Non-essential businesses were ordered to shut down all operations while government officials figured out the next best steps for the safety of its citizens. Initially, physical therapy and other non-clinical medical professions were deemed non-essential. This changed when the Department of Homeland Security, along with state governments and healthcare officials, deemed physical therapy an essential healthcare service that should continue to treat its patients.

This acknowledgment placed the physical therapy sector in an interesting predicament. On one hand, many municipalities had issued stay-at-home orders. Even with the re-categorization of physical therapy as an essential healthcare service, many patients simply feared leaving their homes and chose to postpone much-needed physical therapy appointments until the virus was contained. This dilemma forced physical therapy practitioners to explore the telehealth platform as a way to continue treating patients and to create a much-needed revenue stream for the health of the practice.

COVID-19 Triggers Regulatory Changes

The telehealth industry was already changing dramatically due to COVID-19. To help telehealth services become more widely available, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma relaxed HIPAA restrictions that had previously limited telemedicine as a patient care option. The deregulations included the ability of physicians to treat patients across state lines without becoming licensed in that particular state and ushered in the development of IT infrastructures that did not meet compliance or regulatory parameters established by HIPPA laws. Lastly, a rapid introduction and approval of dozens of new billing codes were issued to itemize and enable medical professionals to bill Medicare for telehealth services.

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Top Medical Apps for Seniors

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One of the most significant challenges in the medical industry is the aging population. Taking care of seniors means using many different methods to ensure compliance. Seniors are often tricky to take care of, as many of them suffer from age-related diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease (AD).

This is why it is important to think of advanced methods to make sure their safety remains a top priority. Among the most effective methods today is the use of technology, such as medical apps. Here are some of the top medical apps that are best for seniors:

1. 5Star Medical Alert

5Star Medical Alert is a medical app that helps seniors get immediate medical help from emergency responders employed by 5Star agents. The benefit of this app is that it serves as a personal safety app with agents available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The app comes with a GPS that can track its users, so it is easier to find an individual in case of an emergency. The app also has a conference call functionality, so seniors can still connect with their family during transport. The app is available for download on both iOS and Android phones.

2. MediSafe

If you want a medical app that is highly dedicated to senior users, MediSafe is a great option. Its functionality is compatible with the needs of our elderly loved ones. It has a very user-friendly interface that allows users to program automatic drug intake reminders. It also comes with an online medical box that sends an alarm about the medication schedule. The app is great for those with memory problems to make sure they don’t miss out on any of the medications.

MediSafe can also be synchronized with HealthKit to record health readings such as pulse rate, blood pressure, blood glucose levels, temperature, and weight.  All these results can be automatically shared with medical providers to warn them of any sudden spikes. It also sends prescription refills before medications are depleted. What sets this app apart is its Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance.

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The Latest Advancements In Hip Replacement Surgery

As the years go by and the body begins to enter its old age, it’s only natural for aches and pains to begin to appear. Many older people will begin to notice issues with their joints, in particular, and the hip is one of the most commonly affected areas, requiring treatment.

More than 175,000 people undergo hip replacement surgery every year for a variety of reasons, and this surgery can be life-changing, helping to alleviate pain and suffering, help with movement, and prevent further damage being done to the hip joint itself.

With a hip replacement or implant, damaged or diseased parts of the joint are removed or smoothed out, replaced or covered over with pieces of metal, plastic, or ceramic that mimic the way the joint functions. Studies show that this surgery can help people live longer and massively improve their quality of life.

As with other areas of medicine, we’ve seen big advancements in how hip replacements work as time goes by, leading to more successful surgeries and better results for patients. Some risks still exist and the process isn’t perfect, by any means, but great strides have been made, as shown below.

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Taming the Tech: Navigating Technology and Ethics In Senior Care

By Adrian Johansen, freelance writer; @AdrianJohanse18.

In the age of COVID-19, the role of technology in supporting senior care has perhaps never been more important or apparent. Telemedicine is increasingly proving its power to ensure continuity and quality of care from the safety and security of the patients’ home.

But today’s technology is about far more than just protecting seniors and the vulnerable from potential exposure to the virus. Now, more than ever, technologies are being developed to optimize patient care and to support seniors who wish to age in place, living out their golden years independently at home.

As promising as these technologies may be, however, it’s not all roses and champagne. The reality is technology is developing so quickly that it can be hard to keep up, particularly from a moral and ethical perspective. We’re only just beginning to understand the implications of this tech invasion. It might prove to be a tremendous help but also a tremendous harm for some seniors.

Before we jump too quickly on the technology bandwagon when it comes to senior care, there are some ethical considerations we need to keep in mind.

Why It Matters

The simple fact is that today’s technologies are making it easier than ever for seniors to remain in their own homes without putting their health and safety at risk. Thanks to an array of new smart technologies, caregivers can remotely monitor their loved ones from secure portals that can be accessed on most any mobile device.

The devices allow caregivers to monitor the physical activity in the home through motion detectors, including the ability to identify potentially significant changes in activity patterns. Wearables can even remotely track users’ vital data, such as heart rate, blood pressure, blood glucose, or sleep quality. Best of all, caregivers are able to receive immediate alerts when monitors detect an emergency, such as a fall or a medical issue.

Not only that, but caregivers can also use smart systems to emulate the kind of continuous care seniors would traditionally receive at an assisted living facility. They can monitor and remotely control the home’s temperatures, for example.

And, for seniors who are experiencing cognitive decline, caregivers can set up medication reminders — with the medication’s name and proper dosage — on their loved one’s smartphone, tablet, or PC. Since memory-related medication non-compliance is a particularly common, and particularly dangerous, health challenge for seniors, this may well be the key to your loved one’s health and longevity.

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Healthcare Claims Processing: How To Your Improve Efficiency

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Effective management of medical claims is an extremely complex task. What make it difficult for insurers to improve the claims operations are the numerous steps and variations involved in each process. As insurance payouts also form a significant part of an insurer’s costs, medical insurers need to discover a better way to reduce claims processing expenses.

However, it’s essential to note that the insurance policy holders’ right to receive fair and equitable settlement and their service needs must never be compromised just for cost-efficiency measures. Medical insurance companies should give more importance to high-quality experience since the satisfaction and loyalty of policy holders is largely dependent on their experience when processing their claims.

Below are best practices for improving efficiency of medical claims processing:

  1. Use Automation Tools

The key to improving accuracy and efficiency of healthcare claims processing is automation. Insurance companies must take advantage of advancements in optical character recognition and other technologies that may alleviate the struggle that their staff had to endure in the past because of having to utilize different templates for different forms.

Using the right tools, insurers can be confident that no data is missed. That’s because machine learning and artificial intelligence ensure that errors are caught in the early stages of the process. Essentially, the use of automation tools takes accuracy to the highest level to improve the overall efficiency of healthcare claims processing.

  1. Outsource Medical Claims Processing

When it comes to healthcare claims processing, one beneficial step that insurance companies can opt to take is outsourcing the majority of the process to a BPO agency like Smart Data Solutions. When choosing a service provider to outsource your healthcare claims management, look for one with the right tools and experience required to streamline workflows, both on paper and electronically.

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COVID-19 Is Driving Automation Breakthroughs In Laboratories Everywhere

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For years leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic, laboratories all around the world had been dealing with severe staffing shortages and major budgetary constraints. Those factors combined to push many facilities to the brink of closure and kept the rest from operating at full capacity for long stretches of time. Then, when the pandemic struck, those issues exploded into a full-blown crisis.

But it wasn’t all bad news. That’s because the sudden flood of work coupled with the need to reduce person-to-person transmission of the virus has prompted many facilities to speed up their plans to adopt additional automation solutions into their workflows. And it’s also giving researchers a reason to push the boundaries of current laboratory automation technologies to see what’s possible.

Here’s an overview of the forces behind automation’s growth in laboratories, as well as how the available technology is coming together to create the laboratory facilities of the future.

Automation Adoption Rising

Even as the pandemic continues to rage, there’s growing evidence that automation is going to emerge as the cornerstone of the post-COVID-19 laboratory. Already, industry analysts are beginning to include the pandemic’s effects on the market. One such analysis predicts that the pandemic is behind an accelerating growth rate expected to top a 6% CAGR between now and 2024. That outlook points to a huge uptick in both interest and investment in automation technologies, at a pace that far outstrips pre-pandemic levels.

Outside Investment Increasing, Boosting Upgrades

It’s also important to note that the surge in interest (and need) for laboratory automation isn’t happening in a vacuum. It’s happening at a time when laboratories are receiving a burst of both public and private funding streams intended to help them scale up to meet current and future challenges. In the US, the Department of Health and Human Services recently announced over $6.4 million of additional funding going to two major US labs to help them purchase new equipment to increase their capacity in the near term.

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Manage Your Stress Through A Connected Object

Stress and anxiety are a big part of everyone’s lives these days. The uncertainty that has taken over the world, since the start of the coronavirus crisis at the beginning of the year, has yet lo leave. People are looking for ways to manage their stress and anxiety, so that they can cope better with the new realities. Today, they can turn to a connected object called Spire to do so.

A Start-Up to Answer Every Need

It would seem like there are new start-ups popping-up everyday, ready to tackle on a need still unsolved by another corporation. That is the case with Spire who saw a niche and decided to launch itself into the void that existed. But before connected objects came on the market, there was already online help to relieve stress and anxiety. It is the case with Intermittent Breathing, where professionals are teaching breathing techniques for anxiety, which can help people going through this difficult time in history.

Nothing is more important than recovering normal breathing, when suffering through stress and anxiety. Otherwise, more ailments will come such as headaches, digestive problems and cardiovascular troubles. It is the one solution studies recommend, when going through rough patches, as it was proven to work best against other strategies in various research.

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