Answers for a Healthier World

Leidos Health president Jonathan Scholl recently sat down with POLITICO writer David Himmel to discuss the future of healthcare technology. In an interview published in POLITICO Focus, Scholl described why healthcare technology in the U.S. hasn't produced the improvements seen elsewhere in tech — and how to fix that.

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Three impediments hinder most healthcare providers. Closing the gap that exists between revenue cycle and IT is the first major issue. This challenge, although common in all industries, tends to strike the healthcare sector particularly strong because of the advancements and investments in unified electronic healthcare records (EHRs). 

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Legacy support engagements can be either disruptive or seamless to a hospital from a clinician’s perspective. The characteristics that determine one or the other fall solely on capabilities of the legacy support vendor and the quality of communication and legwork hospitals undergo before they start an engagement with their selected legacy support vendor. If the vendor and the hospital communicate poorly or have separate goals, the execution and completion of a project can be damaging to a clinician’s ability to perform their job.

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Across most industries, legacy systems have become a challenge. They lower efficiency and can at times create regulatory concerns. They also create security gaps and lower the quality of service that customers have come to expect within an “always-on,” mobile world.

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2017 was a year of many great accomplishments and several key insights. At Leidos, we would like to sum up the year recapping some of the major takeaways that may help your organization better prepare for the challenges and opportunities of 2018.

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Achieving a high-level of care through an affiliate model is not easy. Despite the best intentions at improving the quality of care within the healthcare industry, hospital systems can often fall short from a lack of preparedness. Often the goal becomes muted from the start, particularly if the number of siloed or proprietary technology systems that clinicians and patients have are not addressed.

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Collaboration is a main ingredient to successful execution within population health management. Recently, C-Level leaders within the health industry- such as CMOs, CMIOs, CIOs, Population Health VPs- met during a Population Health Exchange to discuss the strategic priorities of the population health field. The exchange is a yearly event run by HealthLeaders Media Exchange, a provider of healthcare business intelligence.

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Depending upon who you ask, population health may not be too popular. Some of the apprehension concerning population health concerns stems from the ability for Big Data to provide actionable insights that improve the level of care. Additionally, some apprehension around population health comes from the fear of a disconnect between quality care and financial success under new reimbursement models.

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Within the healthcare industry, it can be easy to get lost in the numbers. Sources such as Healthcare Finance even suggest that hospitals looking to gain control over finances and protect their revenue streams should perform tasks such as verifying compliance of financial connectivity software. Although a myriad of activities exist that hospitals can use to potentially secure their revenue stream, in a larger sense, protecting revenue streams relies mostly on a hospital’s ability to achieve Revenue Cycle Readiness.

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It’s common knowledge that U.S. healthcare spending is astronomical. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the average U.S. healthcare organization spend in 2015 increased 5.8 percent to reach $3.2 trillion. And that number has only grown. Health spending is projected to grow 5.4 percent in 2017 related to faster growth in Medicare and private health insurance spending. Health expenditures are also projected to grow at an average rate of 5.9 percent for 2018-19, the fastest of the sub-periods examined, as projected spending growth in Medicare and Medicaid accelerates.

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