Answers for a Healthier World

Thirty years ago, when my grandmother would get sick, she would go to the doctor, listen to his advice — and then do as she was told. These days, though, when my daughter gets sick and the doctor tells her to take a medicine or complete a test, her first response is to ask questions about the medicine that she's being prescribed: What is it? Why should I take it? What are the potential side effects? How much does it cost? Is there a generic alternative?

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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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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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In part one and part two, I laid out my thoughts on barriers to entry centered around how we pay for telemedicine, some policy issues that exist, and potential solutions. In part three, I want to continue to discuss solutions in relation to state lines.

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In part one, I laid out my thoughts on barriers to entry centered around how we pay for telemedicine and some policy issues that exist. In part two, I want to discuss potential solutions.

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As a board-certified emergency medicine physician, I have had the opportunity to personally experience the joys of providing virtual care. I have seen positive outcomes and happy patients and families. I have seen local communities thrive from the extra support. Overall, I am thankful for the opportunity to provide virtual care to a network of nearly 150 hospitals in 10 states. I firmly believe every virtual shift I work; I am helping us move a step closer to the promise that geography should not dictate the standard of care a patient and family receives.

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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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