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Apr 12, 2017

What needs to change in the healthcare spending formula? Our April 2017 HIT Market Update

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Please click here for our April 2017 HIT Market Update. If the U.S. healthcare were an economy, it would be larger than the GDP of Italy. So  what are some of the key drivers that can contract the size of our healthcare “GDP”? It sounds counter-intuitive. Nations strive to expand their GDP, but when it comes to healthcare, we have to reverse our thinking before it overwhelms us. The formula behind calculating GDP is: C + G + I + NX; where C stands for private consumption or consumer spending, G is the sum of government spending, I is the sum of…

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Mar 1, 2017

HIMSS 2017- who will win the battle between the doom sayers and the optimists?

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Dear Clients and Friends, Please click here for our March 2017 HIT Market Update. Last week we attended HIMSS, the largest HIT conference. Although we were warned that the mood could be somewhat subdued, and despite a few cautionary signs, we came back inspired by the technologies we saw, the entrepreneurs we met and the outlook for the future. Here are a few of our observations. 1. Most vendors appeared cautiously optimistic. Whether TrumpCare repeals or replaces ACA, people believe that the same IT sectors such as data integration, analytics, care management, and consumer technologies will remain as key priorities…

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Jan 26, 2017

6 predictions for healthcare in 2017 – what you need to know. Our January 2017 Healthcare Market Update

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Dear Clients and Friends, Click here for our January 2017 HIT Market Update. It is a new year. Time again to take out our crystal ball and share our top predictions for 2017. In keeping with our tradition, we have tried to think beyond some of the headlines such as the repeal of Obamacare and how that could slow down IT adoption. Instead we have attempted to enumerate the more subtle shifts that could impact the most active sectors for capital raising and M&A. AI will move beyond the brute force of using lots of processors and large memories. The…

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Nov 29, 2016

A Few Suggestions for Our New President – November 2016 Healthcare IT Market Update

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Dear Clients and Friends, Click HERE for the November 2016 Healthcare IT Review. Much has been written about “TrumpCare”- the successor to Obamacare – and what the new administration may or may not do with the ACA and Medicare/Medicaid programs. Rather than speculating about specific provisions, we would like to offer a few suggestions regarding the importance of the emerging industry standards. MIPS (Merit-based Incentive Payment Systems) aimed chiefly at ambulatory providers and MACRA (Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015), which establishes new ways to pay physicians for caring for Medicare beneficiaries, are both good ideas and we…

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Jul 7, 2016

What is driving the high spending on the elderly in America? Our June/July 2016 Healthcare IT Review

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One of the more sobering facts about our healthcare system is not only its sheer size, but how the spending spreads across various age groups. The U.S. spends over $3.0 trillion, or 17% of its GDP, on healthcare. That compares with about 11% for Germany and France. But if we look at spending across various age groups, the U.S. spend is about the same percentage of GDP for people under 60-65.

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