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Research shows how employers handled FSAs

The Healthcare Trends Institute, an educational resource for employers, employees, and other healthcare benefits
stakeholders, announced results of its employer survey completed at the end of 2014, showing employer adoption of and rationale behind choosing the flexible spending account options.

KPMG: Insurance organizations struggling to innovate

innovationMost insurance executives struggle to kindle innovation spark within their organizations, a KPMG International report finds.

CHIME issues statement on Federal HIT strategic plan

IT plays a major role in helping hospitals and other healthcare providers reach the goals of a better patient experience, improved population health, and reduced per capita costs. The Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020, released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, lays out some critical markers for achieving those goals.

IDC evaluates health payers business intelligence plans

U.S. healthcare payers are investing at high rates in business intelligence (BI) tools and services in order to respond more effectively to their operational needs and competitive challenges.

Advances in technology, such as predictive analytics, have made BI tools and associated services more effective and economical, especially within the context of growing volumes of structured and unstructured data. The IT service providers that support BI capabilities are often playing highly strategic roles that extend across the payer enterprise. To help healthcare leaders effectively evaluate the top IT services vendors in the hotly contested market, IDC Health Insights.

Gartner: Investing in Big Data Two Years Out

Investment in big data continues to increase in 2015, but not as rapidly as in previous years. More than three-quarters of companies are investing or planning to invest in big data in the next two years, a three percent increase over 2014, according to a recent survey of IT and business leaders by Gartner, Inc.

The survey, which was conducted among 437 Gartner Research Circle Members in June 2015, included global organizations across all industries, both Gartner clients and nonclients.

United States lags in telemedicine

The American College of Physicians (ACP) has issued recommendations that guide the use of telemedicine use in primary care settings.

“The recommendations balance the potential benefits and expanded use of telemedicine with the importance of maintaining the patient-physician relationship and patient safety,” Hilary Daniel from ACP, told The Hospitalistl.

Telemedicine, the use of technology to deliver health care services at a distance got its start in rural communities and federal health programs, but is now used in medical specialties and subspecialties.

Doylestown Health Partners, Humana creates Accountable Care Model

Doylestown Health Partners of Doylestown, PA, and Humana are working together to offer Medicare Advantage members in Bucks and Montgomery counties a new model for health care called accountable care.

The new approach, also known as value-based health care, is part of a national trend designed to create a more primary care-focused health system that delivers highly coordinated and personalized care.