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Healthcare is Moving Faster than the Speed of Light

Healthcare is moving faster than the speed of light. Medical innovation has changed the way we live more over the past 20 years than in the previous 2,000 years. The challenge our industry faces is to ensure that nothing gets in the way of advancing innovation and uncovering the next big solution. To do that, we need thought leaders that continually evaluate the needs of patients, healthcare organizations and, most importantly, the people who drive our industry. If we do not innovate fast enough, we risk letting important business and clinical opportunities pass us by.

Technology continues to be the catalyst for changing our world, and smartphones and tablets are at the tip of the spear. In the United States, there are over 380 million wireless subscriber connections and we send 157 billion text messages every month. It is no surprise that electronic communication in health care is one of the industry’s fastest growing segments. For example, it will not be long before half of all doctor visits are held virtually through technologies such as Skype and WebEx.

At The Focus, we bring together some of healthcare’s best and brightest thought leaders who share their perspectives about our industry. We have two new authors for our fall edition. The first, J. Bryan Bennett, is the Executive Director of the Healthcare Center of Excellence in Chicago, IL. His article, The Secret Top Executives Know about Healthcare Analytics, highlights executive leadership as the most important aspect of implementing a successful healthcare analytics initiative.

Dean F. Sittig, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Bioengineering at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX, and Hardeep Singh, MD, MPH, Chief of the Health Policy, Quality & Informatics Program, Veterans Affairs Health Services Research Center, Houston, TX, contributed an article that focuses on one of the hottest topics in healthcare: data security breaches. Their article, A Ransomware Epidemic and an Overdue National Health IT Safety Center, discusses the recent malicious attacks on computer systems.

We have six returning authors who have tackled some of our industry’s leading topics. In his article, Market vs. Medicine: America’s Epic Fight for Better, Affordable Healthcare, David W Johnson, CEO and Founder, 4sight Health, Chicago, IL, shares his ideas about the transformation needed to deliver affordable quality care. Alan Preston, MHA, Sc.D., Professor, Texas Health and Science University, Austin, TX, delves into our hyper-politicized environment and how it has shaped the World Health Organization (WHO) policies in his article, The Politicization of Healthcare at the WHO Level.

Phil Solomon, Vice President of Global Services at MiraMed, shares his insight about the bright future of telehealth in his article, Telehealth, the 21st Century Gold Rush. Is healthcare Leaping and Limping to Value-Based Payments? Robert E. Goff, Executive Director and CEO of University Physicians Network in New York City, seems to think so. He shares his thoughts about the transference from volume care to a value-based reimbursement model.

In his article, Jonathan Landsman, CISA, MBA, Senior Director of Big Data Strategy, MiraMed Global Services, Jackson, MI, delivers an interesting perspective about how to improve employee productivity through goal setting and measurements in his article, Track Your Team’s Success with Performance Measures. Finally, Karin Bierstein, a Strategic Planning and Practice Affairs consultant for Anesthesia Business Consultants in Jackson, MI, offers important suggestions about how providers can appropriately compensate peers and offer discounts to patients in her article, When May Physicians Offer Professional Courtesy, Co-Payment and Cash Payment Discounts?

It makes me proud to work in an industry where the free flow of ideas empowers professionals to seek advancements that can fundamentally improve the quality of our lives. It is an exciting time to be a part of an industry that moves faster than the speed of light. I hope you enjoy reading this quarter’s edition of The Focus. As always, please let me know if you have any questions or comments. I wish you the best of luck as we head towards the end of 2016. 

With best wishes,

Tony Mira
President and CEO

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