Pick Your Price for Surgery — An Idea That May Work?

Greg Nelson Business of Healthcare

ZendyHealth has launched a “Pick Your Price” program for orthopedics in addition to existing Priceline-style bid services for dental, imaging, and cosmetic services. This creates a new type of data that we haven’t really seen in healthcare– data on what a patient would be willing to pay for a given service.  With enough of these transactions, there would be an …

What will happen if fitness trackers ‘go to the dogs?’

Greg Nelson Business of Healthcare

by Monica Horvath, PhD It is always interesting to think about unintended effects of trying to engage people in healthier behavior. For example, Fitbit’s latest offering, Fitbit Group Health, is a corporate wellness platform that pairs their trackers with reporting, analytics, and engagement activities. With this in mind, I couldn’t help but to giggle when the WSJ recently described the …

Being healthy could be as simple as going to work

Greg Nelson Business of Healthcare

Add Fitwel to the list of certifications your office building can have. Of course we have required ADA standards to make sure a building is accessible by all, optional LEED certifications are granted to buildings that are green, and now Fitwell for buildings that promote healthy living and employee wellness.  Fitwel is a new initiative by the CDC to encourage …

Technology is just another tool

admin Business of Healthcare, Our Thots

I have two doctors that I visit annually, and I am always surprised at how incredibly different the two experiences are. Doctor Office A is decorated beautifully in a new building with all white furniture.  It looks pristine and futuristic. They appear to do a lot with technology.  They have patient web portals and electronic documentation. However, this is what usually happens. …

Healthcare Revolution of Changing Revenue Model

Greg Nelson Business of Healthcare

Accountable care. What is that? It’s a new business revenue model that some hospitals are looking into. One where they are paid by the quality of service rather than fee-for-service. Will it happen at a hospital near you? Maybe, maybe not. But hospitals are now evaluating many different payment models which means flexibility will be key in managing all of …

3 Key Strategies for Data Science Innovation

Greg Nelson Analytics training, Business of Healthcare

In our advisory service work we are often asked “how should we organize our analytics team?” While there is no one right answer, it should align to the organizational strategy.   Minimally, we suggest that you allow ample opportunity for “insight and innovation” and that is pretty hard to do when you are focused on delivering data via reports for …

Retreating Toward a Purpose

Greg Nelson Business of Healthcare, Healthcare Analytics

Every once in a while you find someone that you can believe in.   I’ve always appreciated what Athena Health is trying to do – even in face of looming giants such as Epic and Cerner.   But Jonathan Bush, athenahealth’s CEO and President, is really just impressive. Leaders who demonstrate self-reflection are rare.  Those that reflect on their performance …

See Our Presentation: How to Grow Health Analytics Without Hiring New Staff

Greg Nelson Analytics Competencies, Analytics training, Business of Healthcare, Our Thots

by Monica Horvath, PhD Really?  Wow– that’s a hard title to live up to.  But we will be doing just that when I (Monica Horvath, Director of Health Intelligence) speak at the NC HIMSS Spring Conference this Thursday, April 21.  There I will walk the audience through: Our take on healthcare’s problem with data A solution: Data champions A roadmap …

Refunded care at Geisinger: $80K over 6mos

Greg Nelson Business of Healthcare

Not too long ago Geisinger CEO announced that for certain services, they would be giving a refund option via their ‘ProvenExperience’ program if patients were not satisfied with their care.  Patients can request a refund of their co-payments or deductibles. The goal was to increase satisfaction scores. Much fun was poked at Geisinger across the industry for this seemingly foolhardy …