What is Blockchain?

What is Blockchain?

Blockchain technology is currently one of the most pivotal and disruptive in the world. Multiple industries are implementing the blockchain technology to innovate the way they function, including the healthcare industry.

Blockchain is decentralized digital accounting that keeps a permanent, unalterable record of transactions between users. In short, a blockchain is a time-stamped series of fixed record of data that is managed by a cluster of computers not owned by any single entity. Each of these blocks of data (i.e. block) are secured and bound to each other using cryptographic principles (i.e. chain).

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Digital Health Market Outlook — 2019 and Beyond

Digital Health Market Outlook — 2019 and BeyondIn our current healthcare climate, a patient can book an appointment with a physician, inquire about medical guidance, access medical records, and have a prescription filled…but never actually leave their front step. If that isn’t incredible enough — robots perform surgeries and 3D printers can print human organs; the healthcare industry transforms year after year, opening the door and earning a front row seat in the development of digital health.

Let’s explore primary drivers that are responsible for moving digital health along within the medical market.

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2019 Healthcare Predictions

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The transformation to value-based medical care, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, and the rise of private insurance models is predicted to have the most substantial adjustments to how the healthcare industry functions, according to Forbes.

Forbes has published predictions on the evolution to the healthcare industry for the last 10 years.

Here are Forbes’ top eight predictions for the healthcare landscape in 2019:

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Implementation of Artificial Intelligence Inside Clinical Settings

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Healthcare organizations have their plates full, juggling the latest and greatest offerings and cutting-edge tools, all while figuring out budgets to support the advanced tech tools and procuring staff with the capacity to oversee them. One of these trending tools  on every administrator’s mind is preparing for and implementing Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Read any article or watch a news clip about the subject, and there are common themes that AI is projected to bring to the table — you’ll hear words like:

  • Analyze
  • Predictive actions
  • Preventative care
  • Feedback

The bottom line is that AI is seen as a benefit to the patient, first and foremost. With continuous connectivity and the capacity to learn, AI would have the ability to improve clinical efficiency by collecting, aggregating, and analyzing patient data —the results of this learning can then be used to improve patient adherence, engagement, and to proactively advise on next steps. AI in a clinical setting would prove its effectiveness as it begins to transform the healthcare system into one more focused on preventative care as opposed to reactionary care.

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Clinical Integration of Artificial Intelligence — A Look into the Future

Artificial intelligence in Healthcare Artificial Intelligence (AI) is undeniably gaining momentum within healthcare. Case studies and beta testing is proving valuable for longterm integration inside clinical settings.

In a survey conducted by Intel and Convergys Analytics, half of the participating professionals reported that widespread adoption of AI is imminent — predicting that it will be common practice within five years.

Nearly 20% believe that AI will be completely adopted in less than two years.

The poll found that 37% of respondents are already using artificial intelligence within their organizations in some capacity.

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How to Achieve The Triple Aim

Triple AimThe Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) launched the Triple Aim initiative in 2007. IHI defines the Triple Aim as a “framework for optimizing health system performance.” It was created for healthcare organizations to enhance a patients’ experience (i.e. quality, access, and reliability) while reducing the per capita cost of care.

The three objectives include:

  1. Improving the patient experience of care
  2. Improving the health of populations
  3. Reducing the per capita cost of health care

It is evident that most recent healthcare reform initiatives by the government regarding healthcare policy and funding, is fueled by the Triple Aim.

The three aims are not a new concept per se, but it wasn’t until government mandated healthcare reform, i.e Obamacare, that the Triple Aim became a sought-after goal for health organizations.

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The Triple Aim: Improving the Patience Experience & Reducing Cost of Care

Triple AimThe Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) launched the Triple Aim initiative over 10 years ago, back in 2007. It was created for healthcare organizations to enhance a patients’ experience (i.e. quality, access, and reliability) while reducing the per capita cost of care.

Following these three Triple Aim objectives enables healthcare organizations to recognize and solve problems such as poor coordination of care and excessive use of medical services. It also encourages organizations to focus attention on and redirect resources to action that produce the most considerable impact on health.

  1. Improving the patient experience of care
  2. Improving the health of populations
  3. Reducing the per capita cost of health care

Why the Triple Aim?

 The United States healthcare system is the most costly in the world, accounting for 17% of the gross domestic product with estimates that percentage will grow to 19.9% of GDP by 2022.

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2018 Business Savings: Calculating Section 179 Tax Deductions

10_23_18_532377729_itb_560x2921As discussed in our Auxo Medical blog earlier this month, the Section 179 Tax Deduction is intended to motivate businesses to stay competitive by purchasing needed equipment, and writing off the full amount on their taxes for the existing year. It’s an incentive created by the U.S. government to encourage businesses to buy equipment and invest in themselves.

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Section 179 Tax Codes Debunked: How to Save Money on Medical Equipment

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It is a safe assumption to make that medical equipment buyers want to save money. In 2018, now more than ever, hospitals, ASCs, and other healthcare institutions are under tremendous pressure to cut costs. But, many buyers do not necessarily think about Section 179 when shopping for equipment.

The Section 179 deduction is actually not a complicated tax code and is surprisingly a lot simpler than most realize. The IRS tax code, Section 179, permits businesses to subtract the full purchase price of qualifying equipment purchased or financed during the tax year. In other words, if you buy a piece of qualifying equipment, you can deduct the full purchase price from your gross income. It’s an incentive created by the U.S. government to encourage businesses to buy equipment and reinvest in growing their business.

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Patients Seek Pricing Transparency in Their Healthcare Costs

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Earlier this month, we looked into the topic of healthcare pricing transparency, and discussed why its relevant.

Today we dive into how pricing transparency affects our healthcare decisions and costs.

The average consumer, consciously or subconsciously, price shops on a daily basis — checking out which gas station has the cheapest price per gallon, which grocery store has the most affordable produce, and which Amazon wholesaler has the cheapest gadget.

But when it comes to our healthcare, that’s an entirely different ballgame.

The unfortunate truth is that consumers in the United States do not necessarily know the cost that they pay for healthcare because those financial implications by insurers and providers have historically been kept under wraps.

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