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Five innovations driving change in biopharma

by Ralph Marcello, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

There’s an old adage that goes, necessity is the mother of invention. This is certainly true in health care where market forces are spurring new innovations in biopharma. Recently, Deloitte published an analysis of some of the boldest breakthroughs likely to impact health care across the spectrum. In the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions’ Top 10 health care innovations: Achieving more for less report,

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Telehealth: Aligning the incentives with the demand

by Harry Greenspun, MD, Director, Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, Deloitte Services LP

Walking with my dog Tarot down my street last week, I was stopped by a man selling organic lawn services. He explained how beautiful my yard would look and how much easier it would be for me if I used his services. He stressed that this was a much more sophisticated service than older services I might have been familiar with – it could reduce harmful runoff and environmental impact and is safe for my pets.

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Hospitals are learning from the hotel and hospitality industry to improve patient experience

by Doug Beaudoin, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

As the health care system continues its transformation, customer service and the patient experience are becoming increasingly important. Health systems are interested in improving patients’ perceptions of the care they receive, their interactions with hospital staff, and the hospital environment. Several startups have entered the market with products to help.

Docent Health, a Boston-based startup,

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Is your health care organization ready for the new anti-discrimination landscape?

by Tom Delegram, Managing Director, Advisory, Deloitte & Touche LLC

A key anti-discrimination section of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into full effect this summer, which has the potential to significantly change the culture and operations for organizations across the health care payment and delivery system.

The portion of the law, Section 1557, prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin,

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Innovation through convergence: You cannot do it alone

by Bill Copeland, Vice Chairman, US Life Sciences & Health Care, National Industry Leader, Deloitte LLP

Steve Jobs once said that he modeled his business after The Beatles. But, it wasn’t their lyrics or their songwriting that captivated Jobs. According to him, he was impressed by the way the four musicians complemented one another – they “kept each other’s kind of negative tendencies in check.” It was this synchronization of character and personality that made Jobs realize that “great things in business are never done by one person,

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Brain games and AI help in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia

by Doug Beaudoin, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

New research shows for the first time that older adults who play computer-based brain training games can cut the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia and cognitive loss even years later. If the research is scalable, this would be the first intervention, including drugs, diet, and exercise, with these results.

Researchers presented the results of the study at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Toronto.

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