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From futuristic to within reach: Telehealth gains steam in health care

by Wendy Gerhardt, Senior Manager, Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, Deloitte Services LP

A few years ago, the thought of accessing a health care professional via my computer seemed pretty futuristic. Would the technology work? Would I receive quality care? Would my health information be safe? Today, as technology and the Internet of Things appears in nearly every aspect of our lives, the thought of telehealth may not seem so out of reach.

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Bringing innovation to the ICU

by Doug Beaudoin, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

As critical as a hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU) is to communities, many of the machines and monitors that seem to constantly beep, flash, and run are based on decades-old technology. Further, the many medical devices that monitor patients, provide medicine, or help patients breathe are not typically interoperable – connected to each other or to the electronic medical record.

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Health systems tackle the social determinants of health to reduce readmissions and improve outcomes

by Doug Beaudoin, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

As the transition to value-based care continues, many hospitals, health systems, and health plans are coming up with innovative ways to address health in communities before people get sick enough to visit or be readmitted to a hospital. While awareness of the social determinants of health is not new, innovators in the health care system are finding ways to align incentives and target areas such as food insecurity and housing instability to improve the health of their communities.

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The tipping point for medtech: Consumer demands, innovation, and reimbursement

by Glenn Snyder, Principal, MedTech Practice Leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Today, the health care industry appears to be facing an inherent tension. On one side, many consumers – both as patients and caregivers – are demanding new, more efficient technology solutions. On the other side, medtech companies are still trying to figure out when and how to innovate under the new value proposition. While the incentives around value-based care are emerging,

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