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Virtual health: The time is now

by Ken Abrams, MD, MBA, Managing Director, National Chief Physician Executive, Deloitte Consulting LLP

We are five days away from the start of HIMSS18. One topic that is sure to be a fixture across the show floor and a theme in the educational sessions is that of virtual health. A term that has been in the conversation for some time now is oftentimes used synonymously with digital health, or mobile health,

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Open innovation could lead to a more sustainable health care ecosystem

by Kristin Feeney, Senior Data Scientist, ConvergeHEALTH by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP

The concept of open innovation extends to every industry, everywhere. Life sciences and health care organizations are no exception, and we are commonly seeing the impact of openness with respect to the explosion of electronic health care data across the ecosystem.

Open innovation can drive the agenda to harness a wealth of extensive network data to help propel innovation in the life sciences industry.

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Predicting and preventing hospital readmission rates

by Doug Beaudoin, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

With the continued shift to value-based care, hospitals are increasingly focused on reducing readmission rates. And preventable readmissions are not just a problem in the US. Globally, 20 percent of patients are readmitted within 30 days of discharge. Researchers in Singapore have developed a web-based tool that predicts a patient’s 15-day readmission rate. By more accurately predicting higher risk patients,

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Real-world evidence: Four shifts ushering in a new era of evidence in life sciences and health care

by Brett J. Davis, General Manager & Principal | ConvergeHealth by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP

How serious are life sciences companies about real-world evidence (RWE)? Very, according to our new benchmark survey focused solely on the life sciences industry’s investments in RWE. More than half (54 percent) of the organizations who participated in the interviews said they are investing significantly in their RWE programs to increase their capabilities.

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Direct from HIMSS17: The move from big data to fast data in life sciences and health care is underway

by Prabhu Kapaleeswaran, Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting, LLP

“Big” and “fast” are two words that aren’t normally associated with one another: Things that are big (oil tankers, continental plates, etc.) tend to move slowly. But what about with big data? In life sciences and health care many argue that a slower and more calculated approach to big data will provide higher quality and more valuable insights over the long run.

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