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From center ice to the operating room: AR/VR technologies could transform consumer, clinician, and patient experiences

by Shantaram (Shaun) Rangappa, MD, MSHA, Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP

I live outside of Washington, D.C., and I was thrilled to see the Washington Capitals advance to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in 20 years. I always enjoy watching sports on TV, but the experience has changed little since sports became televised. Now imagine donning an immersive experience headset and watching a championship game from center ice…with players gliding all around you.

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Blockchain could help improve physician directories, but trust among health plans likely must come first

by Bobby Vaitla, Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting LLP

The health care industry spends an estimated $2.1 billion a year to maintain physician data.1 Despite this substantial annual investment, physician directories are often inaccurate.

Some health plans are exploring blockchain as a possible technology that could solve this problem. While I agree that blockchain holds tremendous potential to improve the accuracy of directory data,

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Once a vision for the future, virtual health is a reality of the present

by Steve Burrill, Vice Chairman, US Health Care Providers Leader, Deloitte LLP

Virtual health stretches beyond the use of digital tools, or mobile devices that connect patients to physicians. It combines digital and telecommunication technologies to create a continuous connection between patients, physicians, and other caregivers. By combining technologies, health care stakeholders are able to more effectively coordinate patient care.

The idea of virtual health goes back decades.

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Technology and culture could expand roles for women working in hospitals

by Terri Cooper, PhD, Principal, Global Health Care Sector Leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Health care is an exciting and dynamic field—it is why I’ve been focused on it my entire career. The health care sector is on the cusp of incredible change, where everyone from executives to hourly employees could be impacted. This transition will likely be driven by two emerging, but powerful forces:

  • Inclusion: In an inclusive environment,
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Emerging technologies can boost performance in clinical trials

by Greg Reh, Vice Chairman, US and Global Life Sciences Leader, Deloitte LLP

Technology could help biopharmaceutical companies pull more meaningful data from clinical trials and speed cycle times for products in development. Patients could see benefits, too, including higher satisfaction rates and better overall experiences during each phase of the trial. But, given the complexity of institutions and the broader drug environment, adoption has typically been slow and there are challenges ahead.

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Beyond bitcoin: Five possible uses for blockchain in health care

by Greg Reh, Vice Chairman, US and Global Life Sciences Leader, Deloitte LLP

When I bring up blockchain in client meetings, or in dinner conversations, people tend to have one of two reactions. Either they see it as being synonymous with bitcoin and other digital currencies, or they see blockchain as an overhyped technology.

I agree there is a lot of hype swirling around blockchain, and I also agree that this technology likely isn’t going to turn health care on its head.

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