The tiny town of Cicely, Alaska, has a health care access problem similar to other communities in remote, sparsely populated locations—it lacks a physician to treat the residents, and the nearest hospital is a 200-mile plane ride away. One day, recently graduated New York City physician Joel Fleischman, M.D.—who intends to practice medicine at a large Anchorage hospital to repay the state for underwriting his education—is assigned to be Cicely’s new general practitioner.Read more
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Robotics process automation could help health care organizations trim costs, improve competitive positioningby David Yarin, Principal, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Minutes after my son’s high school baseball game ends, or after my daughter’s soccer team trots off the field, a brief news article about the game pops up on my phone. These articles typically have a punchy headline and include highlights from a game that ended minutes earlier. But these articles aren’t written by sports reporters sitting in the stands.Read more
From center ice to the operating room: AR/VR technologies could transform consumer, clinician, and patient experiencesby 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.Read more
Blockchain could help improve physician directories, but trust among health plans likely must come firstby 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,Read more
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.Read more
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,