Whether you’re a payer, provider or patient, on the front lines of care, sitting in front of a computer or receiving treatment, you’ve been affected by the pandemic. Of all the groups who participate in healthcare in one way or another, perhaps no single group has suffered more over the last year during the pandemic than the underserved— those people without ready access to needed healthcare services.

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By Scott Hampel, president of MedeAnalytics Now that we’ve dealt with Megatrends one through three, we’re approaching the next set. In this group we’re exploring price transparency (and its likely difficult implementation), the increasing use of telehealth thanks to internet-connected devices and precision medicine, made easier thanks to technology. Yet again it is data and…

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By Scott Hampel – I think a lot–and I’m not the only one–about how we can improve the ways we pull information from data. Data on its own is inert: just waiting to be understood and then used. And that’s a major challenge for many organizations. Data is often trapped in different applications with no easy or convenient way to extract it.

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Many challenges face healthcare’s underserved. There are issues with food, housing, reliable transportation, steady employment and more. Each contributes to and is one element of social determinants of health (SDH). In communities around the world, public and private organizations are taking steps to address SDH-related issues and challenges that negatively impact healthcare.

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