High-deductible health plans were introduced to the health care system after legislation was passed in 2003 requiring individuals opening a health savings account(HSA) to enroll in a high-deductible plan. The plans gained more prominence in recent years as employers, seeing dramatic increases in healthcare costs, adopted plans with lower premiums that shifted more of the cost to employees.

In 2012, more than 95 million passengers passed through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the busiest in the world. On a clear day, 120 airplanes fly in and out every hour. The airport handled 930,000 take offs and landings in 2012. Can you imagine if each airline, pilot and airport department had its own unique communication platform? The system simply couldn’t function and we as consumers wouldn’t tolerate the chaos and risk to safety.

More than ever, patients are having a say in their healthcare--and their input will be an important part of big data collection to create a more "unified story of health and healthcare," according to an article in July's Health Affairs. Researchers at Duke University looked at the impact of aggregating real-world data right from patients as an alternative to randomized controlled trials.

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Like many other enabling-technologies in healthcare, telemedicine has vast unrealized potential.

If we make location completely irrelevant and can deliver care virtually, we can address the supply and demand imbalance plaguing healthcare. The benefits to patients would be enormous: lower costs and improved access in ways that are unimaginable in the analog era.

Of all the ways to limit health care costs, perhaps none is as popular as cutting payments to doctors. In recent years payment cuts have resulted in a sharp downturn in revenue for many hospitals and private practices. What this has meant for most physicians is that in order to maintain their income, they’ve had to see more patients. When you reduce the volume of air per breath, the only way to maintain ventilation is to breathe faster.

The number and length of hospitalizations, as well as hospital charges, all significantly declined when rural and underserved heart failure patients were remotely monitored, according to research published online this month inTelemedicine and e-Health.

Disputes between healthcare organizations and IT vendors are becoming more common with increased use of technology, such as electronic health records. As the government attempts to recoup money spent on failed health insurance exchanges, disputes with vendors are also becoming commonplace in other sectors. When healthcare organizations implement software and it does not perform as promised, they are often only able to recoup the purchase price of the product.

Doctor with PatientThe Altarum Institute, a nonprofit health systems research and consulting firm, recently published findings from their semi-annual survey of consumers about their beliefs

Healthcare has always been a deeply regulated industry, so in many ways healthcare organizations are already used to dealing with government scrutiny. However, we’ve recently seen a number of new audit programs hit the healthcare world that didn’t exist even a few years ago. Here’s a look at a few of them you should be prepared for.

ICD-10 testing isn’t going away — for the most part, it’s not even being delayed. That’s why many payers, including Medicaid, are taking advantage of the additional time before implementation to conduct more end-to-end testing. What does this mean for providers, payers, and clearinghouses? And how can these groups work together to create richer, more productive, and ultimately more valuable ICD-10 testing initiatives?