Medical Travel

How Health IT Can Deliver on the Promise of Medical Travel

What Drives Demand for Medical Travel? When ever-growing medical insurance/health insurance premiums, deductibles and prior condition clauses get you down, what do you do? If you’re like 1.3 million Americans, you hit the road to find affordable care overseas. Medical travel offers travelers the promise of safe, modern medicine, a pleasant trip and affordable services.

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How Health IT Enables Safer Medical Travel and Tourism

How do IT innovations help provide services that medical travelers can benefit from? IT helps deliver safe medical care and a pleasant trip to facilities overseas. For more than 20 years, IT innovations have improved patient care worldwide. Now, these innovations are helping medical travelers, too. How so? In telemedicine and m-health (mobile healthcare), telecommunications,

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Healthcare Data Analytics Put Under the Microscope

Big Data analytics has made big strides in the past few years. But why have its adoption and use in the healthcare sector slowed to a crawl? Is Healthcare Data Analytics Ready for Prime Time? On October 16th, Shahid Shah, CEO of Netspective Communications, joined me in attending the 4th  Annual Biomedical Informatics Symposium at

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Medical Travel Data Infrastructure: Still a No-Show

In the U.S. and overseas, data analytics technology and processes generally have developed at light speed. But in healthcare information, it’s hard to find basic infrastructure such as data repositories and data format standards. What’s happening with healthcare data infrastructure in federal agencies? That was the question asked at the October 15th meeting of the

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Medical Travel: Portrait of Anxiety and Global Opportunity

The upsurge in medical travel is one of the fastest growing aspects in healthcare. Why? Fundamental change in healthcare delivery and the anxiety that always comes with change. Out-of-pocket costs to patients are skyrocketing, and reimbursement is moving to value-based payment. Patients are shopping globally for high-quality care at lower costs. And, many providers are

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