About Erica Garvin

Erica Garvin is the Contributing Editor at HIT Consultant and a freelance writer and editor. Most recently, she was a spotlight editor, speaking with notable executives within the healthcare industry and drafting feature stories for Inside Healthcare magazine.

3 Keys to Achieving Clinically Actionable Precision Medicine for Providers

What Is The Secret Sauce for Clinically Actionable Precision Medicine?

Oracle’s Jonathan Sheldon shares his perspective on precision medicine and explains how providers can prepare for the transformation that lies ahead.The term personalized healthcare may seem like a buzzword, but it’s real and developing faster than imagined in the form of precision medicine. Using a patient’s genetic profile in conjunction with lifestyle and environmental variables to create individual treatment plans—what could be more personal than that?Thanks to technology, we are starting to
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Digital Health Funding 101: 3 Insights to Overcome the Series A Crunch

Funding for Midwest Healthcare Startups Totals $758M in 2013

Catalyze co-founders Travis Good and Mohan Balachandran share their company’s success in obtaining Series B funding and the insights that helped them get there.Although investment dollars continue to pour into healthcare IT at a breakneck pace globally, many startups could end up enduring some serious whiplash. Obtaining seed funding is one thing, but reaching the next round is another. Investors are becoming less impressed by innovations and more discerning with their dollars. Thus, the
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The Reality of Ransomware Attacks: Are Healthcare Providers Truly Prepared?

The Reality of Ransomware Attacks: Are Providers Truly Prepared?

 HIMSS’ Director of Privacy and Security Lee Kim, explains why now is the time for healthcare to get serious on preperation to tackle ransomware attacks.    Healthcare data hacked into and virtually held hostage? It may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but it’s a true story told repeatedly and increasingly both in the U.S. and abroad. Today, ransomware and cyber-attacks in healthcare are beyond real, and so are the costly consequences. According to HIMSS’ Lee Kim, now is the time to
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3 Reasons Why The Clinical Trial Recruitment Model is Broken

3 Reasons Why The Clinical Trial Recruitment Model is Broken

Today’s clinical trial recruitment model efforts are missing the mark. Here’s how pharma can fix it, ePatientFinder’s Tom Dorsett explains.Drug development is risky business. It takes years and billions of dollars to jump through the phases of development before a physician gets to scribble down a script for a patient. That’s if the drug ever makes it that far; about 85 percent will fail in clinical trials. It doesn’t help that today’s current clinical trial system is deeply flawed, especially
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3 Trends Driving Healthcare Data Analytics Over The Next 3-5 Years

Healthcare Analytics Market Healthcare Data Analytics

The road to improving healthcare is paved with analytics, but where exactly will all that data take providers? LexisNexis Health Care’s Jeff Klein shares his insights.Data—it’s the undeniable force disrupting and changing everything in healthcare. Still, the question remains: how will investing in HIT to make use of all that data pay off for providers? Well, for one thing, it will prevent providers from having to pay the ultimate price of doing nothing. However, not just any old data platform
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Healthcare is Riddled With Throwing Tech on Top of Broken Processes

Dave Chase

Co-founder of Healthfundr’s Quad Aim Fund Dave Chase talks about healthcare moving beyond the Triple Aim, and why it’s imperative health-tech developers and investors follow suit.It’s time to let go of the status-quo. That may sound like a great slogan for a t-shirt, but it’s more like a resounding battle cry for U.S. healthcare at large. Patients, providers, health-tech developers and investors need to recognize the failings of today’s system to prompt and promote real change—and it’s going to
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Five Big Challenges Hospitals Face When Developing Mobile Apps

66% of Americans Would Use Mobile Health Apps to Manage Their Health

Embracing innovation isn’t always easy for hospitals when it comes to developing mobile apps, but there are solutions. Kinvey’s CEO Sravish Sridhar explains.Improving outcomes and reducing costs: is there an app for that? Well, there could be. In fact, you can build one. But Kinvey’s Sravish Sridhar cautions health organizations to be careful when it comes to app development. Although you can’t save money without spending some first, the wrong approach to digital innovation could end up costing
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From Startups to Success: What Does It Take to Innovate in Digital Health?

Jean-Luc Neptune Blueprint Health

Blueprint Health’s Jean-Luc Neptune shares his insights on what makes a good digital health startup and what it takes to make it in the competitive space.Innovation is inspiring. It’s what drives the evolution of technology. Take digital health, for example: billions of investment dollars have poured into the space in support of technologies slated to transform healthcare delivery. But fresh ink on a blueprint and enthusiasm only gets you so far, and surprisingly, investment dollars may not take
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Apple CareKit: Are Consumers Ready for Tech-Enabled Home Health?

Harry Greenspun, MD

Deloitte’s Harry Greenspun talks about what research is revealing when it comes to consumers and caregivers plugging into tech-enabled home health.What about the doctor-patient relationship? This is the question that many whisper yet few ask directly as technology gives greater rise to remote treatment methods. Take CareKit, released from Apple, Inc. in March, which allows users to collect medical data and share with physicians. Will what’s achievable on screen disrupt the crucial care that
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5 Best Practices for Leveraging Analytics in Population Health

5 Best Practices for Leveraging Analytics in Population Health

McKesson’s Dr. Michael Blackman explains why actionable insights begin with strategic data management.For healthcare providers, value-based care isn’t just an operational incentive anymore, it’s now an imperative for basic survival. As a result, many executives now consider it vitally important to redesign health system services for population health, according a recent Advisory Board Company Survey.In fact, 52 percent of those surveyed were concerned about population health, making it the
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