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Eight Health IT Trends for 2018

Welcome to the latest #DataRX Report, a weekly digest of interesting news and trending topics in the healthcare industry. Every Friday we're pulling together the best articles and insights to keep payors and providers informed, engaged and up to date on the headlines that are impacting the industry.  

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8 Health IT Trends to Watch in 2018
One of the eight trends to watch in 2018 is the payor-provider convergence. One of the most significant trends in today’s market is the blurring of roles between providers and payors. As the industry shifts toward value-based care, it should become easier for payors and providers to collaborate at the point of care. Find out what else to expect here.

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Insurers Deploy Data to Advance Population Health Management
In 2016, Magellan Health created an initiative aimed at preventing suicide rates among Medicaid beneficiaries in Arizona. Magellan believes a more knowledgeable consumer will help achieve payors’ goals of lowering costs by reducing the need for some healthcare services. Learn more about what Magellan and other leaders in healthcare are doing to address the issue here.


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Health Insurers Do Deep Data Dive to Estimate Your Healthcare Costs
Companies are selling “lifestyle data” that health insurers are purchasing to come up with a picture of what any particular individuals “lifestyle” may cost them. This includes information like marital status, location and purchasing habits. Find out more about the data they’re buying and why it’s raising eyebrows among consumers.



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The Secret Sauce of Analytics Success
Find out how a wider range of data types put to good use could create a whole new class of unexpected insights. 


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Why Robotic Surgery Could Increase Human Surgeon Demand
Robot surgeons could increase the success rates for surgeries, so why might we expect to see an increase in demand for human surgeons accompany their arrival? The answer might surprise you.

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Can These High-Tech Eye Drops Improve Your Vision?
Researchers in Israel have developed high-tech eye drops that serve as an alternative to glasses, contact lenses and laser correction. Are the days of traditional vision correction done? Find out more.


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To increase quality and access to data, healthcare leaders will have to understand that they need to adapt to a new digital healthcare system. Learn more here.

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