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Lack of Data Analytics Tools Deflates Faith in Value-Based Care

July 17, 2018 - The road to value-based care has never been a smooth one, but healthcare providers and payers may be in the midst of a particularly bumpy part of the journey, reveals a new survey from Quest Diagnostics. Confidence in the transition to pay-for-performance reimbursement is waning as healthcare payers and providers start to come to terms with the fact that data analytics skills are a...Just under three quarters of survey participants – including payer executives – acknowledged that physicians do not have sufficient access to all the information they need about their patients. Again, this number is higher than it was in 2017, when 60 percent of participants said the same. This indicates that providers and payers are much more likely to recognize the...While relatively few organizations are looking to bring new technologies into their environments in the near future, they are optimistic that emerging tools and strategies, including artificial intelligence, FHIR, blockchain, and bioinformatics, have the potential to accelerate progress towards value-based care. Sixty-eight percent of participants believe artificial intelligence can...

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