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The Journey

Transforming the Patient-Provider Experience

Written, edited and curated by Loyale founder Dan Peterson, The Journey explores ideas and innovation to enrich the patient-provider relationship

Financial Agility is Essential to Healthcare’s Post-COVID-19 New Normal

by Kevin Fleming, Chief Executive Officer (Tuesday, Jul 28, 2020 6:25:05 AM)

Despite billions in federal stimulus payouts, 2020 operating losses at America’s hospitals are projected to be between negative one percent and negative eleven percent because of financial disruption caused by the COVID-19 crisis. Fortunately, the key to healthcare’s recovery can be found in pandemic-stimulated, consumer-centered innovation...

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COVID-19 and the Growing Demand for Healthcare Transparency

by Kevin Fleming, Chief Executive Officer (Tuesday, Jul 21, 2020 2:15:39 PM)

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused historic financial disruption for healthcare providers and healthcare consumers, causing consumers and their legislative representatives to demand better transparency - now. As providers struggle to deal with multiple public health and operational crises of their own, a better approach to transparency promises...

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Healthcare’s COVID-19 Secret Weapon – Innovation

by Kevin Fleming, Chief Executive Officer (Tuesday, Jul 14, 2020 6:44:55 AM)

Before the COVID-19 public health and economic crises, the healthcare industry had been slow to respond to changing expectations of the healthcare consumer, opening the door to disruptive new providers with more efficient, patient-friendly operating models. Digital innovation stimulated by the crisis will fuel healthcare’s recovery and...

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Five Critical Operational and Financial Capabilities Required for Healthcare’s Financial Survival

by Kevin Fleming, Chief Executive Officer (Tuesday, Jun 16, 2020 3:30:53 PM)

As the American healthcare industry moves into the next tenuous phase of the COVID-19 crisis, it must find an equilibrium between two menacing threats - resurgent COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations and the suffering caused by the economic shutdown. Clinicians are planning for “disease suppression.” - but for healthcare providers,...

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EHR Systems. The Cure Has Become Worse Than the Disease.

by Kevin Fleming, Chief Executive Officer (Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020 3:38:20 PM)

The U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services recently announced a new strategy to reduce the administrative and regulatory burdens of electronic health record and other technology systems. Designed to give clinicians more time to focus on patient care, the strategy may fall well short of its objectives for better patient access and improved...

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Top Healthcare Trends for 2020 & Some Early Wins in the Quest for Transformation

by Kevin Fleming, Chief Executive Officer (Wednesday, Feb 19, 2020 1:45:16 PM)

The U.S. Healthcare industry is finding it cannot rely on traditional methods to solve its most daunting challenges. With pressure mounting from every corner, healthcare providers are making investments in nontraditional business models and smart technologies to accelerate their transition into the consumer-driven healthcare marketplace.

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J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference 2020 - Innovation, Efficiency & the Consumer

by Kevin Fleming, Chief Executive Officer (Wednesday, Jan 22, 2020 1:42:54 PM)

Several familiar themes emerged at the J.P. Morgan Annual Healthcare Conference in San Francisco last week, affirming the growing influence of patient consumerism and the importance of leveraging technology to reduce costs and improve care. Highlights provide an early glimpse into the early stages of healthcare’s transformation in America.

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40 Percent of Hospital Revenue at Risk: Patient Loyalty is Imperative

by Kevin Fleming, Chief Executive Officer (Tuesday, Jan 7, 2020 12:17:30 PM)

With higher personal costs for healthcare care driving a dramatic shift in patient behavior, patient loyalty has never been more important - or more at risk. Hospitals and Health Systems are faced with a stark choice - Either improve revenues by delivering financial transparency, accessibility and technology, or watch market share and revenues...

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Healthcare Price Transparency: Doctors Need It Too

by Kevin Fleming, Chief Executive Officer (Tuesday, Dec 17, 2019 4:46:32 PM)

Physicians and other clinicians represent an important and often overlooked constituency in the debate about healthcare price transparency. With rising out-of-pocket costs causing patients to avoid, delay or ration care, doctors need information about price to design treatment plans their patients will actually follow.

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Hospital Budgets 2020: Resist the Cost-Cut Bias and Invest for Success

by Kevin Fleming, Chief Executive Officer (Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019 11:07:27 AM)

Most of us are familiar with the aphorism, “You have to spend money to make money”, but many health systems and hospitals have relied primarily on cost cutting to preserve deteriorating operating margins. As consumerism in healthcare continues to expand, providers must invest to improve efficiencies, engage consumers and drive growth.

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