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Healthcare Execs Rank Analytics, Value-Based Payments as Top Challenges

October 10, 2017
by Heather Landi
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Healthcare executives identified clinical and data analytics and population health services organizations as the top challenges they will face in 2018, according to a survey by the Healthcare Executive Group (HCEG).

HCEG released its Top 10 list of critical opportunities, challenges and issues in healthcare during the organization’s 29th Annual Forum in Nashville last week.

Executives from leading health plans, health systems, provider organizations, other associations and HCEG sponsor partner organizations selected the 2018 HCEG Top 10 via an iterative, web-based survey process. The Top 10 challenges, as identified by survey respondents, are:

Clinical and Data Analytics: Leveraging big data with clinical evidence to segment populations, manage health and drive decisions

Population Health Services Organizations: Operationalizing population health strategy, chronic care management, driving clinical integration, and integrating social determinants of health

Value-based Payments: Targeting specific medical conditions to manage cost and quality of care

Cost Transparency: Growing legislation and consumer demand

Total Consumer Health: Improving members’ overall well-being and medical, social, financial, and environment

Cybersecurity: Protecting the piracy and security of consumer information

Healthcare Reform: Repeal, replace, or substantial modification of current healthcare laws, Block Grants, Single-Payer, Industry Stability

Harnessing Mobile Health Technology: Improving disease management, member engagement, and date collection/distribution

Addressing Pharmacy Costs: Implementing strategies to address growth of pharma costs versus benefits to quality of care and total medical costs

The Engaged Digital Consumer: HSAs, member/patient portals, health and wellness education materials

“This year’s HCEG Top 10 list was derived from an initial list of topics, augmented by the 2017 Industry Pulse Survey, and reflects the incredible transformation taking place in customer-centric services provided by health plans and providers,” Ferris W. Taylor, HCEG Office of the Chair and past COO of Arches Health Plan, said in a statement. “As discussed at our Forum, technology and innovation are impacting almost every aspect of healthcare.  As an industry, we need these discussions among the best and the brightest thought leaders to not just survive, but to thrive. Our members believe these 10 issues and trends will have lasting impacts in the way we all become engaged, digital consumers and responsible, successful, solution-oriented healthcare stakeholders.”

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