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6Nov, 2017

Silicon Valley and Healthcare (Part 6)

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In our ongoing series on Silicon Valley and healthcare, we began with the discussion of Alphabet/Google’s growing interest in healthcare. We continue this series with Google, so that we can discuss Amazon, Inc. next, and then discuss other, much less prominent players, coming into healthcare. We believe that Amazon will have the largest impact on healthcare in 2018. It seems that the news of healthcare technology is clogging not only my email, but also my Twitter feed daily. As a student of healthcare for over 25 years, I have been […]
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18Oct, 2017

“Trump says ‘there is no such thing as Obamacare’ ”, according to CNBC.

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Once again, we interrupt our series on Silicon Valley and healthcare to discuss the shifting sands on the U.S. healthcare reform. I will point out that the U.S. has not gone through any real healthcare reform; it has been experiencing a poor attempt at insurance reform, with the goal of insuring more Americans. The effort of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA), also referred to as ObamaCare, is not healthcare reform. In the last week, the President of the United Sates, Donald J. Trump has executed two Executive Orders […]
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26May, 2016

Digital Revolution Part 4 – AAPL?

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Once again, I find myself delaying other blogs to address what a friend, mentor, and supporter had sent me. I received a news article on Tim Cook, the President of Apple, Inc. (AAPL) First, I will admit that even though I have an iPhone 6S, I am not a fan of Apple, so this is not a glass-eyed adoration. I was a first generation IBM-PC guy from the start; in part, because the PC was at first a locally engineered product based in Boca Raton, Florida. I will also admit […]
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17May, 2016

The Intersection of Tech and Health Care Part 2

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In our last post, The Intersection of Tech and Health Care Part 1, we discussed the introduction of a report from Bank of America released on March 24, 2016 titled, “Healthcare | Automatic for the people; the intersection of tech and healthcare.” We noted how in the last 25 years there has been a glacial pace to adopt new technologies in health care. With some degree of success, we have been transforming patient paper records to a digital format, and we are now ready for the next step. The next step […]
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11May, 2016

PWeR Joins SHIMA

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“PWeR® Joins the Suncoast Health Information Management Association”  May 4, 2016…PWeR, Inc. announced that they have joined the Suncoast Health Information Management Association (SHIMA) a region of Florida Health Information Management Association (FHIMA) that serves Palm Beach, Indian River, Okeechobee, Martin, St. Lucie, Glades and Hendry Counties. SHIMA is a non-profit 501(c)6 membership association that promotes the art and science of Health Information Management, provide education to members and the community concerning health information management services, resources, policies, and promote health information initiatives. Noel J. Guillama, President of PWeR, Inc. noted, […]
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11May, 2016

PWeR Joins Palm Beach Tech

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“PWeR® Joins the Palm Beach Technology Association”  PWeR, Inc. announced on April 28, 2016 that they have joined the The Palm Beach Technology Association, or “Palm Beach Tech” (PBT). http://www.palmbeachtech.org/  PBT is a non-profit 501(c)6 membership association uniting, building, and enhancing the creativity of innovators and entrepreneurs in Palm Beach County. They are involved in software development, mechanical & electrical engineering, as well as technology industries throughout Palm Beach County. As a countywide trade association, Palm Beach Tech promotes industry growth by working with business groups, educational institutions, and government entities to […]
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29Apr, 2016

“The Intersection of Tech and Health Care” from Bank of America

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We have the huge honor to serve on the board of a college foundation, and in that role, we have oversight to the investments and the investment advisors, in this case it was Bank of America. In our meeting this week, our lead advisor said to me, “Noel, the report from the investment committee is all about you.” I asked what that could possibly mean; and they referenced the report released on March 24, 2016, titled “Healthcare | Automatic for the people; the intersection of tech and healthcare.” Imagine my […]
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20Apr, 2016

Modernizing Medicare Version 2017

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Since the beginning of the PWeR News blog, we have discussed that there are two major trends in healthcare; one being the change of payments, and second, the use of technology. Last week the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it’s largest initiative ever, to transform and improve how primary care is delivered and paid for in America. “The effort, the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) model, will be implemented in up to 20 regions and can accommodate up to 5,000 practices. This effort […]
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12Apr, 2016

Patient Care Impacted by Mobile Secure Text-Messaging

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Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania (U-Penn) published a fascinating new study, in The Journal of General Internal Medicine, suggesting that “texting” may improve patient care . This study comprised more than 10,000 patients at two different hospitals. Through other published articles, we know that more than one study has suggested that mobile secure text messaging may improve communication; however, this new study is among the first to assess its impact on patient outcomes. Patients, whose hospital care providers used mobile secure text-messaging as a means of communication, had a […]
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7Apr, 2016

Mind-Blowing Demographics Shift

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Recent articles in the news this past week depressed me, and that is hard to do. Aside from global healthcare and technology, the article covered one of my favorite subjects, demographics. In my mind, global healthcare, technology, and demographics are all connected. The article, “Mind-Blowing Demographics Shift” discussed more than the old (baby-boomers) and young (millennials) we have talked about. The focus of the article was about what is going on in the oldest of the developed economies, Japan. The last time I looked, Japan’s average life-span age was 10 […]
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