Jeff Becker

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Amazon’s Haven Is An Incubator, Not A Disruptor

Jeff Becker 15 hours ago
Haven, the recently named joint venture of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase, has officially emerged from the shadows with a public persona, giving industry pundits new details about the company’s ambitions and intended trajectory within healthcare. Haven has struck fear in the hearts of many healthcare organizations (HCOs), in part because of Amazon’s reputation […]
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Engage With Apple To Engage With Patients

Jeff Becker January 30, 2019
In yet another sign that Apple has its sights fixed solidly on the healthcare industry, the company has secured a strategic partnership with another national health insurer, Aetna. Apple, it turns out, is not just a company that knows how to build high-end consumer electronic devices. It also knows how to convince other companies to […]
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The Affordable Care Act Is Unconstitutional? What Now?

Jeff Becker December 20, 2018
In an opinion published late last Friday, Northern Texas District Court Judge Reed O’Connor declared the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — in its entirety — unconstitutional and invalid. The media frenzy that followed was frantic. The response on the stock market was also swift: Healthcare stocks were pummeled in after-hours trading Friday, and the beating continued throughout […]
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Google’s Plan To Fix Healthcare With AI

Jeff Becker November 21, 2018
For years, Alphabet (Google’s parent company) has let its businesses build out their own healthcare solutions without imposing an overarching healthcare strategy. As a result, the company now has no less than six different businesses pursuing healthcare initiatives without a unifying objective. Verily — Alphabet’s primary healthcare business — is a research organization that spun out of […]
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Arm Yourselves For Healthcare’s Cybersecurity War

Jeff Becker November 9, 2018
The US healthcare industry is a gold mine for industrial hackers. Commandeering hospital systems has become stable and profitable work for those willing to execute these attacks. Despite years of embarrassing data breaches, the industry has yet to respond and remains unprepared for the threat at hand. The US Department of Health and Human Services […]
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Alexa, Does This Cough Sound Bad?

Jeff Becker October 25, 2018
Alexa Enters Healthcare Amazon was recently issued a new patent that will push its Alexa personal assistant into the healthcare realm. The patent, filed October 9, describes a relatively straightforward idea: Program Alexa’s speech recognition to identify coughs and sniffles, then use that information to upsell cold medicine and chicken soup. The idea is simple, […]
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The Time For Strategic EHR Optimization Has Arrived

Jeff Becker October 16, 2018
2018 has been a year of mass deregulation in healthcare. The Patients Over Paperwork program launched with the goal of stripping burdensome regulations from healthcare. Lawmakers started by scaling back EHR and quality reporting requirements. These changes will go into effect beginning in January 2019. Healthcare leaders should take this reprieve as an opportunity to […]
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