The healthcare industry is already using shopping habits and financial records for predictive analysis. Now some are turning toward social media data and other public records, raising concern that practices will be overly intrusive and conducted without patients even knowing.
Burwell, the former head of the Office of Management and Budget, was confirmed 78-17. Before and after the vote, Burwell both faced her share of fire and garnered high praise. So now the pressure is on.
One particularly egregious case of Medicaid fraud is sending three former executives to prison, but look for the medical cost ratio to become one key part of managed care spending audits and whistleblower investigations.
This week in Government Health IT: Reports expose state and local governments as ill-prepared, whether that be for Big Data or cyber-attacks. Also, think tanks talk patient-centered care for cost-savings.