I’ll confess the list of Geneia’s top 10 blogs of 2019 surprised me. Given all the industry buzz about social determinants of health (SDoH), I figured our writing on this topic would feature more prominently in the list. Instead, only one of the top 10 blogs is about SDoH, and it’s the blog that discusses the connection between physician burnout and unmet social needs. ICYMI, we published a white paper about social determinants in March, Social Determinants of Health: From Insights to Action, and you can download it for free here.
Four topics dominated the top 10 list:
- Artificial Intelligence or AI
- Patient engagement
As you might expect, the epidemic of prediabetes and diabetes, specifically how using analytics to identify and engage people at risk and to fuel collaboration among the treating physician and care team improves outcomes, is our most popular blog topic. The number one blog this year is Analytics and collaboration can reverse prediabetes. Number seven on the top 10 list is Reversing Prediabetes.
AI also is a favorite topic among Geneia’s blog readers. The number four and five blogs are:
- AI set to improve healthcare in the next 12-24 months
- AI Fireside Chat: Has AI adoption lagged in healthcare
Both blogs discuss the AI Fireside Chat that our chief analytics and technology officer, Fred Rahmanian, hosted at HIMSS19. This thought-provoking and educational conversation about the potential, possibilities and challenges of AI in healthcare and population health featured:
- Josh Newman, MD, MSHS, Chief Medical Officer, Salesforce
- Nassar Nizami, Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals
- Bharat Rao, Ph.D., Partner & Leader Data Analytics for Healthcare & Life Sciences, KPMG
In addition to the blogs, we’ve posted two videos from the AI Fireside Chat, which you can view here: https://www.geneia.com/news-events/resources.
ICYMI, we published a white paper last month about how the Geneia Data Intelligence Lab is using AI to lower healthcare costs. Download the white paper here: http://marketing.geneia.com/2019/data-intelligence-lab/.
Two of our HEDIS® blogs also made the top 10 list:
- Of course, you want to ditch chart-chasing to improve HEDIS® results (#8)
- Prioritizing HEDIS® measures to improve performance (#9)
You, too, may want to read our HEDIS® blogs as a case study about one of Geneia’s health plan clients. The payer reported a statistically-significant increase in 16 key HEDIS® measures. Health plan care managers and network providers benefitted from the combination of clinical integration, targeted reminders and efforts by the health plan clinical team – all based on insights from the Theon® platform.
The other topic featured in blogs that made the top 10 list is patient engagement. One patient engagement blog discusses the efficacy of motivational interviewing (MI). Physicians and care team members who use MI techniques with their patients have achieved significant success in supporting patient behavior change. Backed by hundreds of research studies and decades of successful use in addiction counseling, MI is a patient-centered style of counseling that uses open-ended questions to discover a patient’s intrinsic motivations for behavior change. The other popular patient engagement blog is one written by Geneia’s Vice President of Marketing Adrienne Rupp about the reasons most engagement strategies fail.
Interestingly, my favorite blog didn’t make the list: Technology can – and should – reduce physician burnout. In this blog, I write about the 10-video series, Leveraging High-Tech Tools in the Fight Against Physician Burnout, we made with
- Rasu Shrestha, MD, Chief Strategy Officer & Executive Vice President, Atrium Health
- Geeta Nayyar, MD, nationally recognized health IT leader and board-certified rheumatologist
- Janae Sharp, Founder of the Sharp Index and Utah HIMSS Board Member
If you frequently read our blogs, you already know I am passionate about reducing physician burnout and restoring the joy of medicine to practicing physicians. Our health depends on it as does theirs.