Starfleet Research Unveils a Fresh Look for Core Content Assets
Posted January 4th, 2018
We’re pleased to start the New Year with a fresh look for our core content assets, including our ever-popular Smart Decisions Guides. Feedback on the new design treatment for our Smart Decision Guides, in particular, has been overwhelmingly positive. It will be utilized starting next month with the release of The 2018 Smart Decision Guide to Hospitality Revenue Management. We’ve also raised the bar on our co-branded eBooks, including several new hospitality-related titles publishing this month, with cutting-edge graphic design work that makes our high-value content all the more compelling and engaging.
Take the Survey: Hospitality Revenue Management
Posted December 2nd, 2017
The 2018 Smart Decision Guide to Hospitality Revenue Management, revised, expanded and updated from this year’s edition, and again underwritten by the leading revenue management solution providers (Duetto, IDeaS, Infor, Rainmaker and RateGain), publishes at the end of next month. The new research and analysis will focus on how top-performing hotels and resorts are utilizing revenue management strategies and next-generation technology solutions to drive continuous improvement in occupancy, ADR and RevPAR. The tools that enable revenue management have evolved rapidly in recent years. Today, a state-of-the-art solution is capable of generating tens of thousands of optimal pricing and overbooking recommendations each day based on real-time analysis of all relevant data. The best of these solutions make it possible to fully automate the decision-making process, adding revenue and profits from not only guest rooms but from all parts of the hotel property to the balance sheet. Click here to take the survey that serves as the basis for the new research.
Healthcare Revenue Cycle the Focus of New Starfleet Research
Posted May 27th, 2017
Healthcare poses a confusing and challenging revenue cycle that dramatically differs from any other industry. From the minute the patient contacts a healthcare organization until after the payment is received, healthcare organizations must meet a dizzying array of requirements to properly qualify the patient’s insurance coverage, meet the service and documentation requirements, and build a claim that properly and accurately qualifies the service, patient situation, complicating factors, and condition.
Restaurant Operators Order Up Next-Generation Technologies
Posted May 6th, 2017
Restaurant operations tend to have a lot of moving parts. To compete effectively in today’s competitive market environment, all of the parts need to work together like a well-oiled machine – that is, a data-driven, next-generation machine. To be sure, all aspects of operations are becoming increasingly technology-enabled. Practically every top-performing restaurant, whether a full service restaurant or a quick service or fast casual restaurant, now incorporates specialized software applications to improve day-to-day operations and drive continuous performance improvement. These applications help with everything from budgeting, forecasting, financial consolidation and performance reporting and analysis to integrated, end-to-end solutions for point of sale (POS), menu and inventory management, invoice handling and workforce optimization.
New Research Titles in the Hospitality Sector
Posted January 6th, 2017
We’re pleased to announce the expansion of our series of Smart Decision Guides for decision makers in the hospitality sector with the upcoming release of a new title, on best practices in hotel guest experience management. Our existing library of Smart Decision Guides for the hospitality sector focuses on such topics as hotel property management systems, hospitality revenue management and restaurant management and POS systems. These popular titles are revised and updated on an annual basis. The 2017 Smart Decision Guide to Hotel Guest Experience Management will publish next month, with underwriting support from the following industry leaders: Agilysys, ALICE, Amadeus, Infor and Sabre Hospitality.
Why Insurance Agencies are Upgrading their Technology Capabilities
Posted October 7th, 2016
The ability to provide a better customer service and increase employee productivity are two good reasons to upgrade to a next-generation Insurance Agency Management System. Another good reason relates to data accuracy. These systems make the paperwork on the back-end not only easier to process, but also less prone to errors.
Whether agents are entering information such as a vehicle description or a client birth date or outputting premium quotes, income statements, or a claims report, processing tends to be quick and accurate. Many systems can retrieve and pre-load ACORD forms and remarket carrier features and benefits without the need to manually rekey information.
Revenue Cycle Management for Healthcare Providers
Posted September 9th, 2016
Revenue Cycle Management refers to the extensive and complicated process to yield a payment for a service provided by a healthcare provider. Healthcare poses a confusing and challenging revenue cycle that dramatically differs from any other industry. From the minute the patient contacts a healthcare organization until after the payment is received, healthcare organizations have to meet a dizzying array of requirements to properly qualify the patient’s insurance coverage, meet the service and documentation requirements, and build a claim that properly and accurately qualifies the service, patient situation, complicating factors, and condition.
Upcoming Healthcare IT Titles and Addition of Leading Subject Matter Expert
Posted July 29th, 2016
We’re excited to announce that Ronald Sterling has joined Starfleet Research as a contributing subject matter expert in our growing healthcare IT best practices market research practice. Ron will lead content development for upcoming titles that include The 2017 Smart Decision Guide to Revenue Cycle Management and The 2017 Smart Decision Guide to Electronic Health Records. These titles are scheduled to publish in Q4, with distribution support from leading healthcare IT media partners, including UBM Medica, and underwriting support from some of the world’s largest and most preeminent healthcare IT solution providers.
Ron is a nationally recognized thought leader on the use of medical billing systems, revenue management strategies and electronic health records (EHR.) He has written eight books on healthcare IT including the upcoming Medicare Payment Changes and Opportunities. Ron has also authored over 250 articles on healthcare systems in dozens of publications and serves on the Medscape Business of Medicine Advisory Board.
Restaurant Innovation: New Signature Dishes and Next-Generation Technologies
Posted June 3rd, 2016
Restaurant operators often speak of innovation in terms of putting new signature dishes and food creations on the menu. But where the biggest innovation is happening today, arguably, is less on the menu and more in the technology that is driving increased efficiency and effectiveness across all parts of the food and beverage services industry. Next-generation restaurant management and POS systems are having a profound impact on business operations, guest satisfaction, revenue growth and overall profitability.