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Three reasons telemedicine will grow in 2017

6 things keeping CIOs up at night

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CIOs are acutely aware of the security complications medical devices and telehealth bring. “Last month, LexisNexis brought together 30 high-level executives, most of whom were CIOs from hospitals, nursing homes and health plans of all sizes from across the county to find out what data-related issues are weighing on them most as we get further into 2018. Ed Domansky, LexisNexis manager of media and analyst relations, and Erin Benson, Director of market planning, said six major themes emerged from their responses. It seems merger and acquisition activity sent waves through […]
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The rise and risk of IoT in healthcare

AI funding exceeds $1B in 2017

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Report confirms what industry watchers have already been noticing: Artificial intelligence in healthcare is hot. “The quality and reliability of the data feeding AI solutions is particularly crucial to AI’s ultimate value in healthcare, and that could be a problem given lack of clear data standards. Progress on interoperability has been slow, but CMS Administrator Seema Verma said in town hall webcast this week with American Hospital Association CEO and President Rick Pollack that the agency is interested in seeing movement on the issue.” Read the full article. Check out […]
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Medical Device Data, UDIs on Claims Impact Costs, Patient Safety

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According to recent reports, payers who incorporate medical device data and UDIs into their claims may improve costs and patient safety. “Adding medical device data and unique device identifiers (UDIs) to insurance claims could have a significant positive impact on healthcare spending and patient safety, according to reports from Pew Charitable Trusts, Brigham and Womens Center of Surgery and Public Health, and OIG. However, most insurance providers, including Medicare, do not have the data collection methodologies in place to gather this valuable information, leaving providers, patients, and payers at risk […]
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Healthcare Data – How to Use it to Your Benefit

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In today’s world, information travels at gigabit speeds. For business, this means near limitless opportunities to accumulate data and use it to make operations more efficient and therefore more profitable. One of the issues many businesses encounter when compiling all this data is finding an effective use for so much information. Understanding the data and incorporating it into useful business practices is especially problematic in the medical profession. Healthcare has evolved with the rest of the business world, and has used technology to make leaps and bounds in providing patients, […]
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OCR: 5 ways to fight internal health data breaches

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Healthcare organizations can protect themselves from internal healthcare data breaches. “Healthcare organizations are a prime target for internal breaches caused by former employees, but there are several steps that groups can take to protect themselves from the threat. The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a number of tactics (PDF) to prevent recently terminated staffers from accessing private healthcare data.”  Read the full article. Check out this article and more on social media!
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Claims Analytics Help Medicare Identify, Prevent Provider Fraud

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The use of a claims analytics platform helped Medicare to identify and prevent millions of dollars in provider fraud. “Close to a quarter of new Medicare fraud investigations started with the use of a claims analytics platform that has helped to save approximately $6.7 million in incorrect billings, a new GAO report found. After reviewing fraud prevention procedures and technologies within Medicare in 2016, GAO determined that the Fraud Prevention System (FPS) helped Medicare take corrective actions against 90 providers by suspending improper payments. The review also suggested that the FPS […]
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Health systems’ IT priorities for 2018: Cybersecurity technologies, patient-generated data

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Many major health systems plan to invest in improved cybersecurity technologies next year. “Cybersecurity improvements are top of mind for health IT executives this coming year, but they’re planning a more cautious approach when it comes to technologies like wearables and artificial intelligence, according to a new survey. IT leaders said they want to be more proactive in detecting and preventing cyberattacks or data breaches. Fifty-four percent of respondents said they want to invest in better identification technologies, including risk assessment and education initiatives, and 50% said they plan to invest in protection […]
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Cloud security and IoT are the new peanut butter and jelly

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For enterprises using cloud services with IoT, it’s critical to adhere to as many security practices as possible. Experts weigh in on the best approaches to take. “The Internet of Things (IoT) adds another sticky layer to the question of cloud security. Most organizations think in terms of the devices themselves, rather than the services offered through the cloud, as potential vulnerability points. However, with all the data being gathered through IoT devices, organizations will find that utilizing cloud services may be the best way to alleviate strain on their […]
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Hospital datacenters: Extinct in 5 years?

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Cloud Computing: Datacenter of the future “Prominent healthcare executives are predicting a drastic shift from on-premise IT infrastructure into the cloud. That includes electronic health records, clinical decision support and analytics. Every time Carolinas HealthCare System gets rid of server or storage hardware, someone in the IT department takes out a roll of red tape. They cut off two pieces and lay those down on the floor in the shape of an X, as in: Do not put any new hardware here.” Read the full article. Check out this article and […]
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Automated telemedicine is coming, for everyone

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How are you feeling, About automated telemedicine? “When people without health insurance experience suspicious symptoms, they often rely on an internet search to decide whether the situation is dire enough to warrant a trip to the emergency room. However, by the time they seek help, the condition may have advanced to the point where care is complicated and expensive. Or, those without urgent need may end up wasting valuable emergency room resources to perform a screening service that could have been done elsewhere for a fraction of the cost. The […]
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