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Commercial/Private Health Plan Solutions
17Apr, 2018

Consumers open to more digital health use, survey finds

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Consumers are also using a wider array of digital health tools, according to the survey, which found a three-fold increase in mobile and tablet health apps over the past four years “Increasing consumer demand for digital health services is transforming the care delivery team, putting patients and technologies in the driver’s seat alongside physicians, a new Accenture survey suggests. The survey of 2,301 U.S. consumers finds greater acceptance of virtual medical encounters, artificial intelligence and other machine-based services being part of their healthcare experience. One in five respondents said they […]
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The rise and risk of IoT in healthcare
19Feb, 2018

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 this […]
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9Feb, 2018

FDA lays out digital health goals in 2018 strategic roadmap

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Leveraging innovation and competition to better healthcare is one of the four cornerstones of the Food and Drug Administration’s 2018 policy roadmap “The roadmap touches on several efforts to help develop medical devices, specifically the establishment of a Total Product Life Cycle Office within the Center for Devices and Radiological Health and the development of an alternative 510(k) pathway. FDA also plans to publish final guidance on what digital health technologies fall under FDA’s regulation and those that the agency plans to exercise enforcement discretion on. In December, the agency […]
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26Jan, 2018

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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23Jan, 2018

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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5 Solutions for Conquering Challenges of Bundled Payment Models
18Jan, 2018

Healthcare finance executives see strong IT investment in 2018, but a bubble could be growing

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KPMG and Leavitt Partners new survey found that health and life sciences organizations intend to invest in analytics and digital technologies. “More than half of finance executives are projecting health IT and data to see strong investment activity in 2018 and 2019, according to a new survey. But they’re also concerned that a bubble is growing in certain health and life sciences realms. Fifty-two percent are projecting that the health IT and data subsectors will have a lot of investment activity in 2018-19, followed by outpatient services at 44 percent, […]
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Building the Healthcare System of the Future
11Dec, 2017

CMS takes aim at regulatory reforms to ease provider burden

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Lack of productivity and increased workload among top complaints from providers surveyed The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is committed to reducing the regulatory burden on providers with several new initiatives as part of the Trump administration’s broader efforts to cut red tape in the federal government, according to CMS Administrator Seema Verma. According to Verma, CMS is one of the top agencies in terms of the volume of regulations it generates—11,000 pages every year, and she contends that “too much regulation can have a suffocating effect on the […]
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4Dec, 2017

Doctors spend too much time on EHRs? Most patients don’t think so

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But only half of consumers think EHRs make healthcare safer, according to a new survey by HealtheLink. Given all the hue and cry about electronic health records distracting clinicians and inhibiting their ability to make eye contact with patients during office visits, the consensus has been that doctors waste precious time on EHRs. But new research suggests fewer patients feel that way than one might expect. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they believe EHRs make care safer. Read the full article. Check out this article and more on social media!
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7.1M Patients Use Remote Monitoring, Connected Medical Devices
17Nov, 2017

Cloud computing will change the nature of hospital IT shops

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Healthcare IT News: Cloud Computing “IDC says cloud services are transforming IT departments into lines of business as they acquire daily operations tasks instead of carrying them out on their own. Start putting the puzzle pieces together and a clear picture emerges of hospitals implementing more and more cloud services in the immediate future. The freshest of those pieces, IDC’s Cloud in Healthcare 2.0, said that hospitals are acquiring a taste for buying IT via the pay-as-you-go model and its operational expenditure approach rather than purchasing technology the old-fashioned way, […]
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7Nov, 2017

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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