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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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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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10 top health technology hazards for 2018

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With 2017 coming to a close, it is time to look ahead to 2018 and the top 10 health technology hazards to be aware of this year “Research firm ECRI has issued its top health technology hazards for 2018, identifying potential sources of danger that warrant high attention in the New Year. ECRI picked information security threats as the biggest risk next year.”  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

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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Connected medical devices put healthcare at risk for sophisticated malware attacks

Healthcare is turning a corner on cybersecurity, new HIMSS research shows

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Healthcare IT News – Privacy & Security “The sector is now making security a top priority, hiring CISOs, undertaking threat management and penetration testing, all more than ever. Despite the consensus that healthcare is widely underprepared for protecting patient data, more and more hospitals are making cybersecurity a significant clinical and business necessity than in the past.” Read the full article. Check out this article and more on social media!
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5 Ways Health IT Executives Can Transform the Data Center

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Scalability needs push IT leaders out of physical spaces and into the cloud. “Healthcare executives increasingly realize how critical IT and data center transformation are to overall organizational growth. As a foundation for customer retention, improved security and regulatory compliance — as well as greater revenue — an agile data center is necessary to support key business objectives. While most clear-thinking business leaders recognize that as truth, a wealth of opinions persist when it comes to what strategies ultimately provide the best return on investment.” Read the full article. Check out […]
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Digital Therapeutics: The Future of Health Care Will Be App-Based

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Forbes – Tech News “The key difference is that digital therapeutics implement treatment programs tailored to specific ailments, especially major chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and pulmonary diseases like COPD.  Because patient behavior is so crucial in preventing and limiting the severity of these life-threatening illnesses, the early evidence is that these digital health programs, often combined with human coaching/interaction, can make a significant difference in health outcomes.”  Read the full article. Check out this article and more on social media!
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AMIA Calls for HIPAA Clarification in mHealth Patient Data

AMIA Calls for HIPAA Clarification in mHealth Patient Data

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HIPAA clarification and potential expansion can help ensure that patient data used in mHealth apps stays secure, according to a recent AMIA paper. While mHealth applications can help bridge the health IT gap between providers and patients, greater HIPAA clarification and even an expansion of the rules may be necessary, according to the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). AMIA outlined several policy recommendations in a paper published in JAMIA and also listed policy action items in a document released last week. There is a “health IT chasm” due to new models […]
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mHealth, Telehealth Providers Target Growing Senior Care Market

mHealth, Telehealth Providers Target Growing Senior Care Market

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With Baby Boomers ready to retire and wishing to stay active at home, mHealth and telehealth providers are launching new tools and platforms. They’re also eyeing the remote patient monitoring and chronic care markets. Telehealth and mHealth providers are adopting new platforms to meet the needs of a growing senior population and position themselves for the lucrative remote patient monitoring market. With the Baby Boomer generation set to retire and wanting to stay active, the home health market is one of the fastest growing telehealth and mHealth segments. And new […]
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New in Wearable Health Tech: A Wrist Sensor That Works Up a Sweat

New in Wearable Health Tech: A Wrist Sensor That Works Up a Sweat

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Researchers who are trying to find a way to make wearable health technology real say they’ve taken a big step with a device that generates enough sweat to be useful Healthcare in the They’ve built a prototype that generates a few drops of perspiration — enough to measure blood sugar and to monitor other bodily functions. It’s not ready for the market yet, but shows it is possible for people to wear lightweight devices that can deliver on the promise of pain-free diagnosis. “You don’t stick people with anything. You […]
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