Tue.Oct 08, 2019

Wasted: $1 of Every $4 Spent on Health Care In America

Health Populi

A study in JAMA published this week analyzed research reports that have measured waste in the U.S. health care system, calculating that 25% of medical spending in America is wasted. If spending is gauged at $3.8 trillion, waste amounts to nearly $1 trillion.

Emergency response service RapidSOS snag additional $25M

Mobi Health News

The new funding brings the company's total Series B to $55 million.


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Social Virtual Reality: Health, Healthcare, and Health IT! – #HITsm Chat Topic

Healthcare IT Today

We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 10/11 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Chuck Webster (@wareFLO) on the topic “Social Virtual Reality: Health, Healthcare, and Health IT!”

Emergency response service RapidSOS snags additional $25M

Mobi Health News

The new funding brings the company's total Series B to $55 million.


Virtual Front Door or Brick Wall? Care Pathways in Healthcare

Are you offering your patients a virtual front door or a brick wall? Today, 85% of healthcare visits start online. If your patients don’t have a way to access care virtually, you’re losing them to Dr. Google. Clear care pathways that start online ensure your patients get the best care they need while staying loyal to you.

UnitedHealthcare ramping up investment in virtual visits, home monitoring for 6M Medicare Advantage members


Health insurance giant UnitedHealthcare is ramping up its investment in data analytics capabilities and digital tools to support the specific needs of its nearly 6 million Medicare Advantage members

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AHIMA19 Celebrated Innovation and Global Impact At the Annual Conference

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. By Wylecia Wiggs Harris, CEO, American Health Information Management Association. At the AHIMA19: Health Data and Information Conference, leaders in health information management (HIM) shared innovations in healthcare and addressed issues affecting patient access to their health records including the privacy, accuracy and interoperability of that information.

HHS releases regulations to overhaul the Stark Law to entice value-based payment arrangements


The Trump administration is proposing new exemptions and safe harbors to the Stark Law and anti-kickback statute to spur more physicians and healthcare facilities into value-based care arrangements


Moody’s Frets Over Hospital Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

Healthcare IT Today

Readers of this blog know well that hospitals’ cybersecurity measures aren’t exactly impenetrable, as hack after hack attests. This isn’t just a concern for health system execs, though.

The Future of Healthcare: What’s Best for the Diabetic Community?

Insulin Nation

It’s no secret that healthcare is a major priority for many voters in the upcoming 2020 elections. And for the first time in modern American history, major candidates are taking strong and varied stances on how their vision of our future healthcare system should look.

Convenience Care Is Here, and It's Eating Your Lunch

Patients want high-quality care that is accessible and affordable. If they can’t get it from you, direct-to-consumer healthcare services make it easy for them to get it somewhere else. Give them the ability to consume your services just like they consume everything else in their lives: on their phones or computers, quickly, and where it’s convenient for them.

Talking Healthcare Chatbots with Kamal Anand, CEO & Co-Founder of Asparia

Healthcare IT Today

We recently sat down with Kamal Anand, CEO & Co-Founder of Asparia to talk about healthcare chatbots and their recent rebrand from SimplifiMed to Asparia.

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Study suggests Medicare overpaying $1.28B annually to support residency programs


Medicare is overpaying for graduate medical education—the money used to train residents—which could be used to address physician shortages, according to a new study

mHabitat tackling the complexity of implementing tech across healthcare

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

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Patients say it’s appropriate for health professionals to ask about guns


Many doctors and other health professionals are reluctant to talk to patients about gun safety, fearing patients be offended or put off. But many patients say they are comfortable with those conversations, according to a new study published in Health Affairs


Stop Creating Disloyal Patients

90 percent of patients feel no obligation to stay with a healthcare system that doesn’t offer digital tools. What can you do in the face of such a sobering statistic? Patient-facing telehealth options that allow patients to get virtually instantaneous care privately, securely, and from anywhere can keep your patients from seeking care from the easiest, nearest, and cheapest provider.

Hear How Merck and MDAnderson Physicians Network are Tapping into Low-Code


What technologies are healthcare and life sciences organizations leveraging now to improve their patient and member outcomes? Appian, Merck, and your healthcare and life sciences peers have answers to this question, and more.

Industry Voices—6 low-budget ways physicians can promote their websites to attract patients


In the world of online marketing and promotion, a practice website is a necessary tool to reach new patients and help them stick with you long-term


Apple Didn’t Launch A Sleep Tracker? Maybe Just As Well

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. By Vik Panda, managing director North America, Dreem. Rumors had it that Apple wanted to help you track your sleep. Industry watchers said it’s in part about playing catchup with Fitbit and others. Although, Apple has never worried about being second or third, just whether they can be the best. But when Apple’s big announcement […]. The article Apple Didn’t Launch A Sleep Tracker?


Texas physician guilty of bilking Medicare $16M in home health fraud scheme


A federal jury ruled a Texas physician was guilty of a $16 million scheme to defraud Medicare by signing false “plans of care” for home health services

Forrester Names Leader in Virtual Health Care Solutions

Forrester Research identified and evaluated the top players in digital health. Read the report to see who stood out—and who needs to catch up.

What Are the Options for Treating Opioid Addiction?


Opioid addiction is an unfortunate, common, and often tragic reality across the U.S. population. It’s important to know the options for treating addiction in case someone close to you needs help with overcoming this serious problem


Primary care company One Medical has hired banks ahead of an IPO, CNBC reports


One Medical has hired banks including JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley for its initial public offering, CNBC reports, citing sources familiar with the matter. The company is expected to file its prospectus by the first quarter of 2020

What Will You Do This Year to Ensure That Your Organization Is Retaining Top Performers and Improving Employee Metrics?


Using current best practices to build a better system of reward and recognition for employees can improve employee perceptions regarding meaningful work leading to higher levels of satisfaction and engagement


Have studies exaggerated physician burnout’s effect on quality of care?


A new study says the link between healthcare provider burnout and lower quality of patient care may be smaller than research suggests


Building Your Digital Health Ecosystem

With the fragmentation of the pharmacy industry, digitized provider networks can offer a much-needed solution to connectivity, data sharing, collaboration and interoperability between physicians, patients and pharmacies.

Dexcom G6 Pro CGM gets FDA nod

Mobi Health News

The technology includes one-time use sensors and can switch between blind and unblinded mode.


Number of drug 'super spenders' rises 63% in 2 years, says Prime Therapeutics


The number of drug “super spenders” is growing rapidly, a new study from Prime Therapeutics shows.


The Importance of Reinforcement Learning


A few years ago, BBC Earth highlighted a memory test performed by a Chimpanzee named Ayumu.


Colorado plan for a 'public option' would cut provider payments to fuel premium declines


Colorado released a proposal to install a new statewide insurance plan option that would severely cut reimbursement rates to providers


Telemedicine: Real-Time Trauma and Clinical Care with Global Reach

Today, connecting the patient to the right specialist is largely dependent on the patient’s ability to travel to the physician’s location. The ability to use technology to monitor patients in real-time, share information about their condition and provide treatment remotely, will improve the quality of care and save lives for patients everywhere.

Tips for Getting Started with Application Modernization


Our previous post, Tackle Security Concerns for Application Modernization , addressed common security concerns and revealed a shift in this perspective. The final post in this series offers tips to secure buy in and make sure the change sticks.

Top technology hazards include surgical stapler misuse, notification fatigue, according to ECRI's 2020 list


Since 2011, there have been more than 100,000 stapler incidents in healthcare, according to the U.S. These risks of patient harm led the ECRI Institute to name surgical stapler misuse as the top health technology hazard facing providers in 2020

The 411 on the Red Hat Learning Subscription


In order to effectively adopt new software, you need a knowledgeable team and a learning solution that is quick and prescriptive. The Red Hat Learning Subscription (RHLS) provides a deep dive into Red Hat technologies that can help make your organization more efficient. .