August, 2022

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Five Ways Telehealth Is Better Than In-Person Care

Health System CIO

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Telehealth Utilization Rates Increase Again in May

Telebehavioral Health Institute

Judging from the numbers, telehealth is becoming increasingly popular across the country. National telehealth utilization rates among private insurers grew by 10.2% in May, signaling that telehealth utilization is a serious contender for mental health and serious pandemic interventions. According to the Fair Health statistics , May was the second running month in which telehealth utilization has increased substantially.

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How telemedicine can leverage the shrinking number of physicians

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Physicians are burning out and leaving the front lines of healthcare in big numbers. The pandemic has aggravated this problem. Solutions to this critical problem are needed. Clinicians and other experts at telehealth technology and services companies across the country are raising their hands, saying they could be at least one part of the solution to physician burnout.

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Study: Telehealth could increase physicians' after-hours work

Mobi Health News

Researchers found physicians who provided more care through telemedicine also increased their time spent on after-hours EHR-based clinical and administrative work.

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HIPAA Compliance: Can Your Organization Avoid Costly Government Penalties and Fines?

Colington Consulting was established in 2013 and helps organizations achieve HIPAA compliance and ensures clients stay current with the latest enforcement trends. We provide a full range of HIPAA compliance services and consulting. What separates us from our competitors is our knowledge of HIPAA compliance regulations and their application to each of our client’s particular scenarios and requirements.

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Virtual Care and Mental Health Top of Mind for Employers’ Workplaces in 2023

Health Populi

The concept that all companies are “health care companies” takes on greater import in the wake of the pandemic. The 2023 Large Employers’ Health Care Strategy and Plan Design Survey from the Business Group on Health (BGH) found that two in three large employers see their health and well-being strategy as an integral part of their overall workforce strategy.

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Immediate, accurate diagnosis is crucial to the future of equitable patient care

KevinMD

As the pandemic-stricken health systems recover from the unprecedented challenges that tested them for preparedness, agility, and health equity, the pandemic undoubtedly also nurtured rapid innovation in telehealth, vaccine manufacturing, and point-of-care diagnostics, which have streamlined and accelerated patients’ access to immediate care at the point of need.

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Health and IT Literacy

Healthcare IT Today

Today I went with my son to tryouts for flag football. My son has always been active, but he’s never played in organized sports before. Needless to say, I went to the tryouts with a little trepidation for how he’d do. Many of the other kids had been playing already for a couple years. Would he understand what the coach was asking him to do?

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Is Virtual Reality Mental Health Part of Your Practice-Building Plan Yet?

Telebehavioral Health Institute

Immersive 360-degree videos represent a recent development in virtual reality mental health, whereby users can utilize digitally simulated realities similar to the real world (Slater & Sanchez, 2016 ). These viable technologies hold much promise but, to date, have not been widely adopted in mental health settings. The article below summarizes the findings of lead researcher Ionescu and colleagues in their 2021 systematic review of immersive 360-degree videos using virtual reality headsets to

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4 Growing Trends In Healthcare Technology

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. Healthcare innovation relies on expanding base knowledge as it improves technology designed to provide specific solutions in the healthcare field. Add to the many challenges facing healthcare and coming out of a once-in-a-century pandemic that […].

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The Secret to Supercharging Your Organizations Communications

Effective collaboration among all care team members is critical to delivering better patient outcomes. A key element to achieving effective collaboration is through the implementation of a clinical communication and collaboration platform. In a fast-paced, high-stress and critical environment, people tend to do whatever gets the job done. Therefore will scramble and use the systems, people, or processes around them to get an outcome more quickly - which can often be at the expense of quality.

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Climate Change Is Not Good for Health and Living Things

Health Populi

There is an image from my childhood, drawn by Lorraine Schneider, which reads “War is not healthy for children and other living things.” As I read through a paper published this week on climate change’s contribution to the burden of chronic disease, I couldn’t help but conjure up Lorraine’s observation from my little girl memory bank.

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Study: Symptom checkers' diagnostic, triage accuracy is low

Mobi Health News

A review of studies published in npj Digital Medicine found diagnostic and triage accuracy varied but was generally low, raising concerns about using symptom checkers as patient-facing tools.

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Former Amazon medical officer examines Surgeon General's clinician burnout warning

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The U.S. Surgeon General’s recent advisory about clinician burnout cited numerous societal, cultural, structural and organizational causes – including excessive workloads, administrative burden and lack of organizational support. The potential fallout of this trajectory is alarming: The advisory cites the Association of American Medical Colleges’ estimate on clinician demand outpacing supply, with an anticipated shortage between 54,100 and 139,000 physicians predicted by 2033.

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JAMA Article Shows Telehealth Slowed Opioid Overdoses During Pandemic

Continue Education Journal

WASHINGTON, DC, AUGUST 31, 2022 – The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) and ATA Action issued the following statement in response to today’s publication of a study authored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. This study, published online in JAMA Psychiatry (doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry. 2022.2284), examined the impact of telehealth services for substance use disorder treatment and the p

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Ambiq’s neuralSPOT HeartKit™ enables Real-Time Heart Monitoring AI Applications

Ambiq®, a leading developer of ultra-low-power semiconductor solutions that deliver a multifold increase in energy efficiency, introduces HeartKit, its latest addition to neuralSPOT. This optimized AI model enables running various real-time heart monitoring applications to help users and their healthcare providers quickly identify any irregular events to take necessary actions.

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CENSUS: Senior care growth means tech change will be mandatory

Aging in Place Technology Watch

The Census knows the growth and potential explosion of care needs and older adults. Consider their newly published document explaining the industries to those who may still not see what’s happening.” Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly saw a 34.4% increase in revenue from 2013 to 2020. Home Health Care Services experienced an even larger increase – 50/5% -- during the same period.

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CommonWell, MEDITECH, TEFCA, and QHINs

Healthcare IT Today

The topic of TEFCA and QHINs has been an extremely important one in the world of healthcare IT and particularly when it comes to healthcare interoperability. In many ways, it’s setting the national infrastructure for healthcare interoperability going forward. So, we should be paying attention. As we continue to learn about how the industry is responding to TEFCA and which organizations are planning to apply to be a QHIN, we thought it would be valuable to sit down with CommonWell and a C

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Partnering Up in the Health Care Ecosystem to Drive Transformation – for Organizations and Health Consumers Alike

Health Populi

“Partnerships, including JVs and alliances with other healthcare organizations and with new entrants, are just one way to access new capabilities, unlock speed to market, and achieve capital, scale, and operational efficiencies” in health care transformations. “In an environment with continued competition for attractive assets and significant capital in play from institutional investors, these partnerships may also be the most accessible way for organizations to capture value i

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Amazon Care to shut down at the end of 2022

Mobi Health News

Neil Lindsay, senior vice president of Amazon Health Services, said the telehealth service was "not a complete enough offering for the large enterprise customers we have been targeting, and wasn’t going to work long-term.

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The 2023 Behavioral Health Industry Report

This report explores current issues in the behavioral health industry in 2023. Topics covered include quantitative statistics describing the overall increase in behavioral health issues, the impact of psychologist and staff burnout, how HIPAA compliance is once again at the top of our minds & much more!

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AI-powered telehealth improves PT care at Essen Health Care

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Essen Health Care, a medical group in New York City, has a Center of Excellence for Pain with physical therapy, pain specialists, neurology and orthopedic specialists. It serves patients with acute and chronic issues in need of physical therapy. In addition, it serves many elderly house call patients, due to pandemic restrictions, who have functionally deteriorated due to a lack of physical activity.

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Case Study: How Arizona Hospital Association Took Their COVID Telehealth Concept from Zero to Post-Launch

VSee

Background Project Goals: Bringing COVID-19 Palliative Care Into the Home “People want to be at home. They don’t want to go to the hospital.” That was the goal of the The Arizona Palliative Care Telehealth Program for COVID-19: to treat people where they’re at through telehealth and to keep them out of the hospital. The.

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New technologies may mitigate fall risk – and just in time

Aging in Place Technology Watch

The stats on death from falls are startling – especially for the 65+. Death rates are rising, projected to be 7 up to deaths per hour for the 65+ by 2030. And that falls are the leading cause of injury death among the 65+. Did you know that the majority of hip fractures are from falling, usually sideways ? Did you know that medical costs from falls was $50 billion in were projected to be $52 billion in 2020?

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Using Data-Driven Fintech Tools to Tackle the Healthcare Affordability Crisis

Healthcare IT Today

The following is a guest article by Chiranjib Gupta, Chief Risk Officer at PayZen. We are witnessing a healthcare affordability crisis in America. Reading the headlines, it doesn’t take long to encounter some horror story of medical costs running rampant: an uninsured woman saddled with bills in the tens of thousands for a complicated birth, a life-saving medication costing a patient hundreds of dollars per vial, the list goes on.

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Patient Engagement & Cultural Competence Training Roadmap: A Guide to Reducing Staff Burnout

Speaker: Dr. Mauvareen Beverley, Patient Engagement and Cultural Competence Specialist

If you’re a healthcare provider, chances are you have experienced symptoms of burnout yourself or have colleagues who are currently facing extreme career dissatisfaction. One of the many ways to partially alleviate burnout is active patient engagement. By engaging with patients to understand their needs and preferences, healthcare providers can develop treatments tailored to the individual patient.

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The More Chronic Conditions, the More Likely a Patient Will Have Medical Debt

Health Populi

There is a direct association between a person’s health status and patient outcomes and their financial health, quantified in original research published this week in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers from the University of Michigan (my alma mater) Medical School and Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation analyzed two years of commercial insurance claims data generated between January 2019 and January 2021, linking to commercial credit data from January 2021 for patients enrolled

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Survey: Nearly half report virtual care visit in the past year

Mobi Health News

According to Deloitte's survey, 49% of respondents said they'd attended a virtual medical appointment as a patient in the past year, while 26% said they'd been to a virtual visit where another person was the patient.

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MaineGeneral hits congestive heart failure readmission rate of 0% using RPM

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

MaineGeneral Health in Augusta had high, rising readmission rates for congestive heart failure. In January 2020, the organization launched a remote patient monitoring pilot, working with vendor Health Recovery Solutions to monitor CHF patients after discharge from the hospital. THE PROBLEM. Upon discharge, patients often need support to understand their symptoms and warning signs after returning home.

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Find the Best Medical App Developers with These Modern Detailed Guidelines

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. Healthcare is one of the apps that has been uplifted by the latest technologies the most. It’s no coincidence that healthcare app developers are very sought after since they are the ones who can help […]. The article Find the Best Medical App Developers with These Modern Detailed Guidelines appeared first on electronichealthreporter.com.

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How to Battle Layoffs: The Career Star Accelerator Bootcamp

Facing layoffs in your organization? Support your team members' career transition with Career Star Accelerator Bootcamp: Custom Resume & LinkedIn Revamp + 6 Weeks of Career Coaching. Our certified resume writers will create job search-winning resumes and LinkedIn profiles while they work with a career coach to learn unique strategies to stand out, attract the right employers, automate their job search, and land their dream job.

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Over the counter hearing aids – an absurdly long time in coming

Aging in Place Technology Watch

Yesterday was a big day that should have happened several years ago. Finally. The US Food and Drug Administration approved the over-the-counter sale of hearing aids for those with mild-to-moderate hearing loss. Consider that this was first proposed in 2017! Consider the hearing aid ecosystem that has grown over many years to involve audiologists, a shrinking number of hearing aid makers – only five control 90% of the market!

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Clinically Validated Vital Signs for Mental Health

Healthcare IT Today

Remote patient monitoring is everywhere in healthcare today. We see that in our ever expanding list of remote patient monitoring companies. It’s not a reach to say that healthcare and startup companies are working hard to monitor every piece of your health remotely. Everyone sees the potential of having access to your health data in an ongoing basis in order to assess deterioration of your health or even recovery from a disease or surgery.

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Hacking Health Care, Your Top Health-Tech Summer Read

Health Populi

“Tom Lawry reminds us that the health care industry can shift from glacial to warp speed when it needs to. Given the right tools, we can evolve from health systems to systems of health, baked with Responsible Intelligence to do good while embedded with respect, inclusion, and transparency. Health citizens deserve Tom’s vision to emerge,” I wrote in a quote on the back of Tom’s new book, Hacking Health Care: How AI and the Intelligence Revolution Will Reboot an Ailing Syst