March, 2024

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Industry Voices—Healthcare is changing. Hospital staffing must, too

FierceHealthIT

Walk the floors of a busy hospital today and you’ll see signs of a healthcare workforce in crisis. It really doesn’t matter which hospital, or where. The signs are the same across the country. | Nurses have been pushed to the limit. Their dedication and resolve is tested every day against the stark reality of an overburdened system. It’s a persistent and pervasive crisis, and the healthcare system has so far failed to adequately address it.

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Digital Therapeutics: transforming healthcare from bench to bedside

Digital Health Global

In the rapidly evolving landscape of healthcare, digital therapeutics (DTx) emerge as a transformative force, offering innovative solutions to improve patient care and treatment outcomes. However, the journey from conceptualization to clinical implementation poses intricate challenges that require careful navigation. A recent study titled “ Digital Therapeutics from Bench to Bedside ” provides valuable insights into the world of DTx, unraveling complexities and proposing strategies f

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If surgery is so precise, why are we leaving outcomes up to chance?

KevinMD

It is well known that today there is significant variability in surgical outcomes – not only in different parts of the world, but even within the hospital. And, little understanding as to why. While video is becoming a key component of surgery, up until now, it has gone largely uncaptured, making it impossible for surgeons Read more… If surgery is so precise, why are we leaving outcomes up to chance?

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The Right Tools are Available to Help Pharmacists Handle Increase in Patients

Canadian Health Infoway

As our health care system continues to struggle with an unprecedented staffing crisis, Ontarians have had a new way to receive timely access to care: their neighbourhood pharmacist. Pharmacists are one of the most accessible patient touchpoints in our health care system, with most Ontarians living within five kilometres of a pharmacy.

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The Cost of Inefficient Communication in Home Care & Beyond

This eBook explores the critical issues of using consumer-grade messaging apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and SMS in healthcare, especially home care. It highlights the negative impacts on patient care quality, data security, and HIPAA compliance and provides practical solutions to enhance communication efficiency! You will learn how to: Consolidate Messaging Platforms: Streamline communication by reducing the use of multiple apps, improving efficiency in patient care.

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Study reveals impact of AI on clinician diagnostic accuracy

Digital Health Global

In a groundbreaking study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), researchers shed light on the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) models on clinician diagnostic accuracy. The study, titled “ Measuring the Impact of AI in the Diagnosis of Hospitalized Patients: A Randomized Clinical Vignette Survey Study ,” offers critical insights into how AI influences clinical decision-making.

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A Gartner expert points to AI and hospital-at-home as the biggest emerging technologies at HIMSS24

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

It's been a long week at HIMSS24, filled with educational sessions and an exhibit hall packed with the latest and greatest in healthcare information technology. Needless to say, artificial intelligence has dominated conversations. Veronica Walk is senior director analyst, healthcare and life sciences, at consulting firm Gartner, where she specializes in emerging clinical technologies.

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Fortifying Healthcare Email Security: Advanced Solutions and Mitigation Strategies

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. By Usman Choudhary, general manager, VIPRE Security Email remains a cornerstone communication tool for healthcare entities, yet the communication channel also presents formidable cybersecurity hurdles. The sensitive nature of patient data and the open nature […] The article Fortifying Healthcare Email Security: Advanced Solutions and Mitigation Strategies appeared first on electronichealthre

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Cryonics: advancements, ethics, and skepticism

KevinMD

Scientists have transitioned from crafting flying contraptions capable of moving massive payloads through unfriendly skies to exploring the vast expanse of the cosmos, affirming that the concept of impossibility holds no sway over their endeavors. Yet, their ambition now surpasses earthly confines as they endeavor to replicate the divine feat of Lazarus’s resurrection on a Read more… Cryonics: advancements, ethics, and skepticism originally appeared in KevinMD.com.

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Providers 'wasted' $10.6B in 2022 overturning claims denials, survey finds

FierceHealthIT

More than 100 provider organizations want the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to take a tougher stance on Medicare Advantage (MA) plans’ practices following an industry survey es | Providers spent nearly $20 billion in 2022 pursuing delays and denials across all payer types, yet those efforts are substantially more costly on average when dealing with private plans, hundreds of hospitals and health systems told Premier in a recent survey.

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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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How the EU AI Act Will Shape Global AI Standards and Practices

Digital Health Global

The European Union’s AI Act is a significant regulatory framework that aims to govern the use of artificial intelligence (AI) within the EU. Here are the key aspects, benefits, impacts on organizations, and the expected timeline for its activation. Key Aspects of the EU AI Act The AI Act bans systems that are considered a threat to fundamental rights, including some biometric categorization systems, facial image scraping, and emotion recognition in workplaces and educational institutions.

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Salesforce launches healthcare data platform Einstein Copilot: Health Actions

Mobi Health News

The software company is launching its new AI-powered healthcare product that uses health organization's data to personalize patient care to reduce administrative tasks.

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Memorial Healthcare finds success with switch to Epic-based telehealth vendor

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

With 15,000 team members, 3,000 providers and $3.1 billion in annual operating revenue, Memorial Healthcare System is one of the largest public health systems in the U.S. A South Florida-based academic medical center, Memorial operates six hospitals, including the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital; numerous primary, urgent and 24/7 care facilities; a health specialty center; and a nursing home.

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The Next Generation Of Medical AI: Exploring Safe and Accurate Innovation In Healthcare

Healthcare IT Today

In recent years, natural language processing (NLP) has emerged as a promising tool, powering algorithms for decoding complex medical language. The technology enables users to extract information from patient records and rapidly assess disease progression, treatment efficacy, health trends, and other use cases. Despite its initial promise, NLP has fallen short of expectations in healthcare.

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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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Blockchain technology in population health management

KevinMD

Blockchain technology may revolutionize population health management. Patients and health care practitioners face the challenge of securely accessing, managing, integrating, and sharing health records. While blockchain is gaining attention in various industries, its application in health care and population health is still preliminary. Data security and interoperability By combining data security measures with innovative approaches to Read more… Blockchain technology in population health managem

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Google's healthcare AI ambitions: New model for personal health coaching and next steps for gen AI

FierceHealthIT

Google is doubling down on its ambitions for healthcare AI by exploring how generative AI can help clinicians in medical decision-making, understand lab and imaging information and provide con | Google is hyper-focused on generative AI in healthcare, pushing forward research to advance gen AI capabilities that can help clinicians in medical decision-making, understand lab and imaging information and provide consumers with personalized health insights based on their wearable data.

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Frank Hester racist remarks on Dianne Abbott MP cause revulsion

DigitalHealth

Racist remarks said to have been made by the CEO of TPP, inciting violence against UK MP Dianne Abbott have resulted in widespread condemnation.

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Georgia partners with Aetna Health for Georgia Unity, a social data platform for whole health integration

Mobi Health News

At HIMSS24, Dr. Denise Hines and Shirelle King of Georgia Health Information Network discuss social integration to foster trust in underserved communities.

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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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How RPM can scale and sustain CMS' hospital at home program

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services just released data on its Acute Hospital Care at Home initiative , which thus far has admitted 11,159 patients suffering from respiratory infections, heart failure and severe sepsis. While the program has proven successful in reducing hospital visits, the level of manpower it requires is costly and likely unsustainable for the already overburdened healthcare system.

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A Look at Sunoh’s Ambient Clinical Voice Solutions Including New EHR Integrations

Healthcare IT Today

One of the hottest topics in healthcare and particularly at the HIMSS 2024 conference is ambient clinical voice. We haven’t seen this much universal interest in a health IT product since the government offered $36 billion in stimulus money for EHR software. However, this feels very different since healthcare organizations are evaluating ambient clinical voice solutions on their merit versus chasing government money.

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EMR shutdown highlights vulnerability in health care IT

KevinMD

Imagine that Elon Musk had decided to buy Epic instead of the platform formerly known as Twitter. Imagine that he had developed his own EMR and informed every Epic user that they should watch their email for their assigned migration dates to the system he had developed, to be completed in the next 60 days. Read more… EMR shutdown highlights vulnerability in health care IT originally appeared in KevinMD.com.

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Under new management, and under the cloud of the Change hack, HIMSS24 kicks off in Orlando next week

FierceHealthIT

One of the largest health IT conferences, HIMSS24, will kick off in Orlando on Monday as a revamped trade show following a deal with Informa Markets last fall. | One of the largest health IT conferences, HIMSS24, will kick off in Orlando on Monday as a revamped trade show following a deal with Informa Markets last fall.

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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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Optimum Healthcare IT Founders Return, Announce Chief Digital Officer

Optimum Healthcare IT

Read Time: 3 min Optimum Healthcare IT is pleased to announce the return of founders Gene Scheurer as CEO and Jason Mabry as President. Continue reading Optimum Healthcare IT Founders Return, Announce Chief Digital Officer at Optimum Healthcare IT.

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Streamlining emergency care with virtual video telemedicine

Mobi Health News

At HIMSS24 preconference Virtual Care Forum, Stanford Healthcare representatives discussed the care system's implementation of a virtual fast track program in its emergency department.

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First 24/7 virtual emergency clinic in Australia's outback launched

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Not-for-profit aeromedical services provider Royal Flying Doctor Service has introduced what could be the first unmanned virtual medical emergency centre in Australia's outback. The new RFDS William Creek Community Health Service in the outback tourism town of William Creek in South Australia features a 24/7 virtual emergency centre with a telehealth unit that members of the community and tourists can access to connect with on-call RFDS doctors.

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Solidifying Home Care in the Healthcare Continuum: Embracing Technological Advances and RPM to Redefine Healthcare in 2024

Healthcare IT Today

The following is a guest article by Jiang Li, CEO at Vivalink Healthcare is at a turning point, reshaping our view of what defines hospital care. The home has emerged as a fundamental care setting within the broader healthcare continuum, challenging the notion that care concludes at the hospital exit. To fully integrate the home into the continuum of care, our focus must be on innovative care models enabled by technology.

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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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The doctor’s digital twin will see you now

KevinMD

Imagine a day when you wake up from a perfect six hours and thirty-six minutes of restorative sleep. Overnight, a wearable device or implanted chip has been continuously monitoring and capturing a comprehensive set of your biological and physiological variables. The ingested data from the variables collected is processed through an adaptive machine learning algorithm Read more… The doctor’s digital twin will see you now originally appeared in KevinMD.com.

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Diabetes management tools not worth the cost, study finds. But digital health companies push back on 'flawed' analysis

FierceHealthIT

A new analysis pours cold water on the effectiveness of widely used digital diabetes management solutions, stirring up discussion about how best to evaluate the growing market of digital health too | The Peterson Health Technology Institute's analysis assessed whether digital diabetes solutions improve users' health outcomes over "usual care.

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Optimum Healthcare IT Announces Mike Jackman as New Board Member

Optimum Healthcare IT

Read Time: 2 min Optimum Healthcare IT is pleased to announce that Mike Jackman has joined its Board of Directors, effective March 26, 2024. Continue reading Optimum Healthcare IT Announces Mike Jackman as New Board Member at Optimum Healthcare IT.