February, 2024

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Virtual second opinions are popular but wariness persists on AI diagnosis tools

Mobi Health News

A survey by the Cleveland Clinic revealed nearly four in ten respondents had reservations around seeking a second opinion if the provider used AI diagnostic tools.

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How do we get a critical mass of women physician innovators?

KevinMD

Dr. Margaret-Mary Wilson is UnitedHealth Group (UHG) ‘s Chief Medical Officer, and she recently told Fortune magazine that UHG’s acquisition of physician practices and surgery centers through its subsidiary Optum has allowed UnitedHealth Group to gather “a critical mass” of doctors, which helps the company improve care. She said that the practices that they’ve acquired Read more… How do we get a critical mass of women physician innovators?

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People With Medical Debt Are Much More Likely to Be in Financial Distress in America

Health Populi

How financially vulnerable are people with medical debt in the U.S.? Significantly more, statistically speaking, we learn from the latest survey data revealed by the National Financial Capabilities Study (NFCS) from the FINRA Foundation. The Kaiser Family Foundation and Peterson Center on Healthcare analyzed the NFCS data through a consumer health care financial lens with a focus on medical debt.

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How eCommerce is Shaping Healthcare Marketing

Geonetric

Technology is making big changes in healthcare. It’s becoming increasingly clear that patients are looking for healthcare services that really focus on their needs and make things easy for them, just like online shopping does. Think about how simple it is to shop online or set up deliveries and appointments with just a few clicks. […] Read How eCommerce is Shaping Healthcare Marketing at Geonetric.com.

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Best Practices for Sharing Protected Health Information (PHI)

Explore essential topics in this ebook, including what constitutes PHI and how to identify it using 18 indicators. Gain insights into the importance of safeguarding PHI to protect patient privacy and learn about the severe consequences of HIPAA violations. Discover practical strategies for securely exchanging PHI within your healthcare organization, including assessing risks and implementing effective safeguards.

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As AI adoption in healthcare grows, Senate lawmakers weigh regulation, payment approaches

FierceHealthIT

As the use of artificial intelligence technology in healthcare grows, federal lawmakers are weighing how to protect patients without hindering innovation and many in Congress are pushing for strong | As the use of artificial intelligence technology in healthcare grows, federal lawmakers are weighing how to protect patients without hindering innovation and many in Congress are pushing for stronger regulation.

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Biofourmis announces major agreements with top pharmaceutical companies

Digital Health Global

Biofourmis , a global digital health and clinical trial solutions leader, announces four key partnerships with top pharmaceutical firms. The newly established partnerships focus primarily on oncology therapies, significantly broadening Biofourmis’ already diverse therapeutic portfolio, which includes cardiovascular, pain, women’s health, and immunology.

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Times Health Commission presents 10-point plan with digital at the top 

DigitalHealth

A comprehensive report from the Times Health Commission on Monday identified a 10-point plan for health that highlights a key role for digital technologies.

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Hologic AI-powered cancer screening system wins FDA approval

Mobi Health News

The digital cytology system helps identify cervical cancer cells and precancerous lesions using deep learning AI and volumetric imaging technology.

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AI Synergy – How AI Collaborations are Shaping the Future

Digital Health Global

When technological advances are not just progressions but revolutions, the concept of “AI to AI” is beginning to make itself felt on several levels. The possibility of collaboration between different types of AI goes beyond traditional applications of artificial intelligence and into a system where AIs are entities that communicate, learn, and empower each other.

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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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Telepsychiatry will continue to grow – and become the house call of yesteryear

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

One of the great use cases for telemedicine has proven to be mental health. It does not require physical contact between caregiver and patient (though seeing a patient's affect in person can be better than via video). Rarely does mental health require in-person tests. Taking vitals is not necessary. Overall, it's a great fit – and one that soared during the pandemic and beyond.

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Rebel Health: The Personal and Professional Passion of Susannah Fox

Health Populi

A “rebel” is both a noun and a verb. As a noun, Merriam-Webster tells us that a rebel is a person who opposes or takes up arms against a government or a ruler. As a verb, “to rebel” is to oppose or disobey one in authority or control, or otherwise renounce and resist by force the authority of one’s government.” An additional definition of the verb is, “ to feel or exhibit anger or revulsion.” If you’ve been a patient facing a diagnosis of an

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Denied care: Trans men often struggle for inclusive gynecologic healthcare

FierceHealthIT

When Joseph Schneier, a transgender man then in his early 40s, started experiencing unusual spotting and elevated progesterone levels in 2021, his partner urged him to get checked out. | When Joseph Schneier, a transgender man in his early 40s, started experiencing unusual spotting and elevated progesterone levels in 2021, his partner urged him to get checked out.

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Three Key Takeaways From ViVE2024

Healthcare IT Today

Cybersecurity and the Change Healthcare outage dominated the hallway conversations at ViVE2024. AI was everywhere at ViVE2024, but companies were much more realistic with their productivity claims this year. In the exhibit hall, larger booths were more noticeable. The three key takeaways from the ViVE2024 event for me were: Cybersecurity risk and the Change Healthcare outage was top-of-mind for attendees Vendors are being more realistic in their deployment of AI Larger booths are starting to app

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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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Cedars-Sinai utilizes Apple Vision Pro and AI to create mental health companion

Mobi Health News

Xaia is an AI-enabled digital therapy platform accessible via Apple's augmented reality headset that helps individuals with pain, anxiety, depression and addiction.

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AIRS Medical Inc. and ParagonCare Limited forge strategic partnership to boost healthcare technology in Australia and beyond

Digital Health Global

AIRS Medical Inc., a prominent player in AI-driven healthcare solutions, has entered into a strategic partnership with ParagonCare Limited, a leading provider of healthcare technology and services across Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. The partnership, announced on February 19, 2024, aims to propel the sales and distribution of AIRS Medical’s flagship product, SwiftMR , in the Australian market by capitalizing on ParagonCare’s extensive distribution network and sales processes.

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How virtual care is evolving beyond traditional applications – with a hand from AI

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

As telehealth enters its post-pandemic adolescence, broader use cases are dominating the landscape. And Dr. Stephanie Lahr, president of Artisight, knows this landscape well. Artisight markets a "smart hospital" platform designed to capture precise, real-time data to optimize operations, reduce costs and help clinicians focus on providing care.

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A Health Consumer Bill of Rights: Assuring Affordability, Access, Autonomy, and Equity

Health Populi

Let’s put “health” back into the U.S. health care system. That’s the mantra coming out of this week’s annual Capitol Conference convened by the National Association of Benefits and Insurance Professionals (NABIP). (FYI you might know of NABIP by its former acronym, NAHU, the National Association of Health Underwriters).

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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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Abridge clinches $150M to build out generative AI for medical documentation

FierceHealthIT

Investors continue to pour money into generative AI startups and Abridge is riding this wave as it rapidly scales its technology across U.S. health systems. | Along with the funding round, Abridge also announced an enterprise agreement with Connecticut-based Yale New Haven Health System to give thousands of clinicians access to its AI-powered clinical documentation technology.

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Navigating the Interoperability Maze: 3 Key Challenges for Healthcare Providers and Payers

Healthcare IT Today

The following is a guest article by Anthony Murray, Chief Interoperability Officer at MRO In the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare, the quest for interoperability has become paramount. While the vision of seamless data exchange promises improved patient care and streamlined operations, the journey is not without its hurdles. Here we explore the three main interoperability challenges that continue to shape the narrative in healthcare.

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Digital twin company Unlearn secures $50M

Mobi Health News

The California-based company will put the funds toward its workforce, growing its data and further investing in R&D initiatives and engineering capabilities.

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February 2024: selected Women’s Health updates

Digital Health Global

Time to share my women’s health updates from February 2024: research breakthroughs, clinical trial findings, endometriosis deep dive, and more. A Stanford University School of Medicine-led study shows why women are at greater risk of autoimmune disease and why it has gone unnoticed for a long time in research. Autoimmune diseases disproportionately affect women, with 4 out of 5 patients being female.

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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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RPM reduces 30-day readmission rates by 50% at Lee Health

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Connected care at-home technologies enable behavior change and empower individuals and clinicians to make informed decisions about healthcare treatment. By using them, providers can enhance patient engagement, allowing for personalized and proactive care management that drives better health outcomes and better care experiences. Moreover, these at-home and remote patient monitoring technologies can optimize resource utilization, streamline care delivery, reduce length of stays in the acute settin

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Hospital at Home: Prospects and Challenges, and Learnings from Best Buy Health

Health Populi

With the urgent need to identify more efficient and lower-cost health care delivery models, we look to growing evidence for digital health technologies that support the Hospital at Home (HaH) model, considered in a new review article published in late February in npj Digital Medicine, The hospital at home in the USA: current status and future prospects.

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Optum's Change Healthcare responding to 'cybersecurity issue'

FierceHealthIT

Change Healthcare is mitigating a "cybersecurity issue" that began Wednesday, and details remain scant. | Change Healthcare is mitigating a "cybersecurity issue" that began Wednesday, and details remain scant.

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ViVE 2024 Preview – Healthcare IT Today Podcast Episode 134

Healthcare IT Today

ViVE 2024 is rapidly approaching! The conference will be held in Los Angeles on February 25 – 28 this year, so for the 134th episode of the Healthcare IT Today Podcast we are sharing our thoughts, predictions, and tips. First, we share what we are looking forward to the most at ViVE 2024. Then we debate who we think will be the most talked about company/organization.

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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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Mental health platform Headlight launches with $18M and more digital health funding

Mobi Health News

Lilli, a tech-enabled lifestyle monitoring company, and Essence, an app for companies aiming to improve the female experience in the workplace, also secured funding.

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Akili Announces Positive Results from Shionogi’s Phase 3 Clinical Trial of Localized Version of Akili’s EndeavorRx® for Pediatric ADHD Patients in Japan

Digital Health Global

Japanese Product Now Under Review for Nationwide Marketing Approval BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Akili , Inc. (Nasdaq: AKLI), a leading digital medicine company, today announced that its Japanese partner Shionogi & Co. Ltd has submitted Akili’s digital therapeutic SDT-001 for marketing approval with the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare.

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RPM strategies for moving from discharge to hospital-at-home care

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

By 2030, all Baby Boomers will be over 65 – all as alternative care models emerge. McKinsey estimates $265 billion worth of care services for Medicare patients could shift from traditional facilities to the home by 2025. Instead of thinking of patients as "discharged" once they leave the hospital, which implies care is finished, many healthcare professionals believe it's time to treat home as a fundamental care setting that needs to be well integrated into the care continuum.

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