December, 2023

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The double-edged sword of AI in health care

KevinMD

What will your workday look and feel like when it has eliminated your need to document, answer messages, or deal with your inbox? Isn’t that what we all want: freedom from electronic medical records and all the other documentation tasks? Yes? For decades now, the physician’s lament has been, “I just want to see patients.” Read more… The double-edged sword of AI in health care originally appeared in KevinMD.com.

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Where AI will impact healthcare in 2024

Mobi Health News

Digital health stakeholders said that AI will be used next year to help ease administrative tasks for providers, improve clinical trial participation and increase transparency in healthcare.

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The intersection of telehealth and AI: How can they reinforce each other?

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Telemedicine took a huge leap forward during the pandemic as more providers and patients embraced remote delivery of healthcare services. Today, artificial intelligence-powered telemedicine tools that remotely diagnose patients and route them to the proper care setting have begun popping up; they are designed to increase access to healthcare services and assist providers in making informed decisions, ensuring timely and appropriate care.

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Escalating Cybersecurity Crisis Grips Healthcare Sector: Ransomware Attacks Surge Across Industry Leaders

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. In the throes of an ever-intensifying cybersecurity crisis, the healthcare sector is under siege, grappling with the fallout from a wave of ransomware attacks. Among the prominent victims are Ardent Health Services and Norton Healthcare, […] The article Escalating Cybersecurity Crisis Grips Healthcare Sector: Ransomware Attacks Surge Across Industry Leaders appeared first on electronichealth

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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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The care future for older adults needs housing and tech support

Aging in Place Technology Watch

The Harvard study describes a bleak care future. And the NORC study underscores the housing problem for the Forgotten Middle. Life expectancy for the 65+ is another 20 years on average. But only 14% of Americans can afford long-term care in the home. And if they could afford it, only 4% of their homes are aging-ready. Nor are they telehealth-ready – where 36% of Americans do not have high-speed internet in the home.

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A revolution in biomedical engineering: programming artificial muscles

Digital Health Global

Research into replicating the intricate design and adaptability of natural tissues through tissue engineering , has been ongoing for decades. A key challenge lies in understanding and controlling the mechanical forces to which cells are subjected to in their environment. Tissues are by nature not rigid or isolated structures; they must possess the structural and functional flexibility to adapt to changing chemical and physical conditions in their operating environment.

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Q&A: Google's chief clinical officer on AI regulation in healthcare

Mobi Health News

Dr. Michael Howell, chief clinical officer at Google, discusses Med-PaLM's evolution in 2023 and recommendations for regulators developing rules for AI use in healthcare.

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Successful RPM needs leading edge tech, thoughtful implementations

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

This flu season will see at least 26 million cases, 290,000 hospitalizations, and 19,000 deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pair that with a longstanding physician shortage and it could be a recipe for disaster in ERs and urgent care centers this winter. One way to alleviate the burden on healthcare workers and potentially improve the patient experience and outcomes is remote patient monitoring.

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2024 Outlook: Despite hurdles, stakeholders bullish on VR in behavioral health

FierceHealthIT

Though often associated with gaming, virtual reality (VR) is a technology rapidly evolving in healthcare. | VR therapy is not a new concept, though it wasn’t until the last few years that the field became prominent. And as technology has improved and gotten more intuitive to use, it has also become less expensive.

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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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Consider ever-changing tech hurdles for older adults

Aging in Place Technology Watch

The more technology changes, it’s a step back for some. You probably think the inevitability of tech change is mostly positive. And in a macro sense, maybe it is. But for some older adults, it’s one negative experience after another. The closing of thousands of bank branches in favor of online banking, the elimination of paper social security statements , the near-elimination of paper savings bonds for the grandchildren, and the ubiquitous introduction of the QR code in restaurants – saving lab

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What Area of Healthcare Needs More Investment and Why?

Healthcare IT Today

Tragically, in a world full of wonderful healthcare inventions and opportunities there is only so much money to be invested. Each year only a certain amount of areas can be invested in, with the hopes of it being spent in the right areas to improve the world of healthcare. But are there areas of healthcare that are getting passed over? Are there areas that desperately need more investment and are just getting skipped because not enough people are talking about them?

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Newel Health Launches Groundbreaking Parkinson’s Disease Study Leveraging Real-World Data for Enhanced Treatment Strategies

Digital Health Global

Salerno, Italy, December 14, 2023 – Shortly after presenting Soturi at Frontiers Health 2023, Newel Health , a leading digital therapeutic solution provider, is pleased to announce that three centers are involved in the recruiting and onboarding for its clinical study, “NWL-SOT-CS-001,” aimed at leveraging Real-World Data to enhance Parkinson’s disease treatment.

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Study: Google reveals LLM that helps accurately diagnosis complex cases

Mobi Health News

The tech giant revealed it created an LLM optimized for diagnostic reasoning with the ability to generate a differential diagnosis or assist clinicians in coming to a diagnosis.

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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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FirstHealth of the Carolinas solves access problem with Virtual Provider program

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Access to providers is a challenge across healthcare. The industry faces severe provider shortages – exacerbated by a terrible burnout problem. This is not news. But finding successful solutions to access problems is. And that is what FirstHealth of the Carolinas has done, using telemedicine technology. Three components to the program The health system's Virtual Provider program has a few components to it.

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Few health plans have dedicated Alzheimer’s and dementia care management strategy: survey

FierceHealthIT

Health plans and value-based care organizations are ill-prepared to help patients with Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementia. | Only a small fraction of health plans and value-based care organizations have a fully developed care management model for its enrollees with dementia or Alzheimer's, a new survey shows.

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Northampton General Hospital announces Nervecentre as EPR supplier

DigitalHealth

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust (NGH) has announced that Nervecentre is the preferred supplier for its new Electronic Patient Record (EPR) system.

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2024 Healthcare IT Predictions – Healthcare IT Today Podcast Episode 129

Healthcare IT Today

With the year coming close to its end and the new year ever approaching, we are taking a look forward for the 129th episode of the Healthcare IT Podcast and sharing our predictions for healthcare IT in 2024. First up, we debate over what we think will be the biggest topic (excluding workforce and AI) in 2024. Next, we discuss whether or not we believe that patient needs will be met or significantly improved in 2024.

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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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Tips for Getting Clinician Buy-In for Your RPM Program

Health Recovery Solutions

We followed up with Marie Menendez, Telehealth Specialist, at Evara Health, after a recent webinar detailing Evara Health’s RPM journey to get answers to the following question:

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Report: AI, value-based care are growing sectors in digital health but lack large-scale adoption

Mobi Health News

Rock Health's Digital Health at the Turn of 2024 report found retailers as providers and data interoperability are scaling innovations in the sector, with lasting trajectories.

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Telemedicine M&A trends moving into 2024

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Drake Star is a tech-focused investment bank that works with top tech companies. Christophe Morvan is managing partner at Drake Star, and Lawrence Giesen is a partner. Both specialize in telemedicine. As 2023 turns to 2024, the two experts have a lot of thoughts on the state of the market for virtual care. Healthcare IT News sat down with the men to discuss main players in the U.S. telemedicine sector, merger and acquisition trends for telemedicine, main financial backers and investment dynamics

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BCBS of Massachusetts faces backlash from docs over anesthesia coverage policy change

FierceHealthIT

A new policy from Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts, starting Jan. | Some patients needing a colonoscopy in Massachusetts won't be covered for monitored anesthesia care, or MAC, starting Jan. 1. Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts is standing by the policy, which will save the insurer money but require the patient to remain awake for the operation.

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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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DMA results show only 10-30% of trusts with an EPR have key functionality

DigitalHealth

Results from the Digital Maturity Assessment have shown that only 10-30% of the 90% of NHS trusts with an electronic patient record have key functionality.

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New HIPAA Security Rule and Enforcement Coming in 2024

Healthcare IT Today

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said it will update the HIPAA Security Rule in 2024 and will ask Congress for new laws and resources to increase civil money penalties for HIPAA violations, increase HIPAA enforcement, and conduct proactive audits. HHS released a new Healthcare Sector Cybersecurity strategy paper which cited a 93% increase in large breaches from 2018 – 2022 and a 278% increase in large breaches caused by ransomware.

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AI Health Companion for Personalized Healthcare in 2024

NiftyHMS

Step into the future of healthcare with our AI Health Companion for Personalized Healthcare in 2024. Using advanced AI, it offers tailored guidance, real-time monitoring, and personalized insights. Virtual Health Assistant: The AI Health assistant can help with simple medical questions and guide you through self-care. It supports patients in understanding their symptoms, gives initial advice on whether to see a doctor and provides relevant health information.

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Digital health leaders discuss their biggest takeaways from 2023

Mobi Health News

Execs overwhelmingly cite genAI as having the most significant impact in healthcare this year, though others provide alternative takes on the years' events.

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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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South Korea expands telemedicine pilot and more briefs

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

South Korea expands telemedicine pilot Starting 15 December, the South Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare will be introducing additional measures to its national telemedicine pilot. According to a media statement, the programme is now allowing the conduct of telemedicine services at night and on holidays. Patients who have had face-to-face treatment within the past six months from a clinic can now also access telemedicine.

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Fees charged by hospitals for colonoscopy procedures 50% higher than surgical centers, study finds

FierceHealthIT

A new price comparison study finds over 50% higher facility fees for commercially insured colonoscopies performed in hospitals rather than ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), suggesting that “money | The analysis of commercial payers' price transparency data shows that “money has apparently been left on the table” for employers and consumers, the study's senior author says.

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Slough medical centre optimises patient outcomes with digital approach

DigitalHealth

Kumar Medical Centre in Slough has used a population health management tool to optimise its available appointments ahead of the busy winter season.

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