December, 2018

Costs, Consumerism, Cyber and Care, Everywhere – The 2019 Health Populi TrendCast

Health Populi

Today is Boxing Day and St. Stephens Day for people who celebrate Christmas, so I share this post as a holiday gift with well-wishes for you and those you love.

With incubators, hospital systems tread ethical boundaries

Morning eHealth

Is Facebook activity a social determinant? Senate likely to confirm telemedicine proponent Carr

The Culture of Customer Satisfaction

Mobile Health Matters

Recent trends in the business literature show a significant focus on the mechanics of the culture of organizations. Annual training reinforcing the quality and compliance requirements of organizations is a common end-of-year task.

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Physicians sacrifice a lot to deliver care. Technology shouldn’t ask for more.

KevinMD

I had a great case the other night. Around midnight on a Friday, the hospitalist physician called me to evaluate an incarcerated femoral hernia. I thought this elderly and medically ill patient would likely die no matter what I did.

New Tech Tonics Podcast: Ari Caroline: Broad Intellect Meets Deep Humanity

Digital Health

AmWell, Doctor on Demand, Teladoc top list of most downloaded telehealth apps

Mobi Health News

The third-party analysis compared 10 telehealth providers' Google Play and App Store downloads over a four-and-a-half year period

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Unique Uses for Telehealth

Clocktree

Most people are familiar with telehealth services offered by their primary care doctor, therapist or other healthcare provider as a convenient alternative to an in-office visit. Telehealth has emerged as a standard, even expected, part of certain healthcare practices. Here are a few examples from Clocktree of less obvious telehealth services that are making a difference in people’s lives and well-being. Daily Monitoring of TB Patients.

Healthcare Outlook: How the Industry Will Trend and Transform in 2019

Healthcare Informatics

This past year was a transformative one for healthcare. Here are five trends that will impact the health tech landscape in 2019

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Keeping up with the rapid developments in mobile health technology

KevinMD

I had the opportunity to participate in a day-long meeting sponsored by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS). The goal was to help HRS develop recommendations for physicians and industry on providing patients access to information generated by wearable and implantable cardiac electronic devices.

VA Expands Telehealth to Treat Veterans Across State Lines

Arizona Telemedicine Program

In May of 2018, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) introduced new legislation that would allow network healthcare providers to treat veterans using telehealth technology. The VA has extended this privilege across state lines.

Aspen RxHealth gets $9M to create a gig economy for pharmacists

Mobi Health News

Aspen RxHealth, a Tampa-based company using a gig economy model to connect patients with pharmacists, has raised $9 million in Series A funding led by Flare Capital Partners. An additional investor was an undisclosed strategic partner, a health plan in the United States. What they do

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Broadband As Social Determinant of Health – Microsoft’s Plan to Bolster Rural Access

Health Populi

In the U.S., the highest levels of unemployment are in places that often have the lowest access to broadband connectivity.

Seraxis Islet Technology Aims for Practical T1D Cure

Insulin Nation

Islet transplants offer the hope of a permanent cure for Type 1 Diabetes. After nearly six years in stealth mode, Seraxis has emerged as a front-runner in the race to clinical islet deployment.

CMS, VA policies highlight WH interop event

Morning eHealth

Data-sharing salves wildfire wounds — Telemedicine study

Getting to a minimum viable product (MVP) health care app: Partner with physicians

KevinMD

Over the course of several years, IBM’s fledgling Watson for Oncology program has received a wide range of reviews. Among them is a harsh critique published by Gizmodo. The article is filed under the keywords “AI,” “Watson,” “health,” “health care,” and “Doctor: This product is a piece of s**t.”

How Patient Portals Can Do Much More for Healthcare Quality and Costs – Part 1

Phoenix Health Systems

This is the first in a two-part series on how to make the most of patient portals to improve patient engagement, and simultaneously improve care management and financial outcomes. Thanks to the PolitDoc Team for their permission to publish excerpts from their recent post. The implementation of Meaningful Use sent providers scrambling to implement patient portals to provide patients access to their health information — AND to reap the program’s financial incentives.

54 digital health mergers and acquisitions in 2018

Mobi Health News

From Amazon's acquisition of PillPack to Best Buy's purchase of GreatCall, over $7.5 billion were spent on digital health acquisitions this year

Americans End 2018 Worried About Healthcare Costs

Health Populi

Nearly one-half of Americans are quite concerned they won’t have enough money to pay for medical care, according to the latest Gallup poll. Health insurance in-security is mainstream as of November 2018, when Gallup polled U.S. adults about views on healthcare costs.

How the media loves to talk about loneliness among older adults

Aging in Place Technology Watch

Shall we take this WSJ article at face value? Rant on. From yesterday’s Wall Street Journal – pops up a dramatic headline, The Loneliest Generation , describing how baby boomer Americans, more than ever, are aging alone.

Telemedicine abortion ban advances in Michigan

Morning eHealth

Another stab at a privacy bill — Insulin dosing app project gets $6M

A Mother’s Angst about her T1D Teen Daughter

Insulin Nation

Kathleen and Jed have two children. Jeniya was diagnosed with T1D at age eleven and 18 months later Treshawn was diagnosed at age seventeen. Treshawn was a successful high school athlete when diagnosed.

Hospitals’ Tech Support Is Getting Worse. Why, and What’s the Prognosis?

Phoenix Health Systems

Many hospitals are undertaking major transformations of their technical support functions, according to a brand new study by Black Book Research. What’s the urgency about? Poor support quality…sub-par results that are reportedly even worse than last year’s dismal numbers. Sixty percent of hospital IT leaders say that EHR vendors and third party outsourcers are falling short of tech support expectations. How is this phenomenon impacting patient care?

Healthcare startups: Is blockchain right for you?

Mobi Health News

Startup founders warn their peers to think carefully about deploying distributed ledger technologies

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Rationing Care in America: Cost Implications Getting to Universal Health Coverage

Health Populi

It would not be surprising to know that when the Great Recession hit the U.S. in 2008, one in three Americans delayed medical treatment due to costs.

From Phishing to Smishing -- a scam for all seasons

Aging in Place Technology Watch

Scammers are creative – each cell phone number is 'smishing' opportunity. How about a text message with a picture of the sender, someone you know, pitching a fund-raising and time-limited opportunity – in a category the recipient knows well.

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Partners goes down (and then back up)

Morning eHealth

Associations call for patient access overhaul — The business

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A Look into the Future with IDC Health Insights’ Mutaz Shegewi

Healthcare Informatics

An interview with Mutaz Shegewi of IDC Health Insights about tech trends impacting healthcare over the next five years

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Governance in Healthcare: Big Data is Table Stakes

Perficient

Big data itself does not alter the approach to governance nor its framework. And big data isn’t just about data – it’s also concerned with managing and governing vast amounts of content of varying types such as video, images, voice, etc.

ResMed acquires digital respiratory health company Propeller Health

Mobi Health News

ResMed is expected to close the $225M deal to purchase the smart inhaler company by March 2019.

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Retail Health Ends 2018 With Big Plans for 2019

Health Populi

As the CVS + Aetna merger crosses its last regulatory hurdle at the close of 2018, we enter 2019 facing a fast-growing and -morphing retail health landscape.

Real Seniors lack essential technology – who will make it happen in 2019?

Aging in Place Technology Watch

When Pew stops tracking senior adoption, does that imply a market saturated? Rant on. h overall among seniors, last reported in 2016 ) – and the most recent data cited on Internet use, seniors were quoted in a 2016 survey, 44% of responders did not use the internet users.

Texas needs government money to make telemedicine happen

Morning eHealth

VA rolls out FHIR-based APIs — NHS to ban fax machines

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Take the Lead to Deploy Emerging Technologies for Improved Outcomes

Healthcare Informatics

Emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), have the potential to accelerate the shift to value-based care and improve the healthcare system in material ways

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New CPT Codes for Psychological Testing in 2019

TheraNest

2019 Updated CPT Codes for Therapists. This September, the American Medical Association announced the release of the 2019 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code set. This update includes 335 code changes, however only a handful of these changes impact mental and behavioral health providers.

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