October, 2019

Telehealth’s Role in Changing Patient Behavior

Health Recovery Solutions

As a patient transitions from hospital to home, leaving the safety net of doctors and nurses may seem daunting. For patients, half of the struggle of coming home is forming new, healthy habits; habits that help them manage their lives post hospital discharge.

5 Actions Hospitals Should Take Now to Prepare for Interoperability

Healthcare IT Today

The following is a guest article by Deborah Hsieh, Chief Policy & Strategy Officer at Ciox. Focus on interoperability for health data systems has increased recently given multiple proposed Department of Health and Human Service’s regulations addressing how health data is shared.

How blockchain can protect telemedicine programs

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Despite the convenience of telemedicine, this technology raises enormous potential security concerns. If the virtual connection between a doctor and the patient is unsecure, it is possible that patients’ location, data and other sensitive information could be leaked.

Is automation the anti-workaround?

KevinMD

Anyone who has spent any time on the internet knows better than to spend much time on the comments from an opinion piece. The comments section, even one on a site as reputable and respected as the New York Times, is often a minefield of trolls, contrarians, and conspiracy theorists.

Stop Creating Disloyal Patients

90 percent of patients feel no obligation to stay with a healthcare system that doesn’t offer digital tools. What can you do in the face of such a sobering statistic? Patient-facing telehealth options that allow patients to get virtually instantaneous care privately, securely, and from anywhere can keep your patients from seeking care from the easiest, nearest, and cheapest provider.

Beyond Fitbit - how wearables are heralding a new era of healthcare

Lloyd Price

If you’ve ever counted your steps using a smart watch, or monitored your heart rate during a workout, then you’ll be familiar with the concept of wearables and their uses in day to day life. But did you know that wearables are creating a massive impact in the healthcare arena?

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Implementation best practices: Teeing up telemedicine

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Telemedicine has been gaining a lot of steam in recent years. And it has become an increasingly important component of healthcare delivery.

We need to find the Steve Jobs of health care tech

KevinMD

A featured article titled "Death by A Thousand Clicks" addressed some of the serious problems and challenges we still face in the "digitization" of health care.

The Use of Mobile Devices in Healthcare (Infographic)

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. Mobile devices are playing a hugely significant role in the digital transformation of the healthcare sector.

There Is No Health Without Mental Health – Today Is World Mental Health Day

Health Populi

There is no health without mental health. Every 40 seconds, someone loses their life to suicide. So #LetsTalk (the Twitter hashtag to share stories and research and support on the social feed). Today is October 10th, World Mental Health Day.

Forrester Names Leader in Virtual Health Care Solutions

Forrester Research identified and evaluated the top players in digital health. Read the report to see who stood out—and who needs to catch up.

Indonesia’s healthcare superapp Alodokter raises $33M in Series C funding

Mobi Health News

Indonesia-based healthcare superapp Alodokter announced that it has raised a $33M Series C funding led by Sequis Life and with participation from Philips, Heritas Capital, Hera Capital, Dayli Partners and others.

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CONNECT for Health Act would expand Medicare coverage for telehealth

Clocktree

Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2019 has bipartisan Senate and House support and would expand telehealth services through Medicare. The bill “aims to improve health outcomes, make it easier for patients to connect with their doctors, and help cut costs for patients and providers” according to a statement released yesterday by the bill’s sponsor Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i). Telehealth is the future of health care.

Using digital health technology to manage aging populations

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Primary topic: Population Health Disable Auto Tagging: Short Headline: Using digital health technology to manage aging populations Featured Decision Content: Region Tag: Europe/UK

The IT Staffing Shortage Is a Problem Morphing Into a Crisis: What to Do

Phoenix Health Systems

Staffing shortages have plagued the healthcare industry for years, and this year hospital IT departments are feeling more pain than ever. The shortfall in physicians and nurses understandably gets the most press attention, but two phenomenons are pushing scarcity of specialized IT workers into the stratosphere: computer and IT jobs across all industries are projected to grow 12% from 2018 to 2028, and healthcare is projected to add 3.5

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Building Your Digital Health Ecosystem

With the fragmentation of the pharmacy industry, digitized provider networks can offer a much-needed solution to connectivity, data sharing, collaboration and interoperability between physicians, patients and pharmacies.

MEDITECH eh – Investment in Canadian EHR Market Pays Off

Healthcare IT Today

When MEDITECH released their latest statistics for their Canadian operations, I was floored – 47% market share and 35 years of collaboration in Canada. I knew MEDITECH had been in the country for a long time, but I had no idea their ROOTS ran so deep [Canadian readers will get the joke].

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Wasted: $1 of Every $4 Spent on Health Care In America

Health Populi

A study in JAMA published this week analyzed research reports that have measured waste in the U.S. health care system, calculating that 25% of medical spending in America is wasted. If spending is gauged at $3.8 trillion, waste amounts to nearly $1 trillion.

Novartis is cutting off its digital therapeutics commercialization partnership with Pear Therapeutics

Mobi Health News

The pharma's Sandoz division will be handing commercialization of reSET, reSET-O and future therapies back to Pear over the course of a transition period

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New telehealth bill in CA would expand access and ensure reimbursement

Clocktree

The California Assembly passed a telehealth bill requiring healthcare plans to equally reimburse providers for services having the same effect remotely as in person. The bill, awaiting signature by California Governor Gavin Newsom, would expand telehealth access to all CA residents by requiring health insurance plans to reimburse providers for appointments that would have the same impact whether in person or via video. Assembly Bill 744 strengthens and clarifies the existing telehealth statutes.

Telemedicine: Real-Time Trauma and Clinical Care with Global Reach

Today, connecting the patient to the right specialist is largely dependent on the patient’s ability to travel to the physician’s location. The ability to use technology to monitor patients in real-time, share information about their condition and provide treatment remotely, will improve the quality of care and save lives for patients everywhere.

UnitedHealthcare app gives members on-demand access to telehealth services

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

UnitedHealthcare launched a new app this week that enables its millions of members to access on-demand virtual doctor visits on their smartphones, computers and other devices. WHY IT MATTERS.

Uber eyes pharma, DME, and healthy meal delivery

Morning eHealth

Grassley demands answers on fraudulent tests — Interstate compounded drug data on the horizon

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Black+ Decker Launches Home Robot With Medication Management Capabilities

Healthcare IT Today

For the most part, robots aren’t on the radar screen when providers look for remote healthcare options. However, at least one manufacturer with a long tradition of manufacturing practical consumer technology hopes to change this.

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Patients Growing Health Consumer Muscles Expect Digital Services

Health Populi

Patients’ experiences with the health care industry fall short of their interactions with other industries — namely online retail, online banking and online travel, a new survey from Cedar, a payments company, learned. Survata conducted the study for Cedar among 1,607 online U.S.

Community Health Centers: Increase Growth through Care Management + Telehealth

Understand the Growth Potential for Community Health Centers through this Easy-To-Use Care Management Guide. This guide covers Billing, Claims Processing and Payment for CCM, BHI and More!

Apple files patent for stretchable health tracking band

Mobi Health News

The item could measure blood pressure, respiration rate and ECG signals.

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Tech startups tackling loneliness among aging seniors

FierceHealthIT

Growing research finds that social isolation has a negative impact on physical health and mortality. Startups Papa and Mon Ami are addressing loneliness among aging seniors by using technology to foster face-to-face connections

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Cloud-enabled tumor board review enables faster insights than traditional methods

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The conventional tumor board may soon be a thing of the past. Tumor boards typically comprise practitioners from multiple backgrounds, who meet to weigh a wide range of options for potential oncology treatments, study gene sequencing and assess patients' suitability for clinical trials.

Info blocking rule coming soon?

Morning eHealth

Walden out, and more from Congress — New Facebook tool

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7 Highlights from InterSystems Global Summit 2019

Healthcare IT Today

The InterSystems Global Summit provides developers and executives the knowledge they need to empower their businesses with data. The future of healthcare data will be led by companies and systems that are organized now.

What the 2019 Nobel Prize Winners in Economics Teach Us About Health

Health Populi

The three winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics — Banerjee and Duflo (both of MIT) and Kremer (working at Harvard) — were recognized for their work on alleviating global poverty.” ” “Over 700 million people still subsist on extremely low incomes.

10 digital health mergers and acquisitions from Q3 2019

Mobi Health News

The deals include big names like Philips, long-time startup players like Mango Health and a dose of private equity

Cigna tees up largest MA expansion ever for 2020 plan year

FierceHealthIT

Cigna is launching its largest Medicare Advantage expansion to date for 2020, including new geographic regions, products and benefits targeting the social determinants of health.