Wed.Jan 22, 2020

Consumers Seek Benefits From Food, a Personal Social Determinant of Health

Health Populi

As consumers in the U.S. wrestle with accessing and paying for medical benefits, there’s another sort of health benefit people increasingly understand, embrace, and consume: food-as-medicine.

Lark Health rolls out behavioral health coaching targeted at patients at risk for chronic conditions

Mobi Health News

The tool lets individuals focus on weight management, smoking cessation, stress management and overall health.


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Questions prompt potential privacy expansion in interop rule

Morning eHealth

Where’s the telehealth rule? — AI and drug development

Providence St. Joseph Health acquires Health Management Resource from Merck, CVS publishes 2020 health predictions and other digital health news briefs

Mobi Health News

Also: Hims and Hers expands to all 50 states; VC firm Freestyle Capital offers Meru to portfolio companies.

Virtual Front Door or Brick Wall? Care Pathways in Healthcare

Are you offering your patients a virtual front door or a brick wall? Today, 85% of healthcare visits start online. If your patients don’t have a way to access care virtually, you’re losing them to Dr. Google. Clear care pathways that start online ensure your patients get the best care they need while staying loyal to you.

VA seeing substantial growth in telehealth, key patient engagement tools

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The U.S. Department of veterans affairs has been making major investments in innovating its technology and infrastructure in recent years.

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Q&A with CIO Nader Mherabi, Part 1: “To Excel, You Have to Be Highly Digitalized.”

Health System CIO

For organizations like NYU Langone, digital isn’t a buzzword; it’s a philosophy of leveraging technology to improve patient care, make processes more efficient, and reduce costs, says CIO Nader Mherabi. For organizations like NYU Langone, digital isn’t a buzzword; it’s a philosophy of leveraging technology to improve patient care, make processes more efficient, and reduce costs, says CIO Nader Mherabi.

Verily Study Watch picks up new 510(k) for irregular pulse monitoring

Mobi Health News

A newly published notice from the FDA suggests a new capability for the Alphabet subsidiary's clinical research wearable


Providers Often Fail At Tracking Diagnostic Testing and Specialty Referrals

Healthcare IT Today

An industry workgroup research group has concluded that despite the availability of HealthIT tools, many organizations don’t have a comprehensive, useful view of their diagnostic testing and specialty referral processes.

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10 Most Popular All-Time HealthStream Blog Posts in 2019


Here are the 10 most popular HealthStream blog posts in 2019, regardless of when they were published. Most appear to be connected back to nursing and its intersection with lifelong learning

Convenience Care Is Here, and It's Eating Your Lunch

Patients want high-quality care that is accessible and affordable. If they can’t get it from you, direct-to-consumer healthcare services make it easy for them to get it somewhere else. Give them the ability to consume your services just like they consume everything else in their lives: on their phones or computers, quickly, and where it’s convenient for them.

Featured Health IT Job: Director, Revenue Cycle System & Training

Healthcare IT Today

We like to regularly feature a healthcare IT job that might be of interest to readers. Today, we’re featuring the Director, Revenue Cycle System & Training position that was recently posted on Healthcare IT Central. This position was posted by Stratum Med, Inc. and is available in Illinois.

Entering the EA Management Suite Market: A LeanIX Perspective on Forrester’s Q1 2020 Now Tech Report


It’s worth looking at the advice given in Forrester’s recently published Now Tech: Enterprise Architecture Management Suites, Q1 2020.


Can Facebook Place Itself At The Center of Health Data Collection?

Healthcare IT Today

This is the tale of a quiet effort by Facebook to take over (more of) our lives, in this case by sliding laterally into the healthcare business and collecting data on our medical habits.

Tips to Improve Your Practice’s Insurance Billing in the New Year


Insurance billing is never anyone’s favorite aspect of running a private practice, but is a necessary part of the process. The start of a new year is the perfect time to brush up on your know-how so that you can put your practice in the best position to thrive this year.

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.

Humana to allow members to connect hundreds of wearables to Go365 wellness program 


Humana is teaming up with health data company Validic to allow its members to connect a slew of wearable devices to the insurer’s Go365 wellness program.

What is the clinical value of mHealth for patients?

mHealth Insight

An interesting paper asking “What is the clinical value of mHealth for patients?” ” has been published in Nature by Simon P. Rowland (Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London), J.

Lloyd Dean will become the sole CEO of CommonSpirit Health


Lloyd Dean will become the sole CEO of Chicago-based Catholic hospital giant CommonSpirit Health after the organization announced the retirement of co-CEO Kevin E. Lofton on Wednesday.


Telemedicine’s Reimbursement Outlook for 2020


Telemedicine reimbursement is always changing. Regulations and rules fluctuate between states, payers and services; ambiguity seems the norm rather than the exception, which can create a significant barrier to virtual care adoption.

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.

Investors poured $4B into healthcare AI startups in 2019


Interest in artificial intelligence soared in 2019, with AI startups raising a record $26.6 billion, according to a new report.


Health Data Outside HIPAA: Simply Extending HIPAA Would Be a #FAIL


Some have called on policymakers to extend HIPAA to cover mHealth apps and other online platforms. In the latest post in our series — “The Health Data Goldilocks Dilemma: Sharing? Privacy? ” — Deven McGraw and I argue that extending HIPAA is not a viable solution.


Louisiana ends Medicaid contracts for Humana, UnitedHealthcare, others due to poor bidding process


Louisiana rescinded Medicaid managed care contracts to UnitedHealthcare, Humana and two other insurers because of problems with the bidding process


Oracle EPM On-Premises Release 11.2


The On-Premises version of Oracle EPM 11.2 is now available for Windows Server 2019 with Linux support to follow. On December 18th, 2019 it was officially released and the software is now available for download. Version 11.2 has Premier Support through 2030 and that will likely be extended.


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.

Avalere: 37% of ACOs now take on financial risk


A new analysis found that 37% of accountable care organizations take on downside financial risk, as the Trump administration’s push for providers to take on more risk makes its impact

Providing A Connected Vehicle Experience With Cloud


The following is the eleventh blog in a series about why businesses are moving to the cloud to modernize and improve business performance.


Amazon files trademarks for its pharmacy business in overseas markets


Tech giant Amazon may be looking to expands its prescription drug delivery business outside the U.S. Amazon has filed to trademark its pharmacy business in several international markets including Canada, Australia, and the U.K.


The Customer Experience in Financial Services


Previously, I discussed why financial services firms should focus on digital transformation. This blog will analyze the aspects customer experience. Customer experience (CX) is not the same as customer service.


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.

Centene-WellCare merger clears final regulatory hurdles, paving the way for closure this week


Centene and WellCare have cleared the final regulatory hurdles and now expect their merger deal to close this week


Costs of prior authorizations increase for physicians' practices at an 'alarming' rate


The cost of prior authorization requirements on physicians' practices has continued to increase—up 60% in 2019 to manually generate a request to insurers. The just released CAQH 2019 Index, which concluded that the healthcare industry can save $13.3 billion on administrative waste through automation of eight transactions including prior authorizations, said the medical industry could see potential annual savings of $454 million by transitioning to electronic prior authorizations


Moody's: The trends set to impact payer, provider finances in 2020 


Moody’s Investors Service released its look at trends to watch in 2020 and weighed the potential credit implications across multiple sectors of the healthcare industry, including payers, providers and pharmaceutical companies.