May, 2024

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House committee takes aim at healthcare consolidation, eyes site-neutral payments

Healthcare Dive

Equalizing Medicare payment between sites of service to cut down on provider consolidation is a “no brainer,” one witness testified during the hearing.

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AHA, H-ISAC warn hospitals about Black Basta following Ascension cyberattack

Healthcare It News

The Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center issued a threat alert Friday about the Russia-backed ransomware group Black Basta, warning of its accelerated attempted attacks against the healthcare sector. Prompted by H-ISAC, the American Hospital Association also sent a cybersecurity advisory with technical mitigation recommendations to its members.

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Telemedicine, enabled with responsible AI, can improve the patient experience

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

In the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare, the integration of virtual care has become pivotal in reshaping patient experiences. Amanda Bury, chief commercial officer at Infermedica, a digital health company specializing in AI-powered systems for symptom analysis and patient triage, knows telehealth's potential to enhance and optimize patient experiences and outcomes while emphasizing convenience, affordability and empowerment – tying in responsible AI innovation and strategies for e

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Justice Department 'upping its game' on healthcare antitrust enforcement with new task force

Fierce Healthcare

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday it has established a new task force to take on healthcare monopolies and collusion. | The U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday it has established a new task force to take on healthcare monopolies and collusion.

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Navigating the Future: Generative AI, Application Analytics, and Data

Generative AI is upending the way product developers & end-users alike are interacting with data. Despite the potential of AI, many are left with questions about the future of product development: How will AI impact my business and contribute to its success? What can product managers and developers expect in the future with the widespread adoption of AI?

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5G Ushered Huge Advances in Healthcare Technology. What will 6G Offer?

Healthcare IT Today

The following is a guest article by John English, Director of Service Provider Marketing and Business Development at NETSCOUT Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, medical technology became essential for keeping healthcare running when other industries had to close. Cellular network technology, particularly 5G, has been a critical enabler in running medical services during and after the pandemic.

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Nearly 20% of donated organs go unused — here’s how we can fix it and honor donors

Healthcare Dive

The medical community needs to take “smart risks” to maximize organ donation use, according to the president of the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations.

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Cedars-Sinai CIO's tips to ensure genAI is fair, appropriate, valid, effective and safe

Healthcare It News

Craig Kwiatkowski, senior vice president and CIO at Cedars-Sinai, and his team have been pushing the famous health system forward in the realm of artificial intelligence. Their most prominent accomplishment has been the AI-powered virtual primary care app Cedars-Sinai Connect. Launched in fall 2023, the app already has increased primary care capacity by 11% – the equivalent of building three new clinics.

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New efforts try to balance nurse staffing ratios with access to care

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

It's National Nurses Week 2024 , and it's time to celebrate the more than 5 million RNs nationwide who are so essential to care delivery. But overshadowing the celebration are many challenges impacting the nursing workforce. Chief among them: critical staffing challenges. Some federal and state legislators are seeking to mandate patient-caregiver ratios to help improve care and reduce nurse burnout.

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Epic releases open-source AI validation tool for health systems

Fierce Healthcare

Epic launched an open-source tool on Wednesday to enable healthcare organizations to test and monitor artificial intelligence models. | Six weeks after announcing it was developing an AI validation software tool for healthcare, Epic has launched the open-source tool on Github to help health systems test and validate AI models.

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Optimizing Medical Waste Management: A Guide to Best Practices

Feeling overwhelmed by medical waste regulations? This comprehensive guide unravels the complexities of medical waste disposal, ensuring you stay compliant and prioritize safety. Inside you'll find: Clear categorization: Learn to precisely classify medical waste for proper handling and disposal. Labeling & Storage: Discover best practices for clear labeling and secure storage of medical waste.

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How Technology Drives Value-Based Care

Healthcare IT Today

The following is a guest article by Phyllis Wojtusik, Executive Vice President of Value-Based Care at Real Time Medical Systems. We all know that CMS is pushing hard towards value-based care. They’re goal is to have 100% of Medicare beneficiaries in a value-based care arrangement by 2030. We see a number of ACO approaches that make up these efforts, along with Medicare Advantage plans.

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US Government Invests $50M in Automating Hospital Cybersecurity Defense

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: – The healthcare industry faces a growing threat: cyberattacks targeting hospital IT systems. In response, the US government’s Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) has pledged over $50 million to fund a groundbreaking program called UPGRADE (Universal PatchinG and Remediation for Autonomous DEfense). – The success of UPGRADE has the potential to significantly improve hospital cybersecurity and protect patient care from cyber threats.

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Medicare Advantage unrest, Change Healthcare fallout and more big takeaways from insurers’ Q1

Healthcare Dive

All major payers saw elevated utilization but only an unprepared few struggled with the trend, the Change Healthcare cyberattack caused minimal financial fallout and a new D-SNP rule opens the door to a Medicare growth opportunity.

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How a simple QR code can avoid 2,000 ED admissions

Healthcare It News

Gold Coast Health, a public health service in Queensland, has recently introduced a new digital front door for chronic disease patients. The General Medicine-Rapid Access Service (G-RAS) offers an alternative pathway for patient management. Through a scan of a take-home QR code, patients can reach their doctor for follow-ups via secure two-way messaging and voice or video calls.

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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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Geisinger saves $560K in pilot integrating video visits into Epic MyChart

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Over the course of the pandemic, demand for behavioral health services increased dramatically in the communities served by Geisinger, the Danville, Pennsylvania-based health system. With a large patient population in rural areas, Geisinger expanded its use of telemedicine to scale access and leverage a national workforce to serve them. Today, Geisinger Behavioral Health serves more than 45,000 unique patients annually, with more than 80% of services offered via telemedicine.

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UPMC's layoffs were the start of a McKinsey-guided 'transformation,' documents show

Fierce Healthcare

A wave of employee layoffs that UPMC announced last month was just one part of a broader restructure and operations “transformation” initiative, for which the nonprofit system has tapped management | An internal presentation obtained by Fierce Healthcare outlined April's “tough, but necessary" layoffs as one part of a broader look at the nonprofit system's operations, for which it has partnered with the consulting firm McKinsey & Company.

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Novel Applications of AI and Its Future

Healthcare IT Today

When you go to implement new technology into your organization, it’s important to look at all of the ways that it can go wrong so that way you can ensure you have safeguards and procedures in place. However, it is equally important to look at all of the ways that it can benefit your organization. After all, the ways that new technology improves the care of our patients and improves the work life of our staff is the sole reason we implement it.

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Healthcare leaders praise Ascension cyberattack response

Becker's Health IT

Healthcare leaders are praising St. Louis-based Ascension for its communications response to a recent cyberattack, pointing to the health system's transparency and speed in divulging information.

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Everything You Wanted to Know About FACIS, but Didn’t Know to Ask

Speaker: Amy Anderson

FACIS® helps organizations mitigate patient and organizational risk. Maintaining compliance and safeguarding against fraud and abuse in today’s changing healthcare landscape can be challenging. Most healthcare organizations screen and monitor providers against the OIG but that’s only ONE of FACIS®’ primary sources. FACIS® pulls data for every taxonomy from the lowest level employee to the highest level licensed professional.

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Steward’s bankruptcy documents reveal sprawling debt, planned hospital fire sale

Healthcare Dive

Since filing for bankruptcy Monday, Steward Health Care revealed it's carrying more than $1 billion in debt and said its entire hospital portfolio is for sale.

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The IT strategy behind a groundbreaking new $2B pediatric hospital

Healthcare It News

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Arthur M. Blank Hospital is scheduled to open this September. It was built from the ground up with the very latest healthcare information technology. It is one of the largest and most advanced pediatric hospitals in the world. It cost more than $2 billion. It is 19 stories tall, with nearly two million square feet.

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Putting patients at the heart of digital healthcare

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Crowded waiting rooms, stressed medical staff, and time pressure during diagnostic examinations—these are familiar challenges faced by many healthcare facilities and they require urgent attention. The Vinzenz Gruppe, one of the largest private operators of non-profit healthcare facilities in Austria, is committed to expanding its digital patient portal to meet the ever-increasing demands.

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The race for healthcare AI models heats up as Google boasts Med-Gemini surpasses GPT-4

Fierce Healthcare

Google and DeepMind released an open access paper on their newest artificial intelligence tools intended for use in hea | Results released by Google on Med-Gemini's performance show that it outperforms existing AI/ML including GPT-4 on over a dozen industry benchmarks.

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Ensure Continuous Patient Care: How to Avoid Disruptions Due to Ransomware

The industry has seen an increasing pace of ransomware, zero-day, and remote-code execution attacks. Learn how to defend against these against these attacks in this eBook.

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Cutting Through the AI Hype: Deploying AI Now to Improve Patient Care

Healthcare IT Today

The following is a guest article by Bevey Miner, Executive Vice President, Healthcare Strategy and Policy at Consensus Cloud Solutions Artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere, and with so much hype around it, healthcare organizations are rightfully cautious about deploying AI solutions. Although promising in its ability to transform healthcare through more efficient and accurate data capture and management, there is still much that we as an industry and society need to understand before scali

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Q&A: Amazon Business on supply management in healthcare

Mobi Health News

Bill Kopitke, head of healthcare at Amazon Business, discusses how the company uses analytics to help improve operations and supply management in care settings.

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CVS slashes 2024 outlook — again — as Medicare seniors drive spending

Healthcare Dive

Runaway inpatient spending in particular caused CVS’ insurance costs to snowball after returning “to patterns we have not seen since the start of the pandemic,” its CFO said.

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UHG says it's rebuilding Change Healthcare with cloud-based security

Healthcare It News

UnitedHealth Group CEO Andrew Witty testified on May 1 before both the House and Senate about the seismic February 21 cyberattack of UHG subsidiary Change Healthcare, which was infiltrated by the ALPHV ransomware gang. He acknowledged that the absence of multi-factor authentication on a legacy server provided the cybercriminals with their successful attack vector.

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How Embedded Analytics Gets You to Market Faster with a SAAS Offering

Start-ups & SMBs launching products quickly must bundle dashboards, reports, & self-service analytics into apps. Customers expect rapid value from your product (time-to-value), data security, and access to advanced capabilities. Traditional Business Intelligence (BI) tools can provide valuable data analysis capabilities, but they have a barrier to entry that can stop small and midsize businesses from capitalizing on them.