May, 2023

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Where telemedicine is headed now that the PHE has ended

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The COVID-19 public health emergency came to an end on May 11. This change is yet another signal that the country is working to move past the pandemic, which falls in line with recent moves by the federal government to move the pandemic to a more controlled phase. This also happens to coincide with the World Health Organization declaring an end to the COVID-19 global health emergency.

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Long COVID described as a 'syndrome of syndromes' in NIH funded research

Fierce Healthcare

Long COVID described as a 'syndrome of syndromes' in NIH funded research fdiamond Tue, 05/30/2023 - 12:16

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CommonSpirit Health Says Ransomware Attack Likely to Cost $160 Million

HIPAA Journal

CommonSpirit Health has provided an updated estimate on the cost of its October 2022 ransomware attack, which is expected to increase to $160 million. The ransomware attack was detected by CommonSpirit Health on October 2, 2022, forcing systems to be taken offline. The attack affected over 100 current and former CommonSpirit facilities in 13 states.

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Augmented and Virtual Reality Apps for Training

Healthcare IT Today

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) find important applications in professional training, particularly for doctors. The value and complexity of medical training justify the cost of the head-borne devices. This article explores research at Inteleos to improve the use of augmented and virtual reality, which I’ll talk about together under the commonly used abbreviation XR.

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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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How ChatGPT can boost patient engagement and communication

Healthcare It News

Patient engagement is top of mind for executives and clinicians at hospitals and health systems today. While there may be a need for more constant touchpoints with patients, that would bring with it an unintended physician burden. So, what's the solution? Some say artificial intelligence can play a role. Especially the latest and most powerful flavor – generative AI, the kind behind ChatGPT.

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Just Get Connected Already

Healthcare IT Today

When my optometrist notices an odd lesion on one of my eyes, we agreed we should let my PCP know. The optometrist printed his report that I would bring to my next PCP exam, because otherwise my optometrist had no reliable way to transfer the data. This is the burden still faced by three quarters of U.S. clinicians, as estimated by Paul L Wilder, Executive Director of the CommonWell Health Alliance.

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Cyberattacks on Hospitals Cause Significant Disruption at Neighboring Healthcare Facilities

HIPAA Journal

A recent study has confirmed that healthcare cyberattacks not only cause disruption at the organization that experiences an attack but also at emergency departments at neighboring hospitals, where patients face longer wait times due to increased patient numbers which place a strain on resources. The study involved a retroactive analysis of two academic emergency departments operated by a healthcare delivery organization (HDO) in San Diego, which were in the vicinity of an unrelated HDO that expe

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The European Commission’s New Compulsory Licensing Proposal: A Step Forward?

Bill of Health

By Sarah Gabriele On April 27, 2023, the European Commission proposed new legislation that would allow companies to make drugs without the patent holder’s consent in emergency situations. The proposed legislation constitutes a step forward in the European Union’s effort to harmonize patent law in the Union, after the establishment of Unitary Patents and the European Patent Court.

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Vendor notebook: New AI tools to cut billing burdens, improve testing and more

Healthcare It News

The pace of innovation is picking up as health IT vendors seek to integrate artificial intelligence into their offerings for provider operations, medical testing, patient engagement and other use cases. Aspira Women's Health, Belong.life and Outbound AI are just three companies that have announced new AI-driven technologies, supporting advanced discovery of ovarian cancer, oncology patient engagement and billing administration, respectively.

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Amazon’s PillPack reports data breach affecting more than 19,000

Healthcare Dive

The online pharmacy said the attack exposed customers’ email addresses, prescription information and contact details for their prescribing provider. Around 3,600 affected accounts included prescription information.

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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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Combatting Wasteful Administrative Costs At the Practice Level

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. By Hari Prasad, founder and CEO, Yosi Health. Wasteful administrative costs are crippling healthcare. That’s the key finding of a recent research brief published by Health Affairs, a leading journal of health policy under the […] The article Combatting Wasteful Administrative Costs At the Practice Level appeared first on electronichealthreporter.com.

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Primary care practices identify needed improvements for telemedicine

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Qualitative data provided by 87 primary care practices in New York and Florida showed that while telehealth experiences differed on the basis of pre-pandemic clinician and practice familiarity with virtual care platforms, varying state regulations during the public health emergency, the lack of formal guidelines and physician burnout affected how quickly telemedicine offerings matured within practices.

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Healthcare Has A Data Resolution Problem

Healthcare IT Today

According to Charlie Harp, CEO of Clinical Architecture , even if we solve the interoperability challenge in healthcare, we will still have to work to refine the data to make it useful. The quality of that data needs to be improved and the resolution of the picture it paints of a patient needs to increase. The latter is a hidden challenge that healthcare organizations are not paying enough attention to.

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Ransomware Attack Results in 2 Week Shutdown of Operations at TN Medical Clinic

HIPAA Journal

A cyberattack on Murfreesboro Medical Clinic & SurgiCenter (MMC) in Tennessee forced the healthcare provider to completely shut down operations for around two weeks to contain to attack and restore its IT systems. It is common for healthcare organizations to perform an emergency shutdown of the network to contain a cyberattack and limit the harm caused, and to operate under emergency procedures with staff recording patient information manually while systems are out of action.

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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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This FQHC slashed its patient no-show rate with AI in 3 months

Healthcare It News

The New York City-based Urban Health Plan used artificial intelligence to improve operational efficiency and patient care and got a handle on its annually high patient no-show rates with cost-effective patient interventions. Higher-than-average missed appointments No-shows are due to multiple factors, including social determinants of health like transportation.

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Senate scrutinizes MA payment denials, including use of algorithms

Healthcare Dive

“Insurers are in effect denying Americans necessary care in order to fatten and pad their bottom lines, and that phenomenon is unacceptable,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said at a subcommittee hearing.

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How Private Practices Can Leverage Personalized Health Diagnostics 

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. By Bill Stone, CEO, AllClear Healthcare. Despite major changes in the healthcare system over the last few years, it’s still hard for many patients to get answers for the causes of chronic or sudden-onset health […] The article How Private Practices Can Leverage Personalized Health Diagnostics appeared first on electronichealthreporter.com.

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M&A notebook: Providers and platforms make big moves

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Mergers and acquisitions in healthcare remain strong as providers seek to meet cost and quality goals to meet the demands of value-based reimbursements while health IT companies pursue increased market share or partnerships that scale innovation, said to David Chou, a technology leader with deep integration experience in the healthcare space, earlier this year.

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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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Searching for a New Normal: How Expiration of the Federal Public Health Emergency Impacts Access to Health Care Services

Center for Health Insurance Reform

After more than three years, the federal COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) is set to expire on May 11, 2023. Once the PHE designation is lifted, a number of federal policies intended to help the U.S. health care system adapt to the pandemic will also expire. CHIR's Emma Walsh-Alker reviews selected policies tied to the PHE and evaluates how the impending expiration will impact consumers’ access to services.

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Hippocratic AI launches with $50M to build large language model for healthcare

Mobi Health News

The company says its LLM model has passed over 100 healthcare certifications and surpassed GPT-4 and other commercial models’ performance.

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RPM brings 30-day mortality rate to almost zero for heart bypass procedure

Healthcare It News

In the past at Atrium Health's Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute, as in many other hospitals, postoperative cardiac patients were discharged with a vague understanding of what recovery entails. Uncertainty can lead to preventable poor outcomes and readmissions for issues that could have been managed in the outpatient setting. THE PROBLEM Anxiety is common in patients preparing for cardiac surgery.

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CVS could lose up to $1B next year from MA star ratings drop

Healthcare Dive

Just 21% of CVS’ MA members are currently in plans with a star rating of at least four, down from 87% at the end of 2021, the payer disclosed.

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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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Connected Health Initiative – Our Health IT Friend on Capitol Hill

Healthcare IT Today

The Connected Health Initiative (CHI) is a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of all health IT vendors. They are a trusted resource and voice for our industry so that policymakers at federal, state, and local levels can be better informed about emerging digital health technology. Vendors can help by contributing clinical efficacy studies to CHI’s new Digital Health Evidence Resource Database to bolster their advocacy efforts.

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Augusta University Health saves $1.1M with home-based virtual care

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Augusta University Health launched its Virtual Care at Home program in February 2021 as a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Like hospitals across the nation, it was limited on bed capacity and had throughput issues. THE PROBLEM The program was aimed at supporting the inpatient care team by discharging patients (ages 18 and up) from the medical center a few days earlier to help reduce length of stay and free up beds by providing virtual monitoring 24/7 through nurses, episodic monitoring

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Kaiser Permanente discloses timeline, financial commitments for its VBC megadeal with Geisinger Health

Fierce Healthcare

Kaiser Permanente discloses timeline, financial commitments for its VBC megadeal with Geisinger Health dmuoio Tue, 05/16/2023 - 12:40

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NationsBenefits Holdings Confirms 3 Million Record Data Breach

HIPAA Journal

NationsBenefits Holdings, LLC, a provider of supplemental benefits, flex cards, and member engagement solutions to health plans and managed care organizations, has confirmed that it has been affected by a security breach involving Fortra’s GoAnywhere MFT file transfer solution. The hackers behind the attack – the Clop ransomware group – gained access to NationsBenefits data on January 30, 2023, and exfiltrated that information from the GoAnywhere MFT solution.

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Generative AI for Contracts Is Here: New Tools to Accelerate Drafting and Editing

The emergence of generative AI is reshaping the landscape of contract management, enabling businesses to generate and negotiate legal agreements with greater ease and speed. In this on-demand webinar, Hal Marcus, VP of Product Marketing at Evisort discusses how Evisort's generative AI transforms contract creation and negotiation, empowering legal teams to streamline processes while reducing risk.

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Exploring the potential of healthcare chatbots

Healthcare It News

Patients expect a convenient, Amazon-like, digital experience when engaging with healthcare. But in an era of continued staffing challenges, staying connected to the patient outside of the four walls of a healthcare facility can be difficult; enter the chatbot. Chatbots proactively engage with patients to offload routine clinical and administrative tasks that are traditionally handled by physicians, nurses, clinicians, and care team members.

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Pennsylvania unions file antitrust complaint against UPMC

Healthcare Dive

The unions allege that UPMC, the largest private employer in the state, has used its market dominance to stamp out wage growth, “drastically increase” workload and keep workers from departing to other jobs.

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The Promise of ChatGPT Will Be Buried Inside Health Care

Healthcare IT Today

The stunning achievements of chatGPT (along with the enormous work that remains to be done) raise the questions of how generative AI will change industries and interactions. As the term “generative AI” indicates, these technologies use AI to communicate, not to do predictive analytics or alter events. Thus, according to Murray Brozinsky, Chief Strategy Officer at Amwell , generative AI will automate peripheral aspects of communication rather than affect health care directly.

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A deep dive into PrimaryOne Health's virtual care journey

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

PrimaryOne Health is a federally qualified health center located in Central Ohio and is one of the largest FQHCs in the state. PrimaryOne Health provides comprehensive primary and preventive healthcare services in accordance with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of Primary Health Care Federally Qualified Health Center Program requirements for uninsured, underinsured and other medically underserved central Ohio residents.

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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.