2022

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We Haven’t ‘Learned the Lessons of COVID’ Until We Remake the Political Economy of Health

Bill of Health

By Beatrice Adler-Bolton and Artie Vierkant. Over the course of the pandemic it has been popular to claim that we have “learned lessons from COVID,” as though this plague has spurred a revolution in how we treat illness, debility, and death under capitalism. Management consulting firm McKinsey, for example, writes that COVID has taught us that “infectious diseases are a whole-of-society issue.

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It’s taking longer to get a doctor appointment, survey finds

Healthcare Dive

The average wait for an appointment is 26 days, pointing to a growing shortage of physicians, a staffing agency said.

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The International Weaponization of Health Data

Bill of Health

By Matthew Chun. International collaboration through the sharing of health data is crucial for advancing human health. But it also comes with risks — risks that countries around the world seem increasingly unwilling to take. On the one hand, the international sharing of health-related data sets has paved the way for important advances such as mapping the human genome , tracking global health outcomes , and fighting the rise of multidrug-resistant superbugs.

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5 ways to future-proof your telehealth program

Healthcare Dive

Leaders have an opportunity to reimagine their telehealth infrastructure with these five best practices.

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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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Countercyclical Aid Is Not Enough to Fix the Broken US Approach to Public Health Financing

Bill of Health

By Philip Rocco. In the last month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s failed responses to COVID-19, ranging from “testing to data to communications,” have prompted a call to reorganize the agency. Yet restructuring the CDC will have little effect on pandemic preparedness if the decentralized American approach to health finance remains in place.

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Digitalization in healthcare empowers patients

Healthcare It News

In today’s digitalized healthcare environment, keeping the best outcomes for patients at the center of all activity increasingly depends on the smart use of medical data. The exponential growth in health data from a variety of sources, such as electronic medical records and image databases, makes it difficult to integrate information for optimized decision-making that meets the highest possible standards of care.

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How telehealth can help inpatient care, and what a hybrid future looks like

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Healthcare provider organizations and clinicians are fortunate that telehealth has gone mainstream as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Telehealth opens up many new avenues to expand access to care, streamline the delivery of care, create new workflows and improve patient outcomes. Hopefully the Congress and state legislatures will act soon to ensure the temporary reimbursement expansions for telemedicine will continue after the public health emergency ends.

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The Evolution of a Patient Ambassador – Learning from Stacy Hurt

Health Populi

“I am a health care executive who happens to be a patient, caregiver, and advocate,” Stacy Hurt explained to me in a Zoom chat we shared on 31 May. I asked her to meet with me to discuss her professional news update: being appointed Parexel’s first Patient Ambassador. My Zoom invitation to Stacy was a very convenient excuse for me to catch up with a friend in the field: we have known each other since Stacy started to grow her health-social media presence on Twitter.

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Study: Sociodemographic, health factors linked to long-term digital health device use

Mobi Health News

According to the study published in npj Digital Medicine, high scores for depressive symptoms and lower-than-excellent self-rated health were associated with less smartwatch use.

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It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over…but It’s Never Over — Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases

NEJM

As he prepares to step down from the NIAID after 54 years, Dr. Anthony Fauci reflects on the evolution of his field and cautions that emerging infectious diseases are truly a perpetual challenge.

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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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100 Million People in America Are Saddled With Health Care Debt

Kaiser Health News

Elizabeth Woodruff drained her retirement account and took on three jobs after she and her husband were sued for nearly $10,000 by the New York hospital where his infected leg was amputated. Ariane Buck, a young father in Arizona who sells health insurance, couldn’t make an appointment with his doctor for a dangerous intestinal infection because the office said he had outstanding bills.

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AI Adoption in Healthcare Requires Better Approaches to Patient Data

Healthcare IT Today

The following is a guest article by Vanessa Braunstein, Healthcare Product Marketing Lead at NVIDIA. Building great AI models in healthcare and life sciences requires lots of data that is diverse, well-labeled, and spans across different patient types. However, as AI gains traction, there are still a number of bottlenecks that slow down the process of developing robust AI models such as patient privacy, access to data, and lack of clinical expertise to annotate data for training.

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Poor Employee Cyber Hygiene is Putting Healthcare Cybersecurity at Risk

HIPAA Journal

There have been calls for healthcare organizations to take steps to improve security due to a major rise in hacking incidents, ransomware attacks, and vulnerability disclosures in 2021. Record numbers of healthcare data breaches were reported last year, and tens of millions of healthcare records were compromised. Adhering to the minimum requirements of the HIPAA Security Rule and conducting risk analyses, having robust risk management practices, conducting vulnerability scans, and implementing t

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California to manufacture its own insulin, Newsom says

Healthcare Dive

Saying the medicine’s high cost “epitomizes market failures,” California’s governor announced a $100 million budget to create a production facility and develop affordable insulin products.

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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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Could Amtrak’s Quiet Car Be a Model for COVID-19 Travel Policies?

Bill of Health

By Terri Gerstein. Consider the quiet car. Some Amtrak trains have a designated car for people who want a hushed environment in which to work, read, or sleep. Passengers who want quiet choose the quiet car. People who don’t want quiet sit elsewhere. In short: people want different options for travel, and Amtrak threads the needle, accommodating varying needs.

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Delivering accurate data for decision support

Healthcare It News

While interoperability and price transparency rules are supporting a movement toward better access to data, the industry is still struggling to transition from sharing information to shared decision-making. Unfortunately, without accurate information embedded in their workflows, providers can’t have meaningful conversations with patients about care costs or covered options, which negatively impacts a patient’s ability to access care.

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6 Reasons Collaboration Can Benefit Patient Health

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. Technology has improved the patient-doctor relationship dramatically since healthcare organizations have embraced its versatility and effectiveness. But, while technology is an effective method for improving the patient’s healthcare experience, it is not the only area […].

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CVS Health unveils new virtual primary care platform

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

CVS on Thursday announced the launch of its new CVS Health Virtual Primary Care service. WHY IT MATTERS. The new offering integrates patient engagement tools, telehealth, electronic health record data and more on a single platform that can connect consumers with clinicians at CVS or other providers. The tool enables patients to choose care in either retail or community-based settings, through at-home health services or virtually, according to CVS Health, which is selling the service to Aetna ful

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Best Practices for Sharing Protected Health Information (PHI)

In this ebook, you will learn about the 18 PHI indicators, the legal requirements and penalties surrounding PHI, and how your healthcare teams should securely exchange this data. Key takeaways from this ebook: Gain confidence in identifying PHI. Acquire practical implementation strategies for exchanging PHI within your organization. Emphasize the importance of using compliant communication tools within healthcare teams.

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What Person-Centered Interoperability Looks Like: Seqster

Health Populi

He had me at the statement, “I believe health data is medicine.”. Those were the words of Ardy Arianpour, CEO and Co-Founder of Seqster, when sharing with me how his company was founded. We met up last week at the DIA Europe 2022 meeting (Drug Information Association) in the cool SQUARE Conference Center in Brussels, Belgium (my current home base for work and life).

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Q&A: Looking ahead at digital health, biotech funding in 2023

Mobi Health News

Elena Viboch, partner at General Catalyst, discusses her predictions for biotech and health tech investing and how startups can grow in a more constrained economic environment.

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Lifting Universal Masking in Schools — Covid-19 Incidence among Students and Staff

NEJM

Among school districts in the greater Boston area, the lifting of masking requirements was associated with an additional 44.9 Covid-19 cases per 1000 students and staff during the 15 weeks after a statewide masking policy was rescinded.

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Medicare Patients Win the Right to Appeal Gap in Nursing Home Coverage

Kaiser Health News

A three-judge federal appeals court panel in Connecticut has likely ended an 11-year fight against a frustrating and confusing rule that left hundreds of thousands of Medicare beneficiaries without coverage for nursing home care, and no way to challenge a denial. The Jan. 25 ruling, which came in response to a 2011 class-action lawsuit eventually joined by 14 beneficiaries against the Department of Health and Human Services, will guarantee patients the right to appeal to Medicare for nursing hom

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HIPAA: Why It Matters to Your Practice

85% of practices are not complying with the government’s HIPAA standards. The large majority of practices are likely trying to protect patients’ information, but they may not be doing all that they need to meet government requirements. Not complying with HIPAA has definite drawbacks, with one major one being massive fines. The government can fine up to 1.5 million dollars for a single HIPAA breach incident - an amount that would put most small practices out of business.

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CommonWell, MEDITECH, TEFCA, and QHINs

Healthcare IT Today

The topic of TEFCA and QHINs has been an extremely important one in the world of healthcare IT and particularly when it comes to healthcare interoperability. In many ways, it’s setting the national infrastructure for healthcare interoperability going forward. So, we should be paying attention. As we continue to learn about how the industry is responding to TEFCA and which organizations are planning to apply to be a QHIN, we thought it would be valuable to sit down with CommonWell and a C

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Ransomware Attacks Drop by 23% Globally but Increase by 328% in Healthcare

HIPAA Journal

SonicWall has released a mid-year update to its 2022 Cyber Threat Report , which highlights the global cyberattack trends in H1 2022. The data for the report was collected from more than 1.1 million global sensors in 215 countries and shows a global fall in ransomware attacks, with notable increases in malware attacks for the first time in 3 years. Ransomware.

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How to address healthcare’s unique cybersecurity challenges

Healthcare Dive

Although the U.S. is entering a post-COVID era, many factors straining the healthcare industry will continue and more risk factors will kick in, argues Syed Kaptan of cybersecurity intelligence company ThreatQuotient.

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Liability for COVID-19 Vaccine Harms: We Need to Do Better

Bill of Health

By Dorit Reiss. COVID-19 vaccines are extremely safe , and serious harms are rare. But rare does not mean the risk is zero; thus, we need a way to determine which people have plausible claims of harm from the vaccines, and we must then compensate them quickly and generously. However, the regular torts system is not a good option for adjudicating these claims.

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The 2023 Behavioral Health Industry Report

This report explores current issues in the behavioral health industry in 2023. Topics covered include quantitative statistics describing the overall increase in behavioral health issues, the impact of psychologist and staff burnout, how HIPAA compliance is once again at the top of our minds & much more!

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Are we taking patient privacy as seriously as we ought to be?

Healthcare It News

BOSTON – Anita Allen, professor of law and philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, kicked off the 2022 HIMSS Healthcare Cybersecurity Forum on Monday, with a nuanced and thought-provoking discussion on patient privacy in an era of widespread data sharing. Allen said ahead of the conference that she wanted to bring her expertise in law and bioethics to bear on problems of great concern to healthcare and technology and would focus her discussion on data exchange and patient privacy.

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4 Ways To Optimize The Digital Patient Experience In Healthcare

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Illegal copying is prohibited. Healthcare continues to change and evolve as time goes on. It’s essential that with the advancements in technology that doctors, hospitals, and medical practices alike keep up. Your top priority as a provider should be […]. The article 4 Ways To Optimize The Digital Patient Experience In Healthcare appeared first on electronichealthreporter.com.

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St. Luke's University Health proves telehealth is as good as in-person care

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

St. Luke's University Health Network realized it needed technology that could help expand care across its 14 hospitals throughout Eastern Pennsylvania and Western New Jersey spanning both urban and rural areas. THE PROBLEM. The organization was looking for a way to not only expand network coverage but also to reduce time to consult. It also wanted to expand access to care whenever patients needed it, which St.

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Only 1 in 4 People Over 50 Use a Mobile Health App – And They Tend to Be Healthier and Wealthier

Health Populi

Just over 1 in 4 people over 50 in the U.S. use at least one mobile health app, and 56% of older people have never used one. Among seven mhealth tools, the most commonly-used is to track exercise. Among older people who do not use health apps, half say it is because of their lack of interest, we learn from the research in Mobile Health App Use Among Older Adults from the University of Michigan’s National Poll on Healthy Aging, sponsored by AARP.

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Streamlined Compliance Facilitates Growth for Multi-Specialty ASC

Discover how MedTrainer solved an unmet need for SurgCenter of Western Maryland, reducing the time and effort it took to monitor and remind staff about crucial annual training. Learn how this intuitive platform helped increase training completion and save staff time, leading to increased efficiency, fewer human errors, and greater overall satisfaction.