2023

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ChristianaCare pays $47M to resolve former compliance officer's kickback allegations

Fierce Healthcare

Wilmington, Delaware-based ChristianaCare has agreed to a $47.1 million settlement resolving illegal kickback allegations flagged by its former chief compliance officer, Ronald Sherman. | The agreement is the largest False Claims Act settlement in Delaware's history and paves the way for future cases against hospitals that provide private physician groups with free services from their employees, legal counsel said.

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A Categorical No to Categorical Accommodation Denials Related to COVID-19?

Bill of Health

By Katherine Macfarlane and Irina Manta Since fall 2021, when most colleges and universities reopened their campuses to in-person activities, it has become increasingly difficult for faculty and students with disabilities to obtain reasonable accommodations to teach or attend class remotely. Remote accommodations were granted freely during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, but in 2021, the in-person aspect of teaching and learning was suddenly deemed essential, and at many institutions, r

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GPT-4 outperformed 99.98% of simulated human readers in diagnosing complex clinical cases

Mobi Health News

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine says GPT-4 correctly diagnosed 52.7% of complex cases compared to only 36% of medical journal readers.

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UnitedHealth sued over use of algorithm to deny care for MA members

Healthcare Dive

The lawsuit alleges UnitedHealth used nH Predict to deny claims for Medicare Advantage seniors, despite the algorithm’s determinations being overturned in more than 90% of appeals.

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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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Orlando Health to launch AI-driven hospital-at-home services

Healthcare It News

Data from the new hospital-at-home platform will be accessible through Orlando Health's Epic electronic health records through a multi-year agreement with the connected health and digital therapeutics company. WHY IT MATTERS Orlando Health – a non-profit health system with 18 hospitals and emergency rooms with five in development serving the southeastern United States – is expected to launch the new advanced remote patient monitoring capabilities in early 2023.

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“My Doctor’s Office” Should Accept Wearable Tech Health Data, Most Patients Say

Health Populi

“Do personal health trackers belong in the doctor’s office?” Software Advice wondered. “Yes,” the company’s latest consumer survey found, details of which are discussed in a report published on their website. Unique to this study is the patient sample polled: Software Advice surveyed 876 patients in September 2023 to gauge their perspectives on wearable tech and health.

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In-Ear Wearable Measures Blood Flow to the Head for Long COVID POTS

HIT Consultant

What You Should Know: STAT Health emerges from stealth to introduce a 24/7 in-ear wearable that measures blood flow to the head to better understand symptoms such as dizziness, brain fog, headaches, fainting, and fatigue that occur upon standing. These are common symptoms for illnesses like long COVID, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), myalgic encephalomyelitis / chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), and other orthostatic (caused by standing) syndromes that affect more than 13 milli

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How to Overcome HIPAA Myths to Enhance the Protection of Healthcare Data

Healthcare IT Today

The following is a guest article by Kate Barecchia, Global Data Privacy Officer at Imperva. For many of us, change is hard. In cybersecurity, change is essential to defeat two of the most common causes of data breaches: the ever-evolving attack styles of hackers and human error. New products and features designed to protect data from the latest attack vectors and human errors are released regularly.

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Can Employer-sponsored Insurance Be Saved? A Review of Policy Options: Price Regulation

Center for Health Insurance Reform

Health insurance is becoming increasingly unaffordable for employers and workers alike. In the second in their blog series assessing policy options to shore up employer-sponsored insurance as a source of coverage, CHIR experts Linda Blumberg, Sabrina Corlette and Jack Hoadley tackle a policy that economists and budget forecasters predict would have the biggest impact: hospital price regulation.

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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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Palantir to be named as winner of Federated Data Platform

Digital Health News

Palantir and Accenture have been chosen as the winner of the £480m Federated Data Platform procurement, with an announcement expected imminently.

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CVS Health beats the Street with $2.3B in Q3 profit

Fierce Healthcare

CVS Health beat the Street on both earnings and revenue in the third quarter, reporting $2.3 billion in profit. | By comparison, the company reported a $3.4 billion loss in the third quarter of 2022 as it paid out its part in a global settlement over the opioid crisis.

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‘We Want Them Infected’: An Excerpt from Jonathan Howard’s New Book on the COVID-19 Pandemic

Bill of Health

This excerpt from the new book titled “ We Want Them Infected ” is printed with permission from Jonathan Howard, MD and Redhawk Publications. By Jonathan Howard On June 29, 2021, Dr. Harriet Hall penned an essay on the website Science Based Medicine titled “A New COVID-19 Myth?” in which she wrote: A correspondent suggested I should have known that the pandemic was over months ago.

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Q&A: Google's chief clinical officer on AI regulation in healthcare

Mobi Health News

Dr. Michael Howell, chief clinical officer at Google, discusses Med-PaLM's evolution in 2023 and recommendations for regulators developing rules for AI use in healthcare.

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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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Lawmakers to reintroduce federal nurse staffing ratio bill

Healthcare Dive

The bill mirrors California’s nurse staffing law which took effect in 2004 and outlines exactly how many patients a nurse in specific hospital units can care for at one time.

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HIMSS23: DHA is developing a virtual-first health ecosystem

Healthcare It News

CHICAGO – In a vast, integrated health ecosystem, the future is high-tech and high-touch, "right in line with this year's HIMSS23 theme, "Health that connects, tech that cares," said. Dr. Telita Crosland, Lieutenant General, director of the Defense Health Agency. Crosland described the agency's virtual-first, data-driven focus for the next three years as a "fundamental shift" on Wednesday.

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The intersection of telehealth and AI: How can they reinforce each other?

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Telemedicine took a huge leap forward during the pandemic as more providers and patients embraced remote delivery of healthcare services. Today, artificial intelligence-powered telemedicine tools that remotely diagnose patients and route them to the proper care setting have begun popping up; they are designed to increase access to healthcare services and assist providers in making informed decisions, ensuring timely and appropriate care.

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Providers are Budgeting for Third-Party Tech Investments Says Survey

HealthIT Answers

We rounded up thoughts on why 88% plan to increase their third-party technology investments in 2023-2024 according to a Redox sponsored survey, Buyer Mindsets: Health Technology Perspectives from Clinical and Clinical IT Leaders. The post Providers are Budgeting for Third-Party Tech Investments Says Survey appeared first on Health IT Answers.

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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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Sensitive Data Requires Great Responsibility: The Importance of ‘Privacy and Security by Design’ in Healthcare

HIT Consultant

Chris Bowen, founder and CISO at ClearDATA In healthcare, sensitive data comes with great responsibility. For companies entrusted with managing and protecting patients’ personal information, ensuring the privacy of that data must be the highest priority. These companies are called to act as vigilant guardians, especially when you consider that secure and accurate data can literally save lives.

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Retaining Patients and Employees in Healthcare

Healthcare IT Today

Health care institutions, like many colleges and businesses, have trouble retaining people. Tiffany A.S. Wright, vice president of operations at CareMax , says that it’s one thing to engage with patients but a much bigger challenge to retain them. Retention is particularly key to maintain the funding for fee-for-value programs, which are growing in popularity.

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Meta Slapped with 390 Million Euro Fine for GDPR Violations

HIPAA Journal

A long-running investigation into the practices of obtaining consent from Facebook and Instagram users to use their personal data for advertising purposes has resulted in a €390 million ($414 million) financial penalty for Meta for violations of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) launched an investigation into Meta and its subsidiaries following two May 25, 2018 complaints from the privacy and data rights campaigner, Max Sch

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NHS England has not yet proven its case on FDP

Digital Health News

With the award of the Federated Data Platform contract said to be delayed until mid-November, NHS England appears to be seeking to drum up support for it.

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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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Primary care player Forward unveils AI-based, self-serve CarePods backed by $100M investment

Fierce Healthcare

Primary care player Forward unveiled this week what it has been quietly working on the past two years—self-serve CarePods that use artificial intelligence to screen and diagnose health conditions.< | Primary care player Forward unveiled this week what it has been quietly working on the past two years—self-serve CarePods that use artificial intelligence to screen and diagnose health conditions.

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Hospitals That Ditch Masks Risk Exposure

Bill of Health

By Nina Kohn and Irina D. Manta This month, New York became the latest to join the growing list of states that have ended their requirements for routine masking in hospitals and other healthcare settings. In response, at least one of the state’s largest hospital systems is throwing off the mask despite the continued high level of virus transmission in New York City and most of the rest of the state.

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Where AI will impact healthcare in 2024

Mobi Health News

Digital health stakeholders said that AI will be used next year to help ease administrative tasks for providers, improve clinical trial participation and increase transparency in healthcare.

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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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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.