2020

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Health IT execs offer thoughts on the big issues of 2021

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

I've seen it said before that year-ahead predictions are like weather reports: Everyone reads them, but almost no one looks back later to see whether they were accurate. Still, since when has that stopped anyone from indulging in this pastime as the calendar turns from December to January? Certainly, few could have guessed, as we rang out 2019, just what 2020 would have in store for the U.S. healthcare system.

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In the Past Ten Years, Workers’ Health Insurance Premiums Have Grown Much Faster Than Wages

Health Populi

For a worker in the U.S. who benefits from health insurance at the workplace, the annual family premium will average $21,342 this year, according to the 2020 Employer Health Benefits Survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The first chart illustrates the growth of the premium shares split by employer and employee contributions. Over ten years, the premium dollars grew from $13,770 in 2010 to $21K in 2020.

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CB Insights names 150 digital health startups as 2020's industry front-runners

Mobi Health News

Culled from a pool of nearly 8,000 companies, this year's list of the "most promising" private startups represents over $20 billion in funding from more than 900 unique investors.

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New Healthcare Truths for 2021

Healthcare IT Today

The following is a guest article by Mike Noshay, MSE, Founder and Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer at Verinovum. As 2020 comes to a close, healthcare industry leaders are looking ahead to 2021 with excitement and anticipation. This year has brought a number of challenges and opportunities for innovation, but how will they shape the […].

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Confirm your healthcare compliance with our easy-to-use HIPAA checklist. Safeguard data, avoid penalties, and streamline security best practices effortlessly. As you know, HIPAA has many requirements, and just missing one could lead to devastating consequences for your organization. Don't miss out— get your free and instant download now!

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VA working with Apple to broaden telehealth access for veterans

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says it's collaborating with Apple to boost the availability of telehealth services for veterans across the U.S. WHY IT MATTERS. The program connects qualifying veterans with iPads, helping 50,000 of them more easily take part in telehealth services and access other VA virtual healthcare services. The new iPad initiative has its roots in the VA's Connected Tablet program , which launched in 2016 and, research shows, has created a more satisfying pa

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Connected health tools can play a vital role in the COVID-19 crisis

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Even before the COVID-19 crisis, the healthcare industry faced a number of challenges: physician shortages, clinicians overwhelmed by changes and population health needs. The center of care has also shifted, noted Mike Braham, CEO of the connected health platform Trapollo, during a recent sponsored HIMSS20 Digital session. "There was a big focus on 'aging in place,'" said Braham during the session, Leveraging Connected Health Solutions for COVID-19 and Beyond.

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Telehealth boosts mental health patient engagement, care plan compliance

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

New York Psychotherapy and Counseling Center, based in Jamaica, New York, operates outpatient mental health clinics in underserved communities in New York City. THE PROBLEM. Prior to COVID-19, it provided 100% of services via in-person visits. When a state of emergency was declared in March, the healthcare organization needed to quickly pivot its delivery method so it could continue serving the patients who very much needed services.

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Telehealth is biggest threat to healthcare cybersecurity, says report

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Although a new report suggests that the healthcare industry slightly improved its security posture this year compared to last, it warns that increased provider reliance on telehealth since the COVID-19 pandemic now presents a new slate of risks to patient data. The report, released Thursday from SecurityScorecard and DarkOwl, found that telehealth systems have experienced an enormous increase in targeted attacks.

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A CIO's perspective on the promise of digital transformation

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

I have often shared with people that serving as a chief information officer in this era has provided me with being the beneficiary of all the hard work, effort and persistence of those CIOs that served before me in my organization. I benefited from technology foundations being laid and compounding on the results of each of the previous three decades.

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What to expect in 2021 and beyond? IDC offers 10 healthcare predictions

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

In the recent IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Health Industry 2021 Predictions report, experts at IDC Health Insights offer their thoughts about the issues healthcare and life science organizations will contend with over the next year and beyond. WHY IT MATTERS. Unsurprisingly, 2021 will largely be shaped by "the disruptive forces of COVID-19," according to IDC, which sees the pandemic as having changed "everything across all verticals now and into the future.

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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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Telehealth can improve cancer care in rural areas

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

In the United States, people who live in rural America have higher rates of death from cancer than those in urban America – even though cancer-incidence rates are lower overall. Part of this disparity, researchers suspect, comes from reduced access to high-quality care in rural communities. As part of addressing that disparity, researchers from California recently presented an abstract at the 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology Virtual Scientific Program suggesting that telehealth c

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Telehealth set for 'tsunami of growth,' says Frost & Sullivan

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Telehealth is more in demand than ever during the coronavirus crisis, and a new report from Frost & Sullivan suggests its uptake will increase by 64.3% nationwide this year, given the disruptions of COVID-19. But in the years ahead, virtual care and remote monitoring should truly take off, according to the report. WHY IT MATTERS. According to the study , Telehealth: A Technology-Based Weapon in the War Against the Coronavirus, 2020, researchers predict that the pandemic will continue to resh

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How telemedicine can help close the maternal health gap

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

In 2012, there were fewer than 1,400 maternal-fetal medicine specialists in the United States, and 98% resided in metropolitan areas. This left pregnant patients in rural areas without the ability to access care, especially if travel was not an option. Today, telehealth can be used to fill that gap – but providers still may face challenges in ensuring patients get the services they need.

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Here are the major issues facing healthcare in 2021, according to PwC

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The healthcare industry has six big challenges ahead in 2021: rightsizing after the telehealth explosion; adjusting to changing clinical trials; encouraging digital relationships that ease physician burdens; forecasting for an uncertain 2021; reshaping health portfolios for growth; and building a resilient and responsive supply chain for long-term health.

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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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Psychiatrists 'pleasantly surprised' with transition to telemedicine

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

A qualitative RAND Corporation study finds that psychiatrists offering telemedicine for the first time during the COVID-19 pandemic have had largely positive perceptions of the transition. Many, however, say they plan to return to in-person care when possible, due to the challenges psychiatric telemedicine entail. WHY IT MATTERS. Before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, a variety of logistical and regulatory hurdles prevented many psychiatrists from using telemedicine.

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A guide to telehealth vendors in the age of COVID-19

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Telehealth always has been a key pillar of technology-enabled care delivery that helps hospitals, health systems and group practices deliver quality care at a distance – and often also gain efficiencies, improve patient and provider satisfaction and save costs. But as 2020 unfolds, with the COVID-19 pandemic severely testing health-system capacity, telehealth is stepping up.

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Health system uses telehealth to steer patients away from ER, urgent care

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

WakeMed Health & Hospitals is based in the heart of a dynamic, fast-growing market – an area known as the Triangle, which includes Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina, and surrounding communities. This area has made a name for itself – renowned universities, constant opportunity, cutting-edge technology, and an impressive range of health services and healthcare options.

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Here's how smaller practices can prepare for continuing telehealth demands

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

As the coronavirus pandemic swelled throughout the country, many healthcare providers found themselves abruptly pivoting – sometimes in a matter of days – to virtual care. While larger health systems had the infrastructure in place to do so, many smaller practices struggled to keep up. The hurdles to implementing telemedicine programs among smaller practices are fourfold, said Nate Lacktman, chair of the national telemedicine and digital health industry team at Foley and Lardner.

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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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ThinkLabs founder on healthcare innovations: 'Convenience always wins'

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

As the COVID-19 crisis began sweeping through the country this spring, hospitals sought a way for clinicians to treat infectious patients while maintaining distance from them if possible. In that way, ThinkLabs founder Clive Smith told Healthcare IT News , smart devices that measured vital signs remotely, including from outside the exam room, became "essentially personal protective equipment.

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Hospitals should prepare now for future telehealth demands

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

In an article published in the Journal of the American Informatics Association this week, Duke University researchers examined COVID-19's effect on transforming the telehealth landscape. "Whether healthcare enterprises are ready or not, the new reality is that virtual care has arrived," researchers said. WHY IT MATTERS. As federal and state governments evolve in messaging around COVID-19, healthcare facilities have responded accordingly.

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Beyond telehealth: the virtual care technology trends that will transform healthcare

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Connected Health Mobility Patient Engagement Population Health Telehealth How contact tracing, contactless experiences and remote monitoring will redefine healthcare and public health. Paddy Padmanabhan A recent estimate by consulting firm McKinsey suggests that $250 billion in healthcare spending could shift to virtual care models in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Telemedicine during COVID-19: Benefits, limitations, burdens, adaptation

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

As the COVID-19 virus wreaks havoc with the healthcare system, telemedicine is stepping up into the spotlight and helping healthcare provider organizations and caregivers better respond to the needs of Americans who have contracted the virus and Americans who need to touch base with their providers on the status of their health. Telemedicine is making a very positive contribution to healthcare during the pandemic, and is being used in a variety of ways.

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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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Western states embark on new telehealth partnership

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Governors Jay Inslee of Washington, Kate Brown of Oregon, Steve Sisolak of Nevada and Jared Polis of Colorado say their states, just as they have with other areas of the COVID-19 pandemic, will be collaborating on telehealth strategy. Given their states' "significant individual and collective experience with telehealth," the governors say they'll work together to help "ensure that the nation benefits from our knowledge as changes to federal regulations are contemplated, to

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Patients have positive telehealth experiences – but things could be better

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Three-quarters of patients who obtained healthcare virtually during the pandemic said they want it to be a standard part of care in the future. The result lends weight to the ongoing conversation around telehealth. A Kyruus survey of 1,000 patients found that more than 75% said they were very or completely satisfied with the virtual care they'd received, and 96% said it was somewhat, very or extremely easy to arrange a visit.

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Epic EHR-linked telehealth skyrockets at Children’s Colorado

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora developed an active and growing telemedicine program over the past eight years. Telemedicine has been particularly important because of the large, multistate service region with many rural and frontier patients, mountain passes and snow that complicate travel, and limited numbers of pediatric subspecialists in the Rocky Mountain region outside of Denver.

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Sound security practices key to fulfilling telehealth's promise, study shows

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

More than 70 percent of respondents polled by cybersecurity firm CynergisTek say they'll keep using telehealth services, even once the pandemic subsides. But they also say privacy and data security are big concerns – and that breaches involving virtual care technologies could cause them to stop using telehealth or switch physicians. WHY IT MATTERS.

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HR and Employee Healthcare Reform: Keys to Increasing Employee Wellness and Retention

Speaker: Mallory Herrin, CEO & Principal HR Consultant at HerrinHR

Your employees are your most valuable resource. If you want to retain employees and keep them happy, you want to make the incentives more valuable. With a full-stack employee experience, culture, health, wellness and benefits navigation solution, you can provide employees with the wellbeing support they need. The results? Employees who are happier, healthier, and more engaged, as well as a business that is thriving both internally and externally, every day.

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Mayo Clinic COVID-19 patients likely had better outcomes thanks to RPM

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Research published this week in Mayo Clinic Proceedings found that COVID-19 patients who received care at Mayo Clinic had favorable outcomes compared to those reported nationally. One factor contributing to those favorable outcomes, said researchers , was the clinic's remote monitoring capabilities allowing for early detection of complications or clinical deterioration.

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From 500 monthly telehealth visits to 19,000

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

McLaren Health Care in Grand Blanc, Michigan, operates 14 hospital sites covering the care needs for patients across the majority of the state, including Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Like other healthcare organizations, McLaren has had difficulty recruiting physician specialists to meet patients’ needs, particularly in the more rural areas of the state.

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How MedStar Health went from 7 to 4,150 daily telehealth visits in two months

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

As MedStar Health launched its telehealth response to the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of the health system’s caregivers first rose to the challenge of meeting a historic surge in demand for the existing MedStar eVisit urgent care, on-demand telehealth offering. Leveraging an existing telehealth platform, the health system responded to volumes that jumped from an average of seven visits daily in February 2020 to more than 500 visits in a day within the first week of the COVID-19 response.

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COVID-19 puts a spotlight on new pop health demands

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Dr. Jaan Sidorov, CEO of the Population Health Alliance in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a network of 152 independent community-based providers, says he and his colleagues are quickly learning how the COVID-19 crisis will change their practice patterns. Even though Sidorov is a longtime expert in pop health, he's already seeing up-close how the coronavirus pandemic is changing his own daily duties of care delivery.

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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!