Monthly Archive
for: ‘April, 2017’

New OCR Chief Pledges to Fight Breaches

It’s no secret that the number of large-scale health care data breaches has been on the rise in recent years, often dominating headlines and causing concern in the health care community. The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) plays an important role in combating and responding to […]

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Wearable Usage on the Rise in the Workplace

These days, it might seem like everyone, both inside and outside of the gym, is sporting a Fitbit or a similar wearable fitness device. Indeed, a recent study shows that more than 38 million Fitbits have been sold since 2010, with other data showing more than 23 million active users as of early 2017. One […]

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New Legislation Promotes Telehealth for Vets

Add one more bill to the list of telehealth-related legislation put forward in the 115th Congress since it convened in January. As Health Data Management first reported, a bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers recently announced the introduction of the Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act. Introduced in the House by Rep. Julia […]

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What to Do About Inappropriate Conduct During Virtual Visits?

The Internet, as anyone who’s had the pleasure of using it more than likely knows, has its fair share of people who take advantage of the relative anonymity it can offer to engage in inappropriate behavior. And according to a recent CNBC article, health care providers are not immune from this conduct during virtual consultations […]

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Potential, and Barriers, with mHealth for Chronic Disease Patients

Numerous studies have shown the potential that mHealth and remote monitoring have for the treatment and prevention of chronic diseases, which account for approximately 75 percent of all health care spending each year, and impact 45 percent of all adults in the United States (many of whom have more than one chronic condition). But despite […]

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AHIMA to Congress: Fully Fund Cures Act

It was an increasingly unusual display of bipartisan cooperation when Congress came together to pass the 21st Century Cures Act, a sweeping piece of legislation that made a diverse range of investments in health care programs, in late 2016. Then-President Barack Obama subsequently signed the bill into law. Now, however, experts are worried that some […]

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Alexa, Diabetes Coach? Amazon, Merck Challenge Developers

We’ve probably all seen the ads for Amazon’s Alexa device, or even tested it ourselves, so we know that the tool can be equal parts fun (playing music, telling jokes) and useful (making to-do lists, checking the weather). Now, thanks to a new Amazon-Merck challenge for app developers, Alexa could be playing a new role […]

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Texting With Patients? AMA Weighs In

Everyone, it seems, texts these days—in fact, 81 percent of Americans, according to a Pew Research Center study, do so on a regular basis. What’s more, people are doing more than just exchanging greetings via text, with many doing everything from sending and receiving money to refilling prescriptions through SMS. Given this nationwide fondness for […]

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Medicare is Holding Telehealth Back: New GAO Study

Study after study, it seems, has pointed to the cost savings and enhanced health outcomes that could result from the broader implementation of telehealth and remote monitoring. But according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) study, outdated Medicare reimbursement policies and other coverage limitations are standing in the way of wider utilization. As Health […]

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Telemedicine in the NICU? Mayo Clinic Sees Potential

For infants born prematurely or facing other serious health problems, access to timely, high-quality health care can mean the difference between life and death. And for those living in rural, undeserved communities, those health care services can be difficult to come by. But as new research—the first of its kind—from the Mayo Clinic shows, the […]

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