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Using EHRs to Predict Stroke Risk? New Study Shows Promise

Each year, according to data from the American Stroke Association, almost 800,000 people across the United States experience a stroke. What’s more, strokes are responsible for approximately one out of every 20 annual deaths, killing almost 130,000 people. They also account for about $33 billion in annual health care spending, per the Centers for Disease […]

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Using PDMP to Combat the Opioid Epidemic in Michigan

It’s difficult to find a part of the United States that hasn’t been touched by the opioid addiction epidemic. According to the most recent available Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, more than 33,000 people died of opioid overdoses (either prescription drugs or heroin) in 2015. What’s more, each day approximately 91 Americans […]

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“Digital Health Coaching” Helps Reduce Obesity, Improve Heart Health

Smartphones these days, it seems, can help you do pretty much everything—from hailing a ride to transferring money to tracking and managing health data. To that last point, a new retrospective study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) has shed light on the potential that mHealth has to promote patient weight loss […]

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The Next Frontier for Apple: Interoperability

Coming (most likely) soon to your iPhone: new tools for the coordination of clinical health data. As CNBC first reported, Apple’s developers are seeking to turn their signature mobile device into what they term “the central bank for health information.” What’s more, the developers are seeking to make it easier for patients to share that […]

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How Hospitals Can Protect Against Ransomware: Expert Advice

In the wake of last month’s WannaCry ransomware attack, which caused chaos at hospitals in the United Kingdom, and at a time when large-scale health care data breaches have often dominated headlines, experts are urging health care organizations to double down on their commitment to cybersecurity. The good news for hospitals and health systems? The […]

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Report: The “Double Burden” of Chronic Conditions, Poor Broadband Access

A recently released study from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is shedding new light on health care disparities in the United States—specifically, between patients residing in rural and urban counties when it comes to the prevalence of chronic disease. As Health Data Management and others first reported, the report, Mapping Broadband Health in America, from […]

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Wearables, Other mHealth Devices Empowering Users

iPhones: They’re not just for texting. This probably isn’t news to you. But as more and more people have begun using smartphones, studies have found that more than half of the phones’ owners are now using them to gather health-related information, often from wearable wellness devices like the Fitbit, or from other, more specialized devices. […]

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Data Breaches Drive Patients Away: Study

These days, it might seem like every other headline is about a large-scale health care data breach. Indeed, a recent Accenture study found that 26 percent of Americans have had their data breached. And it’s only been a few weeks since the “WannaCry” ransomware attack caused chaos around the world, including for health care organizations. […]

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What Do (And Do Not) Wearables Do Well?

Wearable health and fitness devices are all the rage these days, both inside and outside of the gym. 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. While some devices perform only a few […]

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New Apps Monitor Falls in Seniors

For elderly patients, falls are equal parts common, dangerous, and costly. Indeed, per the National Council on Aging (NCOA), they “are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries” among Americans 65 and older. They impact about a quarter of seniors each year, and accounted for about $34 billion in health care costs in 2013, […]

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