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Top Stories for 4/9

U.S. Anesthesia Partners files lawsuit against UnitedHealth alleging market shenanigans; Insurtech company Bright Health looks to strengthen telehealth foothold with Zipnosis acquisition. Also: AstraZeneca is teaming with Massachusetts General Hospital to create and clinically validate patient-centric digital health solutions.Links to the stories:U.S. Anesthesia Partners files lawsuits against UnitedHealthcareInsuretech company Bright Health buys telemedicine startup ZipnosisAstraZeneca working with Mass General on tech for heart failure, asthma
April 9, 2021

Livongo founder's new venture seeks to eliminate waste, advocate for patients — with Glen Tullman

With his new company Transcarent, Glen Tullman and his team are looking to go through insurers to create a healthcare experience in line with 21st Century consumer expectations and free of the waste and misaligned incentives endemic in the larger healthcare system. It's a lofty aspiration and one that's been tried before with varying degrees of success —  notably with the failed Amazon-Berkshire Hathaway-JP Morgan Chase venture Haven.On today's episode, Tullman sits down with host Jonah Comstock, MobiHealthNews Managing Editor Laura Lovett, and Healthcare Finance News Managing Editor Susan Morse to discuss his new company's mission and game plan.Talking Points:The problems Transcarent is trying to solveMaking healthcare convenient like other industriesWhat healthcare consumers want: Unbiased information, trusted guidance, ease of accessBringing together the worlds of consumer tech and healthcare… againThe misnomer of patient engagementLessons learned from LivongoMoving toward consumer-directed, always-on healthcarePatients lack a real advocate in healthcareHow Transcarent fits into the move to value-based careHow to counteract misaligned incentives in healthcareFinding and eliminating waste in the healthcare systemLooking ahead to the future of telehealthMore about this episode:TranscarentTranscarent looks to overhaul self-insured marketAmazon Care's nationwide telehealth expansion 'may be bigger than the sum of the parts,' says firmLivongo's lead investor on what the next model of care could look likeHaven disbands, ending speculation on what innovation at such a scale could doWith price transparency an inevitability, hospitals need to start working toward compliance
April 9, 2021

Top Stories for 4/2

WHO says the introduction of the coronavirus through a laboratory incident is “extremely unlikely”; Amazon secures EAU for an at-home COVID-19 test kit. Plus: Digital health and wellness practitioners believe their sector to be high-risk.Links to the stories: Spread of coronavirus from lab is extremely unlikely, WHO report saysCoronavirus likely escaped from a Wuhan lab, says former CDC Director Robert RedfieldAmazon lands EUA for COVID-19 test with home sample collection89% of digital health leaders perceive the industry as risky, says report
April 2, 2021

Leveraging care networks toward humanizing healthcare — with Dr. Summer Knight

In her new book Humanizing Healthcare, out April 6th, Dr. Summer Knight leverages her experiences as a physician, an entrepreneur, a patient, and a mother of a son with cancer to present a paradigm for how healthcare can change — to be a better experience for healthcare consumers, and find better cost savings and outcomes along the way.Dr. Knight joins host Jonah Comstock to discuss some of the key ideas in the forthcoming book.This episode is brought to you by League. Talking pointsDr. Summer Knight’s story and why she wrote Humanizing HealthcareHumanizing Healthcare as a North Star for reforming all the parts of healthcareThe 3 +1 key drivers of healthcare transformationWhy humanity has to be hardwired in as technology improvesChanging the culture of care delivery and creating therapeutic alliancesRethinking the healthcare consumer as client, not patientHealthfulness hubs - an infrastructure for operationalizing care networksReforms to preventative care and healthcare financeDr. Knight’s advice for HIMSSCast listenersMore about this episode:Pre-order the bookHumanizing Healthcare: the websiteFirecracker HealthAllegheny Health Network team enhances transitional care managementHands-free voice tech helps Saratoga Hospital save PPE and ensure staff safetyWeaving Zoom into workflow and updating EHR saves clinic during COVID-19Memorial Health uses chatbots to boost patient experience, streamline workflows
April 2, 2021

Top Stories for 3/26

AstraZeneca vaccine shows 79% efficacy in trials but is not without controversy; Everlywell acquires PWNHealth and subsidiary Home Access Health . Plus: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs undertaking a strategic review of its Cerner electronic health record modernization program .Links to the stories:AstraZeneca vaccine shows 79% efficacy in phase III trialAstraZeneca is questioned over potential use of outdated information in its COVID-19 clinical trialEverlywell forms new at-home lab testing subsidiary through PWNHealth purchaseVA to undertake strategic review of EHR modernization program
March 26, 2021

What the new info blocking rules mean for you — with Deven McGraw

HIMSSCast welcomes healthcare privacy expert Deven McGraw, currently Chief Regulatory Officer for Ciitizen who previously served as Deputy Director, Health Information Privacy at OCR, as well as Acting Chief Privacy Officer at ONC, to discuss the forthcoming information blocking rules, upcoming HIPAA overhaul, and more with host Jonah Comstock and Healthcare IT News Executive Editor Mike Miliard. Talking points:Challenges of complying with the new info blocking rulesHow the new rules flip the script on data sharingInfo blocking rules vs CMS rules on APIsPatient right of access and form and format requirementsMarket opportunities created by the new rulesWhat could happen next with national privacy legislation?Defining health data for legislative purposesLooking at the upcoming updated HIPAA rulesPrivacy implications of vaccine credentialingMisconceptions about when HIPAA appliesWhat Ciitizen is working on these daysDeven’s parting advice on the info blocking rulesMore about this episode: Privacy protections to encourage use of health-relevant digital data in a learning health system (Deven's paper with Ken Mandel)Ciitizen's websiteHHS publishes final regs on info blocking, interoperabilityHIMSSCast: How providers and payers should be preparing for new info blocking and patient access rulesONC officials offer update on information blocking rules complianceInfo blocking compliance date nears: Legal experts offer toolkit to helpCOVID-19 highlights the importance of ONC info blocking rules, says RuckerHealthcare industry groups react to extended info blocking compliance timelineHHS floats major changes to HIPAA Privacy RuleHIMSSCast: HIPAA Privacy Rule proposed changes - What they mean and what to expectOffice of Civil Rights extends comment period on changes to HIPAA privacy ruleThree ways providers get HIPAA right of access wrongHow to solve the 'Goldilocks' dilemma of health data sharing?Apple requires COVID-19 vaccine passport developers to work with public health authorities
March 26, 2021

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HIMSSCast is a podcast produced by the HIMSS Media editorial team behind Healthcare IT News, MobiHealthNews, and Healthcare Finance News.

In each episode, host Jonah Comstock is joined by editors from one or more of the brands and/or special guests from around the health tech industry to discuss major news stories or trends in the space. The aim of the show is to add depth, analysis, and color to our ongoing coverage of the digital health, health tech, and healthcare finance realms, as well as to facilitate lively conversations about hot health tech topics.
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Jonah Comstock

Jonah Comstock

Editor in Chief, HIMSS Media

Jonah Comstock is the Director of Content Development and Editor in Chief for HIMSS Media, which includes MobiHealthNews, Heathcare IT News, and Healthcare Finance News.

A Columbia Journalism alum, Jonah has previously written for Psychology Today and the Columbia Journalism Review. He's also a Dow Jones Copy Editing Fellow and has worked on the copy desks at Newsday and the Tampa Bay Times. Jonah works out of MobiHealthNews HQ in Cambridge, MA. He has spoken at numerous industry events including Health 2.0, the Connected Health Conference, and the HIMSS Global Conference, and has served as a judge for the GSMA Global Mobile Awards and the MEDinIsrael Innovation Awards.

Reach him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter @JonahComstock.

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