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Top Stories for 9/24

Hospitals poised to lose $54B in net income this year; Apple looks to create new mental health detection feature . Plus: Ransomware attacks during COVID-19 have impacted patient safety and care availability.Links to the stories:Hospitals projected to lose $54 billion in net income this yearApple looks to digital biomarkers for features detecting depression, cognitive declinePonemon study finds link between ransomware, increased mortality rate
September 24, 2021

5G and the future of AI in healthcare — with Dr. Anthony Chang

Increasing adoption of 5G in healthcare organizations and new developments in AI and machine learning are two major trends of the moment in health IT. On today's show,  HITN Senior Editor Kat Jercich and CHOC Chief Intelligence and Information Officer Dr. Anthony Chang join host Jonah Comstock for a conversation about how these trends intersect and why 5G (and beyond?) will help support the future of healthcare AI.This episode is brought to you by Verizon.Talking points:5G’s impact on health technology in the next 10 yearsStandout AI use cases in the COVID-19 eraHow AI can help manage patient-generated health dataAI, information overload, and information insufficiencyFederated and swarm learning — sharing insights without sharing dataHow 5G will enable new kinds of AIAI for clinical decision supportPlaying the long game and avoiding another AI winterPreventing AI bias (with AI’s help)The future of AI and 5GMore about this episode:5G is here: How health systems can capitalize on the new cellular standard5G is primed to enable continuous, data-heavy health innovations, but hospitals need to prepare5G: Are we ready for the next generation?5 use cases for private 5G networks in hospitalsAI is fast-evolving for an array of use casesAI in healthcare: Separating myth from realityAI could help make physician work 'more interesting,' cardiologist saysTo develop effective AI, developers and clinicians must work togetherMisconceptions of AI and ML in healthcare debunked
September 24, 2021

The GetHealth data breach and what it means for consumer health apps and devices

Last week, a database that was not password protected exposed more than 61 million records containing data from fitness trackers and wearables, including Apple HealthKit and Fitbit. On today's HIMSSCast a team of HIMSS Media editors — host Jonah Comstock, MobiHealthNews Managing Editor Laura Lovett, MobiHealthNews Senior Editor Emily Olsen, and Healthcare IT News Executive Editor Mike Miliard —talk about the developing story and try to put it in the context of digital health and health IT news trends.Talking points:The GetHealth data breach: What happened?The FTC response — enforcement and clarification of breach notification rulesConsumerized health plays catch-up with HIPAAHow this news affects other trends like Apple health sharingApple’s recent spyware breachWhy your health data is valuable to bad actorsLessons learned from this data breach and questions going forwardAffect on consumer trust and lessons for consumersWhat comes next? More about this episode:Fitbit, Apple fitness tracker data exposed on unprotected databaseFTC says it will fine digital health companies that don't disclose data breachesFTC warns connected device orgs: Comply with breach rule, or pay upApple releases emergency update to fix spyware vulnerabilityApple's health data sharing feature now liveHIMSSCast: What the new info blocking rules mean for you — with Deven McGraw
September 22, 2021

Untangling the complex web of US drug pricing — with AJ Loiacono

Drug prices are a major topic of conversation these days as the Biden administration grapples with federal options for mitigating what many see as out of control costs for specialty drugs. To put some context to the news, HIMSSCast host and Healthcare Finance News Managing Editor Susan Morse welcome to the show AJ Loiacono, CEO of Capital Rx, to talk a bit about why drug pricing is the way it is and what can be done.Talking points:Why are drug prices so poorly defined for doctors and patients?Capital Rx’s market-efficiency hypothesisHow Capital Rx operates and negotiates lower pricesWhy rebates are a part of drug pricingWhat the government can and should do to affect drug pricingDrug pricing needs to be transparent and consistentWhy US prices affect global pharma companies and vice versaWho benefits from drug pricing inflation?Could startups reduce drug prices the way Robinhood reduced investment costs?More about this episode:Linking U.S. prescription drug prices to those paid in other nations could cut costs in halfHHS Secretary Xavier Becerra releases proposal to lower prescription drug costsPhRMA battles Biden on proposal for Medicare to negotiate drug pricesBiden pushes for lower drug prices in $3.5 trillion budget proposalGovs. Chris Christie and Terry McAuliffe trade jabs at HIMSS21Folx Health lands $25M to develop its LGBTQA+ health platform, Digital PBM Capital Rx scores $50M and more digital health fundings
September 17, 2021

Top Stories for 9/17

Lawsuit alleges Aetna discriminates against LGBTQ+ members; Organizations at security risk due to skills gaps. Also: Elvie launches smart breast pump.Links to the stories:Aetna hit with lawsuit claiming LGBTQ+ fertility discriminationSkills gap in healthcare IT industry cause security threats, according to new reportElvie launches new smart breast pump in the US covered by insurance
September 17, 2021

HIMSS21 Changemaker: Geisinger's Karen Murphy

The chief innovation officer of Geisinger's Steele Institute for Health Innovation discusses how COVID-19 led to new thinking about technology-enabled cost and quality improvements – and why the pandemic has shown that fee-for-service doesn't work.
September 14, 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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