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Top Stories for 3/5

Medical groups urge racial data collection efforts for COVID-19 vaccinations; Apple and the University of Michigan share first results from hearing study. Also: Merck and Johnson & Johnson partner with the federal government to ramp up vaccine manufacturing.Links to the stories:Medical groups urge racial data collection efforts for COVID-19 vaccinationsApple, University of Michigan share first results from Apple Hearing StudyMerck to open facilities to Johnson & Johnson for speedier COVID-19 vaccine production
March 5, 2021
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Using data to work toward telehealth equity — with Dr. Lauren Eberly and Dr. Srinath Adusumalli

We know that telehealth can be a tremendous opportunity to expand healthcare access for people who might face barriers to medical services. But it also may be replicating the digital divide.In a recent study, researchers examined data from nearly 150,000 unique patients who scheduled telemedicine visits from March 16 to May 11, 2020. They investigated who completed those visits, and how. Two of those researchers, Dr. Lauren Eberly, a fellow in cardiovascular medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Srinath Adusumalli, assistant chief medical information officer for connected health and assistant professor of clinical medicine, cardiovascular at Penn Medicine, joined MobiHealthNews Managing Editor Laura Lovett and Healthcare IT News Senior Editor Kat Jercich to discuss their findings and the importance of centering equity in virtual care.Talking points:Structural inequities are pervasive, and the digital divide is realPatients of color have lower rates of access to broadband and digital connectivityIn this study, older patients, Asian patients, Medicaid users and non-English speakers were less likely to complete telehealth visitsIt’s important to meet patients where they’re at and to meet their clinical needsThere are many opportunities for telehealth outside of rural careIt's a matter of population health as well – and we have to get it right sooner rather than laterThis is the chance to rethink strategies to deliver careVendors should incorporate equity into their designLaying a stronger foundation for reimbursement of care —especially payment parity—would be helpful to safeguard careBroadband access will also be keyMore about this episode:Women are less likely to use video for telehealth careStudy: Black patients more likely than white patients to use telehealth because of pandemicTelehealth may worsen digital divide for people with disabilitiesTelehealth's digital divide is real, and members of Congress want to address itHims & Hers, ATA, and 10 others launch Telehealth Equity Coalition
March 5, 2021
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Top Stories for 2/26

In today's Top Stories with Jeff Lagasse: Operating margins and other hospital metrics are struggling to recover from a winter COVID-19 surge; HHS pick Becerra praises telehealth. Plus: Google launches CareStudio to tackle EHR navigation issues.Links to the stories:U.S. hospitals and health systems face a long road to recoveryHHS Secretary nominee Xavier Becerra signals support for virtual careGoogle rolls out EHR navigation tool Care Studio
February 26, 2021
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Health equity, caregiver diversity, and COVID-19

HIMSSCast host Jonah Comstock welcomes Sheldon Fields, RN, PhD, a researcher, health policy analyst, educator and advocate. He serves as Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion at Penn State, First Vice President at the National Black Nurses Association, and founder and CEO of his own consulting firm, the SDF Group. On today's episode, they talk about some of the current health equity challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and how to combat them. Talking points:Dr. Fields' history as a nurse and academicThe mission of the National Black Nurses’ AssociationHow caregiver representation aligns with care equityComparing the COVID-19 pandemic with the HIV/AIDS epidemicHow pandemics can illuminate health disparitiesThe history of medical atrocities in the US, and its aftereffectsIs vaccine hesitancy as big an issue as vaccine access?How minority nursing associations can help expand vaccine accessHealth equity beyond the pandemic — including medical researchHow the NIH’s All of Us initiative has continued throughout the pandemicMore about this article:Nurses You Should KnowThe National Black Nurses AssociationDr. Fields' PSU Faculty PageAll of UsIn-depth: Health organizations harness the power of technology to address health disparities during pandemicAMA past president Dr. Patrice Harris advocates for equity in the COVID-19 eraAI bias may worsen COVID-19 health disparities for people of colorNIH All of Us program gearing up for 'precision engagement,' Eric Dishman saysHuman rights law can provide a fair, transparent framework for vaccine allocationsDisadvantaged census areas are linked to COVID-19 incidenceCVS Health, Lyft and YMCA team for equitable access to a COVID-19 vaccination siteBig tech, digital health coalition forms to undercut COVID-19 healthcare disparitiesCalifornia taps Blue Shield to oversee an equitable vaccine distribution plan
February 25, 2021
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Health equity, caregiver diversity, and COVID-19 — with Sheldon Fields

HIMSSCast host Jonah Comstock welcomes Sheldon Fields, RN, PhD, a researcher, health policy analyst, educator and advocate. He serves as Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion at Penn State, First Vice President at the National Black Nurses Association, and founder and CEO of his own consulting firm, the SDF Group. On today's episode, they talk about some of the current health equity challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and how to combat them. Talking points:Dr. Fields' history as a nurse and academicThe mission of the National Black Nurses’ AssociationHow caregiver representation aligns with care equityComparing the COVID-19 pandemic with the HIV/AIDS epidemicHow pandemics can illuminate health disparitiesThe history of medical atrocities in the US, and its aftereffectsIs vaccine hesitancy as big an issue as vaccine access?How minority nursing associations can help expand vaccine accessHealth equity beyond the pandemic — including medical researchHow the NIH’s All of Us initiative has continued throughout the pandemicMore about this article:Nurses You Should KnowThe National Black Nurses AssociationDr. Fields' PSU Faculty PageAll of UsIn-depth: Health organizations harness the power of technology to address health disparities during pandemicAMA past president Dr. Patrice Harris advocates for equity in the COVID-19 eraAI bias may worsen COVID-19 health disparities for people of colorNIH All of Us program gearing up for 'precision engagement,' Eric Dishman saysHuman rights law can provide a fair, transparent framework for vaccine allocationsDisadvantaged census areas are linked to COVID-19 incidenceCVS Health, Lyft and YMCA team for equitable access to a COVID-19 vaccination siteBig tech, digital health coalition forms to undercut COVID-19 healthcare disparitiesCalifornia taps Blue Shield to oversee an equitable vaccine distribution plan
February 25, 2021
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Top Stories for 2/19

In today's Top Stories with Jeff Lagasse: Online platform ClassPass unveils a new COVID-19 vaccine locator, while New Jersey struggles with its Microsoft-powered vaccine registration portal. Plus: Insurers are feeling the financial effects of the pandemic.Links to the stories:ClassPass adds COVID-19 vaccine search feature to its platformNew Jersey blames Microsoft for weeks of vaccine rollout glitchesFourth quarter COVID-19 costs catch up to insurers
February 19, 2021
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How North Dakota's immunization database is supporting its COVID-19 vaccine rollout

With a small population distributed over a large geographical area, North Dakota doesn't lend itself to the easiest vaccine rollout. But the state has a secret weapon: a robust database called the North Dakota Immunization Information System (NDIIS). NDIIS manager Mary Woinarowicz joins host Jonah Comstock to talk about the early days of the COVID rollout, and how having a robust data management system has helped the state to make the most of its allocated COVID-19 vaccine doses. Talking points: The NDIIS and its pre-COVID functionHow NDIIS is supporting the COVID-19 vaccine rolloutLogistical challenges to vaccine administration, especially in rural areasThe challenges of launching a state-level response that’s part of a national rolloutHow NDIIS has responded to strong vaccine demandPatient-facing tools to improve the vaccine rolloutAdditional challenges related to the second doseThe NDIIS’s Immunization Forecasting toolThe slip in non-COVID vaccination during the pandemicWhat still lies ahead for COVID-19 vaccinationShould people who have had COVID get the vaccine?How to decide which vaccine patients get which vaccineMore about this episode:NDIISAthenahealth developer creates COVID-19 vaccine website from maternity leaveHow patient engagement tools can help ensure 2nd COVID-19 vaccine dosesHow top EHR vendors are prepping their systems for COVID-19 vaccinesEpic, Cerner offer updates on COVID-19 vaccine rollout effortsAI has advantages for COVID-19 vaccine rollout, but potential dangers tooHealthcare Finance News' latest updates on the COVID-19 vaccine distributionCalifornia taps Blue Shield to oversee an equitable vaccine distribution planHospitals need vaccine supply predictability 'all the way to the loading docks' 6,500 pharmacies to get 1 million doses of COVID-19  vaccineApple requires COVID-19 vaccine passport developers to work with public health authoritiesGoogle adds feature to help users find COVID-19 vaccination sitesGoogle Cloud launches vaccine distribution tool for local governments
February 19, 2021
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Top Stories for 2/12

In today's Top Stories with Jeff Lagasse:  Best practices for weathering the COVID-19 pandemic are emerging among hospital CEOs, while reimbursement restrictions for telehealth have been removed at a rapid pace. Plus: Fitbit introduces blood glucose monitoring.Links to the stories:The top 10 things CEOs got right during the pandemicReport shows 'vast improvement' in state telehealth reimbursement policiesFitbit adds blood glucose tracking to its connected app
February 12, 2021
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How the healthcare system fails patients, and how it can do better — with Matthew Zachary

Matthew Zachary — cancer survivor, patient advocate, influencer, pianist, and podcast DJ — joins host Jonah Comstock to tell his story and break down his patient's-eye view of the healthcare system and what needs to change for it to serve its consumers better. In a wide-ranging conversation with Matthew's irreverent style, they address topics like patient experience, financial incentives, socio-economic disparities, and more.This podcast is brought to you by RingCentral.Talking points:Matthew’s patient storyPatient advocacy in a nutshellThe beginnings of the modern patient-centered movement and the founding of Stupid CancerChallenges in today’s healthcare systemWhat can healthcare stakeholders do to make life better for patients?Aligning monetary incentives with patient needs and experiencesClinical trial databases as an example of profits over patientsThe challenge of bringing good care to minority and underserved groupsThe gaps between innovation, adoption, and patient awarenessMore about this podcast:A more active role for consumers will decelerate health spending over the next two decadesThe role of health systems in empowering communities3 patient experience trends that IT leaders should act onFocus on Health Equity (our new collection page)The Stupid Cancer Show (Matthew's previous podcast)Out of Patients (Matthew's current podcast)
February 11, 2021
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Top Stories for 2/5

In today's Top Stories with Jeff Lagasse: Google Cloud joins the national COVID-19 vaccination effort with a new tool, while the feds plan on additional doses. Plus: A security breach at a New York health system.Links to the stories:Google Cloud launches vaccine distribution tool for local governmentsOne million COVID-19 vaccine doses are going to 6,500 pharmaciesEHR snooping at Montefiore leads to security breach
February 5, 2021
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Virtual care: The next frontier in telehealth — with Sean Duffy and Chris Hogg

Omada CEO Sean Duffy and Chris Hogg, former COO at Propeller Health, join host Jonah Comstock to talk about virtual care, remote chronic condition management, and just what healthcare will look like into the next decade. Talking points:What is virtual care?Virtual care in a post-COVID telehealth landscapeAdoption curves: virtual visits vs virtual careMulti-modal provider-patient communicationWhen the adoption curve lags against the innovation curveWhat’s the product? the transition from hardware to software to experienceUsing a jobs-to-be-done framework for healthcareHow to integrate virtual care with traditional brick-and-mortar careFitting virtual care into a patient-centric care ecosystemThe changing concept of primary careWhat virtual care companies have to offer for telemedicine (Sean’s non-answer on American Well)The role of Amazon, Walmart, and other big players in the new provider ecosystemHow traditional providers are reacting to the changing marketLooking aheadMore about this episode:https://www.mobihealthnews.com/news/after-covid-19-telehealths-momentum-will-be-sustained-younger-consumers-seeking-conveniencehttps://www.mobihealthnews.com/news/omada-reports-blood-sugar-weight-improvements-after-12-months-its-digital-diabetes-preventionhttps://www.mobihealthnews.com/news/omada-health-acquires-physera-adds-virtual-msk-therapy-its-chronic-care-programshttps://www.mobihealthnews.com/news/amazon-furthers-foothold-digital-pharmacies-launch-amazon-pharmacy-storehttps://www.mobihealthnews.com/news/amazon-releases-wearable-health-tracker-app-called-amazon-halohttps://www.mobihealthnews.com/news/walmart-snaps-digital-health-company-carezones-medication-management-toolhttps://www.mobihealthnews.com/news/north-america/propellers-pharmacy-app-now-connects-users-cvs-walmart-kroger-rite-aidhttps://www.mobihealthnews.com/news/amwell-ceo-looks-back-year-unprecedented-telehealth-adoption-predicts-more-chronic-carehttps://www.mobihealthnews.com/news/mobihealthnews-predictions-2021-price-transparency-tools-will-be-game-changer-telemedicine-use
February 4, 2021
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Top Stories for 1/29

In today's Top Stories with Jeff Lagasse: the House of Representatives seeks to safeguard telehealth access beyond the end of the COVID-19 pandemic; DarioHealth acquires Upright Technologies. Plus: the AHA pushes back on a new CMS rule.Links to the stories:U.S. lawmakers reintroduce House bill safeguarding access to telehealthDarioHealth buys into MSK with Upright Technologies acquisition and announces $70M private placementAHA condemns most favored nation model and asks CMS to withdraw it
January 29, 2021
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Nurses are leading the fight against vaccine hesitancy — with Shawna Butler and Melody Butler

Right now, COVID-19 vaccine distribution in the United States is facing supply chain and volume problems. But there's another, thornier challenge lurking beneath the surface once those challenges are addressed: a significant portion of Americans who may choose not to get the vaccine.In today's episode, host Jonah Comstock welcomes Shawna Butler, host of the See You Now podcast, and Melody Butler, founder of the nonprofit Nurses Who Vaccinate (no relation), two nurses who discuss vaccine resistance and vaccine hesitancy and how we can get ahead of them to address the current crisis. They also touch on the role of nurses in the healthcare  innovation ecosystem.Talking points:Why Melody founded  “Nurses who Vaccinate”?Vaccine hesitancy vs vaccine resistance: reaching the people who can be reachedWhat is (and isn’t) unique with the COVID vaccinesmRNA vaccines aren’t a brand new technologyVaccine development was an optimized process — not a truncated oneHow COVID has worsened under-vaccination in other conditionsHow could innovators help address undervaccinization?Addressing hesitancy in communities of colorWhat can you do to help the vaccination effort?The importance of including nurses in the conversationMore about this episode:Overcoming vaccine hesitancy and skepticism, especially for those at higher risk for COVID-19Here are the latest updates on the COVID-19 vaccine distributionGoogle takes on COVID-19 vaccine misinformationEpic, Cerner and other health IT heavy hitters join forces for Vaccine Credential InitiativeAHIP launches resource page dedicated to COVID-19 vaccinesConfusion about flu shot, efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines may slow adoptionShawna Butler's SEE YOU NOW podcastTwo relevant episodes: Frontiers in Public Nursing and Nurses Who Vax Nurses Who VaccinateAdditional vaccine education resources from NWV
January 29, 2021
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Telehealth policy under the Biden administration — with Sebastian Seiguer

On today's HIMSSCast, host Jonah Comstock and Healthcare IT News Senior Editor Kat Jercich welcome eMocha CEO Sebastian Seiguer to look ahead at the Biden administration and discuss what needs to happen next for telehealth. In particular, we look at vaccine distribution as a medication adherence problem, the important role of finance reform, and much more.This podcast is brought to you by Kajeet.Talking points:How 2020 changed healthcareTelehealth largely hasn’t addressed care disparitiesThe importance of asynchronous care toward addressing chronic conditionsHow the COVID telehealth boom has and hasn’t affected asynchronous virtual careWhat regulators can do to make next-gen health tools accessibleChanging incentives by moving to value-based careTo make machine learning and AI work, we need better dataThe importance of continued federal COVID reliefCOVID-19’s affect on school-based healthHow can we use technology to support the vaccine rollout?Vaccine administration is a medication adherence problemInterstate licensure as a barrier to accessLet’s redefine medication adherenceMore about this podcast:What's next for telehealth under the Biden administration?Telehealth's digital divide is real, and members of Congress want to address itMedPAC members weigh future of telehealth coveragePatient engagement tools can speed, streamline COVID-19 vaccine rolloutAs telehealth becomes the new normal, NCQA updates quality measuresMayo Clinic uses $1M in FCC funds for connected devices to expand telehealth
January 22, 2021
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Top Stories for 1/22

In today's Top Stories with Jeff Lagasse, Joe Biden begins his presidency with an aggressive healthcare agenda, including new appointments and nominations for HHS and CMS positions. Plus: YouTube will push for higher quality medical content on its platform.Links to the stories:President Joe Biden's pan to control the COVID-19 pandemic on day oneMicky Tripathi named by Biden Administration to lead ONCBiden nominates Dr. Rachel Levine as assistant secretary of healthYouTube taps Dr. Garth Graham to lead new health partnerships team
January 22, 2021
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Top Stories for 1/15

In today's Top Stories with Jeff Lagasse, Flo Health lands in hot water with the FTC for allegedly deceitful practices; Feds are no longer holding back on vaccine doses. Plus: a new coalition looking to improve the vaccine rollout infrastructure.Links to the stories:Fertility app Flo Health settles with FTC over sensitive data sharing complaintFederal government tells states not to hold vaccine in reserve for second doseEpic, Cerner and other health IT heavy hitters join forces for Vaccine Credential Initiative
January 15, 2021
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How improv actors are helping doctors break bad news — with Dr. Anthony Orsini and Dr. Tanganyika Barnes

The Orsini Way has been helping train doctors on handling patient relationships for a number of years, and New Jersey's Englewood Health has been a long-time user of the innovative teaching method. But last year, as doctor-patient interactions overwhelmingly went online, already difficult patient-doctor interactions became even more fraught. In today's episode, host Jonah Comstock welcomes Dr. Anthony Orsini, founder and president of The Orsini Way and Dr. Tanganyika Barnes, program director for internal medicine at Englewood Health, to talk about their novel training approach and how they have had to adapt it in response to COVID-19 and the telemedicine boom.This podcast is brought to you by Twilio.Talking points:What the Orsini Way is and how it came aboutThe deficit in communication training for physicians, especially around delivering bad newsHow the program has worked at EnglewoodWhy the program uses professional improv actorsThe importance of one-on-one instruction and self-reflectionCommunication training as a form of medical simulationThe long affects of delivering news badlyHow the program was adapted for telehealthWhat not to do when delivering bad newsROI of trust and communicationWhere do we need to go vis a vis patient empathyMore about this story:The Orsini WayEnglewood HealthDifficult Conversations (Dr. Orsini's podcast)Clinicians' empathy must not be sidelined by virtual care technologiesConveying empathy through digital tools requires education, supportPatient advocates: Tech can help improve experience, but empathy is most importantHIMSS and Cleveland Clinic's Patient Experience Digital Series
January 15, 2021
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Top Stories for 1/8

In today's Top Stories: Optum and Change are joining forces to create a new healthcare powerhouse; Haven pulls the plug after a three-year run. Plus: How patient engagement tools can help with the vaccine rollout.Links to the stories:Optum to acquire Change HealthcareAmazon, Berkshire, JPMorgan's employee health joint venture is officially winding downPatient engagement tools can speed, streamline COVID-19 vaccine rollout
January 8, 2021
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What to expect from 2021 health tech news

HIMSSCast is back from a short holiday hiatus with our first annual predictions podcast. In this episode, host Jonah Comstock, Healthcare IT News Executive Editor Mike Miliard, Healthcare Finance News Managing Editor Susan Morse, and MobiHealthNews Managing Editor Laura Lovett engage in a round table discussion of trends and predictions for each of their respective coverage areas.Notes: This episode was recorded Tuesday morning, before the Georgia results were final and before the tumultuous events at the Capitol. Additionally, Laura's prediction piece is forthcoming and will be added to the show notes later this afternoon.Talking pointsWhat comes next after 2020’s telehealth boom?How virtual visits could evolve in different specialtiesThe importance of mental health in 2021Virtual care is the new telemedicineHow will a Biden administration and a Democratic Congress affect health policy?Digital therapeutics will continue to accelerate in 2021Cross-sector use cases for AI and machine learningHow the pandemic could accelerate value-based careTrends in cybersecurityMore about this episodeHealth IT execs offer thoughts on the big issues of 2021The move to value accelerates in 2021, spurred by lack of fee-for-service payments during pandemicHere are the major issues facing healthcare in 2021, according to PwCWhat to expect in 2021 and beyond? IDC offers 10 healthcare predictionsFrost & Sullivan's Top 10 predictions for healthcare in 2021Best Buy Health VP talks what's next for senior tech in 2021 Athenahealth's VP predicts more value-based care, investor interest and an evening out of telehealth in 2021
January 8, 2021
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HIPAA Privacy Rule proposed changes: What they mean and what to expect — with Matthew Fisher

Healthcare IT News Executive Editor Mike Miliard speaks with Matthew Fisher, a Partner at Mirick O'Connell and a specialist in healthcare law, about the new proposed HIPAA rule changes. They discuss the content of the rules, what effect they're likely to have, and the timing of the rules as the Presidential administration changes over.This will be the last episode of the year. We'll be back with more podcasts in 2021.Talking points: How big are these changes?How the right of access is being strengthenedAlignment with the info-blocking rulesExpanded definitions for care coordination and care managementThe extent to which the rule is playing catch-up with current practicesReducing HIPAA’s role as a blocker of legitimate information accessThe impact of the new rules on HIPAA’s privacy protectionsThe timing of this announcement and the Presidential transitionAdvice for providers and vendorsMore about this episode:HHS floats major changes to HIPAA Privacy RuleOCR issues guidance on disclosure of protected info using health information exchangesIs HIPAA outdated? AHIMA questions whether law is keeping pace with changeHIPAA update inches closer to realityThree ways providers get HIPAA right of access wrongHIPAA right of access: In what looks like a new trend, another costly settlementHow to solve the 'Goldilocks' dilemma of health data sharing?
December 21, 2020
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Top Stories for 12/18

In today's Top Stories with Jeff Lagasse: Hackers use the SolarWinds platform to target the National Institutes of Health in a large data breach; Vaccine preparedness gets a boost from the federal government. Plus: Apple is rolling out a new low VO2 Max feature on its Apple Watch wearable.Links to this week's stories:NIH among agencies targeted by Russian 'Cozy Bear' hackers, says WaPoWhat healthcare orgs should be doing in response to the SolarWinds breachCDC is giving $227 million for COVID-19 vaccine preparedness and trackingNew low VO2 Max feature comes to Apple Watch
December 21, 2020
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Common pitfalls of healthcare connectivity and what to do about them — with Dominic Marcellino

Telehealth is here to stay and it's dramatically changing the healthcare landscape. But there is no telehealth, no virtual visits, and no remote patient monitoring without reliable, secure connectivity — and that's not something that can be taken for granted.In this episode, created in collaboration with sponsor Kajeet, host Jonah Comstock talks to Kajeet Director of Strategy Dominic Marcellino about some of the different roadblocks to secure, reliable connectivity and how to approach tackling them.Talking points:Dominic’s journey to Kajeet and healthcare IoTCommon healthcare connectivity pitfallsConnectivity in the consumer world vs the enterprise worldThe importance of patient and provider user experienceWhat to do when patients lack necessary connectivity infrastructure?The current state of health data interoperabilityA lot of things have to line up for remote monitoring to work wellMaking health data not just readable but usefulHow to maintain security in IoT connectivityThe relationship between security and HIPAA-complianceDominic’s advice for providersMore about this episode:'The health system of the future will be consumer-centric, wellness-oriented and digitally connected'Pandemic-era burnout: How EHR vendors are redesigning UI and UX to battle stressInteroperability consortium an 'even higher priority' post-pandemicCerner expands tools available for rural hospital clinical trialsEndpoint security is vital, even as 'the definition of endpoint itself has changed'Mount Sinai-linked computer pads keep patients at home during COVID-19
December 18, 2020
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Top Stories for 12/10

In today's Top Stories: With a COVID-19 vaccine on the horizon, cybersecurity concerns have emerged; Despite this, the rollout is already underway in the U.K. Plus: Google launches a new app for clinical trial research.Links to the stories:Vaccine distribution pipeline faces serious cybersecurity risksThousands in the United Kingdom are the first to receive Pfizer COVID-19 vaccineGoogle's new research app shows participants how their data is driving health insights
December 11, 2020
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Looking back at digital health's roots — with John Sharp

Host Jonah Comstock welcomes John Sharp to the show on the occasion of his retirement from HIMSS. Until recently the director of thought advisory at HIMSS, John has worn many hats in his career and become one of the most well-known, respected, and beloved voices in the digital health community. We talked about that community, John's career, and all the ways the space has changed and developed — not to mention where we see it headed next.Talking points:How John found his way to the fledgling digital health spaceHealth 2.0, Medicine 2.0, and the early days of digital healthSocial media and the digital health community“10 years of growth in six weeks” — the rapid adoption spurred by COVID-19Telehealth adoption after COVID-19Value-based care, reimbursement, and virtual careHow virtual coaching fits into the future of careDigital health has moved from niche to mainstreamThe “who will own telehealth?” debateJohn’s hopes for the future of health IT: better incentives for value-based careVirtual reality’s ascendancy in healthcareMore about this episode:John on TwitterCOVID-19 brings a boom in use of virtual consumer-centric careTelehealth set for 'tsunami of growth,' says Frost & SullivanTeladoc Health data shows virtual mental healthcare boom'Weeks where decades happen' (Healthcare Dive)The Empathy Machine: COVID-19 and Therapeutic VR, part 2 with Dr. Brennan SpiegelThe Teladongo Episode
December 11, 2020
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Beyond HIPAA and GDPR: The next frontiers of healthcare privacy and security — with Gabe Gumbs

On today's HIMSSCast, host Jonah Comstock sits down with Gabe Gumbs, head of product strategy and innovation at Spirion about his experiences with, and views on, data security and privacy. Gabe and Jonah talk about the difference between privacy and security, when to focus more on one or the other, the advantages healthcare has in this realm, and the challenges it is still facing.Click here to register for next week's Healthcare Security Forum.Talking Points:Healthcare’s edge in security: Experience with privacyPrivacy vs security: Which is important for what data?The state of privacy and security regulation and where it might goWhat personal information should be private?Does the United States need its own GDPR?Privacy concerns around COVID-19 contact tracingThe limits of de-identificationData security trends for healthcare providersHow to prepare for ransomware attacksThe paradox of compromiseMore about this episode:Gabe's podcast "Privacy Please"Protect what matters most — patient information (Spirion whitepaper)More about SpirionMajor security incidents are the new normal for hospitals and health systemsCybercriminals seek to take advantage of rapid telehealth scale-upHHS: More than 2M patients affected by breaches reported in OctoberFBI, HHS warn of 'increased and imminent' cyber threat to hospitalsContact tracing tech sparks privacy concerns, but most consumers and IT experts still support their use
December 4, 2020
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Top Stories for 12/4

In today's Top Stories with Jeff Lagasse: CMS allows 60 new telehealth services to be covered by Medicare, drawing commendation – and caution – from the American Telemedicine Association. Plus: Google's Deep Mind AI makes protein-folding breakthrough.Links to the stories:Congressional action is needed for telehealth not to return to a rural benefit, Seema Verma saysATA responds to CMS final rule making some telehealth coverage permanentDeepMind AI's protein folding prediction achieves unprecedented accuracy, opening doors to new disease treatments
December 4, 2020
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The advertising double standard holding back femtech startups — with Maria Velissaris and Colette Courtion

Note: We are publishing this week's episode early so our listeners can enjoy it over the holiday break in the United States. Also note there is no episode of Top Stories this week. Happy Holidays!In today's episode of HIMSSCast, guest host Laura Lovett, managing editor of MobiHealthNews, checks in with Maria Velissaris, founding partner at SteelSky Ventures and Colette Courtion, founder and CEO of Joylux about some of the challenges facing the burgeoning women's health and reproductive health, or femtech, industry. In particular, they chat about advertising double standards, funding shortfalls, and where the space is headed next.Talking points:The under-funding of women’s health tech companiesThe advertising double standard in sexual and reproductive healthThe downstream effects of inconsistently applied “taboos”Changing advertising policies through educationHow women’s health is not a niche opportunityWhy women VCs aren’t enough to close the funding gap in femtechThe need for a focus on culturally competent careMore about this episode:Femtech players call out Facebook for rejecting women's health adsFemtech's potential to capture data about women's health beyond reproductionFemtech's sexual health revolutionFemtech market has potential but struggles to score investor dollars'Femtech and women’s health issues have become more mainstream. We must do more though'VC Maria Velissaris looks to change male-dominated digital health world with femtech investmentsFemtech market has unmet segments despite industry growth, report saysOnline sexual, cosmetic health company Hims lands $100M in funding
November 24, 2020
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Top Stories for 11/20

In today's Top Stories with Jeff Lagasse: NorthShore University HealthSystem is utilizing targeted labor strategies and robust analytics to weather the COVID-19 surge; Amazon muscles into the online pharmacy space. Plus: What's taking up clinician's time? (It's not patient care!)Links to the stories:NorthShore University HealthSystem's digital strategy is being tested against second waveAmazon furthers foothold in digital pharmacies with launch of Amazon Pharmacy storeFrontline workers say they spend more time on EHRs than patient care
November 20, 2020
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How one senior living community used CARES Act funds to jumpstart remote patient monitoring — with Larry Carlson

The COVID-19 crisis has spurred all kinds of technical innovation, not just virtual visits. For United Methodist Communities in Neptune, New Jersey, the pandemic gave them the opportunity, and the necessity, to launch a remote monitoring program, starting with fall detection, that has led to an 80% reduction in falls. On today's episode host Jonah Comstock welcomes Larry Carlson, CEO of UMC, to look back at that experience and look ahead to the future of remote patient monitoring at UMC.This podcast is brought to you by Kajeet.Talking points:How United Methodist Communities took advantage of CARES Act funds to make bold changesFinding the right balance of privacy and efficacy for remote monitoringPre-empting, not detecting fallsHow UMC achieved an 80% reduction in fallsImplementation challengesThe importance of connectivity to technology innovationAdvice for others adopting RPM techWhat's next for UMCMore about this podcast:United Methodist Communities has early successes with telehealth and RPMA guide to connected health device and remote patient monitoring vendorsHospitals get additional $20 billion infusion of CARES Act fundsHow fall detection is moving beyond the pendant
November 20, 2020
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Top Stories for 11/13

In this episode of Top Stories with Jeff Lagasse:  The Supreme Court appears favorable to keeping the Affordable Care Act after hearing arguments this week; Google launches a pair of AI tools. Plus: Epic and Cleveland Clinic partner on COVID risk model.Links to the stories:Supreme Court appears favorable to keeping Affordable Care ActGoogle Cloud unveils AI tools to help healthcare analyze unstructured medical textEpic makes Cleveland Clinic-devised COVID-19 risk model available in MyChart
November 13, 2020
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Post-Election Politics Update — with HIMSS Government Relations

On today's HIMSSCast, host Jonah Comstock and Healthcare Finance News Managing Editor Susan Morse welcome back Tom Leary, Jeff Coughlin, and David Gray, all from the HIMSS Government Relations team, to discuss what to expect in the lame duck session of Congress as well as when the Biden administration gets underway in 2021. We also delve into the recent extensions in the info blocking rules, where we stand with telehealth waiver extensions, and last week's Supreme Court oral arguments about the future of the Affordable Care Act.Talking Points:What a Biden administration could mean for health tech policyWhat could happen under different Senate control scenariosHealth tech policy priorities: telehealth, public health infrastructure, and patient identificationPatient ID ban updateHealth IT’s enduring bipartisan appealWhat to expect re: COVID-19 reliefThe future of telehealth waiversWhat we learned at ACA oral argumentsWhat Biden can do on the ACA without CongressPreviously on HIMSSCast:Healthcare on the Ballot: The 2020 Election, Obamacare and COVID-19How providers, payers should be preparing for new info blocking, patient access rules — with Jeff CoughlinThe US needs a patient identification strategy yesterday — with Tom Leary and David GrayMore About This Episode:ONC offers new compliance extension for information blocking rulesHealthcare industry groups react to extended info blocking compliance timelineHHS publishes final regs on info blocking, interoperabilitySupreme Court appears favorable to keeping Affordable Care ActSupreme Court to hear oral arguments this morning to determine validity of Affordable Care ActPayers are working to meet deadline for interoperability mandateNew ONC, CMS rules put everyone in interoperability businessONC Announces Additional Flexibilities Around Interoperability Final Regulation ImplementationCOVID-19 Global Policy Call to Action ReportCOVID-19 and the Digital Health Policy ImpactAdopting Connected Care Policy Waivers Permanently to Develop Resilient Healthcare Systems Report
November 13, 2020
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How COVID-19 and telehealth are changing the physician workforce — with Michelle Davey

In today's HIMSSCast we're once again looking at the COVID-19 telehealth boom, but this time through the lens of staffing and workforce. Host Jonah Comstock and MobiHealthNews Managing Editor Laura Lovett are joined by Michelle Davey, CEO of Wheel, to discuss how a rise in virtual care is changing how physicians work.This episode is brought to you by AmWell.Talking points:What Wheel doesHow telemedicine is changing the physician workforceThe telemedicine learning curveHow much of the workforce is doing telemedicine now?Telemedicine and physician burnoutThe role of virtual care post-pandemicBenefits of telehealth beyond patient careThe future of telemedicine and virtual careMore about this episode:Wheel launches telehealth staffing platform alongside $13.9M raiseCEO of telehealth vendor and staffing services startup Wheel talks scaling out during COVID-19AI, telehealth could help address hospital workforce challengesKeeping frontline healthcare workers physically and psychologically safe is paramount during COVID-19Pandemic-era burnout: How physicians manage crushing workloads and IT demands
November 6, 2020
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Top Stories for 11/6

In this episode of Top Stories with Jonah Comstock: Under Armour sells off MyFitnessPal for $345 million; HHS unveils final five-year plan for Health IT. Plus: CMS approves controversial Georgia ACA waiver.Links to the stories:Under Armour sells off MyFitnessPal for $345M, will shut down Endomondo by 2021HHS unveils new 2020-2025 Federal Health IT Strategic PlanCMS approves Georgia waiver to transition to a non-ACA private sector marketplace
November 6, 2020
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What went down at the first HIMSS Global Equity Week — with Denise Hines

Last week, HIMSS held Global Health Equity Week, a week of education and action around disparities in public health. Hundreds of participants around the world attended virtual webinars and virtual marches and wrote to their governmental representatives, while HIMSS announced grants to support industry diversity and a new tech challenge, all around the theme of maternal health.Host Jonah Comstock and MobiHealthNews Managing Editor Laura Lovett welcomed HIMSS Chief Americas Officer Denise Hines to the show to look back at the week, and look ahead to the work still to be done.Talking points:How National Health IT Week became Global Health Equity WeekThe (ongoing) virtual policy marchHIMSS member engagement and participationThe HIMSS Foundation grants to support industry diversityHow virtual meet-ups helped convene the HIMSS communityThe Global Maternal Health Tech ChallengeWhat it means to support healthcare for allHow you can still help by joining the Global Health Equity NetworkMore related to this episode:Join the Global Health Equity NetworkJoin the Virtual MarchMore about Global Health Equity WeekImproving outcomes for expectant Black women is focus during HIMSS Global Health Equity WeekHIMSS announces global tech challenge to improve maternal health outcomes worldwideCOVID-19 hasn't just spotlighted healthcare inequity – it's made it worseDigital divide remains, despite big COVID-19 tech innovation
October 30, 2020
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Top Stories for 10/30

In this episode of Top Stories with Jeff Lagasse: Intelligence agencies warn of cybercriminals’ renewed push to target healthcare providers; President Trump’s claims of COVID-19 over-reporting draws backlack from hospital groups. Plus: A new digital eye health tool from CVS.Links to the stories:FBI, HHS warn of 'increased and imminent' cyber threat to hospitalsProvider groups push back against Trump claims that doctors are inflating COVID-19 numbersCVS launches telemedicine enabled contact renewal service
October 30, 2020
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Top Stories for 10/23

In this episode of Top Stories with Jeff Lagasse: Experts agree that racial bias makes it more difficult for communities of color to combat COVID-19; Hospital admissions are down 10.5% this year due to the coronavirus. Plus: How Borderlands 3 is helping scientists map the microbiome.Links to the stories:COVID-19 hasn't just spotlighted healthcare inequity – it's made it worseHospital admissions projected to be down 10.5% in 2020Borderlands 3 is using its millions of gamers to help map the human gut microbiome
October 23, 2020
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Healthcare on the Ballot: The 2020 Election, Obamacare and COVID-19

HIMSSCast is out early this week to give you a chance to listen to our election edition before Thursday's presidential debate. In this episode, host Jonah Comstock and Healthcare Finance News Managing Editor Susan Morse break down the ways that healthcare is on the ballot in 2020, how the candidates' platforms, such as they are, differ, and how a new administration might handle COVID-19 differently. Talking points:The state and fate of the Affordable Care ActDoes HIPAA really protect pre-existing conditions?Trump’s healthcare plan (for lack thereof)What’s left on the ballot of Medicare for All?Trump and Biden’s ideological divide on health careBiden’s plans to make health insurance more accessible and affordableForces pushing the industry toward value-based careTrump’s price transparency and drug price agendasCould we see Obamacare 2.0?How much has COVID-19 shaped the election?How would President Biden handle COVID?What to listen for in Thursday’s debateMore about this episode:Trump has no specific plan to replace ACA, despite grilling by Savannah Guthrie5 Charts About Public Opinion on the Affordable Care Act and the Supreme CourtIn chaotic debate, Trump, Biden clash on future of ACA, COVID-19 handlingTwo-thirds of Americans say candidates' healthcare plans, COVID-19 strategy are "very important"Vice presidential debate will likely spotlight divergent views on healthcare Civil vice presidential debate short on answers as VP Pence evades question on Trump's plan to replace ACAAmerica's response to COVID-19: 'A tale of two countries'
October 21, 2020
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A new playbook for digital transformation in the age of COVID and beyond — with Paddy Padmanabhan

COVID-19 has accelerated a digital transformation that was already underway in hospitals across the United States. Now two healthcare experts — Paddy Padmanabhan, founder and CEO of Damo Consulting, a digital transformation advisory firm, and longtime healthcare CIO Ed Marx, now chief digital officer of HCI Group — have written a new playbook to help providers accelerate that transformation, while developing what they call a 'digital roadmap' to help ensure lasting value from IT investments."Healthcare IT News Executive Editor Mike Miliard sat down with Padmanabhan this week to discuss the book, the lessons therein, and other trends in healthcare including patient engagement and the evolving role of the electronic health record. Enjoy the conversation."Talking points:Who should lead digital transformation in healthcare? The digital transformation roadmapTelehealth’s role in digital transformationHow the pandemic is changing the landscape of virtual careThe growing importance of patient loyalty and patient choiceHow the EHR is evolvingAI, machine learning, voice recognition, and other promising new technologiesThoughts on the new info blocking rulesMore about this episode:The book: "Healthcare Digital Transformation: How Consumerism, Technology and Pandemic are Accelerating the Future"COVID-19 digital transformation update, with Hal WolfONC officials offer update on information blocking rules complianceHITN's Technology Optimization Best Practices series
October 16, 2020
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Top Stories for 10/16

In this episode of Top Stories with Jeff Lagasse: The federal government awards $481 million to a diagnostics startup to ramp up COVID-19 testing; Operational risks of owning a public hospital could compound fiscal challenges for counties. Plus: New concerns about CMS data reporting rules.Links to the stories:Cue Health awarded $481M from HHS, DoD to ramp up production of its app-connected COVID-19 rapid diagnosticPublic hospitals are compounding COVID-19 budget risks for large urban counties, Moody's findsTrump administration crackdown 'couldn't come at a worse time' for hospitals
October 16, 2020
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Accelerate Virtual Reality for Clinical Care (Accelerate Health Podcast)

Within healthcare, virtual reality (VR) applications are currently being used to control pain, decrease anxiety, and reduce stress. New research has demonstrated a strong case for VR use in care both at home and in the hospital. How can this new, effective therapy be scaled to a broader population of patients? John Sharp will answer just that question as he speaks with Dr. Brennan Spiegel, Director of Health Services Research at Cedars-Sinai & Author of the upcoming book: How Virtual Therapeutics Will Revolutionize Medicine.Subscribe to the Accelerate Health podcast here.Check out our previous HIMSSCast interview with Brennan here.
October 15, 2020
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Is the FDA taking digital health regulation in the right direction? — with Bradley Merrill Thompson

With its recent launch of the Digital Health Center for Excellence, the FDA has shown a new spotlight on its ongoing work of changing how the regulation of digital health and digital therapeutics works, to better match the realities of modern technology. But is the organization taking the right steps for the right reasons? Or is it heading into dangerous territory for developers and their end users — the patients?Host Jonah Comstock and MobiHealthNews Associate Editor Dave Muoio discuss this pivotal question with Bradley Merrill Thompson, a Member of the Firm at Epstein Becker Green, founder of the AI Startups in Health Coalition (AISHC), and occasional MobiHealthNews contributor.Talking points:The FDA’s new Center for ExcellenceWhy launch the Center now?What’s going on with Pre-Cert?The risk of FDA surveillance overreachData subjectivity in post-market surveillanceHow should FDA regulate AI?FDA time is money — the importance of prioritizationMore about this episode:FDA establishes Digital Health Center of ExcellenceQ&A: A firsthand account of FDA's Pre-Cert ProgramThe AISHC's position paper
October 9, 2020
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Top Stories for 10/9

In this episode of Top Stories with Jeff Lagasse: Hospitals must now include flu data along with their COVID-19 data; Mental health tops the list of preferred uses for telehealth. Plus: Clover Health goes public.Links to the stories:HHS will require hospitals to report flu information, in addition to COVID-19Americans want mental healthcare via telehealth, but data security worries remainClover Health will join the public market by merging with Social Capital SPAC
October 9, 2020
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Accelerate Supply Chain Management: Rich Kucera, Principal of Symmetric Health Solutions (Accelerate Health Podcast Episode 3)

The COVID-19 crisis thrust hospital supply chain issues into the national spotlight as we heard about shortages of personal protective equipment almost daily during the early days of the crisis. But the issues that lead to these shortages are only a few of the many challenges that hospital supply chain managers face every day. For this week’s episode, co-host, Rob Havasy is joined by Rich Kucera, Principal of Symmetric Health Solutions and the winner of the 2019 SCAN Health Design Competition to discuss their innovative solution to the supply chain problem. For more information about the SCAN Health Design Challenge, click here. Learn more about how Accelerate Health is redefining health at HIMSS here.
October 8, 2020
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COVID-19 digital transformation update — with Hal Wolf

On a very special episode of HIMSSCast, host Jonah Comstock welcomes HIMSS CEO Hal Wolf to talk about his experiences, HIMSS's experiences, and what he's observed in the industry more broadly in the first eight months of the COVID-19 pandemic.Talking points:What HIMSS is all aboutHow COVID has spurred digital transformation in healthcareThe Global Consortium for eHealth InteroperabilityThe Global Health Equity Network How HIMSS is working to make sure no one’s left behindWhat we’ve learned about healthcare regulationHealth beyond bordersThe importance of just-in-time informationPreparing for the next pandemicSupply chain managementEnvisioning change through people, processes, and technologyMore about this episode:How health systems worldwide can build and benchmark their digital maturityHIMSS, in statement on racial inequity, pledges to 'drive meaningful change'Responding to COVID-19 with innovation, cultural change, redesigning healthcare strategies'Global standards with local implementations'Global Health Equity NetworkGlobal Consortium for eHealth Interoperability
October 2, 2020
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Top Stories for 10/2

In this episode of Top Stories with Jeff Lagasse: Cyberattack hits Universal Health Services, forcing shutdown of user access to IT applications; Anthem reaches $40M settlement in in 2015 cyberattack. Plus: Is the Apple Watch causing unnecessary healthcare utilization?Links to the stories:UHS hospital chain hit with apparent ransomware attackSo you've been hit with a ransomware attack. What now?Anthem settles 2015 cybersecurity breach for $39.5 millionApple Watch's abnormal pulse feature driving many unnecessary healthcare visits, Mayo Clinic researchers say
October 2, 2020
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Accelerate Public Health & Technology: Farzad Mostashari, CEO for Aledade (Accelerate Health Podcast)

This week's episode will feature co-host Indu Subaiya, President of Catalyst @ Health 2.0 and Senior Advisor to HIMSS speaking with Farzad Mostashari, Co-founder and CEO of Aledade and Former Head of the Office of the National Coordinator.  Dr. Farzad Mostashari will provide an expert perspective on what a 21st century public health system could look like including real-time disease surveillance, targeted prevention and the smart allocation of resources. He will discuss how healthcare providers can effectively partner using new technology and data-enabled primary care models.Learn more about how Accelerate Health is redefining health at HIMSS here.Subscribe to the Accelerate Health podcast here.
September 30, 2020
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Accelerate Pediatric Virtual Care: Omkar Kulkarni, Managing Director for KidsX (Accelerate Health Podcast)

In this inaugural episode, Kerry Amato kicks off the Accelerate Health Podcast with Omkar Kulkarni, Chief Innovation Officer for Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Managing Director for KidsX, a new pediatric health accelerator. KidsX is a global ecosystem of pediatric innovators, anchored by a consortium of 30 children’s hospitals from North America, Europe and Australia motivated to partner with early stage digital health companies to transform pediatric care. Omkar Kulkarni will discuss how this amazing consortium will build, test and deploy software solutions to make pediatric care exceptionally effective, safe, efficient and convenient for children and families. To subscribe to the Accelerate Health Podcast, click here.To register for the Accelerate Health event, click here.
September 29, 2020
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Top Stories for 9/25

In this episode of Top Stories with Jeff Lagasse: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsurg’s absence on the Supreme Court throws the future of the ACA into question; Femtech companies bemoan advertising difficulties on social media. Plus: the emergence of 'social informatics'.Links to the stories:Death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg could have ramifications for Affordable Care ActFemtech players call out Facebook for rejecting women's health adsA new health IT discipline: Social informaticsEpic users at some Wisconsin providers to get EHR-embedded SDOH tool
September 25, 2020
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Apple's new sensor, digital therapeutics, and digital health diversity

It's a bit of a pot pourri this week as the MobiHealthNews team shares some of what they've heard at a variety of (virtual, of course) industry events. First host Jonah Comstock recaps what Apple announced at its product launch event last week, then Associate Editors Dave Muoio and Mallory Hackett discuss the Digital Therapeutics East event. Finally Managing Editor Laura Lovett and Jonah talk about the Rock Health Summit.And if you haven't gotten enough of events yet, we've got one of our own coming up next week. VIsit https://www.himss.org/event-accelerate-health to learn more about Accelerate Health.Talking points:Apple Watch’s new blood oxygenation sensorNew studies from AppleApple’s “Peloton” killer, Fitness+The role of digital therapeutics in COVID-19 responseDecentralized clinical trials in a pandemic worldThe importance of clinical trial efficacy dataPharma’s perspective on digital therapeuticsThe need for diversity in the digital health startup ecosystemMore about this episode:Apple adds SpO2 & V02 Max to Apple Watch Series 6, and launches three new studiesApple, Anthem launch 2-year study of asthma app, connected devicesApple plants a flag in the home fitness market with Fitness+ for Apple WatchApple Watch sleep tracking feature is more about habits than graphs (VIDEO)Hands-on with Apple Watch's New Blood oxygenation sensor (VIDEO)Why digital therapeutics are flourishing under COVID-19Pharma companies don’t want unicorn digital therapeutic partnershipsDTx regulatory teams talk the power of research beyond ticking FDA's boxesWith many regulatory barriers clear, remaining roadblocks for digital therapeutics are cultural, logisticalTo boost inclusivity, words matter in the healthcare worldWhat startups are missing when they talk about the 'consumer' experience
September 25, 2020
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Top Stories for 9/18

In this episode of Top Stories with Jeff Lagasse: Apple partners with VA to offer telehealth services for veterans – and announces new health-tracking functionality for its next Apple Watch. Plus: Hospital CEO changeover rates are dropping after a five-year hold.Links to the stories:Here's what primary care clinicians say they need to effectively implement telehealthVA working with Apple to broaden telehealth access for veteransApple adds SpO2 & V02 Max to Apple Watch Series 6, and launches three new studiesHospital CEO turnover rate dipped in 2019 for the first time in five years
September 18, 2020
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How providers, payers should be preparing for new info blocking, patient access rules — with Jeff Coughlin

Healthcare IT News Executive Editor Mike Miliard and Healthcare Finance News Managing Editor Susan Morse welcome guest Jeff Coughlin, senior director of federal and state affairs at HIMSS to revisit our discussion of the groundbreaking information blocking rules that dropped back in February — and go into affect November 5th. Talking points:- What the rules do and how the ONC and CMS rules differ- Why the rules are important- How providers and payers have responded since the rules dropped- How these rules could have improved COVID-19 response- What providers and payers should be doing right now to get ready for the November 5 compliance date- Looking ahead to a possible new HIPAA rule this fallMore about this episode:What providers, payers, and tech developers should know about sweeping new patient access rulesHHS publishes final regs on info blocking, interoperabilityWith info blocking rules, concerns for patient privacy, small practicesCMS final rule poses big hurdles for payersCOVID-19 highlights the importance of ONC info blocking rules, says RuckerFinal rules on info blocking pose multiple challenges – but also big opportunitiesCMS releases final and proposed rules on price transparency bound to get provider and payer pushbackPrice transparency, still up in the air, not likely to reduce costs
September 18, 2020
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Top Stories for 9/11

In this episode of Top Stories: Former CEO of Zocdoc files a lawsuit alleging that executives forced him out of the company in 2015; Telehealth likely represents the biggest threat to healthcare cybersecurity.Links to the stories:Ousted Zocdoc CEO accuses fellow cofounders and CFO of foul play in new lawsuitTelehealth is biggest threat to healthcare cybersecurity, says reportPersonal information of 348,000 people potentially exposed in NorthShore data breachFull coverage: HIMSS & Health 2.0 European Digital Event 2020
September 11, 2020
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Why the digital health IPO is making a comeback — with Neil Patel

AmWell and GoodRx seem to be ushering in a second wave of digital health IPOs. Why is this happening now? Who's next? With Healthbox President and HIMSS EVP Neil Patel as their guest, the MobiHealthTeam (host Jonah Comstock, Managing Editor Laura Lovett, and Associate Editor Mallory Hackett) dive into these questions and more.Plus, in the second half of the show, they discuss Amazon Halo, the tech giant's long-awaited entry into the wearable space.Articles mentioned in this episode:Amwell inks deal with Google Cloud and files to go publicAmazon releases wearable health tracker with app called Amazon HaloGoodRx files to go public, revealing jumps in year-over-year revenue growthSOC Telemed going public through 'blank check' acquisitionHims eyes deal to go public and expands its remote mental health servicesWhy buying Physera made sense for OmadaRo receives $200 million in funding and is now valued at $1.5 billionVerily launches new health insurance venture
September 11, 2020
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Top Stories for 9/4

In this episode of Top Stories: California has passed the nation’s first law mandating a 45-day supply of PPE; Digital health company GoodRX has filed to go public after a strong financial showing in 2020. Plus: The top technical challenge of the pandemic.Links to the stories:California passes nation's first bill requiring hospitals to keep a 45-day supply of PPEGoodRx files to go public, revealing jumps in year-over-year revenue growthHealthcare execs say telehealth is their No. 1 pandemic tech problem
September 4, 2020
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The US needs a patient identification strategy yesterday — with Tom Leary and David Gray

Earlier this week, an HHS working session met to discuss a long-simmering topic in American health policy: the need for a universal patient identification strategy. In this episode of HIMSSCast, host Jonah Comstock and Senior Editor Kat Jercich welcome HIMSS VP of Government Relations Tom Leary and Government Relations Senior Manager David Gray to the podcast to discuss the events of the working session, the history and current state of patient identification in the United States, and why this topic is so important in this pandemic moment.More about this episode:Accurate patient matching is even more vital amidst the COVID-19 crisis, say industry groupsHouse votes to overturn unique patient identifier banHIMSS Becomes Founding Member of Patient ID Now Coalition (himss.org)
September 4, 2020
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How the USPS funding battle may affect healthcare

Host Jonah Comstock convenes a panel of HIMSS Media editors — HITN Senior Editor Kat Jercich, MobiHealthNews Associate Editor Dave Muoio and HFN Associate Editor Jeff Lagasse — to discuss recent delivery slowdowns at the post office and how they have and haven't affected healthcare stakeholders, including startups and patients. The team also looks into the broader trend of politicization of traditionally apolitical government agencies and how that could affect public faith in COVID-19 treatments or vaccines.More about this episode:USPS service delays are hitting some mail-order pharmacies and telehealth platforms harder than othersMail delays may affect medication supply for nearly 1 in 4 Americans over 50Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's full testimony (C-SPAN)The Package Coalition homepage
August 28, 2020
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Top Stories for 8/28

In this episode of Top Stories: VA healthcare is slated for modernization with a new scheduling platform; Nursing homes are now required to test staff for COVID-19. Plus: AmWell going public with $100 million of Google's money.Links to the stories:First component of VA EHR modernization goes live in OhioNursing homes are now required to test staff for COVID-19Amwell inks deal with Google Cloud and files to go publicCheck out a video version of this episode here
August 28, 2020
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Top Stories for 8/21

In this episode of Top Stories: Larger hospital systems such as AdventHealth are feeling the COVID-19 pinch; ICD-10 codes may not effectively capture patients with cough and fever. Plus: How postal service delays are affecting the healthcare sector.Links to the stories:AdventHealth laments $260 million in losses since the start of the COVID-19 pandemicDr. Anthony Fauci 'cautiously optimistic' that a vaccine will be available in 2020 or 2021ICD-10 codes don't accurately capture COVID-19 symptoms, study showsUSPS service delays are hitting some mail-order pharmacies and telehealth platforms harder than others
August 21, 2020
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Primary care docs are adopting new tools, but maintaining the human core

In a wide-ranging discussion, Mathematica Senior Fellow Dr. Diane Rittenhouse joins host Jonah Comstock and Healthcare IT News Senior Editor Kat Jercich to talk about the unique impact of COVID-19 on primary care, how digital tools like telehealth can help, and how primary care providers can move forward in this new world. We talk about why primary care is important and how technology can only go so far in what is fundamentally a very human field. This episode is brought to you by AmWell.Further reading:Telehealth seems here to stay – so how can it be improved?Expanding access to telehealth is a 'hundreds-of-billion-dollar question'Effectively Implementing Telehealth in Primary Care (from Mathematica)Saving Primary Care: Is it Time for A New National Service Corps for Primary Care Practices? (from Mathematica)America’s Looming Primary-Care Crisis (from the New Yorker)
August 21, 2020
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Top Stories for 8/14

In this episode of Top Stories: Health Information Exchanges can expect a monetary boost from the ONC; M&A activity is down precipitously Plus: Medtronic's latest acquisition.Links to the stories:ONC to offer new funding for state and local HIE innovationAt ONC Tech Forum, Rucker touts value of HIEs in COVID-19 responseHealthcare M&A transactions see large decline from Q1 to Q2Medtronic plans to buy connected insulin pen startup Companion Medical
August 14, 2020
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Addressing health inequities with technology and entrepreneurship

Kistein Monkhouse, CEO and cofounder of Patient Orator, and Dr. Tamir Wolf, CEO and cofounder of Theator, join host Jonah Comstock and MobiHealthNews Managing Editor Laura Lovett to discuss disparate health outcomes for racial minority groups, how their startups are looking to address these inequities, and what else those in the healthcare industry can do to help.More about this episode:Rock Health survey on startup diversityHIMSS Global Health Equity NetworkPatient OratorTheatorEnabling Patient Engagement and Population Health Management (webinar)Meet 10 Black People Disrupting the Digital Healthcare Industry TodayCoronavirus exacerbates health inequities: How tech can helpAs health tech brands scramble to respond to protests, critics stress need for representation
August 14, 2020
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The Teladongo Episode

The MobiHealthNews team — host Jonah Comstock, Managing Editor Laura Lovett and Associate Editor Dave Muoio — sit down to unpack the major shakeup that hit the digital health markets this week when telemedicine giant Teladoc announced its plan to merge with chronic condition management success story Livongo. We talk details, motivations, and implications of this digital health mega-company in the making.More about this episode:Teladoc Health absorbs chronic care company Livongo in $18.5B mergerUnitedHealth Group offering Dexcom G6 CGMs, Fitbit trackers, virtual coaching to 230,000 Type 2 membersEuropean Commission expands Google-Fitbit acquisition probe into full-scale investigation
August 7, 2020
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Top Stories for 8/7

In this episode of Top Stories: Telehealth companies propose $18B merger; Trump issues executive order to make telehealth permanent. Plus: dispatches from the Taskforce of Telehealth Policy’s virtual town hall.Links to the stories:Teladoc Health absorbs chronic care company Livongo in $18.5B mergerOnline prescription discount platform GoodRx reported to be filing for IPOTelehealth to become permanent under Trump executive orderCMS proposes telehealth changes under Trump executive orderTaskforce on Telehealth Policy holds town hall to solicit public input
August 7, 2020
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Trump's Executive Order on Telehealth

On Monday, President Trump dropped a surprise executive order making regulatory allowances for telehealth permanent. But what exactly does that mean? And how much authority does Trump have to make his pronouncement a reality? HIMSS Media editors Jonah Comstock, Mike Miliard, Susan Morse, and Kat Jercich answer these questions and more in this breaking news edition of HIMSSCast.Mentioned in this episode:Telehealth to become permanent under Trump executive orderCMS proposes telehealth changes under Trump executive orderThe Executive Order
August 5, 2020
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Top Stories for 7/31

In this episode of Top Stories with Jeff Lagasse: Ro and Hims would both be valued at more than $1 billion if the latter completes its sale to an unknown acquisition company, while the healthcare industry says more funds are needed to make up for lost revenue due to the pandemic.Links to the stories:Ro receives $200 million in funding and is now valued at $1.5 billionHims eyes deal to go public and expands its remote mental health servicesDoctors and hospitals are asking for $100 billion in next COVID-19 relief billAMA & other med groups express 'dismay' at prospect of waivers made permanent
July 31, 2020
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COVID-19-spurred rapid tech adoptions might open the door to cybersecurity threats

Healthcare IT News Executive Editor Mike Miliard and host Jonah Comstock chat about some recent trends in cybersecurity including telehealth security, securing remote patient monitoring, ramped up ransomware attacks, and the danger of a coming "cyberpandemic" as organizations rapidly adopt new technologies like cloud hosting.Referenced in this episode:The Cybersecurity Implications of Telehealth: Safeguarding the New Normal of Virtual Care (Editorial Webinar)Babylon Health admits GP at Hand app data breach caused by ‘software issue’Tech optimization: Fine-tuning cybersecurity defensesSecuring Telehealth Remote Patient Monitoring Ecosystem (NIST)Hasty rush to cloud hosting during COVID-19 crisis could set stage for 'cyberpandemic'Microsoft unveils Azure IoT Connector for FHIR, to help with RPM securityUCSF pays $1.14 million to decrypt files after ransomware attackThe cybersecurity framework organizations should follow to keep data safeHealth Industry Cybersecurity Practices (HICP): Managing Threats and Protecting Patients (FDA)
July 30, 2020
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An unexpectedly strong six months for digital health funding, with Megan Zweig and Sean Day

Megan Zweig and Sean Day, chief operating officer and consultant respectively at Rock Health, join host Jonah Comstock for a discussion of digital health funding, M&A, and IPOs in the first six months of 2020.Per Rock Health's recent report on the subject, US digital health companies pulled in $5.4 billion so far this year, in spite of (or, perhaps, because of) a global pandemic that has sparked a recession in the broader economy. Listen in for a dive into the details of those numbers and some ideas about where the space may be headed next.More related to this episode:Rock Health reports record digital health funding of $5.4B set to the backdrop of a pandemic2020 Midyear Digital Health Market Update: Unprecedented funding in an unprecedented time (Rock Health)Digital health investments stay the course in Q2 2020Digital health’s IPO window is back open (Rock Health)Halfway in, 2020 looks like a banner year for digital health M&As, with 35 deals
July 22, 2020
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What health startups need to be thinking about during COVID-19

Agility and innovation were always the name of the game for health tech startups, but the past few months of COVID-19 have shifted the demands of providers, payers and consumers in a way few could have predicted. Many entrepreneurial teams are fighting the clock to review or revamp their products or commercialization strategies – but what are their options, and what should they be keeping in mind when rewriting the rules of their startups? In this episode of the HIMSSCast, Dr. Roxie Mooney, CEO and healthcare commercialization strategist at Legacy DNA, joins Editor-in-Chief Jonah Comstock to discuss the challenges – and opportunities – health startups are facing in the "new normal."
July 17, 2020
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The Ongoing Toll of COVID-19

This isn't a second wave. It's a first wave that never really went away. That's what experts are saying about the current COVID-19 resurgence. And just as the virus isn't going anywhere soon, neither are the financial woes it's creating for hospitals and health systems.On this episode of HIMSSCast, host Jonah Comstock welcomes Healthcare Finance News Managing Editor Susan Morse and Associate Editor Jeff Lagasse to talk about the current state of affairs for hospitals.More related to this episode:Hospitals continue to bear the burden of the COVID-19 surgePrimary care doctors say they're not ready for the next COVID-19 surgeCOVID-19 is forcing rural hospitals to rethink their business modelsHospitals see an increase in jobs for first time in two months, BLS reportsHospitals have received most of the loans from the Paycheck Protection ProgramHHS announces billion-dollar push toward experimental COVID-19 vaccineTelehealth claims increased significantly between April 2019 and 2020, report shows
July 10, 2020
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Will the COVID-19 telehealth boom last? Recapping ATA 2020 and recent congressional hearings

Healthcare IT News Executive Editor Mike Miliard and Senior Editor Kat Jercich join host Jonah Comstock to recap what went down at the American Telemedicine Association's virtual conference last week. The team also discusses the state of telehealth more broadly, including the trends Kat observed at last week's congressional hearing.This episode is brought to you by AmWell.Subscribe to HITN's new Telehealth Connect newsletter here. Check out our first two editorial webinars here and here.More related to this podcast:Telehealth: ATA president says 'we have a lot more work to do'The successes – and pitfalls – of using telehealth for home-based primary careHow telemedicine can help close the maternal health gapScreeners, navigators and nudgers: The future of conversational AI in healthcareA new COVID-19 wave is coming – how can health systems prepare?ATA CEO: 'Technology can be used to reimagine experiences'Senator Tina Smith: 'We have to learn from our experiences' on telehealthHundreds of industry groups call on Congress to advance permanent telehealth reformSenate HELP Committee weighs the future of telehealthTelehealth's post-COVID challenge: Integrating in-person careAfter initial spike, telehealth visits are on the decline, report finds
July 2, 2020
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Fall of a Pioneer: Unpacking Proteus's bankruptcy filing with Brian Dolan

MobiHealthNews founding editor Brian Dolan, now founder and lead writer at Exits and Outcomes, joins the host Jonah Comstock, Managing Editor Laura Lovett, and Associate Editor Dave Muoio for a bit of a post-mortem on Proteus Digital Health, the sensor-enabled pill company that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week.More related to this episode:'Digital pill' maker Proteus Digital Health files for bankruptcyProteus parts ways with Otsuka as it pivots toward oncology, infectious disease treatment adherenceProteus furloughed majority of employees last month after collapse of $100M funding roundThe Proteus Digital Health Report at Exits and Outcomes (subscription required)
June 26, 2020
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The Empathy Machine: COVID-19 and Therapeutic VR, part 2 with Dr. Brennan Spiegel

Following up on last week's episode, host Jonah Comstock and MobiHealthNews Associate Editor Dave Muoio chat with Dr. Brennan Spiegel, Director of Health Services Research at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. As well as picking up on the thread of COVID-19's effect on the burgeoning field of virtual medicine, Speigel also talks about some of his own experiences with therapeutic VR, lays out his vision for the technology's future, and gives a preview of his forthcoming book on the subject.More related to this episode: COVID-19 and therapeutic VR adoption, part 1In-Depth: Despite some hiccups, COVID-19 is VR's time to shineIn-Depth: Therapeutic VR in 2018 is no longer just a distraction (therapy)VRx: How Virtual Therapeutics Will Revolutionize Medicine (Amazon pre-order)Virtual Medicine event page
June 19, 2020
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COVID-19 and therapeutic VR adoption, part 1 with Dr. Robert Louis

VR researcher and advocate Dr. Robert Louis gives HIMSS Media insight on the current state of VR in healthcare, and how the virus has impacted his hospital's rollout of the technology.Digital health spectators have long eyed therapeutic virtual reality's progression from an interesting research concept to an evidence-backed treatment for pain, phobias and other conditions. But with COVID-19 throwing a wrench into healthcare's status quo, will the virtual technology be seen as a key resource, or as a novelty to be sidelined until things can return to normal?In this episode, VR researcher and advocate Dr. Robert Louis, endowed chair and program director at the Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute, and director of XR Development at Hoag Memorial Hospital, joins host Jonah Comstock and MobiHealthNews Associate Editor Dave Muoio to discuss how his hospital's VR initiatives have been affected by the pandemic.  (Editor's note: Louis serves as an advisor for Cleanbox Technology, mentioned in this episode)More related to this episode: In-depth: Despite some hiccups, COVID-19 is VR's time to shineXRHealth raises $7M to expand its VR telehealth platform Oxford VR puts patients with social anxiety into virtual scenarios with new programReimagining Brain Surgery (YouTube demo)
June 12, 2020
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Telebehavioral health: A provider's view, with Teladoc's Dr. Gustavo Kinrys

Following up on our episode from a few weeks ago, host Jonah Comstock sits down (virtually of course) with Dr. Gustavo Kinrys, medical director and vice president of Mental Health Services at Teladoc Health to discuss findings from a recent survey on COVID-19 and behavioral health as well as his own experiences seeing patients via telehealth during the pandemic.Here's a release from Teladoc about the survey.
May 29, 2020
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How COVID-19 has accelerated healthcare trends, with MoneyBall Medicine's Harry Glorikian

In Harry Glorikian's MoneyBall Medicine, he writes about various interconnected trends that have been shaping healthcare for the past few years: value-based care, precision medicine, cost transparency, digital health and big data. Some of those trends have been accelerated by recent seismic shifts in healthcare, others could still be slowed down by regulatory and reimbursement barriers.In today's episode, Glorikian joins host Jonah Comstock for a wide-ranging discussion of healthcare's future.Be sure to check out the book and Glorikian's same-titled podcast.
May 20, 2020
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COVID-19 and Mental and Behavioral Health

Telehealth of all stripes has exploded since COVID-19, but one particular subset deserves further examination: telebehavioral health, an area in which the crisis has upended the norms of supply as well as demand as the crisis take's a toll on the world's collective mental health.In this episode, host Jonah Comstock, Managing Editors Laura Lovett and Susan Morse and Associate Editor Dave Muoio discuss some recent trends and developments in this space.Articles mentioned in this episode:Heal kicks off telepsychology service for California residentsOptum reportedly finalizing $470M purchase of virtual behavioral care company AbleToPear rolls out digital therapeutic for schizophrenia, after FDA loosens regulations in COVID-19 responseFDA: Devs can release digital products for psychiatric disorders without 510(k) submission during COVID-19 crisisAkili's digital therapeutic launches early for housebound children with ADHDWellable acquires MeYou Health's Daily Challenge product, Omada's mental health program free for six months and more digital health news briefs
May 14, 2020
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Cybersecurity implications of COVID-19

As healthcare systems around the world battle COVID-19, they haven't stopped fighting another battle: the constant struggle against hackers and other security threats. On this episode of HIMSSCast, host Jonah Comstock talks to Healthcare IT News Executive Editor Mike Miliard about cybersecurity in the age of COVID-19. They also catch up on the ONC info-blocking rules that dropped in March, and how the pandemic has illustrated the importance of those regulatory changes.Articles referenced in this episode:As COVID-19 cases increase, so do privacy concerns about EHR snooping Cyberattack on Czech hospital forces tech shutdown during coronavirus outbreak WHO, coronavirus testing lab hit by hackers as opportunistic attacks ramp upCyberattacks continue to mount during COVID-19 pandemic Cyber-attacks on healthcare facilities 'growing threat' during coronavirus pandemic Temporary hospitals are rife with cybersecurity vulnerabilities Penn Medicine CISO offers tips for COVID-19 cybersecurity responseAMA, AHA partner on COVID-19 cyber threats guidance for hospitals, physiciansGoogle says it blocks 18 million COVID-19 related scam emails each dayAnd HIMSS's latest cybersecurity report.
May 1, 2020
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The financial toll of COVID-19 for health systems with Christopher Kerns

Christopher Kerns, Advisory Board’s Vice President for Executive Insights, joins Jonah and the Healthcare Finance News team, Managing Editor Susan Morse and Associate Editor Jeff Lagasse, for a conversation about what this pandemic means for hospital bottom lines, how they're surviving, and how they should be preparing for a re-opening of elective and nonessential procedures.Articles mentioned in this episode:Hospitals furlough staff, reduce physician salaries waiting for CARES Act fundsHospitals get additional $20 billion infusion of CARES Act fundsU.S. hospitals are suffering financial damage due to COVID-19 pandemic, Kaufman Hall findsCOVID-19 may permanently alter the telehealth landscape, from reimbursement to utilizationAnd be sure to check out Advisory Board's weekly webcast here.
April 24, 2020
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How COVID-19 is changing telehealth adoption, plus the COVID-19 Digital Think Tank with Neil Patel

Through its Healthbox subsidiary, HIMSS is facilitating peer-to-peer sharing of COVID-19 technology solutions and lessons learned on the COVID-19 Digital Think Tank. On today's HIMSSCast, host Jonah Comstock chats with Healthbox President Neil Patel about how to use the platform, how it came about, and what he's seen on it so far.Neil and Jonah also get to talking about the effect the current crisis has had on telemedicine adoption, and how that might look when this is all over.Check out the Think Tank for yourself here: https://www.himss.org/news/covid-19-digital-think-tank
April 14, 2020
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Tracking, Tracing, Privacy and COVID-19

Even before today's big announcement from Apple and Google, it was clear that phone-based contact tracking was going to be an important weapon in the war against COVID-19. But might that weapon be a double-edged sword? In today's HIMSSCast, host Jonah Comstock is joined by the MobiHealthNews team — Managing Editor Laura Lovett and Associate Editor Dave Muoio, to discuss the various companies, researchers, and governments working on COVID-19 contact tracking and population mapping, and what privacy concerns that may entail.Articles mentioned in this podcast:Apple, Google have teamed up to build system-level COVID-19 contact tracing, interoperable APIs for iOS, AndroidChinese government releases public app to gauge potential coronavirus exposuresBahrain launches electronic bracelets to keep track of active COVID-19 casesFacebook rolls out three new COVID-19 related health tracking mapsGoogle mobilizes location tracking data to help public health experts monitor COVID-19 spreadUS military going on deployment told to leave wearable trackers at home (from 2018)MIT's COVID-19 app uses smartphones' Bluetooth to anonymously spot disease contacts
April 10, 2020
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FDA grapples with home COVID-19 testing, moves forward with PreCert program

It's been turbulent times for the FDA. On the one hand, the U.S. regulator has found itself carefully unravelling its guidances to bolster COVID-19 testing and treatment – sometimes leading to confusion for companies searching for new ways to combat the global epidemic. On the other, the agency continues to push forward with broader initiatives to remap its processes so that novel software treatments won't be gummed up in regulatory red tape.Each of these challenges was on full display over the past couple weeks. In today's HIMSSCast, host Jonah Comstock and MobiHealthNews Associate Editor Dave Muoio recap two major FDA stories on at-home COVID-19 testing regulation and the first digital therapeutic product to pass through the Software Precertification Pilot Program.Articles mentioned in this episode:EverlyWell, Nurx to release at-home COVID-19 test kits within a weekScanwell Health, myLAB Box unveil more at-home COVID-19 testing servicesAt-home COVID-19 testing services pump the brakes after FDA warns of 'fraudulent' kitsFDA expands use of vital sign monitors to enable remote care, modifications during COVID-19 emergencyFDA clears Pear's digital insomnia therapeutic through 510(k), Pre-Cert pilot pathwaysQ&A: A firsthand account of FDA's Pre-Cert Program
March 30, 2020
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Building Connected Communities of Care — with Dr. Steve Miff and Dr. Keith Kosel

Host Jonah Comstock talks to Dr. Steve Miff and Dr. Keith Kosel, authors of a new book from the Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation."Building Connected Communities of Care: The Playbook for Streamlining Effective Coordination Between Medical and Community-Based Organizations”. With each chapter addressing a different stakeholder, the book is a practical guide for making digital health technology work for improved population health and community care.Get the book here.
March 20, 2020
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The evolving response from governments, health systems to COVID19

 The number of COVID-19 cases has climbed to 167, 515 globally, according to the World Health Organization. Cases in Europe and the United States are rising quickly. Health systems are looking for new ways to deal with the increase in cases. New initiatives including drive-thru testing, chatbot helpers and hotlines are among the solutions proposed.  In today's HIMSSCast, we discuss how government and healthcare systems are responding to the pandemic, with host Laura Lovett from MobiHealthNews, and an international team of editors including Healthcare Finance News' Jeff Lagasse, and MobiHealthNews/Healthcare IT News AsiaPAC Editor Dean Koh (joining us by phone from Singapore) and MobiHealthNews/Healthcare IT News EU Associate Editor Leontina Postelnicu. 
March 17, 2020
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What providers, payers and tech developers should know about sweeping new patient access rules

Healthcare IT News Editor Mike Miliard, Healthcare Finance News Senior Editor Susan Morse, and MobiHealthNews Associate Editor Dave Muoio delve into ONC and CMS's new rules, how people are reacting, and what might happen next. Articles mentioned in this podcast: HHS publishes final regs on info blocking, interoperabilityONC officials describe requirements of new API, information blocking rulesWith info blocking rules, concerns for patient privacy, small practicesHHS finalizes rules requiring EHR access and an end to information blockingInteroperability rules risk patient privacy, say insurers, hospitalsHHS' final interoperability rules standardize APIs for patient health data access through apps
March 10, 2020
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Technology, Policy, and COVID-19

COVID-19, perhaps still better known as coronavirus, is a dangerous and rapidly spreading disease that governments and healthcare stakeholders are working around the world to contain. But how is new technology shaping the narrative of this epidemic, and is it making it easier to manage than previous outbreaks? In today's HIMSSCast, we explore that question with host and Editor-in-Chief Jonah Comstock, MobiHealthNews's Laura Lovett, Healthcare Finance News's Jeff Lagasse, and MobiHealthNews/Healthcare IT News AsiaPAC Editor Dean Koh (joining us by phone from Singapore).Articles referenced in today's episode: Roundup: Tech's role in tracking, testing, treating COVID-19Israel's Sheba Hospital turns to telehealth to treat incoming coronavirus-exposed patientsChinese government releases public app to gauge potential coronavirus exposuresBuoy Health, HealthMap team up to quell coronavirus fears, collect epidemiological dataiHealthtech researchers working on Wuhan novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) detection kitFacebook pledges to curb spread of misinformation about novel coronavirusCombating the spread of coronavirus in China through continuous temperature monitoringVeredus Laboratories announces development of detection kit for Wuhan CoronavirusHIMSS offers coronavirus updates ahead of Global Health ConferenceHHS collaborates on development of coronavirus treatment, vaccineCoronavirus transmission has slowed, World Health Organization announcesCMS develops specific billing code for coronavirus testCoronavirus outbreak could disrupt supply for U.S. healthcare companiesCMS prepares healthcare facilities for coronavirus threatHHS Secretary Alex Azar: No public health emergency declared in U.S. for coronavirusUPDATE: World Health Organization again decides against declaring a global emergency over coronavirus
February 21, 2020
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Digital Health Around Boston with Laura Lovett

In this grab-bag episode of HIMSSCast, MobiHealthNews Editor Laura Lovett chats with host Jonah Comstock about three recent in-person reporting experiences here in the Boston area, where MobiHealthNews is based. They included an office visit to the mindLab at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the Patient Safety in a Digital World symposium held at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and the MassChallenge Health Tech Accelerator's Opening Night.Articles referenced in today's episode:As digital becomes the new norm in healthcare, how is patient safety being considered?In-depth: Beth Israel's digital psychiatry division looks to integrate passive, active phone data into patient care
February 7, 2020
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Cybersecurity is out of the basement and into the spotlight

HITN and HFN editors Mike Miliard and Susan Morse join host Jonah Comstock for an on-site recap of the HIMSS Media Healthcare Security Forum, held in Boston this week. Jonah, Mike, and Sue talk trends, lessons, and how the world of healthcare security has changed over the years.Other coverage from the Healthcare Security Forum:What we learned at the HIMSS Healthcare Security ForumMachine learning, AI, telemedicine and other technologies will pose data security risks, says Dr. John HalamkaFormer Twitter CISO: Biggest cybersecurity threats are old problems, not new onesCybersecurity needs to be put in business termsHHS cybersecurity leader describes the active threats on agency's radarManaging risk in a hyper-outsourcing world requires facilitating good vendor relationshipsHospitals embracing IoT must be prepared to secure a decentralized environment
December 12, 2019
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Connected Health Conference 2019 highlights

Members of the HIMSS Media editorial team discuss the top takeways from the Connected Health Conference in Boston, including the changing role of healthcare payers, the challenges of behavior change, worrying digital health adoption stats and more.
November 20, 2019
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CMS price transparency rule, telehealth parity laws, and healthcare consumerism

The HFN team discusses some recent pieces of news from federal and state governments, and speculates on how these developments might fit into a more patient-centric healthcare future.Articles mentioned in this podcast: CMS releases final and proposed rules on price transparency bound to get provider and payer pushbackAmerican Hospital Association, provider groups to sue over final ruleCalifornia bill may have ramifications for telehealth reimbursementTelehealth laws, especially for behavioral health, are increasing access despite remaining legislative barriersFormer Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini talks about CVS, the Amazon experience and how insurers stay relevant
November 20, 2019
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Big moves in digital health from Alphabet, Facebook, Amazon

The MobiHealthNews team breaks down the week's news from big tech. Why does Alphabet want to buy Fitbit? Why does Facebook want to help you get a check up? And what is Amazon up to with its latest acquisition?Articles referenced in today's episode:Alphabet makes offer to acquire FitbitFacebook's new tool tells users what checkups they need, where to get themAmazon makes its second digital health acquisition with Health Navigator
November 20, 2019
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About HIMSSCast

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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