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A weekly news and analysis podcast from the folks behind Healthcare IT News, MobiHealthNews, and Healthcare Finance News.

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Audits show overcharges to Medicare Advantage plans; Attorneys general urge Apple to add reproductive data protections

Audits uncovered about $12 million in net overpayments for the care of 18,090 patients sampled; AGs say lax rules for safeguarding reproductive health data could harm patients or providers.
December 2, 2022
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How Geisinger’s use of automation has freed up clinicians’ time

Geisinger's strategic plan has resulted in a redesigned workflow, cost savings and a happier workforce, says  Emily Fry, VP of Innovation Operations at Geisinger.
December 2, 2022
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Imprivata presents: Why you need to avoid fragmented digital identity solutions

This discussion will focus on the dangers of fragmented digital identity. Digital identities, or the unique identifiers and credentials an individual uses to interact online, are the most important part of an organization to secure. Although many solutions can bolster cybersecurity, a holistic digital identity management strategy is the best way to secure user identity and access without hindering workflow productivity. Organizations should implement products that follow this strategy, not uncoordinated solutions.
December 1, 2022
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Carahsoft & Veritas present: Protecting the modern healthcare organization from the edge to the cloud

As healthcare embraces the cloud for surge capacity, agility,  and to alleviate supply chain challenges, bad actors are intentionally targeting the industry.  Comprehensive data management and ransomware protection is now critical.  Please join Veritas for a discussion on protecting your healthcare organization from the edge to the cloud.
November 30, 2022
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Akamai presents: Healthcare and life sciences cybersecurity: Meet the pace of need with the pace of speed in 2023, and beyond

The accelerated digital transformation in healthcare has extended the healthcare ecosystem exponentially. Wearables and monitoring devices, the acceptance of telehealth as a care modality, and the explosion of patient-facing apps – and more — have all taken cybersecurity from something that was in the backroom in the mid-2000s to the boardroom today.Given recent high-profile ransomware attacks affecting patient care and data security, the stakes have never been higher when it comes to ensuring care continuity while meeting expanding regulatory requirements.The healthcare and life sciences cybersecurity profession must continue to meet the pace of need with the pace of speed when it comes to ensuring operational resilience, patient safety, and data security — into 2023 and beyond.
November 29, 2022
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Blockchain in healthcare: The reality vs. the hype

Blockchain expert Maria Palombini, director, healthcare and life sciences practice lead, global business strategy and intelligence, at the IEEE Standards Association, discusses where the tech is making progress and where it's lagging.
November 25, 2022
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Apexon presents: Patient 360 enabling Precision Health and Medication Adherence

Patient 360 is a healthcare framework that consolidates patient and member data across the care delivery system to provide a unified view of patient, facilitating better outreach and improved health outcomes.Patient 360 data sources: Appointment and encounter details, Current health conditions, active problem list, Past health conditions, Medications and allergies, Past medical and surgical history, Primary care visits, Labs and investigations, Imaging and scans, social determinants of health, Hospitalizations, Family history, Daily activity and lifestyle, Communication preferences.Outcomes delivered by patient 360: Enable healthcare firms to rapidly leverage, utilize and monetize their data assets, Achieve HL7/ FHIR interoperability, support standard data models-OMOP, enables regulatory reporting and compliance, Accelerators to overcome data silos, Reference implementation built on AWS- Pay as you go.
November 23, 2022
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Check Point presents: Just like everyone else: how to protect your hospital from cyber threats

Healthcare is no different from other industries from a threat landscape perspective. Of course, the stakes are higher because hospitals are responsible for ensuring the care of their patients, but the protections needed are quite standard. In this podcast we debunk the myths of healthcare cybersecurity. We focus on strategic security initiatives you must take specific to healthcare, how to invest in the right personnel, and immediate steps needed to secure your sensitive patient and organizational systems. 
November 23, 2022
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ClearDATA presents: Holding the modern frontline to secure the healthcare cloud

How Cyber Threat Intelligence can protect your network
November 21, 2022
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Top Stories: Contributors to burnout start to ease for providers; Amazon launches virtual healthcare service

There are higher levels of organizational trust and a reduction in the after-hours workload, but staffing issues remain; Amazon’s clinic will operate in 32 states.
November 18, 2022
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EHRs: Limitations, innovations, evolution

Mutaz Shegewi, research director, provider IT transformation strategies, at IDC Health Insights, talks where EHRs are evolving to, innovations leading the evolution, and where EHR technology will be in 10 years.
November 18, 2022
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Clearwater presents: Being Cyber Resilient in a Rocky Risk Landscape

Assessing how to counter growing threats and attacks
November 17, 2022
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Meditology presents: Solving Third Party Risk Management in Healthcare

Building a better way forward through strategic partnership
November 16, 2022
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CrowdStrike presents: Speed Is the New Currency of Cybersecurity

Why healthcare must invest in cybersecurity transformation
November 14, 2022
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Top Stories: VillageMD snags Summit Health for $8.9B; Senator wants more coordination on cybersecurity

The VillageMD deal includes investments from Walgreens Boots Alliance and Cigna subsidiary Evernorth; Mark Warner, D-Virginia, wants to establish a new senior leader accountable for healthcare cybersecurity.
November 11, 2022
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Healthcare cybersecurity education that really works

Tyler Cohen Wood, co-founder of Dark Cryptonite and a former U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency deputy division chief, talks where CISOs, CIOs and other health security leaders should begin, educational best practices, things to avoid, and how to keep cybersecurity education going.
November 11, 2022
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Infoblox presents: Why Domain Name System (DNS) security is critical for the healthcare industry

Rediscovering a decades-old cybersecurity protocol
November 8, 2022
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Secureworks presents: Business Preparedness for Ransomware. What you can do to help your organization

Ransomware continues to remain the primary threat facing organizations, according to  the most recent Secureworks® 2022 State of the Threat Report. Despite a series of high-profile law enforcement interventions, public leaks, and a small slowdown over the summer months, ransomware operators have maintained high levels of activity. Join Secureworks Security Threat Researcher Alex Tilley as he discusses ransomware and what you can do to defend against it.
November 8, 2022
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Top Stories: Microsoft teams with Sophia Genetics on healthcare tools; Teladoc posts $611M in revenue in Q3

Sophia Genetics' data display module leverages Microsoft Azure services to provide AI and machine learning capabilities; Teladoc CEO says the economy may determine the company’s outlook.
November 4, 2022
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How digital and high-quality care can address healthcare access, costs

Babylon Health Global Chief Equity Officer discusses going digital in Rwanda and how lessons there can be applied in the U.S.
November 4, 2022
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Secureworks presents: Medical Device Security: Hacking Intelligent Medical Devices to Enhance Your Organization’s Safety

The use of intelligent medical devices increases health providers’ risk exposure—and that that the consequences of a cyberattack can go far beyond mere data theft. People’s health and safety are also on the line. Decrease the risk exposure with adversarial testing. Adversarial testing is essential to ensure the safety of patients, the confidence of regulators, and the continued acceptance of a technology that is transforming healthcare for the better.
November 3, 2022
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Secureworks presents: Infostealers. A growing threat for all organizations including healthcare.

Secureworks® State of the Threat Report 2022 has seen a 150% rise in the use of infostealers, making them a key precursor to ransomware. Join Secureworks Security and Threat Researcher John Mancuso as he discusses the growing concern of infostealers malware, malicious software targeting your information. This malware targets almost anything that a cybercriminal can use to turn a profit, from login credentials to stored browser information and cryptocurrency data. 
November 1, 2022
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HIMSS promotes telehealth policy during Global Health Equity Week; Cerebral lays off 20% of workforce

HIMSS is advocating for the protection of COVID-19 telehealth flexibilities; Cerebral said its cuts would affect employees across the company, while Philips is planning on making cuts of its own.
October 28, 2022
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Leading-edge technologies are transforming telehealth and RPM

Robin Farmanfarmaian, co-author of the new book How AI Can Democratize Healthcare, discusses how virtual therapeutics, voice recognition and fast-evolving artificial intelligence tools are opening new avenues in home-based care.
October 28, 2022
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AWS and Quantiphi presents: Personalizing the patient care experience through data

In this podcast, experts from Amazon Web Services and Quantiphi discuss how healthcare organizations can create positive patient experiences by bridging siloed data across the patient journey.
October 24, 2022
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Pure Storage presents: How to Combat Ransomware—Before, During, and After

Adopting a multi-level approach to data protection
October 24, 2022
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DOJ charges Cigna with submitting false Medicare Advantage codes; Cam reveals new mental health product

The feds claim Cigna artificially inflated the payments it received for MA coverage, while the new Calm Health app I designed to bridge the gap between physical and mental healthcare.
October 21, 2022
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How health IT leadership skills have changed since COVID

Necessary healthcare leadership skills have been changing for CIOs, CMIOs and other health IT leaders after the industry-changing events of the COVID-19 pandemic. J. Bryan Bennett, executive director of the Healthcare Center of Excellence, offers leaders help in navigating the changing environment.
October 21, 2022
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2023 Star Ratings see fewer five-star plans; Bright Health no longer offering individual family health plans

The number of contracts earning 4.5 stars is also down significantly, as is the number of four-star plans, though Kaiser Foundation Health Plans and UnitedHealth Group continued to fare well.
October 14, 2022
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Nursing onboarding and workforce challenges

Miriam McNicholas, Hackensack Meridian Health
October 14, 2022
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Insurers offer response to Hurricane Ian’s devastation; ONC offers reminders on information blocking rules

UnitedHealthcare has activated an emotional support line, while others are waiving prior authorizations and adding support services. 
October 7, 2022
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eXtended Reality offers a step beyond virtual care

Digital twins form the foundation of Gridraster’s work
October 7, 2022
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Automation Anywhere presents Mastering Automation to Accelerate Business Transformation within Healthcare Organizations

Healthcare IT organizations have weathered numerous storms over the past two years—and the lessons these teams learned while on the forefront of the pandemic are shaping their approaches looking ahead. Automation initiatives and the resulting workforce transformation are delivering real-world operational efficiencies while improving the patient experience. Hear Dr. Yan Chow, Global Healthcare Leader at Automation Anywhere and Marcus Johnson, Managing Director of Delivery at Lumevity, Highmark Health’s transformation specialist, discuss how automation has and is improving key aspects of the business.
September 30, 2022
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Legislation seeks to protect health data from cyberattacks; Fotbit and Google launch wearables data service

HHS data reported that breaches of healthcare facilities rose 55% in 2020, with nearly 1 million patients affected monthly.
September 30, 2022
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UnitedHealth Group, Change merger to continue; Doctors’ burnout rate spiked with pandemic

The merger will combine the owner of the nation’s largest health insurer and one of the nation's largest electronic data interchange clearinghouses.
September 23, 2022
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Data challenges with ACA Community Health Needs Assessments – and solutions

Michael A. Stoto, PhD, professor emeritus in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the School of Health at Georgetown University, discusses what every health IT leader needs to know about these Affordable Care Act mandates.
September 23, 2022
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Homeland Security reverses Trump-era ‘public charge’ rule; FBI sets sights on vulnerable medical devices

The DHS final rule applies to non-citizens requesting admission to the U.S. or applying for a green card from within the country.
September 16, 2022
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California makes strides toward statewide health information exchange

With a new mandate looming, Timi Leslie of Connecting for Better Health explains how Golden State stakeholders are working on the huge project of building an info exchange infrastructure for providers, payers and public health agencies.
September 16, 2022
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A solid patient experience strategy will help offset high acuity costs

Patients need to see their hospitals as their full continuum of care providers, says Duane Fitch, healthcare partner for Plante Moran.
September 9, 2022
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Ensuring diversity in clinical trials – how technology can help

Praduman "PJ" Jain, CEO of Vibrent Health and a principal investigator of the NIH All of Us Research Program, talks about patient engagement and more.
September 2, 2022
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Offering better post-surgery care via a tech platform

“We can engage patients when engagement needs to happen,” says Andrew Lovewell, CEO Columbia Orthopaedic Group.
August 26, 2022
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A weapon to fight the opioid crisis

David Bucciferro, vice chair of the Electronic Health Record Association and co-chair of the association's Opioid Crisis Task Force, explains how electronic records make a difference.
August 19, 2022
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Automation Anywhere Presents: Debunking the Top Five Healthcare Automation Myths

An explosion of data within healthcare coupled with new regulatory requirements are adding pressure to the already overworked medical industry. Automation can relieve many of these pressures – but some are hesitant to implement these solutions due to preconceived opinions. In this podcast, Dr. Yan Chow, Global Healthcare Leader at Automation Anywhere, will unpack the top five myths associated with automation in healthcare to help you overcome implementation barriers within your organization.
August 15, 2022
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Communities must be engaged at the ground level for health equity to work

What’s needed is communication, education and access, says Dr. Cheryl Rucker-Whitaker.
August 12, 2022
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How health IT helps and hurts the nursing shortage

April Kapu, DNP, president of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, talks about how health IT can hurt and benefit nurses in their daily routine, and gets to the heart of the nursing shortage.
August 5, 2022
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Tracking the present and future state of HIEs

John Kansky, president and CEO of Indiana Health Information Exchange, discusses how statewide and regional exchanges have evolved during the pandemic – and predicts where they're headed next.
July 29, 2022
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Interpretable AI gives more than predictions, it offers explainability

In healthcare, the simple correlations of data isn’t good enough, says Stephen Zander, chief analytics officer at Cedar Gate Technologies
July 22, 2022
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Hillrom a part of Baxter Presents: Combating Nursing Shortages with Technology

The unparalleled nursing shortage facing the health care industry in a post-pandemic world is a result of many contributing factors, some that have been developing for decades. Hospitals cannot function without nurses, and we are just now starting to fully understand some of the far-reaching consequences of this shortage.  In this podcast, Joel Ray, CNO at UNC Rex Health describes the extent of the nursing shortage, the real consequences of being understaffed at their facility, and how technology has helped them, both now and in the future.
July 22, 2022
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What is the future of AI in healthcare?

With Google, Meta and others pushing the envelope in artificial intelligence research, Chirag Shah, professor at the iSchool at the University of Washington, talks practical and ethical considerations.Additional reading can be viewed here:https://www.healthcareitnews.com/blog/sentient-ai-convincing-you-it-s-human-just-part-lamda-s-job
July 15, 2022
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Hillrom a part of Baxter Presents: Nurse Workplace Violence and how Technology can Help

Strategies for protecting clinicians across the industry.Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, violence against clinicians was a pressing concern for the healthcare industry – with violence about four times more prevalent in healthcare than in any other industry. The pandemic has added new stressors and exacerbated those already present, leading to an uptick in workplace violence against clinicians across the country. Join host Mike Miliard as he talks to Jennifer Schmitz, president of the Emergency Nurses Association and chief nursing officer for Southern Maine Health Care, and Whitney Lloyd, VP of Customer Experience at Baxter International, about what strategies have worked for them in addressing workplace violence – and what digital tools have helped.
July 12, 2022
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Automation Anywhere presents: Automation Approaches to the Information Blocking Rule. Will medical establishments face million-dollar penalties in October?

The Congressionally enacted Information Blocking Rule takes effect across all healthcare system on October 6. This legislation will put new pressure on hospitals and medical establishments to provide patient-requested medical records in a timely manner—or face costly penalties. Automation can help. Hear Dr. Yan Chow, Global Healthcare Leader at Automation Anywhere share approaches to address this new regulation. 
July 12, 2022
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A hybrid future for telehealth; policy priorities and challenges: ATA CEO

The CEO of the American Telemedicine Association, Ann Mond Johnson, discusses the ATA's CEO Advisory Group on Using Telehealth to Eliminate Disparities and Inequities, and digs deep into various telehealth topics.
July 8, 2022
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Next steps for telehealth optimization – with Courtney Stevens

The director of virtual care at Detroit's Henry Ford Health System discusses optimizing telehealth integration into care pathways, conducting comprehensive exams via video and improving digital literacy.
July 1, 2022
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New digital strategies to improve patients' hospital experience

Rebecca Pinn, director of innovation strategy at EPAM Continuum, describes how non-clinical technologies such as TV monitors and wearable smart objects can enable a more human-centered approach to inpatient stays.
June 24, 2022
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Health IT investing and the M&A landscape – with Shahab Vagefi

Shahab Vagefi, managing director at investment firm Thomas H. Lee Partners, specializes in healthcare information technology. He paints the landscape, talks how he "picks his spots" and reveals what's top of his mind on the sliding market.
June 15, 2022
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The connection between health equity and value-based care is accelerating

There is a need to bring non-traditional organizations into value-based efforts, says Lynn Carroll, COO HSBlox
June 10, 2022
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No Surprises Act is protection for patients but a challenge for providers

Firstsource uploads contract information to give patients a bill estimate, says Randall Shafer, executive VP and Global Head, Hospital Business.
May 20, 2022
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Fortinet presents: Healthcare Expanding Landscape and Cyber Threats

Health Systems and Life Sciences organizations continue to be exposed to ransomware attacks during the global pandemic with increased impact to patient care and exposure to large global integrated health delivery systems. Patients have recognized significant patient care impacts such as rescheduled surgeries, increased patient wait times, delayed COVID-19 test results, and challenges filling prescription medications.  This presentation will provide healthcare executives a guide to understanding how their organization is positioned to protect against emerging ransomware threats.
May 16, 2022
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Why physician-owned practices may boost EHR satisfaction – with Dr. Richard Baron

The connection between EHRs and physician satisfaction – and, by extension, clinician burnout – is one that has been well-explored over the past few years. And the COVID-19 pandemic has only made those issues more relevant. Dr. Richard Baron, president and CEO of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the ABIM foundation, joined Healthcare IT News Senior Editor Kat Jercich to discuss his recent JAMA Network Open commentary about why some physicians may be happier with their EHRs than others – and what organizations might do about it.Talking points:-People in physician-owned practices report higher EHR satisfaction-Clinicians feeling technology is done to them, not for them-The clinical purpose of an EHR gets lost-How owning a practice makes a difference-The burnout from "inbox overload"-Using EHRs to answer broader population health questions-Connecting technology to physician success-The effect of COVID-19 on burnout-What organizations can doMore about this episode:EHRs are still a mess for physicians, but change is comingPatient messages via Epic increased during COVID-19, raising burnout concernsFemale physicians spent 33 more minutes per day in EHRsEHR satisfaction: A better way is possibleMayo Clinic study links EHR usability with clinician burnoutKLAS: Clinician burnout is a worldwide problem
May 13, 2022
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Hyland presents: Creating a Strong, Cybersecure Organization

Sponsored: Dan Dennis, Hyland Software’s senior vice president and chief information security officer, outlines how organizations can navigate the ever-changing cyber threat landscape and keep staff engaged through talent retention and training.
May 6, 2022
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Tapping into EHRs for public health insights – with Brian Dixon

The COVID-19 pandemic has had spillover effects on screening and preventive care. But even before the novel coronavirus, adequate screening for disease, especially among vulnerable people, was still a public health concern.A recent study from the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University found that even though screening rates have improved, about one in five women still do not receive a test for syphilis during pregnancy –- which is recommended by the CDC given the serious threat syphilis can pose to the health of the fetus. Brian Dixon, study senior author and director of public health informatics at the Regenstrief Institute, joined Healthcare IT News to speak about the research and the role IT can play in informatics.Talking points:-Rates of congenital syphilis have been rising-Previous studies have largely only used claims data-The benefits of syphilis screening during pregnancy-Disparities in syphilis screening rates, and what might be behind them-The potential effects of COVID-19 on screening rates-How public health leaders could use information like this-More ways health IT can be used to support public health objectives-The next projects on deck at RegenstriefMore about this episode:Regenstrief, IU launch public and population health programRegenstrief launches initiative to disseminate SDOH dataHow HIEs can enable public health reporting when EHRs fall shortHospitals facing big hurdles to public health data reportingCIOs plan big investments in EHR optimization and pop health IT
May 6, 2022
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The future of rural healthcare – with Lynn Barr

Patients in rural parts of the United States often face specific and numerous barriers to care, including financial hurdles, logistical concerns and trust in the healthcare system.As the Executive Director of the National Rural Accountable Care Consortium and the founder and executive chair of Caravan Health, Lynn Barr is deeply involved in rural health policy. She joins Healthcare IT News Senior Editor Kat Jercich to discuss her journey of working with health systems, the role population health programs and value-based payment can play in inequities and what policy changes are necessary for independent providers.Talking points:-60 million people live in rural America-What data measurement can reveal about quality -The divide in life expectancy between rural and urban Americans-Population health programs and value-based payment addressing inequities-The HITECH Act's effect on independent physicians-Small numbers don't work for judging cost-Leading indicators of success for population health-Why regional benchmarks may not be useful for safety-net providersMore about this episode:Rural hospitals face growing sustainability threats on multiple fronts, AHA saysRural hospitals need more than telehealth to survive the pandemicCMS announces a new value-based payment model for rural healthcare providersHHS puts $48M toward rural public health IT, workforce expansion
April 29, 2022
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What is direct primary care, and how can it help patients?

The fee-for-service model of healthcare has been reexamined over the past few years, with alternative models increasingly gaining traction. Zak Holdsworth, CEO and co-founder of Hint Health, tells Healthcare Finance News Executive Editor Susan Morse he believes the status quo payment models are on their way out – and the question isn't "if," but "when."Talking points:-How Hint Health got started-How the direct primary care model works-The benefit for health systems-What about specialty care?-Employers are starting to explore new options -Should insurers be scared?-The difference between this model and the ACO REACH model-The future for Hint HealthMore about this episode:Employees want direct primary care from their employer plansFlat-fee primary care model helping fill a niche in Texas, but it isn't insuranceFueled by health law, 'Concierge Medicine' reaches new marketsHint Health rolls out value-based primary care direct contracting networkHow a direct primary care model provider benefits from an easy-to-use EHR
April 22, 2022
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Florida provider group probed for alleged False Claims Act allegations; Acute care hospitals see 3.2% increase in operating payment rates

Physician Partners of America has agreed to pay $24.5 million for allegedly billing for unnecessary services, while the American Hospital Association says CMS’ proposed rule doesn’t increase payments enough.
April 22, 2022
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Developing a Cloud-First EMR Strategy

(Sponsored) Building an agile, resilient and scalable infrastructure  
April 18, 2022
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Top Stories for 4/15

This week: The end of the public health emergency is nearing; Federal agencies hit with EHR outage. Plus: Akili's video game-like intervention improved users' cognitive functioning.Links to the stories:HHS is giving clear signals of wind down of public health emergencyEHR outage takes down federal Cerner systemsAkili Interactive's DTx improves cognitive function in adults with MDD
April 15, 2022
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The role AI can play in health equity – with Dr. Nada Elbuluk

Artificial intelligence tools in healthcare, as with any other software, are not immune to bias – especially if they have been trained on data sets that do not accurately reflect the global population.Last year, VisualDx, which provides diagnostic support software, launched Project IMPACT, a global effort to reduce disparities in medicine and highlight ways to bridge gaps of knowledge and improve healthcare outcomes for patients of color.VisualDx Director of Clinical Impact Dr. Nada Elbuluk joined Healthcare IT News Senior Editor Kat Jercich to discuss the project and the roles individuals and clinicians can play in working toward health equity. Talking points:Why it's so important to have a broad range of images across different skin typesAchieving health equity is a complicated problemHow individuals can contribute to reducing health inequityThe effect of providers' knowledge gaps on patient careHow technology can address some of those gapsThe role AI and ML tools can play in reducing bias – or worsening itWhat's missing from the wider conversation about health outcomesReal action is needed to promote health equityMore about this episode:VisualDx to unveil vastly expanded clinical decision support system at HIMSS16Even innocuous-seeming data can reproduce bias in AIFDA highlights the need to address bias in AIHow an AI-powered tool could help diagnose skin cancer in veteransHow augmented intelligence can promote health equity
April 15, 2022
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Standardizing Nurse Call and Staff Locating to Improve Outcomes

(Sponsored) Jennifer Jones, CNIO at Integris Health, explains how standardizing and optimizing their care communications technology may help lead to better and safer workflows for their caregivers and ultimately stronger outcomes for patients.
April 12, 2022
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Healthbox Presents: Breaking Myths and Setting your Organization’s Digital Strategy

The world has gone digital. How are you adapting? In this episode, we are sitting down with Julie Campbell, VP of Healthbox to talk about digital strategy. Healthbox, a HIMSS solution, supports and advises orgs that are developing, adopting, and investing in the digital solutions that will transform healthcare. How do our preconceptions about seniors, Medicaid, cybersecurity, EMR/EHRs, and digital strategy influence our progress towards the ideal digital health ecosystem? Join us as we walk through the myths holding back digital transformation and how we can use the Digital Health Indicator (DHI) to build a plan to overcome them in the post-COVID world.
March 30, 2022
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Intel Presents: Predictive analytics, machine learning, and computer vision are transforming virtual care in patient rooms and critical care environments.

From registration to imaging, smart hospitals deploy AI, IoT, 5G networks, and other technologies from edge to cloud for improved connectivity and secure data sharing to deliver better patient experiences, streamline workflows, and reduce costs. On this podcast, we’ll be focused on how virtual care is being reimagined; transforming patient rooms and critical care environments to streamline operations and improve patient care. Chris Gough, General Manager of the Health and Life Sciences at Intel, works with partners and hospital systems of all sizes to solve complex challenges related to the future of care. In-patient virtual care solutions that utilize predictive analytics, machine learning, and computer vision technologies are becoming more prevalent and have expanded. We’re seeing applications expand into remote patient observation, virtual ICUs, and many more. The benefits of these virtual care solutions include improved patient outcomes, increased operational efficiency, and reduced COVID-19 exposure for both patients and healthcare staff
March 28, 2022
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Interoperability's role in the healthcare ecosystem – with Aashima Gupta and Joe Miles

Healthcare IT News Executive Editor Mike Miliard sat down at HIMSS22 with Google Cloud Director of Global Healthcare Strategy and Solutions Aashima Gupta and Healthcare and Life Sciences Industries Managing Director Joe Miles to discuss the future of hybrid care, what COVID-19 revealed about information silos and how technology can strengthen human-to-human connections.Talking points:-How interoperable data is driving strategy and insights-COVID-19 shined a bright light on the siloed information in the industry-What Google Cloud is hearing from customers-Helping providers and payers have better visibility into problem areas-Is hybrid care the new future?-Seamless data exchange is necessary for patient experience-How to make sense of unstructured data-AI helping to reduce costs and make the system more intuitive-"Big AI" versus "small AI"?-Lowering the barriers to AI adoption-The acquisition of Mandiant-How healthcare rose to the challenge of the pandemicMore about this episode:Google Cloud, Amwell foresee a 'new narrative' of virtual careGoogle Cloud Healthcare API focused on interoperability, during pandemic and beyondGoogle Cloud unveils AI tools to help healthcare analyze unstructured medical textGoogle Cloud intros new interoperability platformAI can play a key role in turning unstructured data into actionable insightsGoogle to acquire Mandiant for $5.4B
March 25, 2022
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Highlights from HIMSS22

Hi from HIMSS22! We're on the ground in sunny Orlando, Florida, for Global Conference. In this episode, Healthcare IT News Senior Editor Kat Jercich is joined by Executive Editor Mike Miliard and Executive Editor Susan Morse to talk about what they've seen at the conference and any predictions for next year.Talking points:-Using the hard lessons of COVID-19 as inspiration moving forward-The importance of using data to address inequities-Data cleanliness and governance as AI takes a larger role in healthcare-How clinicians can be supported in times of increasing stress and burnout-What cybersecurity experts have to say about ransomware -How the pandemic has accelerated change-Any predictions for next year?More about this episode:HIMSS22 opening keynote: 'What will we do to reimagine health together?''Recognize it, monitor it, audit it': Taking action to avoid biased healthcare AIHealth inequity solutions require data, analytics and awareness turned into actionTo work toward health equity, 'be a data detective'National Coordinator: TEFCA will enable 'North Star' architecture for public health60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley addresses workforce challenges at HIMSS22
March 18, 2022
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Accenture Presents: It takes a village: How collaboration and inclusion drive equitable health solutions

Health equity takes a village: community leaders, providers, payers, and most importantly, the patients themselves. Join Ankoor Shah, Accenture’s Health Equity Lead, community member Nicole Gyimah, and Kelly Binder from Unite Us as they speak to the challenges patients face when trying to access healthcare, as well as how systems can form community-led collaborations to drive forward health equity.
March 17, 2022
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Uptick in virtual care spurs flurry of M&A activity – with Julian Flannery

Providers quickly adopted virtual care during the COVID-19 pandemic.Virtual specialist care company Summus Global saw the utilization rate of its platform jump by 3.1 times between January 2020 and January 2021, with membership growing more than 1,000%. CEO and founder Julian Flannery tells Healthcare Finance News Executive Editor Susan Morse he does not see virtual use declining to pre-pandemic numbers.Spurred by the growth, seasoned players joined emerging startups in the M&A virtual care space. Oak Street Health acquired RubiconMD for $130 million;  MDLive launched a remote patient monitoring program for virtual chronic care management; and One Medical and Humana introduced their own virtual chronic care offerings. Flannery believes these acquisitions will continue.Talking points:Summus Global has raised over $40 million in the last 12 monthsSummus sells to both employers and large health systemsPatients are set up with consultations within a network of more than 4,000 specialists across 48 hospitalsOver 80% of consumers say they will use virtual care, post COVID-19Over 75% of doctors say they will continue to use virtual careThe U.S. physician shortage will play a role in the growth of virtual visitsVirtual care is evolving rapidly to more tailored careMore about this episode:The COVID-19 crisis has 'forced people into virtual mediums,' says CEORPM startup Athelas raises $132M and more digital health fundingsOak Street Health invests only in value-based careOak Street Health buys virtual specialty care company RubiconMD for up to $190M
March 17, 2022
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Memorial Sloan Kettering Alliance takes cancer research to a higher level – with Dr. Suresh Nair

In January, President Joe Biden announced plans to reignite the Cancer Moonshot, setting the ambitious goal of reducing the cancer death rate by 50% over the next 25 years.Through genomic testing, precision oncology and immunotherapy, the goal is reachable, said Dr. Suresh Nair, Physician in Chief at Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Topper Cancer Institute, in an interview with Healthcare Finance News Executive Editor Susan Morse. Talking points:Innovations include strong robotic surgery programs for less invasive treatments and faster recoveryThe alliance reduces the delay between cancer research and care due to advancements in technologyThe Topper Cancer Institute, in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania, is participating in clinical trials on the molecular profiling of tumors. This is a real-time tumor tracking systemGenomic testing, precision medicine and immunotherapy will help reach the goal of the Cancer Moonshot to reduce the cancer death rate by 50% over the next 25 yearsThe combined expertise of multidisciplinary teams in cancer treatment can leverage new research and clinical trials, sometimes years ahead of other cancer research and treatmentThe alliance allows for the rapid deployment of increased standards of care – in real time – as new research becomes available.More about this episode:CMS expands coverage of lung cancer screening with low dose computed tomographyThe benefits of using genomic data for health systems and patientsCancer patients potentially overlooked in COVID-19 vaccine rolloutAetna launches gene therapy network as a standard medical benefitLack of diversity in clinical trials influences drug development
March 16, 2022
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The role of telehealth in gender-affirming care – with Dr. Jerrica Kirkley

The rise in telehealth utilization, especially amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, has highlighted the potential of virtual care to expand access to services. These can be particularly important for those who may face hurdles to brick-and-mortar care. Dr. Jerrica Kirkley, co-founder and chief medical officer of Plume, joins Healthcare IT News Senior Editor Kat Jercich to discuss the potential of telemedicine for trans and gender-nonconforming people.Talking points:The need for data to support gender-affirming careThe dynamic, multifactorial process of providing services for LGBTQ peoplePatients are based across the country, including large metro areasYounger people are increasingly likely to identify as trans or gender-nonconformingInsurance coverage doesn't necessarily guarantee careWhat gender-affirming care entailsThe role of state licensing in telehealth expansionHow communities are being centered in careMore about this episode:More inclusive EHRs can help extend welcome, save transgender livesBeyond 'male, female, unknown' – informaticists propose gender-inclusive HL7 modelTelehealth has enabled wider access during COVID-19 – but not for everyoneStates can make a difference in long-term telehealth policiesDigital transgender health company Plume scores $14M in Series A funding
March 15, 2022
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Using AI to predict COVID-19 patient outcomes

Given the strain on hospital resources caused by the pandemic, many informaticists have focused on the ability to try and predict patient populations. In January, researchers at the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University found that machine learning models trained using statewide health information exchange data can actually predict a patient's likelihood of being hospitalized with COVID-19.Joining Healthcare IT News Senior Editor Kat Jericch to discuss the study's implications are two of its lead authors, Dr. Shaun Grannis and Suranga Kasturi.Talking points:How tools like this might be useful for health systems and hospitalsConnecting system-generated data with public healthHow COVID-19 has shined a light on cracks in different systemsThe Indiana Health Information Exchange as a data repository Seeing data-sharing blossom during the pandemicBiases in the model and how they can be addressedHow integrated data can be a powerful tool to shape policyMore about this episode:Regenstrief launches initiative to disseminate SDOH dataHIE-trained AI models can forecast individual COVID-19 hospitalizationData from 175K COVID-19 patients fuels predictive severity modelPredicting COVID-19 hotspots: Kaiser Permanente tool uses EHR data to forecast surgesEven innocuous-seeming data can reproduce bias in AI
March 14, 2022
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What health systems need to know about FCA enforcement initiatives – with Ethan Davis

In February, the federal government announced that the DOJ's Civil Division had recovered more than $5.6 billion in settlements and judgments under the False Claims Act, or FCA, for fiscal year 2021. This was a huge increase from the previous year – and almost 90% of that money was related to health industry claims. Joining Healthcare IT News Senior Editor Kat Jercich to discuss past and future enforcement initiatives is Ethan Davis, partner at King & Spalding.Talking points:A government wake-up on private equity enforcementDOJ's new cybersecurity initiativeHow COVID-19 shifted the federal approach to investigationsForthcoming focus on potential Provider Relief Fund fraud and clinical trial fraudThe Anti-Kickback Statute and how it affects providersEHRs as a stated area of focusWhat listeners should be aware of around telehealthHow stakeholders can protect themselvesPredictions for the rest of 2022More about this episode:OIG warns EHR vendors it will 'vigilantly' crack down on false claims tied to meaningful useDOJ slams Greenway with $57 million False Claims fineDOJ lawyer in Greenway case: EHR vendors are now on noticeCareCloud to pay $3.8M to settle kickback allegations with DoJAthenahealth to pay $18.25M for alleged False Claims Act violationsFlorida woman to pay $20.3M after using telemedicine to shield alleged fraudJudge awards whistleblower $390K in athenahealth kickback case
March 13, 2022
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Top Stories for 3/4

Fitbit Ionic smartwatches recalled due to burn risk; ONC analyzes information blocking claims. Plus: More than $1 billion in annual excess healthcare expenditure due to turnover of primary care physicians.Links to the stories:Fitbit recalls Ionic smartwatches due to burn hazardONC receives nearly 300 info blocking reportsPrimary care physician turnover leads to almost $980M in excess healthcare costs
March 4, 2022
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The supply, demand and yield of telehealth – with Sanjula Jain

Analysts and stakeholders have put a lot of energy toward trying to predict the future of telehealth: Are we at the peak of a bubble, or is it only up from here?A new report from Trilliant Health takes a measured view, arguing that telehealth use tapered in 2021 from its early-pandemic spike. Joining Healthcare IT News Senior Editor Kat Jercich to discuss the report is Sanjula Jain, Trilliant Health chief research officer and senior vice president of market strategy.Talking points:Contextualizing the data around telehealthTelehealth's market share as a parallel to luxury brandsWho's still using virtual care?Reasons for telehealth use ratesHow market segmentation can empower stakeholdersWhat this means for equityPsychographics versus demographicsPredictions for the futureTelehealth as a commodity good More about this episode:Study of 36.5M people reveals huge jump in pandemic telehealth useReport: Telehealth use beginning to taperLike it, love it, gotta have it? A health economist on attitudes toward telemedicineHealth systems see telehealth dip, but the tech is here to stayTelehealth revenue could hit $20B in five years, say analysts
March 4, 2022
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Top Stories for 2/25

This week: EHRs vulnerable to cyberattackers, agency claims; Senators urge CMS to keep Medicare Advantage rates stable. Plus: Mindler purchasing Medified Solutions Oy for an undisclosed sum.Links to the stories:HHS cyber arm warns of EHR vulnerabilitiesSenate calls on CMS to keep Medicare Advantage rates stableMindler scoops up Finnish mental health tracker Medified Solutions Oy
February 25, 2022
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What is HHS 405(d), and how can it help build cybersecurity readiness?

The HHS 405(d) Program was created as a provision of the Cybersecurity Act of 2015. It's designed to offer resources and best practices for healthcare organizations and public health agencies to help mitigate and respond to cybersecurity threats.Joining Healthcare IT News Executive Editor Mike Miliard to talk about 405(d), and the work that went into developing its cornerstone document, are Nick Rodriguez, program manager for 405(d) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Erik Decker, chief information security officer at Intermountain Healthcare and Eli Fleet, director of government relations at HIMSS.Talking points:A brief background on 405(d) and what it means for healthcare stakeholdersHow the HHS 405(d) Task Group was convened, with 150 individuals from government and the healthcare industryHealth Industry Cybersecurity Practices: Managing Threats and Protecting Patients, or HICP, a cyber preparedness 'cookbook' with recipes for readinessThe top 5 threats to cybersecurity, as described in that reportHow recent legislation is impacting 405(d) What healthcare organizations should be doing to avail themselves of these effortsWhere healthcare security leaders can find vetted cybersecurity practices and other resources for risk mitigationHow HICP will be evolving in the years aheadWhy "Cyber Safety is Patient Safety"What attendees can learn about cybersecurity at HIMSS22 in Orlando.More about this episode:5 key takeaways from Cybersecurity Act of 2015HHS releases voluntary cybersecurity guidanceSecurity chief touts the value of HICP, a cyber preparedness 'cookbook' with recipes for readinessHHS launches website for the 405(d) Aligning Health Care Industry Security Approaches ProgramThere's no 'magic bullet' to enhance cybersecurity, say expertsHIMSS Healthcare Cybersecurity Forum HIMSS22 Cybersecurity Command Center
February 25, 2022
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Personalizing the Healthcare Billing Experience

A negative billing experience can cause patients to lose trust in a provider. Michael Axt, Chief Member Empowerment Officer for Zelis, talks about enabling the patient financial experience from initially shopping for services to post-service financial responsibility. 
February 22, 2022
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Top Stories for 2/18

This week: Mayo irks insurers by ceasing MA patient scheduling; Mercy locks down ICU after online attacks . Plus: VillageMD announces plans to buy chronic care management company Healthy Interactions .Links to the stories:Mayo Clinic halts scheduling of out-of-network Medicare Advantage patients'Baseless attacks' online trigger lockdown at Oklahoma hospital ICUVillageMD buys chronic care management company Healthy Interactions
February 18, 2022
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Medically Home funding a big investment in hospital acute care – with Rami Karjian

Acute-level care at home is another innovation driven by the pandemic, though the concept is not new. But as hospitals needed to free up beds and CMS loosened restrictions, health systems both set up programs and invested in partnerships that could help.Medically Home offers the logistics, hardware and software technology to make it possible for care providers to give the same acute level care at home that they would in the hospital, says CEO Rami Karjian, who spoke to Healthcare Finance News Executive Editor Susan Morse. The result has been good for both providers and patients.   Talking Points:Kaiser Permanente and Mayo Clinic are providing hospital-level care at home through Medically HomePatients getting kidney and bone marrow transplants at Mayo are recovering at homeKaiser and Mayo invested $100 million in Medically Home in May 2021Other strategic partners such as Global Medical Response have added $110 millionMedically Home provides the technology and logistics to scale about 20% of what is done in brick and mortar hospitalsThe hospital at home model is not new, but interest has risen during the pandemicThis has been spurred by CMS flexibilities during the PHEA coalition of over 25 health systems have asked CMS to continue the flexibilitiesPayers and providers in value-based care contracts need not worry about Medicare FFS incentivesMore about this episode:Kaiser, Mayo, Medically Home found coalition to promote advanced hospital-at-home servicesMayo Clinic announces advanced care at home model with Medically HomeMayo Clinic, Kaiser put $100M toward hospital-at-home careThe rise of hospital at home careHealthcare groups urge Congress to extend Acute Hospital Care at Home waiver
February 18, 2022
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Private Equity and Digital Health: What You Need to Know

With private equity investing billions, digital products are in a boom period. Clover COO Jamie Reynoso, whose area of expertise is on health insurance innovation, talks about what healthcare leaders need to know about the intersection of digital health and private equity. 
February 15, 2022
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Mobile Heartbeat Presents: How Healthcare Organizations Are Driving Technological Innovation in 2022

Healthcare organizations are at the center of clinical technology innovation, and with good reason: Healthcare technology advancements need to remain focused on the patient experience. Join Mobile Heartbeat VP of Product Management Bill Reid as he provides insights into the development of clinical collaboration technology. Learn how to future-proof your organization’s technology investments, and develop an actionable strategy for transitioning to cloud technology.
February 14, 2022
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Top Stories for 2/11

This week: Racial, ethnic minorities experience worse care than whites; Amazon Care expanding to 20 new cities. Plus: Epic announces Cheers, a new customer relationship management system.Links to the stories:Medicaid enrollees in minority groups experience worse care than white counterpartsAmazon Care expanding in-person services this yearEpic to showcase new CRM system and more at HIMSS22
February 11, 2022
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Addressing the digital accessibility gap – with Josh Basile

Many health IT experts, innovators and vendors have touted digital health as a mechanism to overcome hurdles to care. But at the same time, we also know that digital health tools can exacerbate difficulties, especially for people with disabilities.Josh Basile, community relations manager for accessiBe, joins Kat Jercich, senior editor of Healthcare IT News, to discuss  how organizations can ensure websites and other software are accessible for everyone. Talking points:COVID-19 as a catalyst for driving online accessibilityDisability as a matter of "when," not "if"Frequent misconceptions about disabilityThe challenges —and advantages—presented by telehealthWhy accessibility in healthcare websites is so importantThe different needs of different groups of peopleThe evolving nature of accessibilityThe business case for ensuring tools are accessibleMore about this episode:Telehealth may worsen digital divide for people with disabilitiesExpansion of remote tech can help safeguard care for people with disabilitiesFor people with disabilities, accessing care can be 'overwhelming'Telehealth as a tool to keep people with disabilities out of the hospitalTelehealth making it easier for people with disabilities to access care
February 11, 2022
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Top Stories for 2/4

This week: VA struggling with data migration into Cerner HER; AliveCor debuts personal ECG tech. Plus: Federal court bans Martin Shkreli from pharmaceutical industry for life.Links to the stories:Watchdog: VA did not ensure quality of migrated data in EHR modernization effortsAliveCor rolls out credit card-sized ECGCourt bans Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli for life from the pharma industry
February 4, 2022
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What the data can tell us about long COVID – with Michael Simon and Dr. Brett Giroir

Among the many mysteries of COVID-19, a major one regards "long COVID": symptoms that persist for weeks, and sometimes months, after someone first tests positive for the disease.Experts and scientists have begun using data repositories to try and answer some of the questions surrounding long COVID. Joining Healthcare IT News Senior Editor Kat Jercich to discuss how health IT can advance long COVID research are Michael Simon, director of data science at Arcadia, and Dr. Brett Giroir, former assistant secretary for health and a member of the COVID Patient Recovery Alliance.Talking points:How COVID-19 changed the potential for data analysisA recent study suggesting the effects of vaccines on long COVIDThe policy implications of the findingsVirtually everyone is at risk for long COVIDSome necessary caveats about the findings What follow-up research should investigateThe Patient Recovery Alliance's history and missionHopes for the near future for data and policyMore about this episode:UC Health creates unified data set to aid COVID-19 researchersResearch Data Alliance finalizes COVID-19 data sharing guidelinesNIH All of Us program makes more COVID-19 data availableUK announces five new COVID-19 vaccine research projectsMeet the informaticist trying to solve the mystery of long COVID
February 4, 2022
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Accelerating the Healthcare Payment Cycle

When payers adopt electronic payments, reimbursement can be slowed down by legacy systems and manual processes. Kimberly Scaccia, VP of Revenue Cycle for Mercyhealth, talks about end-to-end solutions to accelerate the payment cycle. 
February 2, 2022
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Health Catalyst presents Data-Driven Population Health Insights

(Sponsored) Pandemic-induced delays have exacerbated gaps in patient care. Technology can help empower your clinicians to close these gaps and boost the overall success of population health management programs.
January 31, 2022
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Top Stories for 1/28

This week: OSHA rescinds vaccine mandate for employees at large companies; Akili to merge with Social Capital. Plus: Vulnerabilities found in Log4J logging tool.Links to the stories:OSHA scraps rule mandating vaccines for large employers after SCOTUS decisionVideo game therapeutic developer Akili Interactive to go public via SPACFeds: Health sector bad actors 'actively leveraging' Log4J vulnerabilities
January 28, 2022
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How health systems can prepare for TEFCA – with Dr. Dan Golder

The Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement, also known as TEFCA, is now officially live. Joining Healthcare IT News Senior Editor Kat Jercich to talk about how TEFCA's implementation will affect those at multiple levels of the healthcare industry is Dr. Dan Golder, principal at the consulting firm Impact Advisors. Talking points:Why everyone should learn about TEFCAThe journey from the 21st Century Cures ActThe "TEF" and the "CA"Wait, what's a QHIN?The role the Sequoia Project plays in the frameworkNot every current HIE can become a QHINHow will TEFCA affect individual health systems?Who could benefit the most from TEFCAThe role cost will play, and ensuring long-term financial viabilityPotential effect on patientsWho should be responsible for potential data breachesThe non-healthcare data includedPredictions for 2022More about this episode:ONC names Sequoia Project as TEFCA coordinatorTEFCA could introduce a 'new exchange paradigm'TEFCA, framework for nationwide health info exchange, now live from ONCSo TEFCA is live. Now what?Everything you wanted to know about TEFCA (but were afraid to ask)
January 28, 2022
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Bright side of COVID-19’s impact on health is public’s embrace of digital technology

The future includes decision-support tools, remote patient monitoring and digital therapeutics, says Jodi Daniel, partner in Crowell & Moring’s Health Care Group.
January 24, 2022
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Top Stories for 1/21

This week: U.S. on high alert as Russian cyber actors target healthcare; MA emergency orders meant to ease staffing strains. Plus: Thread purchases inVibe for an undisclosed sum.Links to the stories:Feds sound alert on Russian cyber threats amid potential Ukraine escalationMassachusetts governor releases emergency orders to ease strain on the healthcare systemDecentralized clinical trial platform Thread scoops up voice tech inVibe
January 21, 2022
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Taking telehealth beyond the video chat – with Dr. Maulik Majmudar

The COVID-19 pandemic hit the gas pedal on the use of virtual care, particularly synchronous video chats. But virtual care's potential extends beyond one-on-one conversations – it can also leverage remote patient monitoring technology to take services out of the brick-and-mortar facility.Joining Healthcare IT News Senior Editor Kat Jercich to talk about telehealth's capabilities now and in the future is Dr. Maulik Majmudar, chief medical officer at Biofourmis.Talking points:The transition of care to "virtual-first"The evolution of the definition of telemedicineThe use cases of telehealth beyond synchronous video callsUsing acute-level hospital services as inspirationLooking at different disease processesCan technology drive equity?Algorithms assisting clinicians in making decisionsEvidence for telehealth's longevityEnsuring that patients are receiving appropriate careHow virtual care can be a tool rather than a hurdle for cliniciansConsolidation and integration will drive adoptionMore about this episode:Telehealth's post-COVID challenge: Integrating in-person careHow health systems should be preparing now for the future of hospital at homeHospital at home: How healthcare orgs can set programs up for successNurse unions slam Kaiser's advanced care at home strategyMayo Clinic, Kaiser put $100M toward hospital-at-home care
January 21, 2022
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Health Catalyst presents Successfully Operationalizing Population Health

(Sponsored) Some organizations are abandoning population health programs because of inability to scale. Population health success requires taking a marathon approach; ensuring leaders and providers are committed to the long haul is key.
January 19, 2022
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Top Stories for 1/14

This week: EHR vendor QRS sued following cyberattack; New York mandating booster shots for healthcare workers . Plus: Headspace Health acquires Sayana.Links to the stories:EHR vendor hit with lawsuit following data breachNew York now requiring COVID-19 boosters for healthcare workersHeadspace Health acquires mental wellness tracking, sleep app maker Sayana
January 14, 2022
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Editors weigh in on the Oracle-Cerner deal

New host Kat Jercich brings together the HIMSS Media leads – Mike Miliard, executive editor at Healthcare IT News; Susan Morse, executive editor at Healthcare Finance News, and Laura Lovett, executive editor at MobiHealthNews – to discuss Oracle's recent acquisition of Cerner.  Talking points: What are the basics of the deal?Oracle's interests in the cloud arenaWhat this might mean for the health-tech industryHow providers are feelingThe role of voice recognition techEpic and Cerner: The Coke and Pepsi of EHRs?  What we're keeping an eye on for 2022More about this episode:  Cerner names Dr. David Feinberg president and CEO  Oracle acquires Cerner for $28.3B  Industry analysts react to Oracle's big-ticket Cerner buy  How Oracle's acquisition of Cerner is positive for providers  What Oracle's acquisition of Cerner could mean for big tech in health  The most significant mergers and acquisitions of 2021
January 14, 2022
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Top Stories for 1/7

This week: Former Theranos CEO found guilty of fraud; Broward Health reports data breach incident . Plus: Healthcare is among the top three industries cited in a 3% rise in the monthly "quits rate."Links to the stories:Theranos’ Elizabeth Holmes found guilty on 4 of 11 chargesHackers breach info of 1.3M in Florida health system incidentHealthcare second largest sector hit by Great Resignation
January 7, 2022
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2021: A Year in Review & Look Ahead to 2022

Host Jonah Comstock is joined by editors from all three HIMSS Media brands — Kat Jercich, senior editor at Healthcare IT News; Susan Morse, executive editor at Healthcare Finance News and Laura Lovett, executive editor — to look back at the biggest health tech and finance trends of the past year, and to chat about what to expect in 2022. We'll be taking a few  weeks off after this, so enjoy the final HIMSSCast of the year.Talking points:Trend: Health tech companies going public through SPACsTrend: Hospital staffing shortages and staff burnoutTrend: New care modalities, especially in the retail worldTrend: Virtual services accelerated by COVID-19Trend: Innovation in kidney carePrediction: More ransomware attacksPrediction: More hybrid and online primary carePrediction: More hospital  at home servicesPrediction: Bigger strides toward value-based carePrediction: Rethinking insurancePrediction: Moving forward with interoperability and price transparencyMore about this episode:Digital health in 2021: A look backThe future of healthcare: What 2022 could bringHealthtech companies reap benefits of robust year in venture capital fundingLooking back on a year of interoperability milestones at eHealth ExchangeThe biggest healthcare data breaches of 2021Former CMS chief of staff previews 4 areas of value-based care in 202A turbulent year, and a retooled future, for the VA's EHR rollout2022 will require augmented intelligence, IoT and wearables data, and info outside EHRs
December 17, 2021
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Health Catalyst presents Digital Healthcare’s Personalized, Data-Driven Future

(Sponsored) Digital healthcare has long-term potential to improve the patient experience, particularly in reducing costs and removing barriers to care. Combining AI and data with digital endpoints for patient care is the future of healthcare.
December 17, 2021
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Securing telehealth visits — with Anahi Santiago

In our final Workforce Re-entry companion podcast, HIMSSCast welcomes Anahi Santiago, CISO of ChristianaCare to discuss the cybersecurity risks and challenges created by telehealth and other teleconferencing accomplishments in healthcare.This podcast is brought to you by Zoom.Talking points:ChristianaCare’s preparation for the pandemicSteps to take to secure virtual communicationsResponding to Zoom-bombing and similar threatsProtecting against threats and bad actors in healthcareWhy telecommunications platforms are important, even beyond telehealthKeeping data secure in multiple locationsAdvice for securing communicationsImportance of multi-factor authenticationKeeping in mind clinician workflow and patient experienceMoving toward hospital at home — the benefits and challengesProvider and patient security educationSecurity is a patient safety issueMore about this episode:This episode's companion video on HIMSS TVTelehealth is biggest threat to healthcare cybersecurity, says reportTelehealth poses big cybersecurity dangers, Harvard researchers warnAnahi Santiago, Christiana Care Health System: 'Security a safety issue'Cybersecurity in a pandemic year: One CISO's perspectiveCIO Spotlight: ChristianaCare's Randy GaboriaultCEO's perspective: Cybersecurity is a strategic imperative
December 10, 2021
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HIMSS21 Changemaker Podcast: Frans van Houten, CEO of Philips

The technology leader looks back on his decision, 10 years ago, to transition a 130-year old diversified conglomerate into a company focused on healthcare. He also describes the forward-looking investments Philips is making in data and informatics – and discusses the future of telemedicine, remote monitoring, imaging,  artificial intelligence, patient experience and more.
December 8, 2021
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Why a Google vet started a next-gen health insurer — with Andrew Toy

Clover Health wants to improve physician performance by giving them access to cutting edge AI technology. But the company chose to enter the market not as a technology vendor but as an insurer, disrupting traditional payment structures and care navigation technology in one fell swoop. On today's HIMSSCast, Clover Health's Andrew Toy joins host Jonah Comstock to talk about his story and his own particular take on solving the healthcare cost crisis in America.Talking points:What Clover does and how its different from other payers and other startupsClover Assistant, Clover’s provider-facing tech stack, and how it fits into their modelGetting away from the idea of networksWhat does value-based care mean for CloverWho holds the risk? And why it should be the insurersWhy the incentive alignment argument for value-based care is more complicated than people thinkIncentivizing doctors by giving them more powerful toolsHow health systems should fit into the value-based care landscapeWhy Clover launched as a payer and not a technology vendorWhy Clover built its Assistant outside of the EHRFixing healthcare means fixing healthcare for everyoneHow can innovation in insurance push through incumbent players?More about this episode:Medicare Advantage insurtech startup Clover Health raises $500MClover Health will join the public market by merging with Social Capital SPACClover Health's new subsidiary will rely on members, machine learning to fuel drug developmentClover Health laying off 25 percent of staff as it seeks new healthcare expertiseClover Health gets $130M from Greenoaks, Google Ventures, othersClover Health planning expansion into 101 new marketsClover Health taps MedArrive to vaccinate its homebound MA membersWalmart partners with Clover Health to offer Medicare Advantage plans
December 3, 2021
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Looking ahead to the future of telehealth — with Dr. Daniel Kraft

Telehealth and virtual care have advanced leaps and bounds in 2020 and 2021, but there are still many ways in which the technology is inefficient or inaccessible, at least compared to what it could be. Host Jonah Comstock welcomes Dr. Daniel Kraft, founder and chair of Exponential Medicine, to talk about what the future might hold for telehealth and virtual care.This is the latest episode in our Workforce Re-Entry series sponsored by Zoom.Talking pointsWhere are we now with virtual care?Data integration, triage chatbots, and other hallmarks of the futureAligning incentives to end data siloesImagining a Google Maps/Waze for healthcareThe blurring boundaries between health and wellnessHow do we handle privacy while unlocking novel biomarkers?Big Brother is watching… your health?Sorting out the advantages of physical vs virtual in the futureUsing technology to enhance cliniciansCoordinating and integrating technologies we already haveWhat’s on the horizon for health tech?More about this episodeThe Virtual Care Paradigm: Going beyond telehealth for the future – and present – of careDoctors look to tech for the future but need assurance it will workHIMSSCast: Peeking into the future of healthcareThe future of the waiting room, and how telemedicine and mobile health could change itZoom's head of healthcare talks the future of telemedicineKraft: Healthcare data-flow of the future will be fluid, proactive, and personalized
November 29, 2021
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Revisiting streamlined consumer blood testing — with David Stein

While the world has been glued to Elizabeth Holmes' trial, the digital health startup world hasn't given up on the original dream of Theranos: convenient, accessible, low-cost blood testing available at retail locations in the community. In today's HIMSSCast, host Jonah Comstock checks in with David Stein, CEO of Babson Diagnostics. The company has developed a low-volume blood test that can be operated without a phlebotomist and can perform a large panel of often-requested diagnostics. Jonah and David discuss why this technology is important, how it works, and what it's like to operate in this space when the wounds from the Theranos scandal are still fresh.Talking points:Babson’s pitch (and the elephant in the room)Doing accessible blood testing “without cheats”Partnering with retailers, Siemens, and BDInnovating the blood draw itself, and why its importantInnovating the logistics of the testing industryA win-win for consumers, payers, providers, and retailersHow easy consumer blood testing can fit into other virtual care trendsThe impact of the Theranos scandal on the blood testing industryHow Babson approaches innovation at scaleConsumer blood testing and health equityHelping people take control of their own healthIntegrating point solutions into one healthcare ecosystemMore about this episode:Theranos whistleblower talks ethics in health tech startupsTime for Innovation in Blood Testing Technology (from Babson's website)'Omnichannel' is the new watchword as big tech, retail get serious about healthcareBlood testing startup partners with Israel’s Sheba Medical Center to support COVID-19 quarantine measures
November 26, 2021
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Industry Voices: Baking equity into healthcare business models

In the second episode of "Industry Voices", we talk to a range of healthcare changemakers encountered at HLTH in Boston last month about health equity. Is the industry's attitude toward this important topic changing? Is it changing fast enough? And what steps and attitudes will be necessary to make the future of healthcare an inherently equitable one?This episode features the voices of Cityblock Health President Toyin Ajayi, UC Davis Chief Information and Digital Health Officer Ashish Atreja, Digital Medicine Society CEO Jennifer Goldsack, Deloitte Partner Peter Micca, and Uber Global Head of Health Caitlin Donovan.More about this episode:Cityblock rakes in $400M for platform focused on Medicaid and low-income populations and other digital health fundingsModernizing Medicare and Medicaid means addressing the affordability crisisDeloitte's Gebreyes: 'Health equity is a moral imperative that requires a business solution'Leveraging technology to achieve health equityAddressing health inequities upstream can curb later health disparitiesHealth equity, SDOH key priorities for ONC, says deputy national coordinatorHealth IT and racial justice: Expanding access, ending disparities, empowering communities (Healthcare  IT News Special Collection)HFMA's first Black chair tells finance leaders to focus on diversity, inclusion and health equity
November 19, 2021
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MongoDB Presents: FHIR and the Future of Healthcare at Humana

To give patients the healthcare experience they expect, providers and payers must first free themselves from rigid data architectures, legacy hardware, and monolithic patient record and care applications. Hear how Humana is using FHIR to address these challenges and build the future of connected healthcare.
November 17, 2021
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Remote workforce training in healthcare — with Dr. Justin Barad and Jennifer Fried

In a field as quickly changing as healthcare, ongoing training and education are essential. And just as it did with telehealth and physician collaboration, COVID has helped to accelerate work that was already going on in remote medical education. In today's episode of HIMSSCast, we will talk to two startup founders working on remote workforce training from different angles. First, host Jonah Comstock chats with Osso VR CEO and cofounder Dr. Justin Barad, then Healthcare IT News Senior Editor Kat Jercich talks to Jennifer Fried, CEO and cofounder of ExplORer Surgical.This podcast is part of our Workforce Re-entry Series, brought to you by Zoom.Talking points:Justin's background in video games and surgeryIssues with healthcare workforce training: a lot to learn, complex procedures, no way to assessWhat’s the role of VR and what it can doHow did we teach and practice surgery before VR?What it takes to become proficient in a surgical procedureHow medical education broadly is changingVR fidelity — how it’s changing and why it is (and isn’t) importantHow ExplORer Surgical helps to make surgeries accessible remotely for teachers and studentsDisadvantages to physically observing surgeriesAdvantages to remote observationDealing with connectivity issues in hospitalsHow to maintain a secure environment with remote trainingWhat’s coming up in technology and regulationMore about this episode:At ortho meeting, VR companies announce industry-advancing partnershipsSurgeon training company Osso VR closes $27M Series BSurgical training tool Osso VR adds assessment, more language supportIntraoperative support platform ExplORer Surgical collects $2.5M in new fundingSurgical support software maker ExplORer raises $5M
November 10, 2021
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The potential of AI in healthcare: An investors' perspective

Artificial intelligence and machine learning have widespread potential in healthcare, from diagnostic analysis and clinical decision support to data management and patient engagement. On today's episode, GSR Ventures partners Sunny Kumar and Justin Norden join host Laura Lovett for a far-reaching discussion of what they're seeing in the world of healthcare AI.Talking points:What investors are looking at/for in AILow hanging fruits and hard problemsAI is not currently about replacing doctorsAI’s potential for mental healthHow AI can make medicine more, not less personalThe lack of innovation in clinical trials and how it’s changingCulture clash in healthcare and startupsRegulatory updates and reimbursement challengesThe present and future of digital therapeuticsHealth equity and value-based careDriving efficiencies in care and looking for the next telemedicineMore about this episode:Healthcare innovation, digital health rake in big investment dollars in Q3Q&A: Deloitte's Peter Micca on the digital health investment boom, going public and value-based careAI development must be guided by ethics, human wellbeing and responsible innovationHow CIOs are prioritizing AI investments for the next 5 yearsAI and the tradeoff between fairness and efficacy: 'You actually can get both'
November 5, 2021
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Top Stories for 11/05

The American Telemedicine Association and other business groups want Congress to continue allowing telehealth services to be treated as an excepted benefit, and senior assistance company Papa raises $150 million in Series D funding.
November 5, 2021
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Accenture Presents: How employee wellbeing is smart business

Health care employee well-being is often touted as a business necessity, and strong evidence confirms that it’s smart business. Accenture’s multi-industry “Care to do Better” study shows how it unlocks workers’ full potential, with significant positive business impact. The study references the Accenture “Net Better Off” framework, which quantifies human well-being in terms of six dimensions. Learn how human pressures affect your health workforce and uncover our four suggestions to leave your staff (and business) better off.
November 1, 2021
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Tegria Presents: Designing Care Solutions Along the Patient Journey

After its rapid adoption during the pandemic, virtual care is here to stay. Going forward, providers must balance in-person and virtual care to provide a seamless experience for patients along every step of the care journey.Lisa Johnson, managing director, Tegria, and Srini Surendranath, Chief Product & Strategy Officer, Andor Health, discuss how understanding the patient journey is vital for developing workflows that incorporate both virtual and in-person care.
November 1, 2021
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Industry Voices: Why the time is now for value-based care

Recently, the HIMSSCast team had a chance to sit down with a wide range of healthcare innovators at HLTH in Boston to discuss what they saw as the major trends shaping the evolution of heathcare. One that came up over and over again was value-based care. We talked to notables including Jonathan Bush, Glenn Tullman, Toyin Ajayi and many more about how changing how we pay for healthcare is opening the door to radically re-imagine how we provide it.This is the first in a series of "Industry Voices" episodes where we'll feature a wide range of guests speaking on a single theme.More about this episode:'You can’t navigate your way through a broken system': Transcarent's Glen Tullman on healthcare cost, quality'Omnichannel' is the new watchword as big tech, retail get serious about healthcareHow retail giant Walmart plans to disrupt the healthcare industryRetail giant Best Buy snaps up remote monitoring company Current HealthInnovation can increase the value of employer-sponsored careFirefly Health launches virtual-first health plan for small and mid-sized employersCityblock rakes in $400M for platform focused on Medicaid and low-income populations and other digital health fundingsModernizing Medicare and Medicaid means addressing the affordability crisis
October 29, 2021
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Top Stories for 10/29

A shortage of nurses and other healthcare workers continue to hurt hospitals' financial performance, and senior living communities and health systems will soon be able to use the Alexa voice assistant at scale.
October 29, 2021
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How virtual care can help combat physician burnout — with Kavi Misri and Dr. Matthew Peters

In the final podcast in our Virtual Care paradigm series, we look at how virtual care for mental health can benefit not only patients but also physicians themselves, who face many barriers to mental health care and as a result suffer from high levels of stress, burnout, and even suicide. To discuss this issue and its potential solution, host Jonah Comstock is joined by Kavi Misri, founder and CEO of Rose Health, and Dr. Matthew Peters, chief medical officer at Rose Health and an associate professor and practicing physician at Johns Hopkins.Talking points:How the Rose Health system works and why it was developedMental health assessment scores and why they helpUsing the Rose Health system to combat physician burnoutIssues that arise when clinicians seek mental health treatmentPhysician burnout in this pandemic momentVirtual care and how it can helpFitting mental health into the busy physician lifestyleThe vicious cycle of staff shortages and burnoutPositive indications from Rose’s early effortsMore about this episode:Brigham and Women's pilots new program to support provider mental healthBurnout in the Age of COVID-19, a Healthcare IT News special projectGaining trust starts with knowing the patient, provider (this episode's companion HIMSS TV episode)Digital therapeutic 'HelloBetter Stress and Burnout' available to 50 million adults in GermanyClinicians share technology’s two-sided effect on burnout
October 22, 2021
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Top Stories for 10/22

Democrats push for healthcare provisions in reconciliation bill; Google unveils mobile version of Care Studio. Plus: Providence CIO touts benefits of AI and machine learning.Links to the stories:CBO estimates $553 billion price tag for healthcare provisions in reconciliation packageGoogle rolls out mobile app version of Care StudioHow CIOs are prioritizing AI investments for the next 5 years
October 22, 2021
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MongoDB Presents: BringtheFHIRInsideforDigitalTransformation

Here  why Fast Interoperability Health Resources, or FHIR, is the new agent of change in healthcare.  Organizations around the world are capitalizing on FHIR adoption, using the new data standard to kickstart their legacy modernization and digital transformation journey.
October 20, 2021
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Top Stories for 10/15

Medicare Advantage star ratings released; Security firm raises FIN12 ransomware attack concerns. Plus: Withings receivesan FDA clearance for Scan Watch’s ECG and SpO2 monitoring features .Links to the stories:See the rankings: More than 70 health plans earned 5 stars in Medicare Advantage star ratingsCyber experts warn of 'aggressive' threat actor targeting healthcareWithings scores FDA clearance for smartwatch ECG and SpO2 monitoring
October 15, 2021
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Taking the CDC's Diabetes Prevention Program digital — with Laurence Girard

The CDC's Diabetes Prevention Program is one of the first lifestyle and behavior-based interventions to be proven, in a large clinical study, to be more effective than a comparable drug (in this case metformin). Digital implementations can make the DPP more accessible and more scalable, and a number of digital health companies have been tackling this for the last few years.Fruit Street Health is one of those companies and its CEO Laurence Girard joins host Jonah Comstock on today's HIMSSCast to discuss the challenges, opportunities, and successes his company has had in this space.Talking points:A brief history of the CDC Diabetes Prevention ProgramWhy Fruit Street and others are taking the DPP digitalChallenges and opportunities of virtual DPP implementationOngoing reimbursement challenges with Medicare and MedicaidAdvantages of group-based programs via video chatsQuestions and misconceptions about scalabilityMaking sure pre-diabetes interventions work for everyoneCultural food expectations and combatting food deserts, both through partnershipsDirect-to-consumer DPP outreachAre DPP programs (in-person and virtual) making a dent in the problem?More about this episode:Fruit Street to deliver CDC's National Diabetes Prevention Program through live video classesFruit Street Health raises $3 million in doctors-only roundUK passes on Apple, Google's Bluetooth contact tracing tool, Fruit Street Health launches COVID-19 telemedicine platform and more digital health news briefsAHIP, CDC to partner on diabetes preventionMedicare to reimburse for Diabetes Prevention Program, including Omada's digital versionDiabetes Prevention Program under the Affordable Care Act is working, HHS Secretary Burwell saysAmerican Medical Association pushes public, private health plans to cover National Diabetes Prevention ProgramCMS calls for extending Diabetes Prevention Program into Medicare, proposes new doc fees to boost chronic care
October 15, 2021
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Mobile Heartbeat Presents: Leading The Way: The Four Pillars of Clinical Collaboration

Join Mobile Heartbeat Chief Operating Officer, Mike Detjen, as he uses his expertise to project future capabilities of the clinical collaboration space.
October 12, 2021
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Lenovo Presents: Summarizing HIMSS – Lenovo’s discussion for how we transform our solutions to improve the impact our customers provide to Healthcare.

Lenovo will discuss what was learned by attending all the sessions at HIMSS.  They will offer their impressions and opinions for how Lenovo can best adapt and transform the way we got to market and productively enable our customers.  We want to be the number one technology provider that Healthcare leaders think about when making new technology decisions.
October 11, 2021
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Telehealth across borders — with Heather Alleva

State licensure and differing regulations on privacy, licensure, and more have always been a barrier to virtual care models that seek to care for anyone with an Internet connection. Which of those hurdles have been overcome and which still remain? And how did COVID-19 and its associated waivers affect this complex issue?On this episode of HIMSSCast, a tie-in to our Virtual Care Paradigm series, host Jonah Comstock welcomes Heather Alleva, an associate at Buchanan Ingersoll Rooney specializing in healthcare law, to get a rundown on some of these issues, including some little-known practice restriction. If you're thinking about starting a multi-state virtual care business, be sure to give this one a listen.Talking points:How COVID affected licensure laws and what’s happening to them nowHow different state laws affect telehealth reimbursementHow reimbursement affects adoption and investmentPros and cons of payment parityTelehealth licensure compacts and where they are todayLimits and levers of federal government powerHow the government can lead by exampleHow restrictions can hinder telehealth innovationPrivacy and security legislative barriersThe corporate practice of medicine prohibitionAntitrust laws and health technologyHow to navigate the complexities of telehealth regulationsMore about this episode:Virtual care regulation: What's next (this episode's companion TV segment)Now is the time for providers to be proactive about telehealth22 states changed telemedicine laws during the pandemicReport shows 'vast improvement' in state telehealth reimbursement policiesThe prominent issues telehealth must tackle when the pandemic passesBuilding an interstate regulatory framework for telemedicineHow a Supreme Court case about teeth whitening could bolster telemedicine interests (2015 throwback)
October 8, 2021
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Top Stories for 10/8

Cerner mandating COVID-19 vaccines for all U.S employees; SWORD Health acquires wearable firm Vigilant Technologies . Plus: Air ambulance services among commercial insurers have risen 27.6% .Links to the stories:Cerner announces vaccine mandate as Feinberg takes the reinsSWORD Health buys workplace health-focused wearable company Vigilant TechnologiesAir ambulance charges rise 28% in four years, analysis finds
October 8, 2021
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Accenture Presents: Ransomware in the Health Industry: Resiliency and Response

Digital transformation has increased exponentially in the healthcare industry over the past year, as organizations harness the power of digital to reach patients, accelerate research and develop new therapies to beat the global pandemic. Unfortunately, this digital transformation has been paired with an increasing cohort of highly capable cyber extortionists that have been using ransomware to compromise operations and hold patient data hostage to extract money from health organizations. As ransomware attacks become more rampant and advanced in our industry, the risk of an organization falling victim is more real than ever. In light of this reality, one question stands central for all of us: how do we make sure we are prepared to prevent and respond to a ransomware attack.
October 7, 2021
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Dell Technologies Presents: How Healthcare IT can securely enable innovation and the evolution of the care delivery model

As Healthcare organizations explore how to evolve the care delivery model, they must consider how to safely evolve within an ever-increasing threat landscape. Modernizing Healthcare IT solutions provide great promise to improve Secure Care environments, but in order to ensure adoption and achieve maximum value, all stakeholders must be involved.Join  Kevin Crosby, Dell Technologies Healthcare Director, Americas as he discusses how Healthcare IT can enable innovation and the evolution of the care delivery model, ultimately helping Healthcare providers provide better outcomes for the organization and their patients.
October 5, 2021
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Top Stories for 10/1

Walmart to begin rolling out Epic platform in its healthcare centers; 73% of metropolitan areas are controlled by large health insurers . Plus: Amazon adds to its fitness tracking line with Halo View.Links to the stories:Walmart Health announces partnership with EpicAMA: Nearly three-quarters of metropolitan areas are concentrated health insurance marketsNew Amazon Halo device and features compete against Fitbit, Apple Fitness+
October 1, 2021
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Telehealth and the school nurse — with Marcos Domiciano

TytoCare's Marcos Domiciano joins host Jonah Comstock for a discussion for the unique opportunities and challenges of telehealth in schools, and how TytoCare's approach to combining video visits with connected devices has proven a good fit for this area.Talking points:TytoCare’s differentiator — telehealth plus remote examination toolsUnique challenges to school-based telehealthHow COVID-changed school-based telehealthTelehealth at universities vs grade schoolsControlling the spread of COVID-19 at  universitiesPatient engagement through telehealth with studentsThe components of the TytoCare virtual care kitSpecific clinical use cases common in schoolsEfficacy data of TytoCare’s school-based effortsMore about this episode:Expanding telehealth into schools proves effective to address children's health needsHow a remote Maine school union uses telehealth for a variety of needsSchools turning to telehealth to improve care for the underservedTytoCare raises an additional $50M for its oversubscribed Series D roundTytoCare, Prisma Health partner to expand telehealth services
September 28, 2021
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HIMSS21 Changemaker Podcast: Sue Feldman

In this new episode of the HIMSS21 Changemaker Podcast series, a HIMSSCast production, Healthcare IT News Executive Editor Mike Miliard speaks with Sue Feldman, RN, PhD, director of the graduate programs in health informatics at University of Alabama at Birmingham.We chat about some of her projects at UAB before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as the “Map it, Zap it” coronavirus symptom tracker she has helped develop, and the GuideSafe initiative she spearheaded with support of Alabama’s governor, which has helped maintain in-person learning at schools across the state.We also discuss her ethos of “innovation, implementation and collaboration” and learn more about new health IT projects she’s working on as we seek a new normal beyond the public health emergency.Earlier this year, HIMSS (parent company of Healthcare IT News) named the first recipients of the Changemakers in Health Awards, meant to recognize leaders worldwide who are harnessing information and technology toward better health outcomes. Check back in the weeks and months ahead for more podcast interviews with other healthcare leaders from this year’s list.Themes and talking points in this Changemaker Podcast episode:The health and safety trackers developed and stood-up quickly at UAB in March 2020How those tools enabled safer reopening and face-to-face learning in Alabama schoolsLessons learned and surprises from the COVID-19 pandemicWhy it’s important to have a “We can do this!” approach to technology challengesHow public health crises can spur lasting innovationHow Feldman’s experience as a nurse shapes her IT and informatics work
September 28, 2021
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Top Stories for 9/24

Hospitals poised to lose $54B in net income this year; Apple looks to create new mental health detection feature . Plus: Ransomware attacks during COVID-19 have impacted patient safety and care availability.Links to the stories:Hospitals projected to lose $54 billion in net income this yearApple looks to digital biomarkers for features detecting depression, cognitive declinePonemon study finds link between ransomware, increased mortality rate
September 24, 2021
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5G and the future of AI in healthcare — with Dr. Anthony Chang

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

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

Drug prices are a major topic of conversation these days as the Biden administration grapples with federal options for mitigating what many see as out of control costs for specialty drugs. To put some context to the news, HIMSSCast host and Healthcare Finance News Managing Editor Susan Morse welcome to the show AJ Loiacono, CEO of Capital Rx, to talk a bit about why drug pricing is the way it is and what can be done.Talking points:Why are drug prices so poorly defined for doctors and patients?Capital Rx’s market-efficiency hypothesisHow Capital Rx operates and negotiates lower pricesWhy rebates are a part of drug pricingWhat the government can and should do to affect drug pricingDrug pricing needs to be transparent and consistentWhy US prices affect global pharma companies and vice versaWho benefits from drug pricing inflation?Could startups reduce drug prices the way Robinhood reduced investment costs?More about this episode:Linking U.S. prescription drug prices to those paid in other nations could cut costs in halfHHS Secretary Xavier Becerra releases proposal to lower prescription drug costsPhRMA battles Biden on proposal for Medicare to negotiate drug pricesBiden pushes for lower drug prices in $3.5 trillion budget proposalGovs. Chris Christie and Terry McAuliffe trade jabs at HIMSS21Folx Health lands $25M to develop its LGBTQA+ health platform, Digital PBM Capital Rx scores $50M and more digital health fundings
September 17, 2021
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Top Stories for 9/17

Lawsuit alleges Aetna discriminates against LGBTQ+ members; Organizations at security risk due to skills gaps. Also: Elvie launches smart breast pump.Links to the stories:Aetna hit with lawsuit claiming LGBTQ+ fertility discriminationSkills gap in healthcare IT industry cause security threats, according to new reportElvie launches new smart breast pump in the US covered by insurance
September 17, 2021
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HIMSS21 Changemaker: Geisinger's Karen Murphy

The chief innovation officer of Geisinger's Steele Institute for Health Innovation discusses how COVID-19 led to new thinking about technology-enabled cost and quality improvements – and why the pandemic has shown that fee-for-service doesn't work.
September 14, 2021
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How documentation burdens patients and clinicians, and what can be done — with Dr. Davin Lundquist

The EHR revolutionized medical record-keeping, but it also created burdensome workflows that create barriers to positive patient-doctor relationships, negatively impacting the experiences of both patients and physicians and even contributing heavily to clinician burnout.Augmedix CMO and practicing physician Dr. Davin Lunquist joins us on today's episode of HIMSSCast to talk about the realities of documentation burden and what his company is doing to combat it.Today's podcast is brought to you by Medallia.Talking points:Davin’s background in clinical practice and at AugmedixHow the introduction of the EHR has led to documentation burnoutDocumentation’s impact on the patient experienceThe difference between electronic and paper recordsDifferent approaches to solving for documentation burdenDifferences between dictation, transcription, and scribingThe advantages of tech-enabled, remote scribingReal-time and recorded scribingSecurity and privacy provisions for scribingHow do patients feel about a third person in the room?Augmedix’s scribing offering and telehealthWhat’s next for Augmedix?How scribing affects note accuracyMore about this episode:Nursing leaders share strategies for reducing documentation burdenHow to improve clinical documentationAI-assisted EHR documentation will need human helpEHR automation is helping reduce clinician burdenAugmedix's device-based remote scribing system announces $19M Series BAugmedix raises $23M for Google Glass-powered remote scribe platform
September 10, 2021
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Top Stories for 9/10

Amazon expanding telehealth and in-person care to 20 more cities; Cityblock Health raises $400M in funding round. Also: AHIP is concerned about the timeline for an interim final rule on surprise billing.Links to the stories:Amazon looks to bring telehealth, in-person care to 20 more citiesCityblock rakes in $400M for platform focused on Medicaid and low-income populations and other digital health fundingsAHIP wants more time for insurers to implement the interim final rule on surprise billing
September 10, 2021
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How telehealth will settle in through the pandemic and beyond — with Dr. Laolu Fayanju

Before COVID, many practices were hardly using telehealth for anything. During COVID, many practices had to use telehealth for nearly everything. The next era in telehealth will be about picking and choosing the right use cases for telehealth. On today's HIMSSCast, Oak Street Health Regional Medical Director Dr. Laolu Fayanju joins Healthcare IT News Senior Editor Kat Jercich and host Jonah Comstock to discuss telehealth, remote patient monitoring, and choosing the right patients and use cases for virtual care.This episode is brought to you by BlueJeans.Talking points:A little about Laolu and Oak Street HealthHigh-touch doesn’t necessarily mean in-personHow COVID-19 forced telehealth adoptionOak Street’s telehealth operation, including tablet delivery and remote patient monitoringDeciding when to use telehealth and for whomRemote patient monitoring’s potential“It takes a village” - the importance of team-based careHealth equity and advocating for the patientEmbracing technology across different demographicsThe potential — and dangers — of consumer wearablesMore about this episode:How do providers strike the right balance between in-person care and telehealth?How telemedicine can help everyone have a primary care physicianAmerican Board of Telehealth launches certificate for virtual primary careWill virtual primary care become a new model of healthcare delivery?Zooming into the next phase of care delivery: 10 emerging trends in a post-COVID-19 worldContributed: Patients deserve virtual care that better integrates, and doesn’t compete with, in-person careOak Street Health decision support system reduces readmissions by 26%How virtual care can be refined to reach those who need it most
September 3, 2021
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Top Stories for 9/3

California union workers score raises in new contracts; Inspiration4 to collect data on effects of space flight. Also: Telehealth should focus on interoperability, usability.Links to the stories:Caregivers at three California Tenet Healthcare hospitals approve double-digit pay raises in new contractsInspiration4 mission expands health research on spaceflightStanford researchers: Telemedicine optimization requires training, interoperability
September 3, 2021
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Telehealth and value-based care — with Dr. Andrew Watson

On today's HIMSSCast, we welcome Dr. Andrew Watson, medical director of telehealth for the UPMC health plan, and Susan Morse, Healthcare Finance News managing editor, to discuss the link between telehealth and value-based care: how new payment models can enable adoption of telehealth and how technologies like telehealth can push the industry towards new payment models, as well as the extent to which both of these things have happened during the COVID-19 pandemic.This podcast is part of our Workplace Re-entry series and is brought to you by Zoom for Healthcare. It is a companion piece to this HIMSS TV episode with Danielle Louder.Talking points:Does value-based care make payment parity irrelevant?Telehealth after COVID-19Telehealth is more than video visitsHow technology is driving us toward value-based careHow telehealth and value-based care are working at UPMCHow UPMC uses telehealth for urgent careThe utilization question and supply-induced demandThe future of reimbursementHow telehealth adoption post-COVID is goingTelehealth and behavioral healthAdvice for value-based care implementationMore about this episode:Future of telehealth for health systems depends on infrastructure and analyticsValue-based care gains traction during COVID-19CMS announces a new value-based payment model for rural healthcare providersHIMSSCast: The future of telehealth reimbursementTelehealth is expected to drive $29 billion in healthcare services in 2020athenahealth's VP predicts more value-based care, investor interest and an evening out of telehealth in 2021
September 2, 2021
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An educational course to advance value-based care — with Tray Cockerell and Avra Bowers

Everyone is talking about value-based care, and everyone says it's coming soon. But how soon is soon? And what, specifically, is value-based care? You may be familiar with the concept,  but are you familiar enough that you'd know how to change your workflow if your hospital announced a shift to value-based care tomorrow?To address this information gap, Humana and the University of Houston launched a value-based care education course on Coursera earlier this year. Tray Cockerell, director of strategic relationships at Humana, and Avra Bowers, medical director at Humana, join host Jonah Comstock to discuss the course, how it came about, and why it's needed now.Talking points: How the value-based care course came about Defining value-based care as more than a payment methodValue-based care as team-based, coordinated carePro-active vs reactive care — preventing poor outcomesLimitations of fee for service around social determinants of healthWhat the course does and who it’s forPractical skills around value-based care for providersHow to use the course if your organization hasn’t switched to value-based care yetThe importance of measuring and communicating metricsThe role of technology in the future of value-based careTray and Avra’s parting thoughtsMore about this episode:Humana, University of Houston announce value-based care specialization programValue-based care Specialization on Coursera (the course in question)Humana collaborating with providers to offer value-based care for those with original Medicare2021 will bring more value-based careWe have reached a 'pivotal moment' for value-based careHealth leaders question how, not if, value-based care should be implementedCMS issues roadmap for states to accelerate adoption of value-based care
August 27, 2021
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Top Stories for 8/27

Feinberg’s departure, and Google’s strategic shift, has raised questions about whether big tech firms are truly equipped to take on the healthcare space.
August 26, 2021
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MongoDB Presents: AI, FHIR, and the Cloud: Why Data is the Future of Healthcare

FHIR, AI, and the cloud are reshaping healthcare, radically altering how organizations engage with patients. Learn how to embrace the changes, and drive more meaningful healthcare outcomes with MongoDB. Patients expect a more personal and digitally enabled healthcare experience. In this podcast, Jeff Needham, Principal, Healthcare Solutions and Robert Oberhofer, Head of Product Solutions at MongoDB discuss how the most successful providers and organizations will be those who embrace new technologies, like the cloud, and leverage data to deliver the best patient experiences and health outcomes.
August 23, 2021
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Are digital therapeutics the future of mental health? — with Peter Hames

For a long time, the standard of care in mental and behavioral health has been some combination of pharmaceuticals and talk therapy. But with FDA-cleared, rigorously vetted digital health apps, there's a new piece of the puzzle, and it has the potential to combine the advantages of therapy with the scalability of drugs.In this episode of HIMSSCast, Big Health CEO Peter Hames joins host Jonah Comstock to talk about the future of mental health and lessons learned so far.This episode is brought to you  by Carahsoft.Talking points:What Big Health is all aboutScalable mental health therapiesTreating algorithms and therapies like drugsEfficacy data and safety of digital therapeutics vs drugsHow pharma companies are responding to digital therapeuticsPredicting the future of mental health care Big Health’s partner relationshipsMental health stigma and digital therapeuticsDigital therapeutics have arrivedWhat’s next for Big Health?More about this episode:Sleep, stress app maker Big Health locks in $39M Series B raiseBig Health follows up Sleepio with Daylight, an app for anxietyCVS Health kicks off digital health-friendly service for PBM clients with Big Health’s SleepioSimulation model: Big Health's Sleepio drives greater cost savings than group CBT or drug therapyFrom Big Health:Sleepio randomized controlled trial showing 76% of patients achieved remission from insomnia. Daylight randomized controlled trial showing that 71% of patients achieved remission from clinical anxiety. Economic evaluation of a Fortune 500 employer showing $1,677 lower annualized healthcare costs per employee. JAMA study showing that Sleepio improves broad health outcomes including: functional health, psychological well-being, and sleep-related qualities. 
August 20, 2021
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PatientKeeper Presents: What Health IT in the Cloud Really Means for Providers

Healthcare IT is on the cusp of finally realizing the long-discussed, much-hyped, yet ever-elusive promise of true interoperability. Why now? Because of the cloud, and cloud vendors’ embrace of open standards in their APIs. The cloud also offers other potential benefits to healthcare IT – for instance, wider use of AI and robust analytics – but the real game-changer will be widespread system interoperability. In this podcast, PatientKeeper CTO John Kelly discusses how the migration of health IT to the cloud will make the vast trove of patient data that has been digitized over the past decade more broadly accessible and clinically useful.
August 18, 2021
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Cybersecurity, patient experience and public health dominate HIMSS conversation

This week the HIMSS global conference was back in person after the COVID-19 pandemic sidelined last year's event. After a week packed with hundreds of educational sessions, scores of vendor demonstrations and new meet and greets, the HIMSS Media editors sit down for a debrief on cybersecurity,  patient experience, public health, and more.Talking points:The mood and feel at HIMSS21New cyber attacks require innovations in cybersecurityMore attention paid to the voice of the patientPublic health infrastructure gaps exposed by the pandemicMore work still needed on interoperabilityIncorporating health equity and clinical trial diversity into the conversationAI/ML in a low-key but foundational roleStar Trek and the Jetsons -- models for healthcareSome keynote highlightsCOVID lessons, positive and negativeThe telehealth explosion and its aftermathValue-based care is coming, but when?Notes from the Pharma forumMore about this episode: ONC, CDC want to fix the fragmented public health system COVID-19 exposedHIMSS21 tech news: cloud, analytics and interoperability developmentsUpdates and lessons learned from AstraZeneca, MGH's AMAZE platformGovs. Chris Christie and Terry McAuliffe trade jabs at HIMSS21COVID-19 shined light on new opportunities for public health on social mediaAI is the new paradigm in forecasting infectious disease riskFormer ONC head Rucker: APIs will ‘empower totally new business models’Rainn Wilson makes us grateful for being number twoDHA director: Information and technology drive effective pandemic response
August 13, 2021
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Tegria Presents: Putting the Humanity Back in Healthcare

As technological advances continue to disrupt the traditional primary-care model, providers must find a way to reconcile patients’ expectations for personal attention and on-demand service with an increasingly tech-driven healthcare landscape.
August 7, 2021
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Top Stories for 8/6

COVID-19 pandemic exposes vulnerabilities in the digital ecosystem; CMS anticipates $33 Medicare Part D Premiums . Plus: WellSky is deepens its social determinants of health offerings by acquiring Healthify.Links to the stories:Healthcare data breaches on the riseMedicare Part D average premiums to increase nearly 5% in 2022, CMS saysWellSky beefs up community care tools with Healthify acquisition
August 6, 2021
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The future of telehealth reimbursement — with Oleg Bestsennyy and Gunjan Khanna

Limitations and uncertainty around telehealth reimbursement have always been an impediment to adoption. During the COVID-19 emergency, that burden was eased somewhat, but now the new normal is starting to take shape. What barriers still remain to telehealth reimbursement, and how might they be overcome?  To answer that question, host Jonah Comstock and Healthcare Finance News Managing Editor Susan Morse welcome McKinsey & Company Partners Oleg Bestsennyy and Gunjan Khanna.This episode is brought to you by BlueJeans.Talking points:COVID-19 reimbursement changes and which of them will stick aroundAdoption lessons learned and how they’ll influence reimbursement policyHolistic tele-care and care beyond the video visitInfluence of new entrants and innovation on the spaceIs fee-for-service reimbursement an innovation blocker?Reimbursement for different telehealth modalitiesTime to lead rather than follow for private payers?The still-unresolved question of induced utilizationThe rise of value-based care and hybrid care modelsTelehealth reimbursement and health equityHow are patients feeling about telehealth now?Final thoughts: the future of telehealth reimbursementMore about this episode:Report shows 'vast improvement' in state telehealth reimbursement policiesCOVID-19 may permanently alter the telehealth landscape, from reimbursement to utilizationTelehealth reimbursement parity spurs insurer concerns of overutilizationCMS will reimburse for 11 new telehealth services during the public health emergencyTelehealth: A quarter-trillion-dollar post-COVID-19 reality? (McKinsey)COVID-19 Consumer Healthcare Insights: What 2021 may hold (McKinsey)How COVID-19 has changed the way US consumers think about healthcare (McKinsey)
August 5, 2021
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Citrix Presents: Simplifying the clinical experience as a part of the Digital Transformation journey.

Health systems across the board are increasingly embracing digital transformation initiatives as the impact of the pandemic subsides.  The events of the past year have highlighted areas in need of immediate change that demand a different approach.  Key among these changes is simplification of the clinical IT experience, reducing and removing IT backpressure that distracts caregivers from the clinical experience.  By deliberately approaching the resources and information clinicians need, presented as a simplified and aggregated set of tools, Healthcare IT can accelerate the digital transformation efforts.
August 5, 2021
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How COVID-19 changed Zoom — with Heidi West

2020 was the year that "Zoom" entered our vocabulary as a verb meaning "to video chat". For Zoom it was a year that their customer base exploded, including in the healthcare space. It was a year of validation for the then nine-year-old tech company, but also a year of the sorts of challenges that come from rapid, unexpected scaling. On today's HIMSSCast, Zoom Head of Healthcare joins guest host Kat Jercich to look back at  a tumultuous time, and look ahead to the future.This episode is brought to you by Zoom.Talking points:Zoom’s pre-pandemic healthcare business and how it changedFactors that helped Zoom in healthcare thrive during the pandemicDealing with a huge uptake in customer and end user volumePatient engagement with telehealth, a pleasant surpriseFocusing on convenience and flexibility, with or without reimbursementAccommodating people with disabilities and different needsZoom’s journey to ubiquityDealing with Zoom bombing and other security and privacy challengesZoom’s mission to “deliver happiness”Looking ahead to the future at ZoomMore about this episode:How to ensure your telehealth offering is up to codeWhat Zoom is bringing to telemedicineEnterprise video conferencing company Zoom teams up with Epic to launch configurable telehealth platformTriHealth switches to Zoom for pandemic, sees 3,650% increase in telehealth useUsing Zoom with Epic to bring telehealth to kids during COVID-19Weaving Zoom into workflow and updating EHR saves clinic during COVID-19
August 4, 2021
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Hyland Presents: Calming the chaos: Managing Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) content within your enterprise

As Point-of-Care Ultrasound use continues to proliferate through the healthcare landscape, organizations are being challenged to properly capture, manage, and integrate that imaging content with the rest of the enterprise. It is imperative to develop a strategy early in your adoption of POCUS for consistent management of all types of clinical images. Proper planning ensures their availably and integrity for both clinical care and future research efforts. Julie McDonald, RN (Senior Customer Success Manager) and Lyle McMillin (Product Manager) will walk you through considerations and best practices Hyland has discovered for developing end-to-end POCUS workflows.
August 4, 2021
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HIMSS21 Changemaker Podcast: Isaiah Nathaniel

In this new episode of the HIMSS21 Changemaker Podcast series, a HIMSSCast production, Healthcare IT News Executive Editor Mike Miliard speaks with Isaiah Nathaniel, chief information officer at Delaware Valley Community Health, a private, non-profit health system, based in Philadelphia, that provides medical, dental and behavioral health services to patients – whether or not they're able to pay.In this interview, Nathaniel explains how Delaware Valley Community Health, which operates seven Federally Qualified Health Centers in the region, was able to respond to the early days of the COVID-19 public health emergency, and configuring and scaling up its IT resources and telehealth capabilities. He talks about interoperability, public health information exchange, vaccine outreach, SDOH data management and much more.In June, HIMSS (parent company of Healthcare IT News) named the first recipients of the Changemakers in Health Awards, meant to recognize leaders worldwide who are harnessing information and technology toward better health outcomes. The awardees will be recognized at the 2021 HIMSS Global Health Conference & Exhibition, scheduled for August 9-13 in Las Vegas. Check back in the weeks and months ahead for more podcast interviews with other healthcare leaders from this year's list.Themes and talking points in this Changemaker Podcast episode:The importance and the value of FQHCsHow DVCH was able to maintain its full workforce during the pandemicDeploying telehealth capabilities in just a week and a halfEnabling interoperability that's equitableBuilding technology that better serves the patient and provider experienceLinks related to this episode:HIMSS names 2021 Changemaker Award winnersThe role of health systems in empowering communitiesHospitals facing big hurdles to public health data reportingDigital health literacy as a social determinant of healthFCC awards Massachusetts FQHC Telehealth Consortium $3.1MDigital health tools can help with COVID-19 vaccine hesitancyMedical groups urge racial data collection efforts for COVID-19 vaccinations
August 2, 2021
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Allscripts Presents: 'Simple is hard’, especially when you’re creating a new product for a complicated system like healthcare.

Jenna Date and Adam Paulisick will share their ‘how to’s’ on the interactions, environment and process it takes to make services and products simple. They collaborated with a brilliant cross-functional team, and together they created a mobile interface for physicians. The team started with empathy for the doctors they served, they mixed in Human-Centered Design and a good dose of the agile development process. What emerged was a simple product; built by, and for, physicians. With wit, speed and a bit of humor, Jenna and Adam will retell their story, and reveal the growth mindset and 'secret sauce' that made the team’s collaboration a success for the physicians they serve.
August 2, 2021
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Top Stories for 7/30

Amwell pursues M&A to grow into new markets; AMA joins the call for mandatory vaccines for healthcare workers . Plus: The Department of Veterans Affairs will not continue to deploy its Cerner electronic health record at any more sites for at least the next six months.Links to the stories:Amwell furthers behavioral health, patient automation services via SilverCloud, Conversa Health M&AAMA adds voice to providers and others calling for vaccine mandates for healthcare workersVA will stop Cerner EHR rollouts until next year
July 30, 2021
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Another blockbuster quarter for digital health funding — with Heather Mack

Host Jonah Comstock and MobiHealthNews Managing Editor Laura Lovett welcome Heather Mack — former MobiHealthNews Associate Editor and now the head of content and editorial and Greylock Partners — to look back at another serious  funding quarter for digital health, and identify some of the trends that drove the investment.This episode is brought to you by OnTrak.Talking points:How the pandemic exposed the promise, and importance, of digital healthMental health care as a major investment trend in the quarterIs "digital health" just health now?People are realizing how much digital health can doDigital health is here to stay — not a bubbleAdoption, not innovation, is the current biggest driverTelehealth beyond the video visitOnline healthcare habits are becoming the normWhat's the over-saturation risk for digital health niches?SPACs and IPOs — what do they mean?M&As — consolidation vs diversificationThe impact of Amazon Haven's rise and fallQuiet innovation in backend AI/MLExpectations for the second half of the yearMore about this episode:Q2 wraps up with more than $6.2 billion in digital health investmentsHealthcare automation startup Olive scores $400MDigital MSK startup SWORD Health lands $85M in Series CWith more mega deals on the table, 2021 has already surpassed last year's funding total, says Rock Health reportMaker of computerized cardiac models HeartFlow to go public via $2.4B SPAC mergerBaby tech company Owlet hits NYSE after closing SPAC mergerMultimodal primary care provider Carbon Health scores $350M to become largest in the U.S. and more digital health fundingsWeight loss app Noom scores $540M in Series F fundingRo raises $500M, bringing its D2C virtual care business to a $5B valuationOscar Health's CEO on how insurance companies have transformed during COVID-19Amazon Pharmacy offers customers six months of prescription medication for $6
July 29, 2021
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Making telehealth usable for everyone — with Amy Sheon

Despite the widespread adoption telehealth saw during the COVID-19 pandemic, many telehealth deployments still fall short of real user-friendliness, providing less-than-ideal patient experiences, especially for certain populations that might have less access to reliable internet or less experience with telecommunications.On this episode, guest host and Healthcare IT News Senior Editor Kat Jercich welcomes Amy Sheon, research director at the Telehealth Equity Coalition, to discuss this  important topic.This episode is brought to you by BlueJeans.Talking points:For whom is telehealth not working?Why it took health systems some time to tumble to their equity challengesTesting devices on the right groupsCommunity health workers might be the key to reaching difficult populationsThe Telehealth Equity CoalitionOther resources available for people making telehealth offerings more equitableEquity issues around internet access and digital redliningWhat can telehealth vendors do?Policy solutions for health equityTelehealth accessibility for people with disabilitiesAsynchronous communication as an accommodationMore about this episode:To achieve healthcare equity, telehealth must be expanded to rural and underserved communities Telehealth used less in disadvantaged areas, Health Affairs study findsEliminating audio-only telehealth coverage could put safety net clinics at riskWomen are less likely to use video for telehealth careTelehealth may worsen digital divide for people with disabilitiesTelehealth has enabled wider access during COVID-19 – but not for everyoneCould telehealth worsen inequity? 'Not under my watch,' says HHS Sec. BecerraHims & Hers, ATA, and 10 others launch Telehealth Equity Coalition
July 28, 2021
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Mobile Heartbeat Presents: Perspectives & Possibilities in the Clinical Communications & Collaboration Industry

Mobile Heartbeat CEO, Ron Remy, shares his perspective on the evolving clinical communication & communication landscape across the healthcare continuum. He explores the developing market needs and emerging trends that are informing the roadmap of his company.
July 26, 2021
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Optum Presents: Learn how enterprise IT strategies can enable modernizationfor improved care outcomes and enhanced provider and patient experiences

Hear how enterprise IT strategies present numerous opportunities for improving and transforming healthcare including; improving administrative efficiencies, facilitating clinical advancement, and improving staff efficiency across numerous health system departments. As organizations look for a competitive edge, a cohesive IT strategy is critical to avoid the short-term outcomes of patch work approaches.
July 26, 2021
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Top Stories for 7/23

Direct contracting reimbursement model proving popular among payers and providers; Mass General teams with YouTube to tackle medical disinformation. Also: Gamified strategies show only modest success in changing people's health behaviors.Links to the stories: Providers, payers see direct contracting's capitation as an important move to value-based careYouTube tapped to support access to accurate medical infoGamification boosts physical activity, healthy behaviors in new study
July 23, 2021
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Hospital lessons learned from COVID-19 — with Paul Coyne, Joe Fisne, and Bill Siwicki

For the past several months, Healthcare IT News Features Editor Bill Siwicki has been writing a series on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic for hospitals throughout the US. For this installment of HIMSSCast, Bill and host Jonah Comstock are joined by Paul Coyne, NP,  clinical practice and chief nursing informatics officer at the Hospital for Special Surgery, and Joe Fisne, associate chief information officer at Geisinger Health System, to discuss some of the biggest learnings to come out of the series.This podcast is brought to you by Zoom and is a companion to 'Telehealth is here to stay', episode 1 of our Workplace Re-entry series.Talking pointsHow COVID taught us how fast we can innovateThe importance of video conferencing, internally as well as externallyPhysician collaboration and rapid prototypingHow COVID-19 aligned priorities within hospitalsAn unexpected lesson: Hospital HR systems need improvementComfortable vs uncomfortable innovationThe future of telehealth utilizationMore about this episodeHealth IT Lessons Learned During the COVID-19 Era (Bill's series)Hospital IT leaders talk lessons learned from a tough pandemic yearWhat does the 'after COVID-19' business look like? IT leaders weigh inCIOs plan on refined telehealth, faster deployments, more collaborative toolsHow IT leaders are reimagining and repurposing technologies to handle new challengesBurnout in the Age of COVID-19 (Bill's previous series)
July 23, 2021
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Lenovo Presents: Securing Care Anywhere: Managing Security and Privacy Compliance in a Distributed Healthcare Workforce

Security is not just a hardware or software issue. Privacy is not a static filter and safety is not just about signage.  Our world has changed, along with the working environment, threat landscape, and the lines between work and life.  Today’s IT Leaders need tools to address compliance. Technology partners can help IT Leaders address privacy, security, and safety compliance issues.  In this podcast, we will discuss these 3 compliance focus areas and give real world advice on how IT Leaders address these areas with support from their technology partners.
July 22, 2021
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HP Presents: What’s up Doc? Empowering Patient First Care Teams on the New Frontier of Care Delivery

The 2020s mark the transition to digital-first healthcare. By 2023, 65% of patients worldwide will have accessed care through a digital front door as healthcare providers look for better ways to improve access, engagement, and experiences across all services. As such, the rapid adoption of virtual reality, 3D print, telehealth, artificial intelligence (AI), microfluidics and other innovative technologies are enabling healthcare providers and patients to access their information conveniently and in real time. Such digital enabled technologies are supporting care coordination across the care continuum, connecting providers and patients, and bringing care to patients when and where it is needed. However, this rapid march to digital transformation has also shone a harsh spotlight on the digital divide in healthcare. According to the Pew Research Center, nearly 1 in 8 Americans lives in poverty, with low-income individuals having lower rates of smartphone ownership (71%), home broadband access (59%), Internet use (82%), and basic digital literacy (53%).Listen in as Fran Ayalasomayajula, HP’s Head of Digital Strategies and Daniel Colling, Global Head of Healthcare Solutions and Practice talk about patient-first technology innovations ranging from VR, 3D Print and AI to Hospital at Home, Point-of-Care Diagnostics and Intelligent Care Coordination. In this episode, we’ll explore what happens when such technologies are developed and intentionally implemented with these communities in mind. This will be an engaging discussion on the new frontier of care delivery, one that brings all providers and patients together and has a positive impact on patient outcomes. 
July 21, 2021
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PatientKeeper Presents: What We Learned About Health IT During the Pandemic

The pandemic showed healthcare organizations the importance of mobility, collaboration and streamlining clinical workflow. Going forward, IT departments can better support providers in delivering patient care by leveraging these lessons.
July 20, 2021
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Masimo Presents: There's No Place Like Home: How Hospital Automation Is Elevating Telehealth to Bring the Hospital to the Home

Explore the most pressing challenges of the post-COVID landscape, and discover how Hospital Automation technology is the linchpin of an elevated telehealth platform that bothpatients and clinicians can depend on.
July 19, 2021
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Peeking into the future of healthcare — with Tom Kiesau, Lauren Goodman, Shreesh Tiwari, and Dr. Darryl Gibbings-Isaac

Among the many offerings at HIMSS21 is The Future of Healthcare, a continuation of the State of Healthcare data-driven virtual event HIMSS hosted back in June. On this special episode of HIMSSCast, we welcome all four HIMSS Trust Partners and presenters to give a sneak peak of what's to come at the August event.Host Jonah Comstock and MobiHealthNews Managing Editor Laura Lovett speak with Tom Kiesau, director and digital health leader at the Chartis Group; Lauren Goodman, director of market intelligence at HIMSS; Shreesh Tiwari, a principal at ZS; and Dr. Darryl Gibbings-Isaac, a senior manager in Accenture’s Health Strategy Practice.Talking points:State of Healthcare takeawaysTension between learning technology lessons and getting back to normalPatient attitudes about machine learning and artificial intelligenceProviders still looking for value proposition for AI, digital health adoption barriersHow payers are embracing technological innovationThe future of digital health investmentUncertainties: What will big tech companies do? What will providers prioritize?More uncertainties: Value-based care adoption, interoperability and patient data accessGenerational differences in patient attitudesNew competitive threats for health systems, payersKeeping health equity and patient-centricity in mind as we build healthcare’s futureThe importance of trust in healthcareTechnology’s potential to humanize healthcareHow COVID-19 has and hasn’t changed healthcareMore about this episode:Register for HIMSS21The State of Healthcare, ICYMIThe Future of HealthcareHIMSSCast: State of Healthcare recap and Future of Healthcare preview68% of health system execs plan deeper AI investments to meet strategic goalsAtrium Health's quick turnaround allowed for digital innovation during the pandemicPatients are looking to go back to brick-and-mortar post pandemicOscar Health's CEO on how insurance companies have transformed during COVID-19Payers focus on artificial intelligence and machine learning
July 16, 2021
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Top stories for 7/16

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has flagged unreliable IT infrastructure cost estimates; A recently approved Alzheimer’s drug could strain Medicaid budgets . Plus: Amazon gets FCC clearance for radar sensors for remote sleep monitoring.Links to the stories:VA EHR update: Watchdog flags unreliable cost estimates, training deficienciesNew Alzheimer's drug could cost Medicaid more than $2 billionFCC gives Amazon green light to use radar for monitoring sleep
July 16, 2021
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Masimo Presents: Hospital Automation: Making Data Meaningful

Explore the most pressing challenges of the post-COVID landscape, and discover how Hospital Automation technology is the linchpin of an elevated telehealth platform that bothpatients and clinicians can depend on.
July 15, 2021
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Hyland Presents: Prepare yourself for a move to the cloud.

In this episode, we discuss some of the key steps in moving to the cloud, focusing on four core concepts to help make your migration as smooth as possible.  Understanding your workloads, people and processes are critical to any major shift in operations, but this is magnified with a shift into cloud environments.  We talk with Jonnie Irvine, a Principal Architect with Hyland Cloud Services with experience in public and private cloud migrations from both sides of the process.
July 13, 2021
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New York FQHC fine-tunes its IT strategy for pandemic response and recovery

In the inaugural episode of The Changemaker Podcast, Alison Connelly-Flores, CMIO at Bronx-based Urban Health Plan, describes the hard-hit early days of COVID-19, strategies for vaccine distribution and the value of social determinants of health.
July 9, 2021
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Top Stories for 7/9

Medical, social services organizations advocate for passage of a new social determinants of health bill; Fitbit files patent for a ring that collects medical data . Plus: Supreme Court to hear challenge to HHS move to cut 340B drug reimbursement.Links to the stories:Hundreds of stakeholders support passage of SDOH bill in CongressFitbit patent reveals it could be working on a health monitoring ringSupreme Court to decide legality of drug payment cuts to 340B hospitals
July 9, 2021
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Top Stories for 7/2

CMS lacks authority to ensure hospital preparedness for next pandemic, says OIG; Virtual health company Ro plans to buy Kit in second acquisition in two months . Plus: Telehealth usage starting to decline as the pandemic wanes.Links to the stories:OIG says CMS lacks authority to ensure hospital safety during pandemicsRo purchases at-home diagnostic company Kit, marking its second M&A in two monthsReport: Telehealth use beginning to taper
July 2, 2021
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Healthcare's great consolidation — with Scott Shreeve

The last 18 months in digital health have been tumultuous, to say the least, but as companies consolidate and go public some order is starting to emerge from the chaos. Scott Shreeve, CEO of Crossover Health, has some theories about what that is going to look like. Scott and host Jonah Comstock discuss payers, employers, providers, and patients and their relationships of trust and incentives in the newest episode of HIMSSCast.Talking points:Consolidation in the telehealth spaceComparing today’s telehealth landscape to the platform wars of the pastA Cambrian explosion in digital healthThe pillars of “full stack” primary careDifferent approaches to digital health plays, and how they’ve evolvedWhy the employer makes sense as a customer, and how that dovetails with patient-centricityThe role for a new kind of provider entityTrust as a currency in healthcareThe future of healthcare payment modelsThe difference in incentives between insurers and employersWhat effective incentive alignment looks likeMore about this episode:The Great Consolidation, Part 1: The Employer Health Platform WarsThe Great Consolidation, Part 2: The Four Pillars of Full Stack CareThe Great Consolidation, Part 3: The Three Organizing Categories for Employer Health ServicesThe Great Consolidation, Part 4: Trust as the Currency of Future HealthDigital-backed care provider Crossover Health hauls in $168M Series DWhy Crossover Health shut down Sherpaa, and how it's taking its lessons into the future
July 1, 2021
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Top Stories for 6/25

Scripps Health hit with multiple lawsuits following a ransomware attack; Amazon Web Services seeks to boost technical training for 10 digital startups. Plus: Five Blues plans launch for-profit pharmacy solutions startup.Links to the stories:Scripps Health hit with class action suits after ransomware attackAWS looks to digital health with new acceleratorFive Blues plans launch Evio, a for-profit company focused on lowering drug prices
June 25, 2021
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Unpacking Apple's new health records news — with Michael Abrams

At WWDC this month, Apple announced new health sharing features that allow users to share their health records and patient-generated data with family, caregivers, or their healthcare provider.  On today's HIMSSCast, Michael Abrams, managing partner at Numerof & Associates, joins host Jonah Comstock to discuss the news and how it fits in the larger context of the healthcare system.Talking points:Context for Apple’s latest health records announcementThe impact of the new Apple capabilitiesHow Apple is set up against the competitionApple’s ecosystem playAre patients ready to own and control their health data?Are physicians ready for patient-generated health data?Injecting coaches and other stakeholders to fill the data usage gapWellness, prevention, and systemic incentivesDo tech companies see value-based care on the horizon?The rise of the "payvider"Technology and the bottom lineMore about this episode:Apple adds walking stability, family and provider health sharing, and more at WWDC 2021Apple's new health data sharing feature is part of the patient-controlled data trendApple Health Records launches out of beta with 39 health systemsHow patient-generated data contributes to clinician burnoutThe real-time health system: Adapting healthcare to the new normal
June 25, 2021
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State of Healthcare recap and Future of Healthcare preview — with Hal Wolf

Earlier this week, HIMSS Trust Partners from the HIMSS, the Chartis Group, Accenture, and ZS came together to share new data and insights at the HIMSS State of Healthcare event. If you missed it, you can still register and check out the event on demand here.But on this week's HIMSSCast, host Jonah Comstock and MobiHealthNews Managing Editor Laura Lovett discuss some of the most interesting things they heard at the event. Then stay tuned for a special segment with HIMSS CEO Hal Wolf, who talks about what's to come at the companion, in-person event Future of Healthcare, scheduled for HIMSS 21 in Las Vegas in August.Talking points:Changes in consumer attitudes about telehealthThe state of healthcare from the patient’s perspectiveWhat’s holding back the “low-hanging fruit” technologies?Which changes are staying and which are going “back to normal”?AI & ML: Providers are bullish in general but light on specifics, while patients are generally uncomfortable but excited when they hear specificsHospitals are bouncing back financially, but were lessons learned?Are hospitals underestimating new competitive threats?Looking ahead at the Future of Healthcare eventHow COVID-19 changed everything, and the role technology has to playHow healthcare could follow in the footsteps of auto manufacturingFuture of Healthcare highlightsMore about this episode:68% of health system execs plan deeper AI investments to meet strategic goalsPayers focus on artificial intelligence and machine learningTo make new tech implementations work, patient consultant says to focus on the personOscar Health's CEO on how insurance companies have transformed during COVID-19Atrium Health's quick turnaround allowed for digital innovation during the pandemic
June 18, 2021
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Top Stories for 6/18

A direct-to-consumer telehealth company looks to expand globally with new acquisition; AHA asks Express Scripts to rescind its 340B claims policy. Also: EHRs say customers can establish greater patient control over record-sharing with Apple Health app.Links to the stories: Hims & Hers eyes UK expansion with Honest Health acquisitionAHA wants Express Scripts to rescind 340B claims reporting policyCerner, Meditech to support record-sharing via Apple
June 18, 2021
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IMO Presents: Overcoming challenges for data aggregation and management post-pandemic

Health Current’s CIO Keith Parker and IMO’s Chief Strategy Officer Dale Sanders discuss big data management in healthcare: challenges and lessons learned.
June 16, 2021
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Top Stories for 6/11

UnitedHealthcare institutes policy allowing it to retroactively deny ED claims; Apple unveils walking stability assessments in iPhone update . Also: Mount Sinai Health System teams with Caregility and Language Line to help cater to patients with limited English proficiency.Links to the stories:UnitedHealthcare looks to retroactively deny emergency room claimsApple adds walking stability, family and provider health sharing, and more at WWDC 2021Mount Sinai eases translation in 200 languages through its Epic telehealth platform
June 11, 2021
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How Oscar Health is taking on legacy players to bring innovation to health insurance — with Mario Schlosser

These days, insuretech is its own burgeoning startup ecosystem. But in 2012, a startup elbowing into a space dominated by big longterm players like United, Humana, Cigna, and the Blues was audacious and unheard of. Enter Oscar Health, the health insurance startup that’s been pushing the envelope, exploring ways technology can improve the experience. For today's HIMSSCast, Oscar CEO Mario Schlosser joins host Jonah Comstock and Healthcare Finance News Managing Editor Susan Morse to tell his story and answer some questions about the company's latest moves. Along the way we discuss telehealth, value-based care, and more.Be sure to check out Mario next week at the HIMSS State of Healthcare event on June 15th, where he'll represent the payer perspective on a panel of healthcare experts.Talking points:What makes Oscar’s full-stack approach to technology differentDifferentiators: Automation, virtual primary care, +OscarMajor factors driving trends in healthcareHow COVID boosted the virtual primary care businessHow Oscar overcame (and overcomes) healthcare’s first-mover curse‘Shifting the battlefield” toward value-based careDriving Oscar towards profitabilityOscar’s relationship with Cigna, and with other payersMoving toward the frontier of risk-based paymentsWhy telemedicine and value-based care need each otherThe Catch-22 of risk-sharing in healthcareThe emerging “orthogonal” healthcare systemThe last mile in telehealthIncreasing provider interest in being in the health plan businessMore about this episode:With $400M injection, tech-savvy health insurer Oscar eyes 1M member mark (from 2016)Alphabet's $375 million in Oscar Health will expand insurer into Medicare Advantage business (from 2018) Oscar's new program aims to give providers and third-party payors access to its tech-backed insurance platformCigna, Oscar plan to expand affordable coverage for small businesses in ConnecticutOscar launches no-cost virtual primary care in planned 2021 expansionTech-minded insurance company Oscar Health announces IPOHealth insuretech company Oscar scores $225M in new fundingOscar lands $140M more as it prepares to scale in 2021
June 11, 2021
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From big pharma to the startup world — with Eugene Borukhovich

Eugene Borukhovich, COO of YourCoach, former global head of digital health at Bayer, and co-host of the podcast "A Shot of Digital Health Therapy", joins HIMSSCast for a wide-ranging discussion about his career and his unique perspective on digital health and health innovation. Be sure to check out host Jonah Comstock's appearance on Eugene's podcast as well.Talking points:YourCoach: Applying digital health ideas to health coachingHow the business of YourCoach came togetherMissing pieces in the healthcare pictureEugene’s experience in pharma and how it set him up for the entrepreneur worldDoing things better versus doing better thingsLessons learned from the health accelerator spaceEugene’s book-in-progress “Hard Pill to Swallow”The health tech podcast experienceEugene’s thoughts on the current funding boomThoughts about the term "patient engagement"More about this episode: YourCoach looks to employer space with new version of wellness platformWith many regulatory barriers clear, remaining roadblocks for digital therapeutics are cultural, logisticalBayer plans launch of US accelerator focused on self care marketsDigital health completes a record-breaking first quarter driven by mega dealsHard Pill to Swallow on Substack
June 9, 2021
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Top Stories for 6/4

President Joe Biden’s proposed 2022 budget includes funds set aside for healthcare, including health IT infrastructure and the Strategic National Stockpile. Plus: A new digital health accelerator with a focus on pharma.Links to the stories:HHS: Biden's FY22 budget will invest in pandemic preparedness, expanding affordable careBiden's $6T budget includes cybersecurity, broadband infrastructureNew accelerator aims to help pharma and digital health companies get on the same page
June 4, 2021
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Age-related cognitive decline is not inevitable — with Dr. Charles Alessi

Is losing your mental faculties just a part of getting older? In his new book, Dr. Charles Alessi, HIMSS Chief Clinical Officer, says no. Host Jonah Comstock welcomes Dr. Alessi to discuss "Increase Your Brainability — and Reduce Your Risk of Dementia", his recently published book with co-authors Larry Chambers and Sir Muir Gray.Talking pointsWhy write this book now? Reducing the mystery and misinformation about dementiaDr. Alessi’s co-authors, Muir Gray and Larry ChambersMisconceptions about dementia and inevitabilityNew technology addressing cognitive declineResilience and neural plasticityOther things people can do to stave off cognitive declineQuestioning the inevitability of agingThe digital divide and the importance of designing products for older peopleThe link between mental and physical healthMore about this episodeOrder the bookImproving education levels, heart health trigger decline in dementia prevalence, JAMA study saysClinical trial explores whether video conversations can prevent dementia in isolated seniorsNewly launched, Brain U Online aims to stymie dementia in aging consumersInterSystems, Cognetivity partner on early dementia detection
June 4, 2021
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Top Stories for 5/28

Hospital financial performance beginning to improve, though there’s still a long road ahead; Google helps fund new data platform that highlights COVID-19 impacts on marginalize communities . Plus: FBI warns of Conti ransomware attacks on healthcare and first responder networks.Links to the stories:Hospitals saw gains in volume, revenue and margin in April, finds Kaufman HallGoogle rolls out Health Equity Tracker platform, highlighting disparities between communitiesFBI warns of Conti ransomware attacks targeting U.S. healthcare networks
May 28, 2021
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Telehealth in the trenches — with Carol Hornbeck and Edwin Shurig

In this very special episode of HIMSSCast, host Jonah Comstock welcomes his mother Carol Hornbeck, a marriage and family therapist in Minneapolis, and her colleague Edwin Shurig, a mental health counselor in Indianapolis. Along with Healthcare IT News Senior Editor Kat Jercich, we discuss what it was like for small practices and independent therapists to make the sudden move to telehealth in the face of COVID-19 — and how the experience will shape the future of their practice.This podcast is brought to you by OnTrak.  Talking pointsEdwin and Carol’s telehealth experiences prior to the pandemicWhich telehealth tools helped with the transitionPros and cons of teletherapyTelehealth: Great for couples, tough for kidsGoing beyond telehealth: apps in the session roomTherapeutic applications of fitness apps and trackers Thoughts on teletherapy startupsThe importance of therapists connecting to each otherRegulatory challenges of teletherapy— especially licensureHow Edwin and Carol will use telehealth going forwardPayment parity and reimbursement challengesAdvice for telehealth tech vendorsMore about this episodeThe Virtual Care Paradigm Episode 1The Virtual Care Paradigm Episode 2Carol on "Talking Your Way to Change"COVID-19 ratcheting up demand for virtual behavioral healthcare, Cigna findsTelehealth use on rise for behavioral healthNow is the time for providers to be proactive about telehealthTeladoc Health data shows virtual mental healthcare boom
May 28, 2021
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IMO Presents: Interoperability enables effective patient data management

Angel Mena, MD, and Steven Rube, MD, discuss the challenges of managing and sharing patient data post-pandemic and lessons learned from the COVID-19 crisis. Merging clinical, technical and data realms to capture and share patient data most effectively has been ramping up quickly during the pandemic, according to Steven Rube, MD, Senior Vice President, Global Clinical Services, IMO. He and Angel Mena, MD, Adult Medicine Physician, TriHealth, and  CMIO of Clinician Collaboration Platform, Halo Health, share their expertise on adapting technology to the clinical world in this podcast.Specifically, Mena and Rube talk about:The impact of the pandemic on provider organizations' access to patient dataHow technology can overcome bottlenecks to patient data accessLessons learned to ensure accessing complete picture of patients post-pandemic
May 27, 2021
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Decentralized clinical trials in 2021 — with John Reites

The first technology-enabled remote clinical trial was launched nearly a decade ago, and that field — now generally referred to as "decentralized clinical trials" — has been advancing and gaining traction ever since. But, like so many other remote tools, it's been greatly accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic.On today's HIMSSCast, host Jonah Comstock and MobiHealthNews Managing Editor Laura Lovett welcome John Reites, CEO and cofounder of THREAD Research, to give us an update on where this new paradigm for clinical trials is today, and where it's headed.Talking points:The effect of the pandemic on decentralized clinical trialsReconciling cultural differences between pharma and techHow vaccine trials are their own animalHow decentralized trials can help improve clinical trial diversityThe role of consumer wearables in clinical trials todayWhy clinical trial innovation must be globalHow physicians, researchers, and patients are responding to new clinical trial modelsWhat everyone should know about decentralized clinical trialsMore about this episode:THREAD ResearchThat Apple videoTrials and tribulations – the new world of decentralized trialsSpurred by the pandemic, AI is driving decentralized clinical trialsVirtual clinical research company Thread acquired by two private equity firmsExo raises $40M for handheld ultrasound; decentralized trial platforms raise nearly $100M; and more digital health funding newsCurrent Health launches decentralized clinical trial initiativeDecentralized clinical trial startup Florence lands $80M for company growthLabcorp updates its clinical trial process with a technology-enabled platformThe year for mobile-enabled clinical trials: 2013 or 2030? (Throwback #1)ResearchKit update: Notes from the field on trial retention, Android integration, and more (Throwback #2)
May 21, 2021
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Top Stories for 5/21

Cyberattack leads to a network outage at Scripps Health; HRSA tells 6 drugmakers they’re in violation of the 340B statute. Also: Google using AI to help patients find answers to dermatology questions.Links to the stories:Scripps Health network still down, 2 weeks after cyberattackSix drugmakers are in violation of 340B statute, says HRSAGoogle gives a sneak peek into its new AI dermatology assistant
May 21, 2021
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Twilio Presents: Consumerization in Healthcare for Patients and Providers

Susan Collins, Twilio’s Global Head of Healthcare Services, joins us to discuss the changing landscape of healthcare and the need to consider both the provider and patient when thinking about consumerization. Learn about strategies healthcare organizations can take to create a sustainable patient-centric experience that enhances value-based care.
May 17, 2021
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Security at smart hospitals — with Thanos Drougkas

Smart hospital rooms are on the horizon, with some medical centers already rolling them out. In addition to cost and logistics as limiting factors, health systems must consider cybersecurity and resilience when implementing smart room technology.  On today's episode HITN Senior Editor Kat Jercich speaks with Thanos Drougkas, a network and information security expert at the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA).This is part three of a three-part podcast series on hospital network security brought to you by Aruba Networks.Talking points:What is a smart hospital?Advantages of remote patient monitoring and smart hospital techSecurity challenges of smart hospitalsCybersecurity threats: Looking beyond the malicious outsiderHow the pandemic has affected smart hospitalsHow cybersecurity threats can impact patient careBest practices for smart hospital securityMore about this episode:Understanding smart hospitals and why most aren't there yetSmart buildings present a unique healthcare cybersecurity threatHow to assess the security of hospital IoTHow healthcare organizations can enhance RPM security, resiliency
May 14, 2021
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Top Stories for 5/14

CaptureRx ransomware attack exposes patient information from multiple provider systems; Insurers are concerned that telehealth reimbursement parity may lead to overutilization. Also: Bigfoot Biomedical receives FDA clearance for its Bigfoot Unity Diabetes Management System.Links to the stories:Thousands of patient records exposed after ransomware attack on CaptureRxTelehealth reimbursement parity spurs insurer concerns of overutilizationFDA greenlights Bigfoot Biomedical's insulin recommending diabetes management system
May 14, 2021
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A beginner's guide to SASE frameworks — with Samuel Hill

New trends in computing require new frameworks and architectures, so that when stakeholders want to merge or collaborate they can trust that their technologies will work together. For edge computing, that framework is Secure Access Service Edge, or SASE. This network architecture rolls software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) and security into a single cloud service. Samuel Hill, senior manager for healthcare at Aruba Networks, joins host Jonah Comstock to dig into what SASE is and why it's important for healthcare technologists to know about.This podcast is brought to you by Aruba Networks.Talking points:Why SASE is coming out strong as the pandemic abatesWhat SASE is and why it makes sense as more work goes remoteHealthcare as an illustrative use case for SASEHospital use case example: radiologySecurity implications of SASE frameworksBenefits and drawbacks of SASEHow SASE relates to SD-WAN and SD-BranchTips for implementing a SASE frameworkWhat is ZeroTrust and how does it fit in?More about this episode:Last week on HIMSSCast: Edge Computing 101 with Tao ZhangHealth passports and distancing tools among COVID-19 tech climbing Gartner Hype CyclePonemon SurveyATM Digital: WAN & Security TransformationTheresa Payton Keynote
May 7, 2021
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Top Stories for 5/7

Biden Administration aims to get 70% of Americans at least one vaccine dose by July 4; Healthcare among the top industries affected by tracked ransomware incidents . Also: Employer health benefits management platform Collective Health has scores $280 million in Series F funding .Links to the stories:Biden sets new goal of 70% of adults getting the COVID-19 vaccine by July 4Healthcare hackers demanded an average ransom of $4.6M last year, says BakerHostetlerCollective Health scores $280M to scale employer health benefits platform
May 7, 2021
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IMO Presents: Women in Health IT: Gender Equity Is the Ultimate Goal

Encouraging girls and young women to study for careers in health IT is ongoing. Experts say it will take years to reach gender parity. In this podcast, IMO CEO Ann Barnes talks about her philosophy on what’s needed now, the changes she’s made in her company and how the health IT industry can come together to bring about gender equity in a cohesive, collaborative way.In this podcast, we’ll discuss:•Learning from one another to bring more parity to the health IT industry•Best practices in developing women leaders in health IT•How the industry is collaborating and sharing best practices for greatest impact
May 5, 2021
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Twilio Presents: Programmable Video Platform Enhances Long-Term Telehealth Strategy

On this podcast Christina Sung, Twilio’s Director of Product for Healthcare,  shares how scalable and secure Programmable Video solutions are easily integrated into clinical workflows throughout the patient journey.  She discusses  the benefits of a platform approach versus a point solution and the tools that providers should consider as communities adjust to hybrid in-person and virtual health appointments.This podcast is presented jointly with Twilio.
May 3, 2021
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Edge Computing 101 — with Tao Zhang

While the last five years have seen computing move from local networks to the cloud, especially in healthcare, the trend of edge computing is seeing organizations move back to move forward: Moving key computing and intelligence back to the point of care while still retaining the benefits of cloud computing. This not only reduces latency, which can be especially important for healthcare, but also has important implications for privacy and security. On today's episode, we welcome NIST Fellow Tao Zhang to give us a primer on edge computing, and explain what it can do for healthcare organizations.This podcast is brought to you by Aruba Networks. Talking points:What is edge computing and why is it gaining traction now?Striking the balance between the edge and the cloudThe history of edge computingWhy the healthcare space is turning to edge computingSecurity implications of edge computing for IoTDownsides to edge computingMore edge computing use cases Tips for adopting edge computingWhat next for edge computing: edge and AIMore about this episode:NIST ResourcesHospitals embracing IoT must be prepared to secure a decentralized environmentStriking a balance between medical device security and innovationGE Healthcare unveils new edge computing tools for cliniciansNvidia launches AI edge computing platformTech Optimization: Medical device and IoT operating secretsHow Vail Health ensures consistent medical device security and firmware patching
April 30, 2021
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Top Stories for 4/30

A healthcare coalition releases a framework protecting the safety and security of patient information; Biden signals goal to lower ACA premiums, deductibles and prescription drug costs. Plus: Accolade eyes the telemedicine space with the acquisition of PlushCare.Links to the stories:Patient ID Now coalition releases national strategic framework for identity, matchingIn his first joint address, Biden promotes giving Medicare the power to negotiate lower drug pricesAccolade acquires virtual primary care platform PlushCare
April 30, 2021
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Twilio Presents: Innovations to improve patient engagement

In this podcast, presented jointly with Twilio, we welcome Twilio’s Sr. Global CX Consultant, Mauro Faili joins us to talk about innovation and different strategies to reimagine your communication operations using the existing data your system has. Additionally, learn about different ways you can personalize your patient communication.Mauro Failli is a Senior Global CX Consultant is currently the team lead for Twilio Foundry - a consulting practice designed to inspire executive engagement vision. With over 20+ years of industry experience his knowledge spans from communication technologies, IT service management and lifecycle frameworks, and customer engagement / experience management. He enables customers to deliver their engagement vision through reference architectures, milestone planning and facilitating the creation of success criteria through diversified stakeholder discussions.
April 29, 2021
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Top Stories for 4/23

Peloton comes under fire for safety concerns about its Tread+ treadmill; Electronic health record usability scores take a nosedive, possibly contributing to burnout among nurses . Also: HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said the U.S. needs to do more to promote racial equity.Links to the stories:Consumer safety group warns parents to stop using Peloton Tread+ after reports of child injuries and deathNurses give EHR usability an 'F' in new studyDerek Chauvin conviction prompts HHS vow to tackle racism as a serious public health threat
April 23, 2021
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Digital health's $7B Q1 and what it means for the space — with Unity Stoakes

Host Jonah Comstock, MobiHealthNews Managing Editor Laura Lovett and MobiHealthNews Associate Mallory Hackett welcome Startup Health President Unity Stoakes to discuss Q1 2021 digital health funding. With more than $7 billion raised according to MobiHealthNews's tracker and more than $8 billion according to Startup's, we can all agree it was an impressive month. But how do those numbers compare to the past? To other industries? And what does it all mean for the health of the space? Tune in to find the answers to those questions and more.Talking points:2021 funding in a larger historical contextThe changing geography of digital health startupsDramatic changes to digital health market dynamicsThe talent infrastructure underpinning digital healthHow today’s startups are putting together decades of piecesIs the digital health market oversaturated?We’re far from the ceiling for digital health fundingDigital health subsectors to watch“Boomerang” innovation from other geographiesWhere digital health investment is headed nextFrugal innovation and what it can teach usMore about this episode:Investors pour $7.1B into digital health investments during Q1 2021Digital health completes a record-breaking first quarter driven by mega dealsWith $8.5B Raised Globally in Q1, Health Innovation Funding Hits New Milestone (Startup Health's Q1 Report)SPAC deals attract younger, less-funded digital health startupsStartup Health NOW Podcast StartUp Health’s 2020 Midyear Insights Report: A Conversation With Jonah Comstock
April 23, 2021
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Top Stories for 4/16

The CDC and FDA halt use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to rare, severe reactions; Mayo Clinic launches new AI-powered clinical decision support platform . Also: Omada Health rolls out new physical therapy tool.Links to the stories:CDC and FDA pause Johnson & Johnson vaccine over rare blood clot concernsMayo Clinic launches remote diagnostics platform, forms 2 new companies to support itOmada's latest MSK tech empowers physical therapists to conduct remote appointments
April 16, 2021
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Kidney care innovation is open for business — with Dr. John Sedor and Dr. Prabir Roy-Chaudhury

Dr. John Sedor and Dr. Prabir Roy-Chaudhury join host Jonah Comstock and Healthcare IT News Senior Editor Kat Jercich to discuss innovation in the kidney space, especially the fruits so far of the US government's Kidney X innovation prizes. Talking points:What is Kidney X and what’s it’s missionThe Redesigning Dialysis prize competitionsThe implantable kidney and patient innovation prizesWhy has innovation been so slow in the kidney space?Health equity implications of kidney diseaseKidney disease’s “cellphone moment”Why patient-centricity is important to innovationRemote monitoring and IT infrastructure for kidney careWhat’s next for Kidney X?The kidney space is open for business — and seeking innovatorsKidney care Dr. McCoy's wayMore about this episode:The KidneyX Innovation AcceleratorHHS CTO: Opioids, open data, kidney disease are key focus areas for departmentHHS, American Society of Nephrology launch Phase 2 of KidneyX projectThe Fed’s plan for 2020? Bring long-awaited innovation to kidney diseaseHHS, American Society of Nephrology announce $10M prize for artificial kidney$10M artificial kidney prize now live via HHS, American Society of Nephrology
April 16, 2021
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Top Stories for 4/9

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

With his new company Transcarent, Glen Tullman and his team are looking to go through self-insured employers to create a healthcare experience in line with 21st Century consumer expectations and free of the waste and misaligned incentives endemic in the larger healthcare system. It's a lofty aspiration and one that's been tried before with varying degrees of success —  notably with the failed Amazon-Berkshire Hathaway-JP Morgan Chase venture Haven.On today's episode, Tullman sits down with host Jonah Comstock, MobiHealthNews Managing Editor Laura Lovett, and Healthcare Finance News Managing Editor Susan Morse to discuss his new company's mission and game plan.Talking Points:The problems Transcarent is trying to solveMaking healthcare convenient like other industriesWhat healthcare consumers want: Unbiased information, trusted guidance, ease of accessBringing together the worlds of consumer tech and healthcare… againThe misnomer of patient engagementLessons learned from LivongoMoving toward consumer-directed, always-on healthcarePatients lack a real advocate in healthcareHow Transcarent fits into the move to value-based careHow to counteract misaligned incentives in healthcareFinding and eliminating waste in the healthcare systemLooking ahead to the future of telehealthMore about this episode:TranscarentTranscarent looks to overhaul self-insured marketAmazon Care's nationwide telehealth expansion 'may be bigger than the sum of the parts,' says firmLivongo's lead investor on what the next model of care could look likeHaven disbands, ending speculation on what innovation at such a scale could doWith price transparency an inevitability, hospitals need to start working toward compliance
April 9, 2021
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Top Stories for 4/2

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

In her new book Humanizing Healthcare, out April 6th, Dr. Summer Knight leverages her experiences as a physician, an entrepreneur, a patient, and a mother of a son with cancer to present a paradigm for how healthcare can change — to be a better experience for healthcare consumers, and find better cost savings and outcomes along the way.Dr. Knight joins host Jonah Comstock to discuss some of the key ideas in the forthcoming book.This episode is brought to you by League. Talking pointsDr. Summer Knight’s story and why she wrote Humanizing HealthcareHumanizing Healthcare as a North Star for reforming all the parts of healthcareThe 3 +1 key drivers of healthcare transformationWhy humanity has to be hardwired in as technology improvesChanging the culture of care delivery and creating therapeutic alliancesRethinking the healthcare consumer as client, not patientHealthfulness hubs - an infrastructure for operationalizing care networksReforms to preventative care and healthcare financeDr. Knight’s advice for HIMSSCast listenersMore about this episode:Pre-order the bookHumanizing Healthcare: the websiteFirecracker HealthAllegheny Health Network team enhances transitional care managementHands-free voice tech helps Saratoga Hospital save PPE and ensure staff safetyWeaving Zoom into workflow and updating EHR saves clinic during COVID-19Memorial Health uses chatbots to boost patient experience, streamline workflowsCare coordination, telehealth startups merge to support vulnerable senior populationsHealth equity focused startup Cityblock lands $53.5M in fundingUnite Us raises $35M to connect healthcare with social services
April 2, 2021
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Top Stories for 3/26

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

HIMSSCast welcomes healthcare privacy expert Deven McGraw, currently Chief Regulatory Officer for Ciitizen who previously served as Deputy Director, Health Information Privacy at OCR, as well as Acting Chief Privacy Officer at ONC, to discuss the forthcoming information blocking rules, upcoming HIPAA overhaul, and more with host Jonah Comstock and Healthcare IT News Executive Editor Mike Miliard. Talking points:Challenges of complying with the new info blocking rulesHow the new rules flip the script on data sharingInfo blocking rules vs CMS rules on APIsPatient right of access and form and format requirementsMarket opportunities created by the new rulesWhat could happen next with national privacy legislation?Defining health data for legislative purposesLooking at the upcoming updated HIPAA rulesPrivacy implications of vaccine credentialingMisconceptions about when HIPAA appliesWhat Ciitizen is working on these daysDeven’s parting advice on the info blocking rulesMore about this episode: Privacy protections to encourage use of health-relevant digital data in a learning health system (Deven's paper with Ken Mandel)Ciitizen's websiteHHS publishes final regs on info blocking, interoperabilityHIMSSCast: How providers and payers should be preparing for new info blocking and patient access rulesONC officials offer update on information blocking rules complianceInfo blocking compliance date nears: Legal experts offer toolkit to helpCOVID-19 highlights the importance of ONC info blocking rules, says RuckerHealthcare industry groups react to extended info blocking compliance timelineHHS floats major changes to HIPAA Privacy RuleHIMSSCast: HIPAA Privacy Rule proposed changes - What they mean and what to expectOffice of Civil Rights extends comment period on changes to HIPAA privacy ruleThree ways providers get HIPAA right of access wrongHow to solve the 'Goldilocks' dilemma of health data sharing?Apple requires COVID-19 vaccine passport developers to work with public health authorities
March 26, 2021
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Top Stories for 3/19

Amazon Care set to expand app-based services nationwide in the coming months; Doctor on Demand signals merger with Grand Rounds. Also: HHS releases new funding aimed at helping schools reopen and to expand access to COVID-19 testing and treatments.Links to the stories:Amazon confirms nationwide expansion of telehealth servicesDoctor on Demand merges with Grand Rounds to form new virtual healthcare companyBiden administration invests in expanding COVID-19 testing and treatments
March 19, 2021
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Promoting vaccine equity for all: A Q1 US policy update — with the HIMSS Government Relations team

We're getting on toward the end of the quarter, so we've welcomed back the HIMSS Government Relations team — SVP of Government Relations Tom Leary, Senior Director Jeff Coughlin, and Director for Government Relations and Health Policy David Gray — to share impressions, hopes, and predictions for the new Biden Administration. From the HIMSS Media side, host Jonah Comstock, Healthcare IT News Executive Editor Mike Miliard, and HITN Senior Editor Kat Jercich lead the conversation.This episode was recorded on Thursday March 10th, just before President Biden's prime time address and about a week before Xavier Becerra's confirmation vote.Talking points:Prioritizing equity and access in vaccine distributionHIMSS’s letter to the Biden administrationWhat can we learn from the American Rescue Act?Spending billions to save trillions — modernizing public healthWhat to expect when the info-blocking rules kick inThe role of the government, if any, in vaccine credentialingBroadband and health equityPredictions and expectations about Biden’s healthcare appointees, from HHS to FDAImpacts of the Democratic party’s slim majorityMore about this story:HIMSS's letter to the Biden AdministrationNew HHS Secretary Becerra urged to expand digital health accessONC chief Micky Tripathi talks public health data systems and 'health equity by design'COVID-19 relief package includes health IT expansionCompliance with ONC and CMS rules could offer growth opportunityFDA streamlines pathway to at-home asymptomatic COVID-19 test approvalMedicare for All push resurrected by U.S. House of RepresentativesHospitals and insurers applaud Senate confirmation of a Xavier Becarra as HHS SecretaryBiden Administration invests in expanding COVID-19 testing and treatments in schools and underserved communitiesBiden announces national vaccine finder website, May 1 eligibility for all adultsHouse approves $1.9 trillion rescue plan which now goes before Biden for his signature
March 19, 2021
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Top Stories for 3/12

House gives final approval to the $1.9T American Rescue Plan; Bad bots are complicating vaccine sign-ups. Also: PatientPoint merges with Outcome Health to facilitate patient-clinician communications.Links to the stories:House approves $1.9 trillion rescue plan, which now goes before Biden for his signatureBig uptick in bot traffic jeopardizes vaccine appointmentsPatientPoint merges with Outcome Health to form combined patient engagement entity
March 12, 2021
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Should telehealth be specialized or one-stop shop? — with Varsha Rao

NurX CEO Varsha Rao joins host Jonah Comstock and MobiHealthNews Managing Editor Laura Lovett to discuss her telehealth company's journey from a laser focus on contraception to a broader play for women's (and men's) health that includes dermatology and migraines. Along the way, we also discuss broader trends in telehealth, challenges of femtech, and NurX's foray into COVID-19 testing.Talking points:NurX’s storyWhat does it mean to be a female-focused telehealth company?Following a patient through her lifelong patient journeyHow NurX got into home COVID testingDigital health companies as service companiesChallenges and advantages of a woman-led startupThings men don’t understand about contraceptionNurX’s roadmap for new products, and COVID’s effect on itShould telehealth be a one-stop shop?The advantages of asynchronous telemedicineDealing with stigma in healthcareThe future of digital health and telehealthNurX’s role in COVID-19 testingWhat’s next for NurX?Varsha’s advice for healthcare startupsMore about this episode:Nurx CEO on what's next for women's health in 2021Nurx sets sights on the migraine and headache spaceNurx collects another $22.5M for birth control & STI treatment deliveriesAt-home COVID-19 testing services pump the brakes after FDA warns of 'fraudulent' kitsEverlyWell, Nurx to release at-home COVID-19 test kits within a weekNurx gets another $52 million to deliver mail-order birth control, PrEP, STI test kitsNurx adds STI testing to its mail-order product suiteNurx gets $36M for telemedicine for birth control, adds Chelsea Clinton to boardNurx raises $5.3M for app-based birth control and PrEP service
March 12, 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 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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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 — 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:MobiHealthNews' predictions for 2021: Price transparency tools will be a game changer, telemedicine use will even outAfter COVID-19, telehealth's momentum will be sustained by younger consumers seeking convenienceOmada reports blood sugar, weight improvements after 12 months with its digital diabetes prevention programOmada Health acquires Physera, adds virtual MSK therapy to its chronic care programsAmazon dives deeper into health in 2020Walmart snaps up digital health company CareZone's medication management toolAmwell CEO reflects on year of unprecedented telehealth adoption and predicts more digital chronic care for the futureRock Health's COO talks digital health funding, M&As and 'Teladongo'Previously on HIMSSCast: The Teladongo episode
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