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Teladoc Hits 101K Patient Visits in November

Telehealth vendor Teladoc announced this week that it totaled 101,600 e-health patient visits in November, setting a company record.

Research of mHealth Apps Reveals Significant Gaps in Quality

An evaluation of 137 patient-facing mobile health apps revealed that few apps address the needs of the patients who could benefit the most, according to research in December’s issue of Health Affairs.

Telehealth Bill, the ECHO Act, Passes Both Chambers of Congress

The Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act (S. 2873/H.R. 5395) is now headed to President Barack Obama’s desk after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill by a voice vote on Tuesday.

AHA Report: ACA Repeal without a Replacement Could Cost Hospitals Billions

A new report from the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Federal of American Hospitals (FAH) outlines the impact a potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would have on hospitals and health systems.

Mount Sinai Establishes 3D Printing Services for Clinicians and Researchers

New York City-based Mount Sinai Health System has developed the Medical Modeling Core, a collaboration led by the Department of Neurosurgery, where clinicians can confer and order 3D models for their cases.

U.S. Senate to Continue Consideration of 21st Century Cures Wednesday

By a vote of 85 to 13, the U.S. Senate on Monday invoked cloture for H.R. 34, the 21st Century Cures Act. The Senate resumed post-cloture consideration of the bill on Tuesday and and will now resume on Wednesday, with a vote likely at 2 pm.

Powering patient engagement with healthcare CRM

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ScienceSoft interprets patient engagement from the IT side and explains why CRM is at the core of patient-caregiver cooperation. As there is no established definition of patient engagement, contradictory opinions clash with common points of view all the time....

Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s Precision Medicine Journey

December 7, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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At the New York eHealth Collaborative's (NYeC) Digital Health Conference, Susan Zook, an executive leader at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, discussed the organization's efforts to more effectively share aggregated cancer genomics data.

Aligning Strategy and Tactics: Dallas CHIME LEAD Forum Experts Tackle the Issues

December 6, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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In a series of lively discussion panels on December 6 at the CHIME LEAD Forum in Dallas, healthcare IT and healthcare IT security leaders looked at some of the core challenges facing the leaders of U.S. patient care organizations

Dr. Robert Wachter on Healthcare's Digital Transformation: "We Haven't Seen Anything Yet"

December 6, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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At the New York eHealth Collaborative's (NYeC) Digital Health Conference, Robert Wachter, M.D., reflected on healthcare's digital journey while outlining the critical factors for industry success going forward.

The Age of Miracles

December 6, 2016  |  Dave Levin, M.D.
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We live in an age of modern miracles that we too often take for granted. I experienced one recently: routine cataract surgery. I also witnessed the role that healthcare IT plays and was reminded in a vivid way how far we have come and where we need to go.

Washington Debrief: Health IT Provisions Included in 21st Century Cures Bill Passed by the House

December 5, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
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Last week, healthcare took center stage yet again as the House of Representatives passed a significant piece of legislation that will greatly impact health IT.

Imaging Informatics: The Keys to Launching Vendor-Neutral Data

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As healthcare organizations see their troves of imaging data grow exponentially, many are concerned about how to leverage that data to their best advantage. The restructuring of processes and image metadata practices are a must as healthcare providers...

Farewell to RSNA 2016, Hello to the Future of Radiology

December 2, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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The clinical practice of radiology is on the verge of transformation—and so is the policy, payment, business, and operational landscape of radiologic practice in the U.S., as radiologist thought leaders noted during RSNA 2016

AHA Outlines Healthcare Policy Priorities in Letter to President-Elect Trump

December 2, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The American Hospital Association (AHA) has written a letter to President-elect Donald Trump outlining the organization’s public policy priorities for the new administration—including reducing regulatory burden for providers and continuing to advance health...

Is Parkinson’s Disease Ready for Precision Medicine?

December 1, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Todd Sherer, Ph.D., CEO of The Michael J. Fox Foundation, talks about strategies on how to advance precision medicine in Parkinson’s disease (PD).

At Aurora Health Care, Telehealth Use is Improving ER Patient Flow

December 1, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Challenged by long wait times in its emergency rooms, Milwaukee, Wis.-based Aurora Health Care deployed a telemedicine solution in one of its hospitals with the aim of improving ER patient flow and has seen a 75 percent reduction in door-to-doctor wait times.

LIVE from RSNA 2016: An Oklahoma HIE Powers the Diagnostic Image

December 1, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Brian Yeaman, M.D., chief administrative officer of Coordinated Care Oklahoma, discusses the journey that he and his colleagues have been on, around powering the image within their HIE

Revamping Radiology Workflows for Improved Billing Accuracy: A Large Hospital’s Experience

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After multiple delays, healthcare organizations across the country are now required to code diagnoses and procedures using the 10th revision of International Statistical Classification of Disease and Related Health Problems, better known as ICD-10....

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