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Health2047 Spin-Off Focuses on Prediabetes Coaching

October 9, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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Health2047 Inc., a Silicon Valley-based innovation company founded by the American Medical Association (AMA), has spun out its second startup, First Mile Care, a preventive chronic care company focused on prediabetes.

With Apple’s Launch of an ECG Device, Digital Health Leaders, Cardiologists See Possibilities, and Limitations

September 18, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Digital health leaders and cardiologists see Apple’s development of an ECG app as a significant step forward with consumer-facing health monitoring devices, while also seeing the technology's limitations.

Apple Unveils Electrocardiogram App as Part of New Series 4 Apple Watch

September 12, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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In a move that signals Apple’s ongoing push into digital health, the technology company announced today during its annual fall product event in Cupertino, California that its new Series 4 Apple Watch includes an electrocardiogram function as well as fall...

Survey: 87 Percent of Consumers Have Adopted One Digital Health Tool

September 5, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Digital health adoption continues to increase, with 87 percent of consumers saying they have adopted at least one digital health tool, compared to 80 percent in 2015, according to a survey from San Francisco-based Rock Health.

Andy Slavitt, Health System Leaders Take Action to Advance Medicaid Transformation

August 29, 2018  |  Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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Project leaders of the recently announced Medicaid Transformation Project detail their plans for the initiative and why they believe collaboration is critical to improving care for vulnerable populations.

Alameda County to Launch Ambitious Social Health Information Exchange

August 25, 2018  |  David Raths, Contributing Editor
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Next year, Alameda County, Calif., will launch a social health information exchange (SHIE) and community health record (CHR), focused initially on high utilizers of medical, behavioral, housing and emergency services.

Fitbit, Blue Cross Blue Shield Launch Mobile Health Partnership

August 13, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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San Francisco-based fitness wearable maker Fitbit continues its push into the health plan market with a new digital health deal to incorporate its fitness tracker into health and wellness programs.

At the Florida Health IT Summit, a Candid Look at the Promise and Pitfalls of Blockchain in Healthcare

July 25, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Benjamin D. Schanker, M.D., M.P.H. shared with attendees at the Florida Health IT Summit his perspectives, as a clinician and researcher, of the promise and pitfalls of blockchain adoption in U.S. healthcare

Former Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove Joins Google Cloud

July 24, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Google Cloud’s healthcare and life sciences team has added a leading healthcare executive to its roster as former Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove, M.D., will join the team as Executive Advisor.

Dignity Health, UCSF Health Partner to Improve the Digital Patient Experience

July 18, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Dignity Health and UCSF Health are collaborating to develop a digital engagement platform that officials believe will provide information and access to patients when and where they need it as they navigate primary and preventive care, as well as more acute or...

Study: EHRs Tied with Lower Hospital Mortality, But Only After Systems Have Matured

July 16, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Over the past decade, there has been significant national investment in electronic health record (EHR) systems at U.S. hospitals, which was expected to result in improved quality and efficiency of care. However, evidence linking EHR adoption to better care is...

Large Medical Groups Join California’s Manifest MedEx Network

July 10, 2018  |  David Raths
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California health information network Manifest MedEx has announced that several large physician groups and health systems are joining.

Northern California HIEs Merge

July 9, 2018  |  David Raths
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Two nonprofit Northern California health information exchanges, SacValley MedShare and Connect Healthcare, have agreed to merge operations.

‘Health Hub’ to Foster UCSF Innovators

June 29, 2018  |  David Raths
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A new nonprofit organization, Health Hub, has been set up to help UC San Francisco inventors and entrepreneurs from the local community access the support and professional development they need to develop successful companies.

Wildflower Health Acquires Providence St. Joseph Health Spinout Circle

June 28, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Wildflower Health, a San Francisco-based mobile health software company, has acquired the Circle Women's Health Platform, a mobile health technology incubated by Seattle-based Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH).

Dignity Health Reports Email Data Breach Incident Affecting 56,000 Patients

June 8, 2018  | 
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San Francisco-based Dignity Health, and one of its business associates, reported an unauthorized access/disclosure incident impacting the medical records of 55,900 patients.

In Northern California, Leaders at One FQHC Leveraged Technology to Help a Community in Crisis

June 4, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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In the midst of the October wildfires that ravaged Northern California communities, leaders at Petaluma Health Center leveraged technology tools to quickly communicate with patients and provide quality patient care throughout the crisis.

At the Health IT Summit in Philadelphia, Industry Experts Agree: Blockchain Is in its Infancy in Healthcare

May 23, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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A robust discussion was held at the Health IT Summit in Philadelphia on Tuesday, with industry experts parsing the challenges and potential of blockchain—including its lack of data security

How One Venture Capital Executive Sees the HIT-Fueled Future of Patient Engagement

April 19, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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John Gardner, a partner in the San Francisco-based NGP Capital venture capital firm, shares his perspectives on the role of healthcare IT in the ongoing evolution of the patient engagement concept

Could Apple be the Tech Company that Finally Brings Health Records to Patients? Why One Expert is Bullish

April 17, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Patients of 39 health systems now can see their medical records right from their iPhones. Leaders at Dignity Health, one of the organizations involved in this Apple initiative, are optimistic that this could help transform healthcare.

UCSF Names First Chief Genomics Officer

April 16, 2018  |  David Raths
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Recognizing that genomics is playing an increasingly important role in medicine, the University of California San Francisco Health has appointed its first chief genomics officer (CGO).

Community Health Leaders Share Their Progress on Integrating SDoH Data into Healthcare

April 10, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Many community-based organizations are advancing forward in their efforts to use health IT to collect, standardize and integrate social and behavioral health data, as detailed during a panel discussion at the 2018 State Healthcare IT Connect Summit last week.

At the Health IT Summit in San Francisco, UC Health’s Tom Andriola Urges CIOs Forward on Leadership

April 5, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Tom Andriola, CIO for the University of California System and UC Health, offered Health IT Summit attendees important insights on the leadership and innovation challenges facing healthcare CIOs

Rock Health: Q1 2018 Digital Health Funding Hits Record $1.62B

April 3, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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Following the biggest year for digital health funding, the digital health space is starting off 2018 with a bang. In the first quarter of 2018, $1.62 billion was invested across 77 digital health deals, reports San Francisco-based Rock Health.

The Chief Content Officer for a New Healthcare Conference Shares Her Perspectives on Needed Conversations in the Industry

March 23, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Constance Sjoquist, the chief content officer at HLTH, shares her perspectives on what it is that the HLTH Conference’s leaders are hoping to bring to the industry in Las Vegas in May

Research Study Uses Surveys, Smartphone Sensor Data to Study Stress

March 16, 2018  |  David Raths
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Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Sage Bionetworks have launched a research study called “My BP Lab” that uses surveys and sensor data collected from participants’ smartphones to quantify and understand their daily stress.

Blue Shield of California to Make HIE Participation Mandatory in its Contracts

March 6, 2018  |  David Raths
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Blue Shield of California has announced that beginning this year it will require providers in its contracts to participate in the Manifest MedEx health information exchange.

Technology Leader Eric Schmidt tells HIMSS18 Attendees the Future of Computing Is on Our Doorstep

March 6, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Eric Schmidt, best known as the former executive chairman of Google, shared with HIMSS Conference attendees his vision of a truly connected, fully AI-assisted learning healthcare system, in his opening keynote speech at HIMSS18 in Las Vegas

In Northern California, the Ups-and-Downs on the Drive Toward Value-Based Care

February 23, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A provider and health plan leader weighs in on value-based care progressions in California, and what’s holding the region back from being more advanced.

OpenNotes and Patient Engagement in a Safety-Net Environment: One MD Informaticist’s Journey

February 21, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Anshu Abhat, M.D., M.P.H., director of patient engagement in information technology at the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, is helping to lead an exciting initiative to enhance patient engagement in a safety-net public hospital environment

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