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At Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Plunging Ahead into Wearable Technology and Care Redesign

July 18, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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David Levine, M.D., a practicing general internist and research fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital, discusses the use of wearable technology in lieu of inpatient care, and delves into the opportunities, and challenges, of harnessing wearable data.

MultiCare’s Telehealth Journey to Improve Post-Acute Care

July 6, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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As digital health technologies have advanced from basic vital-sign data collection to mobile platforms and video interfaces, MultiCare Health System has expanded its telehealth program, and is seeing significant results with reducing readmission rates.

Cardiac Monitoring Companies Will Pay $13.45 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations

June 27, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Companies involved in remote heart monitoring through the use of the Pocket ECG device have agreed to pay the Justice Department $13.4 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by billing Medicare for higher and more expensive levels...

Study Finds Glucose Self-Monitoring Does Not Improve Glycemic Control for Diabetics

June 13, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Incorporating technology into self-management activities has been touted as potentially transformative for patients, yet one recent study found that diabetic patients who self-monitored their blood glucose levels at home did not control their conditions any...

National Quality Forum Issues Draft Telehealth Framework

June 13, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The National Quality Forum (NQF) issued a report that outlines a measure framework, with a prioritized list of measure concepts, and guiding principles for future telehealth measurement.

AMIA Urges FCC to Consider Access to Broadband a Social Determinant of Health

May 25, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) is calling on the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) to b support broadband-enabled health care delivery by bolstering its efforts to better target those with chronic conditions, and ensure that those...

Senators Reintroduce Legislation to Expand Use of Telehealth Under Medicare

May 3, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), John Thune (R-S.D.), and Mark Warner (D-Va.) today introduced bipartisan legislation that would expand telehealth and remote patient monitoring (RPM)...

Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and CMU Develop App for High-Risk Pregnant Women

May 1, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Maternal-fetal medicine specialists at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC collaborated with decision scientists at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), also based in Pittsburgh, to develop and test a personalized smartphone application designed to combat preterm birth by...

In a Rural New Mexico Clinic, Leveraging IT to Optimize Patient and Activity Flow

April 26, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Dan Hamilton, COO of the Nor-Lea Hospital District in rural southeastern New Mexico, has been leading an IT-facilitated initiative that is optimizing patient and activity flow in a rural outpatient clinic setting

Device Manufacturer Will Pay $2.5M to Settle Potential HIPAA Noncompliance

April 24, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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CardioNet, a Malvern, Pa.-based device manufacturer and a subsidiary of BioTelemtry, has agree to pay a $2.5 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) due to potential noncompliance with the Health...

Survey: One-Third of Healthcare Providers Using Remote Patient Monitoring, Virtual Care

April 20, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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About three-fourths of healthcare providers have virtual care initiatives in place, and about a third are using remote patient monitoring to improve patient engagement and access to care and more of these programs are likely to come, according to a survey...

In Tacoma, CHI Franciscan Leverages IT to Transform Care Delivery

April 7, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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At Tacoma, Wash.-based CHI Franciscan Health, the initiatives being implemented by the Care Transformation team are resulting in significant positive impacts on patient outcomes, avoided healthcare costs and unprecedented system efficiencies.

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