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Report: Aetna, Apple in Talks about Offering Plan Members Apple Watches

August 17, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Aetna, which already offers the Apple Watch to its employees as part of a wellness program, is now in talks with Apple about pushing the wearable device to the health insurer’s members, according to a report in CNBC.

AHRQ Calling for Data on Mobile Apps and Technology to Treat Diabetes

August 15, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is seeking scientific information from the public regarding mobile health technology for diabetes.

President Trump, VA Announce New Telehealth Initiatives for Veteran Care

August 4, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will soon roll out expanded telehealth capabilities, including a new application called VA Video Connect, to provide greater access to health care for veterans, as part of an initiative announced by President Donald Trump...

Survey: Employers Bullish on Telemedicine Consultations

August 4, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Nearly eight in 10 (78 percent) of employers currently offer telemedicine consultations, with another 16 percent planning to or considering to by 2019, according to a recent survey from advisory firm Willis Towers Watson.

Survey: Majority of Consumers Support Use of Medical IoT, But Security Concerns Remain

August 1, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The majority of American consumers support the use of medical devices, such as pacemakers or blood sugar sensors, being able to immediately transmit any significant changes in health to a doctor, however, more than half are also extremely or very concerned about...

FDA Launches Precertification Pilot Program for Digital Health Technologies

July 28, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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As announced in June, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is moving forward on a broad initiative focused on fostering new innovation in digital health, and one major part of this initiative will be a Digital Health Innovation Action Plan outlining how...

Is Your Health System Prepared for Consumerism?

July 27, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Many health system executive leaders see consumerism as a key to growth, and robust data and analytics will play a critical role.

Survey: Clinicians Rate Biometric Devices as Most Effective Patient Engagement Tech

July 26, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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There are many technologies for engaging patients in their own care, but according to a survey of members of the NEJM Catalyst Insights Council, patient portals are not viewed as the most effective technology for patient engagement initiatives.

In an Evolving Threat Landscape, Healthcare IT Security Leaders Face the Growing Challenge of IoT Devices

July 21, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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During a recent webinar hosted by the Center for Connected Medicine, healthcare IT security thought leaders parsed the challenges of cybersecurity and the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) in an evolving threat environment.

Almost 80 Percent of Clinicians Still Use Hospital-Issued Pagers

July 21, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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A study examining the communication technologies used by hospital-based clinicians found that close to 80 percent (79.8 percent) of clinicians continue to use hospital-provided pagers and 49 percent of those clinicians report they receive patient care-related...

Digital Health Venture Capital Funding Tops $4 Billion in First Half of 2017

July 19, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Global venture capital (VC) funding for health IT companies in the first half of 2017 was 36 percent higher year-over-year with a record $4 billion raised in 359 deals versus the $3 billion raised from 286 deals in the first half of 2016, according to a report...

Survey: 76 Percent of Health IT Execs Confident that IoT Devices are Protected

July 19, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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A survey of IT decision-makers within the healthcare industry found that the majority of IT departments believe that existing security solutions for laptops and servers can also protect connected Internet of Things (IoT) medical devices.

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