Older adults live independently longer when monitored by care team and technology

Finding ways to help older adults “age in place” has been a focus of researchers at the University of Missouri for more than a decade. Now, a new study shows their work at TigerPlace, an independent living community that uses sensor technology and onsite care coordination to maintain residents’ health, is successful. Researchers found TigerPlace […]

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By and On Monday, December 7th, 2015

Health plan provider directory data should be updated monthly for the patient’s sake

In today’s market, there is really no excuse for having inaccurate information in provider directories for months. On Nov. 13, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services updated guidance in the 2016 Call Letter and Medicare Marketing Guidelines that previously called for health plans to update provider directories on a monthly basis. Unfortunately for patients, the data is […]

By and On Saturday, December 5th, 2015

Chewing gum gets a high-tech makeover as wearable sensor

Modern Healthcare — Wearable technologies are skyrocketing in popularity in both the consumer market and the medical field, used to track all sorts of health data, from heart rates to sleep cycles. But the current crop of technologies relies primarily on metal, which is highly sensitive to movement, but doesn’t twist, bend or flex the […]

By and On Friday, November 27th, 2015

Faxing Error Leads to Healthcare Data Breach, Lawsuit

Health IT Security — Several hundreds of health files were allegedly sent to a New York-based marketing firm rather than to Quest for approximately one year. This mistake was due to human error in which individuals from several providers incorrectly input Quest’s fax number, thus inadvertently sending the medical files to the marketing firm APS […]

By and On Friday, November 27th, 2015

Cyber Security Risk a Factor in Hospital Credit Ratings

The dramatic rise in IT system security breaches across all sectors of the economy – from banking to government and including healthcare, has prompted Moody’s Investors Service to include “cyber risk” as a “stress-testing scenario” when assessing credit scores.

By and On Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

12 Ways Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Health Care

In a new book, The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age (McGraw-Hill Education, 2015), Robert Wachter, M.D. takes a deep dive into the turbulent waters of medical technology as informed by artificial intelligence, or AI. “While computers are preventing many medical errors,” he observes, “they are also causing new kinds of mistakes, some of them whoppers.”

By and On Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Community hospitals replacing EHRs

Healthcare IT News — As they grapple with meaningful use and grumble about usability, nearly 20 percent of community hospitals polled for a recent report are “actively looking to replace” their electronic health record vendors.

By On Saturday, July 18th, 2015

UCLA Health breach puts data at risk for 4.5M

Four-hospital UCLA Health said Friday that cyber criminals hit part of its network that contains the records of an estimated 4.5 million people.

By and On Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Dissatisfaction Leading To EHR Replacement Trend

Healthcare IT News — More and more buyers of Electronic Health Records (EHR) are finding themselves having second thoughts and opting to replace their existing systems, according to a new report.

By and On Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Breaches and HIPAA Fines Increasing

Data breaches are on the rise and so are the costs of HIPAA violations Last year put cybersecurity and compliance on the minds of providers across the country with some of the highest financial penalties to-date for violating HIPAA.

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