Inspira Health Network experiments with using emergency medical technicians to do follow-up home visits

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Inspira Health Network experiments with using emergency medical technicians to do follow-up home visits

April 15, 2014 1:48 pm by | 0 Comments

Hospitals and health systems responding to Obamacare’s reimbursement pressure are increasingly experimenting with new ways to reduce readmissions for patients less than 30 days after they were discharged. To that…


One reason to embrace shift away from healthcare’s fee-for-service model: Better drugs

One reason to embrace shift away from healthcare’s fee-for-service model: Better drugs

April 16, 2014 10:09 pm by | 0 Comments

As much as people have been talking about the upcoming shift away from the fee-for-service model of healthcare, in most cases it’s an abstract concept as it’s still years away…


A finger sensor & app could make Parkinson’s disease symptom monitoring more scalable

A finger sensor & app could make Parkinson’s disease symptom monitoring more scalable

April 16, 2014 10:07 am by | 0 Comments

Thanks in part to a $1.5 million grant from NIH, Great Lakes Neurotechnologies thinks it can make its Parkinson’s disease symptom monitoring technology more scalable and flexible by taking it…



Better debuts a ‘personal health assistant’ app based on Mayo Clinic expertise. Will consumers pay?

Better debuts a ‘personal health assistant’ app based on Mayo Clinic expertise. Will consumers pay?

April 16, 2014 9:00 am by | 0 Comments

Mayo Clinic has put its money and its brains behind a new mobile health startup that wants to give everyday consumers access to a personal health assistant to help them…


Building an app for clinical trial participants? Note these common misconceptions people have

Building an app for clinical trial participants? Note these common misconceptions people have

April 14, 2014 3:56 pm by | 1 Comments

Connecting patients with clinical trials that they’re eligible for, and keeping them engaged once they enroll, has sparked many a digital health company. And for good reason: Clinical trials cost…


Healthcare is still a people-first (not technology-first) business, says Verizon mHealth leader

Healthcare is still a people-first (not technology-first) business, says Verizon mHealth leader

April 14, 2014 5:19 am by | 1 Comments

As a former registered nurse and diabetes nurse educator, Julie Kling saw firsthand that patients weren’t always receiving the kind of care they deserved. That’s what drove her to the…


HIT expert: Payers and providers should be worried about Heartbleed security bug

HIT expert: Payers and providers should be worried about Heartbleed security bug

April 11, 2014 5:17 pm by | 0 Comments

Even if you’ve already changed your Facebook and bank account passwords, don’t think you’re done with Heartbleed. ModernHealthcare spoke with the CEO of an HIT security firm who said insurers,…


The flip side of the preventive mastectomy debate: Why one woman chose not to have one

The flip side of the preventive mastectomy debate: Why one woman chose not to have one

April 10, 2014 3:25 pm by | 1 Comments

TV host Samantha Harris is the latest in a series of celebrities going public with her decision to have a double mastectomy following a breast cancer diagnosis. As the number…



Today’s healthcare CIO job goes way beyond managing information technology (infographic)

Today’s healthcare CIO job goes way beyond managing information technology (infographic)

April 10, 2014 11:48 am by | 0 Comments

The healthcare CIO has a lot more on his plate today than he did four years ago, and the work is going to keep piling up, according to nearly 200…


CMS Medicare data dump shows why transparency is only half the battle

CMS Medicare data dump shows why transparency is only half the battle

April 10, 2014 10:12 am by | 0 Comments

As transparency advocates are applauding CMS’s data dump, many doctors, it seems, are yielding lots of questioning phone calls. That could be both good and bad.


Friend or foe? Healthcare’s new entrants stand to capture $64B worth of the market, PwC says

Friend or foe? Healthcare’s new entrants stand to capture $64B worth of the market, PwC says

April 10, 2014 6:00 am by | 1 Comments

Samsung. Apple. Google. AT&T. A wave of consumer-oriented companies are moving fast to capitalize on opportunities in the new, consumer-driven healthcare market. And if legacy companies and providers can’t keep…


What Disney’s MagicBands can teach hospitals about personalizing the patient experience

What Disney’s MagicBands can teach hospitals about personalizing the patient experience

April 9, 2014 2:30 pm by | 0 Comments

Pity the parent trying to do Disney World on the cheap these days. Last summer, Disney introduced MagicBands into the theme park experience. For starters, the RFID-enabled wristbands function as…


Microsoft stops Windows 8.1 update temporarily to fix bug

Microsoft stops Windows 8.1 update temporarily to fix bug

April 9, 2014 12:46 pm by | 0 Comments

If you’re a business expecting to get Microsoft’s new Windows 8.1 update through its Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), you’ll have to wait. The company said Tuesday that the route…


Rural states: Steal these 4 HIT/mobile health ideas from Wyoming

Rural states: Steal these 4 HIT/mobile health ideas from Wyoming

April 9, 2014 8:43 am by | 0 Comments

In spite of the Grand Tetons, Wyoming didn’t spring to mind for forging new frontiers in healthcare until I talked to Dr. James Bush, Wyoming Medicaid medical director with the Wyoming…


Opportunities in mhealth: Docs use apps to make them more efficient, want mobile EHR access

Opportunities in mhealth: Docs use apps to make them more efficient, want mobile EHR access

April 9, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

Contrary to what some might believe, doctors don’t necessarily resist new technology – if it will make them more efficient. At least two-thirds of physicians in a new survey by…


The cure for our healthcare crisis: Substitute grandparents

The cure for our healthcare crisis: Substitute grandparents

April 8, 2014 1:32 pm by | 0 Comments

A colleague’s comment some 15 years ago sparked Dr. Tim Garson’s grand idea for a way to expand access to affordable healthcare while lowering costs to the system. “He came up to me and said, you know, 50 percent of my patients could be taken care of by a good grandmother,” recalled Garson, now the director of the Center for Health Policy at University of Virginia.