Health IT

  • VA EHR implementation facing patient data, access concerns, audit finds

    The multibillion-dollar Cerner implementation hasn't improved data exchange as well as some had hoped, as the departments "did not take all actions needed to achieve interoperability," the audit found.

    By May 12, 2022
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    Allscripts CEO Paul Black steps down after a decade

    Black will be replaced with current president Rick Poulton effective immediately. In a note, one analyst said investors will likely react positively to the news, given Poulton's record of deal execution.

    By May 6, 2022
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    Electronic Health Records

    After federal incentives spurring widespread adoption more than a decade ago, EHRs have become the bedrock of clinical data in the healthcare industry.

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    Hospital, payer, IT groups urge Congress to overturn ban on unique patient identifier

    Industry groups are ratcheting up the pressure on Congress to nix a decadesold ban on using federal funding to create a UPI. Subcommittees, meanwhile, are continuing hearings for 2023 appropriations bills.

    By May 5, 2022
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    ACLA, AdvaMed urge Congress to immediately replenish COVID-19 testing fund

    The lab and medtech groups joined a coalition of more than 60 organizations warning congressional leaders the funding expiration puts the most vulnerable Americans at risk of losing resources to diagnose new infections.

    By Nick Paul Taylor • April 28, 2022
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    Tenet says 'cybersecurity incident' disrupted hospital operations

    Most critical functions have been restored following the incident last week, while affected facilities are starting to resume normal operations, according to the Texas-based operator.

    By April 26, 2022
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    UnitedHealth plans to sell Change's claims editing unit for $2.2B to aid merger

    "I don't think UnitedHealth's offer to sell Change's claims payment business is going to move the competition thermometer one degree," said antitrust attorney David Balto.

    By April 26, 2022
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    Teladoc names new chief medical officer

    Vidya Raman-Tangella joins Teladoc from Amazon subsidiary AWS, where she led strategy for healthcare solutions.

    By April 25, 2022
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    HHS warns providers of 'exceptionally aggressive' ransomware group

    The Hive group practices double extortion — demanding payment to free data it has encrypted while also threatening to release the unencrypted data publicly.

    By April 21, 2022
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    Medtech survey finds widespread cybersecurity noncompliance despite rising investment

    Over 80% of respondents see device security as a competitive advantage and almost every company budgeted more money for it this year. However, 80% view the issue as a "necessary evil" imposed by regulators.

    By Nick Paul Taylor • April 21, 2022
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    Pear's VR product for postoperative pain granted FDA STeP designation

    The agency's designation under the Safer Technologies Program for medical devices could expedite regulatory review for the virtual reality-based digital therapeutic, one of several products in Pear's pipeline.

    By Elise Reuter • April 14, 2022
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    Can digital therapeutics become profitable?

    As more software-based treatments gain FDA clearance, they still face hurdles ahead, including insurance reimbursement and garnering adoption among patients and physicians.

    By Elise Reuter • April 12, 2022
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    Going beyond HIPAA compliance is worthwhile

    Just because HIPAA doesn't require the use of data governance technology doesn't mean you can do without it. 

    April 11, 2022
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    FDA clarifies cybersecurity recommendations for device makers in new guidance

    The draft guidance, which replaces a 2018 document, sets recommendations for how medical device companies should approach cybersecurity in premarket submissions.

    By Elise Reuter • April 8, 2022
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    Advocate Aurora investment arm acquires remote monitoring firm

    This is the fourth transaction for the newly minted Advocate Aurora Enterprise, which launched last year with the aim of building a portfolio of companies beyond acute medical care.

    By April 7, 2022
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    Nearly 80% of patients with infection following cardiac implant not treated appropriately: study

    A Duke University study, which was supported by Philips, showed that roughly four out of five patients with an infection following a cardiac implant did not have devices extracted, which goes against clinical guidelines.

    By Ricky Zipp • April 6, 2022
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    CISA warns about cyber flaw in Philips MRI monitoring software

    Philips' e-Alert has a vulnerability that could allow an unauthorized user to remotely shut down the system, the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said in an advisory.

    By Greg Slabodkin • April 1, 2022
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    Pear expects $22M in revenue this year, as it banks on growing adoption of digital therapeutics

    Pear still has substantial challenges going forward, as it faces several unknowns about the long-term adoption and reimbursement of its products. The company has been operating at a net loss, seeing a $65 million loss last year.

    By Elise Reuter • March 31, 2022
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    Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic

    Hospitals overhauled their operations in COVID-19's early days. Now, two years into the pandemic, they are looking ahead at the future of their business, including revenue diversification and workforce stability.

    March 29, 2022
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    Streamlined processes can ease systemic burnout in medical education

    How tools and improved processes can ward off burnout at the source in medical education programs.

    March 28, 2022
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    Google launches new search tool for provider appointments, seeks FDA approval for Fitbit feature

    Google is working to prop up its healthcare efforts following internal shakiness that led the company to dismantle its Google Health business last year.

    By March 25, 2022
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    ONC head Micky Tripathi on info-blocking complaints, provider penalties and future of TEFCA

    Tripathi shared his thoughts on data-sharing complaints, when the industry can expect penalties for providers found information blocking and how the government plans to build on TEFCA moving forward.

    By March 25, 2022
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    Novartis wins FDA OK for radiopharmaceutical drug, cashing in on Endocyte deal

    The approval of Pluvicto for prostate cancer is a notable step forward for the field of radiopharmaceutical therapy and validates the Swiss drugmaker's $2.1 billion buyout of Endocyte in 2018.

    By Kristin Jensen • March 24, 2022
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    The case for hybrid care models

    Telehealth is increasingly being woven into healthcare organizations' future plans, giving hope to proponents of hybrid care models.

    By March 22, 2022
  • The Kronos outage disrupted one health system's payroll for more than a month. Here's how it moved forward.

    UMass Memorial Health had to quickly improvise a way to run payroll for more than 16,000 employees without hours-worked data, CFO Sergio Melgar said.

    By Ryan Golden • March 22, 2022
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    'On high alert': Hospitals wary of cyber threats from Russia-Ukraine war

    Cybersecurity has always been chronically underfunded in hospitals, even before COVID-19 swallowed up more resources. Now, this major international threat is creating a "perfect storm," one cybersecurity expert said.

    By March 18, 2022