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12/12/2019

Epic is offering PatientTrak's secure text messaging app in its App Orchard online marketplace. The app enables health care providers and patients to communicate by text messaging through Epic EHRs.

12/12/2019

A framework of laws, regulations and industry practices is emerging to support telehealth services, particularly to deliver mental health care and expand access to care in rural areas. The patchwork nature of state regulations as well as uneven reimbursement policies remain barriers to widespread adoption, but federal rules, state parity laws and standardized billing codes are clearing a path.

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Healthcare Finance
12/12/2019

The HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has not set forth an adequate plan for protecting patient data from inappropriate use and disclosure by third-party apps, the American Medical Association says. An ONC spokesman said secure standards-based APIs and authentication services will keep data secure, but the AMA contends these protections are insufficient.

12/12/2019

The key question to ask when applying machine learning to health care and medical research is, "Whose information is in the data and what do these data reflect?" writes Sherri Rose, an associate professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School and co-author of a book on machine learning. Clinicians and researchers interpreting ML data should be skeptical and question the sources as well as the metrics used to evaluate algorithms, Rose writes.

12/12/2019

Mollie Gelburd, associate director for government affairs at MGMA, expects that Congress will continue to be urged to make additional changes to MACRA quality-measurement programs after making technical changes last year. Those changes "made for a smoother on-ramp to full MIPS participation, such as reducing the weight of the cost category, which has continuing methodological flaws that hold physicians and groups accountable for costs beyond their control," she said.

12/12/2019

A CHIME survey found that most provider organizations included in the organization's Most Wired List are investing in revenue cycle management capabilities through health IT to expedite their value-based care transition. The largest increases in RCM capabilities adoption from 2018 to 2019 included value-based care condition tracking and real-time identification.

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RevCycle Intelligence
12/11/2019

Amazon, Google and Apple are making significant inroads into the field of health care through health data analysis and artificial intelligence, leading to services that provide information about symptoms, medications, medical services and first aid. Tech futurist Peter Diamandis believes tech companies will eventually master using personal data to provide medical recommendations and simultaneously lower the cost of care.

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Fast Company online
12/11/2019

Hospital and health system leaders will be looking next year for a return on investments in EHR systems, data analytics, artificial intelligence and other medical technology, according to a PwC health care industry forecast. Health care providers face price and transparency pressures and can use AI and data analytics to improve efficiency and care delivery, says PwC Health Research Institute leader Ben Isgur.

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HealthLeaders Media
12/11/2019

Enforcement of the California Consumer Privacy Act, set to take effect on Jan. 1, will be based on companies' level of effort toward compliance, state Attorney General Xavier Becerra said. Becerra plans to "make an example of" companies that make insufficient efforts to comply with the law, he said.

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Reuters
12/11/2019

Researchers developed an artificial intelligence algorithm to spot cell types on lung cancer pathology images that yielded an overall accuracy of 92.9% when used in training data sets and 90.1% in independent testing data sets, a study published in EBioMedicine found. The algorithm can help clinicians design appropriate treatment plans for each patient and predict patient response to therapies, researchers said.

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