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9/20/2019

Robin Healthcare is developing a virtual personal assistant for doctors that works like Amazon's Alexa or Echo. The device transcribes patient encounters, eliminating the need for the doctor to input the information into EHRs.

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9/20/2019

A spending bill proposed by a Senate subcommittee does not include a provision to overturn a ban on funding for a unique national patient identifier. The House voted in June to remove the ban.

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9/20/2019

A real-time locating system that tracks people and objects reduced costs and decreased patient waiting time at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina. About $3.5 billion is saved each year using RLT technology, said Conrad Emmerich, Wake Forest Baptist Health's senior vice president of health system operations and integration.

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Healthcare Finance
9/20/2019

The actions of emergency department physicians did not match what was recorded in EHRs, according to a study published in JAMA Network Open, in which researchers observed nine residents. Further studies are needed, but the research shows inaccuracies that could be attributed to autopopulated text, researchers said.

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9/20/2019

Zotec Partners will work with Walmart Health's new health care business on revenue cycle management and patient solutions. Walmart recently opened its first health center in Dallas, Ga., which includes primary care, X-rays and labs.

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9/20/2019

The use of data, text messaging and information about social determinants of health reduced preterm deliveries by 27% at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. Prenatal visits increased by 24%, and over three-fourths of patients said they were happy with the program.

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Healthcare IT News
9/20/2019

Health care providers in New York will have to report to state regulators as well as the federal government if a data breach occurs under the state's new SHIELD Act. The law also changes the definition of private information to include biometrics, email addresses and Social Security numbers.

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9/20/2019

An F-Secure report finds that a threefold increase in cyberattacks on connected devices has pushed the number of incidents to unprecedented levels, and the US topped the list of attack targets. Medical and control devices can be targets for the sensitive information they contain, but IoT devices can also serve as entry points for wider network attacks, underscoring the importance of keeping technology patched at all times.

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Forbes
9/20/2019

Geisinger Health System has partnered with biotech startup Tempus on an artificial intelligence framework to track patient outcomes and develop precision medicine solutions for cardiology.

9/19/2019

Family medicine resident Rose Marie Leslie has been sharing short videos about the dangers of vaping on TikTok, a social media platform popular with adolescents and young adults. Leslie shares side-by-side X-ray images from patients with healthy and vaping-damaged lungs, and although she has received some criticism, Leslie has also fielded requests for more information.

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ABC News