An algorithm that analyzes smartphone camera images of the palpebral conjunctiva, or the clear membrane, inside the lower eyelid detected anemia with a 72.6% accuracy rate, according to a study in PLOS ONE. The method wouldn't replace blood testing but would be useful for initial point-of-care diagnosis in low-resource areas, says researcher Gregory Jay, an attending physician at Rhode Island Hospital.
A study published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine found that patient volume declined for elective procedures and emergency conditions such as stroke and heart attack while the in-hospital mortality rate rose among non-COVID-19 patients at Providence St. Joseph Health hospitals in six states. Chief Medical Analytics Officer Ari Robicsek says the phenomenon was likely due to patients delaying needed health care and developing severe illness as a consequence, and the health system has since launched a campaign to reassure patients that it's safe to go to a hospital.
Avera eCARE, Augusta University Health and other tele-ICU services are experiencing an uptick in demand as COVID-19 hospitalizations rise, especially in rural areas that lack or have limited trauma, critical or intensive care units. Tele-ICU services allow more community hospitals to handle COVID-19 patients instead of transferring them, and Augusta University Health's Matthew Lyon says pediatric care and collaborations with skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities are potential growth areas.
Twelve additional Novant Health hospitals in North Carolina are getting MyChart Bedside after a successful two-year pilot study at three hospitals. The EHR-integrated app enables in-patients to request items like blankets or play games.
Telehealth companies Hims and Ro are the latest to offer mental health services, at cash-only prices they say are lower than some insurers' co-pays without the networks and other limits. Critics say the companies cater to people who already have the means to obtain mental health care and don't expand access to those most in need.
The Sequoia Project is seeking stakeholder feedback on a draft of the Qualified Health Information Network Technical Framework and will host an interactive webinar series to explain it. The framework's primary focus is
QHIN-to-QHIN data exchange, and National Coordinator for Health IT Micky Tripathi says it will eventually support new data exchange standards such as Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources.
A proliferation of poorly designed studies with inaccurate conclusions "have been fuel to the fire for COVID-19 skeptics and conspiracy theorists," says Emerson Brooking, resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab. Conspiracy theorists and anti-vaccine activists frequently amplify flawed findings, and retraction does little to mitigate the damage, Brooking says.
Anthem and Humana will take minority stakes in DomaniRx, a joint venture with SS&C Technologies to develop a cloud-based pharmacy claim adjudication platform, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. "The insights we will draw from hundreds of millions of claims transactions, powered by DomaniRx's advanced processing platform, will provide participating members flexible tools, advanced analytics, and customizable programs," said SS&C General Manager Danny Delmastro.
Legacy EHR, billing and accounting systems are based on a fee-for-service model and don't adequately support value-based purchasing and alternative payment models, says Brian Wheeler, vice president of provider collaboration and network transformation at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. Advanced analytics and partnerships with health care providers help bridge the gap, Wheeler says, and a report from Bailit Health said multi-payer alignment also helps.
Connie Health announced plans to offer its Medicare health plan navigation platform in Texas and expand in Arizona. The artificial intelligence-powered platform matches consumers with Medicare plans that best meet their needs, lets them enroll online or through a local agent, helps them find available health care providers and guides them through their chosen plan's benefits.
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