Only 44% of community health centers in the US used telehealth in 2018, and only 30% of those CHCs used it for primary care or chronic condition management. CHCs not using telehealth cited a lack of reimbursement, a lack of funding for equipment and a lack of training as barriers, and rural clinics also cited insufficient broadband services.
AHIMA and the American Hospital Association suggest health care facilities' coding guidelines include provisions to delay coding inpatient admissions and outpatient encounters when COVID-19 is suspected until test results are available, and querying providers when test results and clinical diagnoses disagree. Physician Erica Remer offers guidelines for coding and querying when tests and clinical evaluations are discordant.
Digital health technology can help clinicians diagnose, monitor, treat and predict patients' depression, but privacy and accuracy are significant concerns, according to a literature review presented at the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology's annual meeting. The researchers found many health apps lack substantial evidence of safety and efficacy, are not well regulated, can be breached, are prone to misinterpretation, and do not make data ownership or collection policies clear.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health is now reporting active and recovered COVID-19 cases only by county and will no longer publish data by city, ZIP code or facility since the state's emergency declaration expired. Department officials are exploring legal options for ensuring that the public, health care providers and elected leaders can obtain relevant data.
A machine-learning algorithm identified patients with breast cancer who are most at risk of suffering treatment-related financial stress, researchers reported at the American Society of Clinical Oncology 2020 Virtual Scientific Program. Researchers say the algorithm could guide treatment decisions and planning to alleviate financial burdens.
Remote patient monitoring is an effective way of providing quality patient care amid the COVID-19 pandemic while mitigating the risk of infection for patients and health care workers, but health care organizations must take several things into consideration before investing resources and time in their own programs, according to Prevounce Health founder Daniel Tashnek. Finding the right technology partner, deciding which patients should be monitored, keeping the technology budget realistic, and complying with requirements and guidelines are some of the factors that health organizations should consider before launching their own programs.
YouTube is "an important platform to convey accurate medical information, particularly during epidemics and pandemics," according to researchers, who found that 9% of the videos about COVID-19 posted to the platform from Jan. 21 through March 12 contained misleading information and 21% were not useful. No CDC videos on COVID-19 were posted during the study period, and only one World Health Organization video was available.
Google launched a "Sodar" tool that uses augmented reality to project a six-foot circle around mobile users to help them practice social distancing. The WebXR-powered tool is available for Android phones using the Chrome browser.
Compliance with evidence-based clinical pathways rose from about 58% over a six-month period to 72% at nine community-based oncology practices in Texas that integrated a physician-designed clinical decision support tool into their EHR systems, according to a study presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's annual meeting. The CDS tool nudges physicians instead of forcing action, and it effectively improved compliance targets broadly and at the individual clinician level, researchers found.
Hackers are using a form-based attack to gain access to login credentials in the latest coronavirus-related scheme, this one often impersonating Google-branded sites, Barracuda Networks reports. Meanwhile, Google says hackers have created a new round of email spoof accounts that mimic World Health Organization accounts.
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