Quotation marks, words of skepticism and evidentials in clinical notes reflect professional doubt of patient-reported symptoms and are more likely to be found in Black patients' EHR notes than in white patients', indicating subtle bias, according to a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Female patients' clinical notes were no more likely than males' records to contain evidentials or judgment words, but they were more likely to contain quotation marks, researchers found.
Public skepticism about COVID-19 vaccines is declining, and a $1.5 billion federal campaign aims to further increase confidence and acceptance. Health literacy affects individual vaccination decisions, and improving health literacy involves both educating and listening, as well as access to information, says physician Ryan Bosch, who co-founded the health analytics firm Socially Determined.
IBM vowed its Watson artificial intelligence platform would revolutionize health care and forged high-profile partnerships, but the platform did not live up to the hype, and a decade later, Watson Health is for sale. AI can and has improved health care, but failing to plan for natural resistance among physicians is a path to failure, writes physician John Frownfelter, chief medical officer at Jvion.
Health information management professionals must ensure social determinants of health are being captured and coded correctly in support of value-based and shared-risk payment models, writes registered health information administrator Margaret Foley, an associate professor at Temple University. ICD-10-CM guideline updates facilitated the use of Z codes for SDOH, but they are not sufficient to capture the range of external factors that impair health, and HIM professionals should help improve internal guidelines, Foley writes.
The health technology startup Juli is beta testing an app that collects health data from EHRs, questionnaires, the environment and devices like smartwatches and scales, analyzes the data using artificial intelligence, and displays the data on a dashboard. Bettina Hein, the founder and former CEO of software firm Pixability, founded Juli when she started using a sleep monitoring headband and learned how access to data can boost health and well-being.
The COVID-19 pandemic may have opened the door to fraud, waste and abuse in health care and pharmacy claims as insurers waived some co-pays, health care providers swiftly adopted telehealth, and new codes lent themselves to upcoding, writes AArete Managing Director Maria Turner. One way to spot and correct this is by applying data analytics not only to claims but also to provider contracts, covered benefits, regulatory requirements, and global payment policies, Turner writes.
Anthem was among the investors in a Series A round that raised $17 million for EHR platform startup Canvas Medical, which promises clinicians can accomplish tasks faster, on one screen, and with minimal clicks. Canvas founder and CEO Andrew Hines says the platform reduces charting time by one to two hours a day and boosts clinician productivity by 30% in the first month alone.
UPMC Health Plan, Partner4Work and Health IT Pittsburgh are offering an 8-week health information technician training program to people in underserved communities in the Pittsburgh, Pa., region. Participants who complete the program can work at UPMC Health Plan.
Participants in an employer-sponsored digital weight management program had 12% lower medical spending on average than matched controls after three years, which translated into a 2.3-to-1 return on investment, according to a study published in the journal Obesity. Participants who attended more than nine sessions over a one-year period lost an average of 4.4% of starting body weight, and the results suggest a digital lifestyle intervention program may be a good investment for employers, health plans and employees, said lead researcher Cecelia Horstman.
Ageist attacks on older adults, such as President Joe Biden or former President Donald Trump, can impact attitudes people have about their own aging, according to Shevaun Neupert, a psychology professor at North Carolina State University. Alison Chasteen, a professor at the University of Toronto, said younger people who see ailments as a normal part of getting older may not seek needed treatments as they age and develop medical problems.