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The Risks of Health Wearables

by Kari Walgran on Feb 21, 2017 9:10:15 PM

5 Key Points from a Study on Wearable Technology Privacy and Security Concerns

As wearable devices and the Internet of Things continue to gain popularity, health-related devices and applications are becoming increasingly widespread. From fitness trackers to medication monitors, personal use to doctor-patient communication, consumer wearables present endless opportunities for innovation, growth, and data collection. As a new study shows, digital health can have a dark side, and health wearables create important security and privacy risks that need to be addressed. Read on to learn about the report and its key recommendations.

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Topics: Healthcare Trends, Health IT, Wearable Technology, IT Security

Ransomware: A Widespread Threat to Healthcare Information Security

by Kari Walgran on Feb 10, 2017 9:07:37 AM

Ransomware, a type of malware (malicious software) designed to prevent or limit users from accessing a computer system until a ransom is paid, has become increasingly widespread in recent years. Healthcare organizations are particularly vulnerable to ransomware attacks, and the costs and consequences of a ransomware incident can be devastating. In addition to the financial losses incurred if an organization pays a ransom or must revamp or replace its IT infrastructure, critical patient information may be lost and healthcare compromised, while an institution’s reputation may be irreparably damaged.

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Topics: Healthcare Trends, Health IT, IT Security, hackers, Ransomware, malware

Baidu Introduces AI-Powered Chatbot for Doctors and Patients

by Kari Walgran on Feb 3, 2017 9:33:13 AM


Baidu, China’s largest search engine, recently introduced Melody, an “AI-powered conversational bot designed to provide relevant information to doctors to assist with recommendations and treatment options." According to a Baidu press release, Melody is designed to save time in online interactions between doctors and patients. The bot incorporates “advanced deep learning and natural language processing (NLP) technologies developed by Baidu” and works in conjunction with Baidu Doctor, a medical app launched in China in 2015.

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Topics: Healthcare Trends, Health IT, Machine Learning, AI, Physicians

Digital Therapeutics: The Next Major Trend in Healthcare?

by Kari Walgran on Nov 18, 2016 11:49:40 AM

What are digital therapeutics, and how do they work?

Digital therapeutics have generated a great deal of recent attention throughout the healthcare industry, with some sources declaring them the “next big thing” in healthcare. With the potential to induce lifestyle changes, enhance medical treatments, and reduce healthcare costs, digital therapeutics have a lot to offer to consumers, providers and payers.

Read on to learn more about this growing field, its potential applications, and where the market is expected to go over the next few years.

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Topics: Digital Health Technology, Healthcare Trends, Digital Transformation, Digital Therapeutics

5 Key Takeaways from the Latest MACRA Rule

by Kari Walgran on Oct 27, 2016 9:33:33 AM

A guide for healthcare information professionals about new reimbursement options based on quality of care.

HHS and CMS released the long-awaited, finalized MACRA rule on October 14, 2016. MACRA, or the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, replaces the prior Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) payment formula with a new, quality-focused payment system for managing physician reimbursement. The updated system, known as the Quality Payment Program, offers two tracks for providers to choose from, the Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs) and the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).
The full text of the new rule, which is over 2,200 pages long, is available in PDF format here. HHS will accept comments for 60 days after the final rule’s release date.

Read on for key provisions of the new rule and a resource list with further information.

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Topics: Healthcare Trends, Regulatory Trends, Life Science Regulatory

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