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By Beth Jones Sanborn April 4, 2018
It is no secret that millennials are a driving force in society today, and a new survey shows that their demands and behaviors differ from baby boomer and Gen Xers, and could reshape the healthcare industry especially when it comes to primary care and telehealth. The 2017 Employee Benefit Research Institute/Greenwald & Associates Consumer Engagement in Health Care Survey was conducted online...
By Laura Lovett April 4, 2018
Last year Katherine Kaiser graduated from Stanford University, incidentally meaning she also “graduated” from the Stanford health system. It was time to shop around for new doctors in her area, but that meant her medical records would potentially be scattered across different healthcare systems.  An analyst at a healthcare consulting firm, Kaiser is always tracking new tech. So she was interested...
By Laura Lovett April 4, 2018
Correction: A previous version of this article misstated the year Livongo was founded. It has also been updated to accurately reflect the company's funding history.  Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has secured its place as a digital health player with the announcement that it is launching a new portfolio of digital tools is it calling its Emerging Solutions platform. The initial offerings...
By Bill Siwicki April 3, 2018
The American Academy of Family Physicians and virtual care technology vendor Zipnosis are embarking on a partnership that will offer a virtual healthcare platform to AAFP's 129,000 members. The telemedicine tech provides an online diagnosis and treatment system that would enable AAFP members to offer their patients easy access to care by connecting them virtually with their family physician. AAFP...
By Dave Muoio April 3, 2018
A partnership between Louisville, Kentucky city leaders, a non-profit, and digital respiratory health company Propeller Health has led to clear improvements in local asthmatic residents’ inhaler use and symptoms, according to a study recently published in Health Affairs.  Furthermore, data collected and made available through the digital respiratory health company’s crowdsourced platform offered...
By Jonah Comstock April 3, 2018
In the quest to consumerize healthcare, online physician reviews are a popular attempt to return some agency and control to the healthcare consumer. In fact a 2015 survey showed that more than half of millennials consulted online reviews when choosing a physician. But are these reviews fair or reliable? A new study from the Mayo Clinic, published in the health system's own journal Mayo Clinic...
By Jonah Comstock April 2, 2018
The Department of Health and Human Services’ position of Chief Technology Officer is a relatively new one. President Barack Obama created the role in 2009 and appointed the first three people to hold the post: Todd Park, Bryan Sivak, and Susannah Fox. That makes Bruce Greenstein the first ever HHS CTO appointed by a Republican president, or even by a non-Obama president. But unlike many Executive...
By Mike Miliard April 2, 2018
DrChrono, developer of electronic health records, practice management, revenue cycle and other ambulatory software for Apple devices, is introducing leasing bundle plans to help medical practices replace their outdated computer hardware with new Apple machines. DrChrono says it's the first such hardware concierge from an EHR company, and it aims to help ambulatory providers modernize and...
By Dave Muoio April 2, 2018
A study recently published in the BMJ’s Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry found that a digital interactive therapy tool designed for multiple sclerosis patients, Gaia’s Elevida, was effective in reducing MS-related fatigue. The randomized controlled trial included 275 participants with MS, and suggests that the intervention’s fatigue reduction effects could be sustained up to 12...
By Laura Lovett April 2, 2018
Folks in need of physical therapy services may not have to leave the house for treatment. Therainc has just launched its latest product, TheraNow, an online platform that connects patients to physical therapists through teletherapy.  “Thousands of working individuals in the United States get injured at work, causing a huge loss in their earning and a poor quality of life,” Richa Kohli, cofounder...

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