Bill Siwicki

April 26, 2017
The Center for Connected Health Policy has released the fifth edition of its State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies Report. CCHP uncovered many notable findings in the new report. Perhaps chief among those: 48 states and Washington, D.C., provide reimbursement for some form of live video in Medicaid fee-for-service.  Specifically, 13 states reimburse for store-and-forward delivered...
April 17, 2017
Venture capital funding in the health IT sector almost doubled quarter over quarter for the first part of 2017, coming in at $1.6 billion in 165 deals compared to $845 million in 159 deals in Q4 2016, research firm Mercom Capital Group said in its new report.  VC funding in Q1 2017 also was up compared with Q1 2016, when nearly $1.4 billion was raised in 146 deals, Mercom Capital said. The...
April 3, 2017
A new HIMSS Analytics study of 129 C-suite executives, IT professionals, clinicians and department heads has found 79.8 percent use tablets and 42.6 percent use smartphones to access the information needed to provide and coordinate care. On the other hand, 37.2 percent use laptops and 94.6 percent still use desktop computers.   “The use of mobile technology within our daily lives has become...
March 24, 2017
As the U.S. healthcare landscape transforms and value-based care and other alternative payment models take root, the need to improve the health and care of individuals and subsequently populations of individuals becomes all the more acute. This is why more healthcare organizations are launching population health management programs and investing in technologies to support these programs. “...
March 24, 2017
UCHealth in Denver tested CareLoop’s real-time social feed of information and messages and found that 96 percent of patients responded well to the experience. The feed, which is akin to Facebook for emergency departments, delivers messages from caregivers, questions from patients, test results, explanation of care delivered, what to expect next and more. This way, patients have a live feed giving...
March 20, 2017
Care coordination is critical to the success of population health efforts as it brings all of the moving parts of healthcare together on the same track. Care Managers at Northwell Health, New York State’s largest healthcare provider and private employer, with 21 hospitals and more than 550 outpatient facilities, are constantly in motion, tasked with digging into EHRs, compiling data, while also...
February 27, 2017
Telemedicine technology vendor Zipnosis launched a new claims processing functionality with partner MultiCare Health System and integration partner PokitDok, at HIMSS17. MultiCare developed a strategy to offer its virtual care platform - powered by Zipnosis - to employees and dependents as a covered benefit and wanted to make the claims process a seamless, behind-the-scenes event. “We determined...
February 22, 2017
Medisafe, a technology vendor that markets a personalized medication management platform, has unveiled at HIMSS17 a new feature that alerts users of possible drug-to-drug interactions that may cause unexpected side effects and/or alter the way medications perform. The interactions feature also includes disclosures when medications have other lifestyle implications, such as interactions with...
February 21, 2017
Lenovo Health has joined forces with Orbita, a connected home healthcare technology vendor, to unveil a virtual home care system at HIMSS17 based on two recently debuted products: Lenovo Smart Assistant and Orbita Voice. Lenovo's Smart Assistant, first previewed at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, is a voice-controlled speaker for the home that combines the Amazon Alexa voice platform...
October 19, 2016
Seventy-eight percent of business professionals, including healthcare executives, believe the threat from the so-called Internet of Radios will increase in the next 12 months, according to a new study from Bastille Networks Internet Security, a vendor of enterprise threat detection technology and services. The Internet of Radios is the collection of Internet of Things, mobile, medical and other...