Jack McCarthy

March 13, 2017
The importance of genomic and patient-generated data will increase dramatically in the next five years as healthcare managers gain control of big data to develop precision medicine. Forty percent of respondents to a new survey, in fact, said genomic data will become one of the most useful data sources in five years, up from just 17 percent today. And 40 percent said patient-generated data will be...
March 6, 2017
Patient expectations about the power of digital health records are well ahead of the ability of healthcare providers to keep up, according to a new survey. The report, by Transcend Insights, Humana’s population health management company, found that a vast majority of patients (97 percent) believe it is important for any health institution, regardless of type or location, to have access to their...
January 16, 2017
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced winners in two categories of contests designed to make it easier to retrieve and share healthcare information. The ONC handed out cash prizes in its Consumer Health Data Aggregator Challenge and the Provider User Experience Challenge. “We are thrilled to recognize new tools that make it easier for individuals...
December 21, 2016
New research shows that automated health tracking using connected devices and apps can improve long-term engagement in health activities, compared with manual tracking. The study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, examined utilization patterns of participants in Walgreens Balance Rewards for healthy choices (BRhc), a self-monitoring program that allows members to track health...
November 11, 2016
Healthcare organizations are moving fast to embrace mobile apps, with 82 percent implementing a mobile strategy, and 78 percent achieving positive ROI from mobile app investments already, according to a new survey published by open source software specialist Red Hat. In the coming year, Red Hat found, U.S. demand for patient-facing apps (60 percent) is expected to slightly outpace demand for...
November 3, 2016
Electronic health record vendor drchrono released a new version of its software for larger medical practices and provider groups. The company also said it has built the RCM Pro service to optimize workflow of coders, billers and billing managers. The updated EHR platform is targeted for larger medical practices that need to retire legacy EMR systems and upgrade to cloud-based technology, real-...
March 30, 2016
Telemedicine is changing from a specialty offering to a more mainstream service, with a new survey showing that two-thirds of the nearly 400 healthcare providers polled name telemedicine as the top or one of the highest priorities – a 10 percent increase from the 2015 survey results. But challenges remain, notably reimbursement and earning a return on the investments needed to fund telehealth...