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By Dave Muoio November 1, 2017
Deven McGraw, former deputy director for health information privacy at HHS’ Office for Civil Rights, has left public service for an unnamed Silicon Valley health technology startup, Politico reports. Iliana Peters, a senior adviser for compliance and enforcement in the Office, will at least temporarily step into the vacant position. While McGraw’s only hint as to her new destination was that the...
By Dave Muoio October 26, 2017
As an opioid epidemic continues to threaten the US, the government is looking to its tech-savvy citizens for support. Here at the Connected Health Conference in Boston, Department of Health and Human Services’ Chief Technology Officer Bruce Greenstein called for developers to participate in a government-sanctioned codeathon to devise a technological solution to the epidemic. “When the government...
By Jonah Comstock September 5, 2017
Increased investment in telehealth for providers, employers, and payers has become a reality, a forward momentum that is unlikely to be turned around. But even as adoption ticks up and state and national legislatures open the doors for more telehealth use and reimbursement, recent studies have shown mixed results about the efficacy of the technology.  About a year ago, in an effort to standardize...
By Jonah Comstock June 8, 2017
According to a report in Politico, the Trump administration has chosen a new Chief Technology Officer for the Department of Health and Human Services, the post originated by Todd Park and most recently held by health anthropologist Susannah Fox. Bruce Greenstein, the former head of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, has been tapped for the post according to Politico. Greenstein was...
By Henry Powderly March 21, 2017
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that former Louisiana Rep. John Fleming is taking a new post as deputy assistant secretary for health technology.Fleming said as secretary for health technology he will work on issues and regulations tied to technology and the practice of medicine. "It's clear there's a lot of work to do, and they're anxious to get somebody in place and...
By Jonah Comstock January 25, 2017
On Tuesday, Representative Tom Price, President Trump’s pick for Secretary of Health and Human Services, faced his second confirmation hearing, this time before the Senate Finance Committee (previously he had gone before the Health committee). In between questions about Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, his questionable investments, and his relationship with President Trump, Price fielded some...
By Jonah Comstock December 1, 2016
Digital health hires news has been on the slow side around the holiday season, but there is at least one big piece of personnel news: Lisa Suennen, a digital health-focused investor, has joined GE Ventures as Managing Director, focused on healthcare.  Suennen invested with Psilos Group from 1998 to 2014 and for the last two years has been doing deals and consulting at her own firm, Venture...
By Heather Mack September 30, 2016
The shift of government, the private sector and consumers of coming together to tackle the biggest problems in healthcare is starting to show, and the best indication is the innovation in digital health. But in order to do more, all parties must continue working together and providing opportunities in the form of policies, partnerships and information. That was the takeaway from a speech by Karen...
By Heather Mack August 25, 2016
Pear Therapeutics, a Boston and San Francisco-based developer of digital strategies to address a broad range of mental health conditions, has released results of a study showing promising engagement with its program Thrive, which uses a smartphone app along with medication to treat patients with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and bipolar disorder.  Thrive offers 24/7 patient monitoring...
By Heather Mack August 22, 2016
In response to a request from Congress, the US Department of Health and Human Services released its report on the agency’s current telehealth efforts. While it wasn’t within the 180-day deadline Congress gave the department in December, the report was comprehensive in its scope of the potential promise of telemedicine, especially given the ever-expanding availability of services, as well as the...