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By Laura Lovett July 13, 2018
The US government has never been known for its easy-to-use web platforms. At one point getting Medicare or Medicaid information could turn into hours of navigating an antiquated platform. But some of these websites are getting a facelift and becoming faster, simpler, and easier to use. In part, that’s thanks to the brain power of the US Digital Service (USDS), a team of technologists that come to...
By Jonah Comstock July 12, 2018
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its new proposed Physician Fee Schedule and Qualified Payment Program updates for 2019, and the announcement includes some big strides forward in promoting digital health technology, including widened telemedicine coverage, an overhaul of documentation requirements, and a new focus on interoperability. "Today is a huge win for patients and...
By Dave Muoio July 12, 2018
An investigation published yesterday in The Lancet Psychiatry found that automated cognitive intervention delivered via sessions with a consumer-grade virtual reality headset effectively reduced individuals’ fear of heights, and was generally well received by those participating in the study. The results, researchers wrote, suggest that similar automated VR treatments could potentially be viable...
By Jonah Comstock July 12, 2018
Healthcare data platform company Innovaccer has launched ACO Advisor, a new free online tool that uses publicly available data to advise Accountable Care Organizations on how to reduce costs and increase revenues. “It has been six years since the ACO program was started, but still most of them are leaving money on the table by not assuming enough risks,” Abhinav Shashank, CEO cofounder at...
telehealth pilot announced from FCC for rural providers

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By Laura Lovett July 12, 2018
Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) and FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr have teamed up to propose a new telemedicine initiative that aims to support people at home and prevent hospital readmission, specifically among low-income individuals. The pair are seeking $100 million for the new initiative, called the “Connected Care Pilot Program.” The program is designed to help people who are low-income, veterans...
By Dave Muoio July 11, 2018
Kibbutz Shefayim, Israel-based deep learning startup Zebra Medical Vision announced that it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for an algorithm that helps physicians quantify a patient’s coronary artery calcification. From a ECG-gated computed tomography (CT) scan, the Coronary Calcium Scoring algorithm automatically calculates a calcification rating equivalent to those derived using the Agatston...
By Laura Lovett July 11, 2018
Alphabet subsidiary Verily is teaming up with well-known sleep company ResMed to form a new venture that will focus on developing sleep apnea treatments and connected health products.  The latest venture will look at the health and financial impacts of sleep apnea. The companies plan on developing new software that will have advanced analytics and machine learning capabilities, Dr. Carlos Nunez,...
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By HIMSS TV July 10, 2018
  */ Focus on Innovation In September, we take a deep dive into the cutting-edge development and disruption of healthcare innovation.
By Dave Muoio July 10, 2018
A team of researchers from Tufts University, Harvard Medical School, and Purdue University, have presented academia’s latest take on the smart bandage. Recently described in the journal Small and so far tested only in vitro, the novel wound dressing is flexible, monitors the wearer’s wound in real time, and can administer a drug either on demand or in accordance to individual treatment protocols...
fitbit study for patient health outcomes
By Jonah Comstock July 10, 2018
Wearable activity monitors could be useful in assessing the health of cancer patients and making predictions about mortality and adverse events, according to a study published last week in Nature's Digital Medicine partner journal. "An objective evaluation of patient performance status (PS) is difficult because patients spend the majority of their time outside of the clinic, self-report to...