Bill Siwicki

Bill Siwicki is Managing Editor of Healthcare IT News. Bill has nearly 30 years of experience in journalism, with more than 15 years in healthcare IT and healthcare finance along with extensive expertise in mobile technology.

 

By Bill Siwicki 02:55 pm March 27, 2018
Since October 2016, when it started using a new telehealth technology, ConcertoHealth has seen 73 percent of its new e-consults replace the need for patients to see specialists face-to-face. Further, there has been a 30.3 percent reduction in the health system's rate of hospital admissions and a 17 percent drop in readmissions. ConcertoHealth uses a platform from AristaMD that delivers access to...
By Bill Siwicki 03:22 pm March 12, 2018
A new study, sponsored by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, applied wearable biosensors to post-acute heart failure patients and deployed FDA-cleared analytics from vendor physIQ to detect vital sign anomalies. It demonstrated promising predictive power for artificial intelligence-based analytics in terms of sensitivity, specificity and early warning lead time – suggesting the potential to...
By Bill Siwicki 10:40 am February 20, 2018
Google AI has made a breakthrough: successfully predicting cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks and strokes simply from images of the retina, with no blood draws or other tests necessary. This is a big step forward scientifically, Google AI officials said, because it is not imitating an existing diagnostic but rather using machine learning to uncover a surprising new way to predict these...
By Bill Siwicki 10:36 am January 15, 2018
The trend toward healthcare consumerism increasingly is at the forefront of health system decisions. In growing numbers, patients are making healthcare choices based on the ability of providers to bring value in the form of access and experience. This patient-focused mindset is at the heart of Methodist Medical Group's strategic direction, and a key factor in its decision to launch a new...
By Bill Siwicki 02:29 pm January 5, 2018
InTouch Health, which markets an enterprise telehealth platform, will acquire TruClinic, which specializes in direct-to-consumer online virtual care. The goal of the deal is for InTouch to expand its existing portfolio to deliver a fuller range of virtual care programs to healthcare provider organizations, better enabling continuity of care between physicians and patients, said InTouch officials...
By Bill Siwicki 02:43 pm December 19, 2017
Dr. Manish Naik recently examined a patient in his office who was reluctant to get a flu vaccine because of a history of egg allergy. Naik conducted a quick search through his medical reference app and reviewed study data with the patient on the safety of flu vaccination in patients with egg allergy.   After seeing the latest study data and guidelines, the patient agreed to get both the flu and...
By Bill Siwicki 10:24 am December 12, 2017
Telemedicine continues to go mainstream as more pharmacy chains introduce remote consults within corner drug stores.  NewYork-Presbyterian and Walgreens are collaborating to offer remote access to NYP physicians on Walgreens’ website and at self-service kiosks at select Walgreens-owned Duane Reade drug stores in New York — while CVS has a similar arrangement with the Cleveland Clinic.  This...
By Bill Siwicki 01:56 pm October 26, 2017
Medical appointment booking app Zocdoc has launched Insurance Checker, a new feature powered by artificial intelligence for its iOS and Android mobile apps and for its mobile website. Seeking to ease a process pain point common for both patients and providers, Insurance Checker targets deciphering, understanding, and verifying health insurance. For healthcare provider organizations, getting...
By Bill Siwicki 03:37 pm October 20, 2017
Health IT company Wellbe is expanding its online patient navigation and engagement platform by partnering with Physiotec and Staywell. Physiotec delivers online rehabilitation programs and Staywell delivers a comprehensive library of guidelines-based content. In the face of the converging forces of consumerism and value-based care, hospitals are seeking to enable robust patient participation in...
By Bill Siwicki 10:34 am October 18, 2017
The Allscripts EHR now can link with healthcare information and appointment booking app Zocdoc through the latter's participation as an integrator in the Allscripts Developer Program. This will enable a connection by API between Zocdoc’s online scheduling platform and Allscripts’ clinical scheduling software. The integration will improve real-time booking for patients through Zocdoc and will...