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The digital health industry is continuing its growth in record-breaking ways, as funding to the industry pushed past $6.5 billion in the first half of 2017, according to a recent report by StartUp Health. This year’s numbers are already well on their way to overtaking the annual totals of previous years.   As the digital health…

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A startup by the name of Better has announced it will temporarily be putting all of its revenue towards relieving Americans’ medical debt. With national medical costs hitting $3.35 trillion last year, the startup’s pledge appears to be a nice bit of goodwill news for the more than 40% of Americans who are unable to…

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Vince Ciotti and Elise Ames of HIS Professionals LLC have ranked the rankers in a new analysis of the most popular Physician EHR review sites. Their analysis took the five most frequently used Physician EHR review sites for a test drive, and when stacked up against other popular review sites Software Advice, Capterra, EHR Compare,…

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This past week the Department of Veterans Affairs has announced a big move to abandon their in-house VistA system in favor of a commercial EHR system. VA’s decision has come after years of push from Congress to move to an EHR system that has much stronger interoperability with the DoD’s current system, MHS GENESIS, which…

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Whatever we do in the healthcare space, it is eventually meant for the greater good of patients, which is why today the aim of modern healthcare is shifting towards value-based reimbursement and with that the process is getting modified accordingly. Gradually, patient-centric care is becoming prevalent. The current standards require enhanced patient experience, and that…

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We know divorce negatively affects health. Stress correlates with, or even underlies, many of the top health risks Americans face, from depression to heart disease. Divorce is always stressful, so it is no shocker it can carry significant risk for the health of a couple going through proceedings. Conversely, we also know that divorce is…

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When Henry Ford arranged production of his vehicles on an assembly line, he was laying the foundation for industrial robots to take over the bulk of construction and assembly from humans. It doesn’t matter that such advanced robots didn’t exist when the assembly line revolutionized manufacturing; the important thing is that it standardized the functions…

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Patients looking for a slick way to monitor their blood pressure can now purchase a wireless cuff from Apple stores that’s compatible with iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. The FDA approved device, known as QardioArm, has been clinically validated to provide a medically precise reading anytime, anywhere. This smart blood pressure monitor uses a triple…

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As value-based care becomes the primary focus of healthcare organizations, providers now need to broach Population Health Management and to manage it with risk stratification with a delicate balance. It is now important for providers to focus on patients’ individual and distinct health signs and make decisions to take their journey forward to better and…

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Smart baby trackers monitor a baby’s heart rate and oxygen level with the intention to alleviate parental anxiety over the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), or more commonly known as crib death. This is good news for parents whose babies are diagnosed with cardiovascular diseases but the products prove to be unnecessary and…

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MACRA Overview The MACRA Quality Payment Program (QPP) replaces the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) for setting the physician fee schedule rate changes and consolidates several quality and incentive programs into one.  There are two performance tracks in the program, the Merit-Based Incentive Program (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs).  The Advanced APM track offers…

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