HHS opens portal to educate mHealth developers on HIPAA rules | Officials: Opioid mapping tool will raise awareness of prescribing patterns | Digital health tool developer collaborates with Evidation to examine outcomes
November 20, 2015
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HHS opens portal to educate mHealth developers on HIPAA rules
An IdeaScale-hosted portal has been introduced by the HHS Office for Civil Rights to educate developers of mobile health technologies about the HIPAA requirements for breach notifications, security and privacy. Inquiries and comments submitted on the portal will be used by the OCR to come up with better guidance to address HIPAA-related concerns. Health Data Management (11/19)
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Officials: Opioid mapping tool will raise awareness of prescribing patterns
CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt said the agency's interactive online mapping tool that allows searches of 2013 Medicare Part D opioid prescription claims data will help physicians better understand their community's Medicare opioid prescription rate. CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said the tool will increase prescriber awareness while "continuing to ensure patients have access to the most effective pain treatment." AAFP News (11/18)
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Digital health tool developer collaborates with Evidation to examine outcomes
A partnership between Ochsner Health System's innovationOchsner and Evidation Health will examine the effectiveness of innovationOchsner's digital health technologies. The partnership will use Evidation's analytics technology to determine how the digital tools affect care quality and outcomes. BeckersHospitalReview.com (11/19)
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Cognitive computing system boosts efficacy of care
A cognitive computing platform has been unveiled by Apixio that will glean data from patient EHRs and analyze it to help providers improve quality of care. Using machine learning algorithms and data extraction tools, the Iris platform creates a self-learning system that will improve the accuracy of patients' care profiles, which will help providers make better care decisions. A similar cognitive computing platform is used by IBM's Watson. Healthcare Informatics online (11/19)
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Study: Number of telehealth vendors nearly doubles in 4 years
The roster of vendors offering telemedicine services has nearly doubled since 2011, according to a study by HIMSS Analytics. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, a health IT industry group, earlier reported that telemedicine adoption by health care organizations increased to 57.7% this year, compared with 54.5% in 2014. Bloomberg BNA (free content) (11/17)
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Azumio beefs up health app with nitric oxide testing feature
A partnership was formed between Berkeley Test and Azumio to include a nitric oxide testing tool with the latter's Argus health application. The feature was added because measuring nitric oxide is useful for those who want to increase athletic endurance, measure blood pressure or delay vascular aging. The tool also allows users to record and keep track of their test results. MobiHealthNews.com (11/19)
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HIMSS offers Enterprise Davies Award to Centura Health
Centura Health has been tapped by HIMSS to receive the Enterprise Davies Award, which recognizes outstanding health IT use to cut care costs and boost patient care. To enhance the quality of care it offers to chronically ill patients in a remote community in Durango, Colo., the provider combined analytics, risk stratification, clinical decision support and patient engagement tools with alternative payment models. Centura Health also implemented the Medicare Shared Savings ACO program, which cut rehospitalizations of heart failure patients by almost 16%. BeckersHospitalReview.com (11/19)
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Aetna secures ACO deal with pediatric care provider
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has sealed an accountable care organization deal with Aetna to offer coordinated care to pediatric patients in Burlington County, N.J., and the five counties in the Philadelphia area. The deal, which is Aetna's first pediatric ACO, supports the insurer's efforts to transition to a value-based payment model. American City Business Journals/Philadelphia (11/19)
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