Category: Health IT

How Fast Can A New Internet Standard For Sharing Patient Data Catch Fire?

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Medical professionals have been storing personal health information in electronic form for more than a decade, but it is cumbersome for patients to gather disparate computer and paper records scattered across doctors’ offices, hospitals and medical labs. Wouldn’t life be easier if you could view your full medical history with a few taps on your ….  Read More

A Reality Check On Artificial Intelligence: Are Health Care Claims Overblown?

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Health products powered by artificial intelligence, or AI, are streaming into our lives, from virtual doctor apps to wearable sensors and drugstore chatbots. IBM boasted that its AI could “outthink cancer.” Others say computer systems that read X-rays will make radiologists obsolete. “There’s nothing that I’ve seen in my 30-plus years studying medicine that could ….  Read More

Electronic Health Records Creating A ‘New Era’ Of Health Care Fraud

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The federal government funneled billions in subsidies to software vendors who overstated or deceived the government about what their products could do, according to whistleblowers. This story also ran on Fortune. This story can be republished for free (details). Derek Lewis was working as an electronic health records specialist for the nation’s largest hospital chain ….  Read More

No Safety Switch: How Lax Oversight Of Electronic Health Records Puts Patients At Risk

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Fred Schulte, Kaiser Health News and Erika Fry, Fortune In fall 2009, several dozen of the best minds in health information technology huddled at a hotel outside Washington, D.C., to discuss potential dangers of an Obama White House plan to spend billions of tax dollars computerizing medical records. The health data geeks trusted that transitioning ….  Read More

Startup Seeks To Hold Doctors, Hospitals Accountable On Patient Record Requests

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Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). When Kelly Shanahan had her OB-GYN practice in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., she was meticulous about providing medical records promptly to all patients who requested them, she said. But since being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2013, an event that forced her into ….  Read More

KHN’s ‘What The Health’: Spending Bill Slowdown

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Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. The fiscal year started a month and a half ago, but Congress has still not agreed on an annual spending bill for the Department of Health and Human Services – or any of the other annual spending bills that fund the government. Meanwhile, Congress IS ….  Read More

A Million-Dollar Marketing Juggernaut Pushes 3D Mammograms

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Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News When Dr. Worta McCaskill-Stevens made an appointment for a mammogram last year, she expected a simple breast cancer screening ― not a heavy-handed sales pitch. A receptionist asked if she wanted a free upgrade to a “3D mammogram,” or tomosynthesis. “She said there’s a new approach and it’s much better, ….  Read More

Groupons For Medical Treatment? Welcome To Today’s U.S. Health Care

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Lauren Weber Emory University medical fellow Dr. Nicole Herbst was shocked when she saw three patients who came in with abnormal results from chest CT scans they had bought on Groupon. Yes, Groupon — the online coupon mecca that also sells discounted fitness classes and foosball tables. Saw 3 pts in clinic for abnormal chest CTs ….  Read More

Doctor Alexa Will See You Now: Is Amazon Primed To Come To Your Rescue?

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Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). Now that it’s upending the way you play music, cook, shop, hear the news and check the weather, the friendly voice emanating from your Amazon Alexa-enabled smart speaker is poised to wriggle its way into all things health care. Amazon has big ambitions for ….  Read More