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Treating diabetes by telehealth could save Mississippi $189 million annually

Treating diabetes by telehealth could save Mississippi $189 million annually

Telehealth has the potential to save the Mississippi health system as much as $189 million annually for diabetes management. That’s the chief takeaway University of...
One in four consumers has had their health data compromised

One in four consumers has had their health data compromised

About 25% of consumers have been the victim of a healthcare data breach, says a new study from consulting and research firm Accenture released...
A Connecticut system gets $250,000 to jumpstart digital healthcare

A Connecticut system gets $250,000 to jumpstart digital healthcare

A Connecticut healthcare system is using a $250,000 donation from a patient to launch a telehealth service. More important, the new telehealth program Western Connecticut...
California hits Kaiser with a $2.5 million fine for not delivering data

Daily digital transactions jump 31% for Kaiser Permanente

Digital healthcare transaction volume at Kaiser Permanente posted a hefty increase in 2016 and a lot more patients are interacting online with Kaiser using...
A new study finds patient data breaches happen daily

A new study finds patient data breaches happen daily

The year is not even two months old and healthcare data breaches are happening daily, says a new report from Baltimore healthcare security and...
Only 39% of hospital CIOs are working on a digital health strategy

Only 39% of hospital CIOs are working on a digital health strategy

Hospital chief information officers plan to make electronic health records, population health applications and digital healthcare tools their biggest investment priorities over the next...
A Tennessee health system builds an app to help burn victims

A Tennessee health system builds an app to help burn victims

The University of Tennessee Health System is developing an app to better help burn victims. This summer the system’s college of social work will launch a mobile...
BayCare launches a new app to find docs and schedule a visit—online or off

BayCare launches a new app to find docs and schedule a visit—online or off

BayCare Health, a Clearwater health system operating 14 hospitals and hundreds of other provider locations throughout the Tampa Bay and central Florida regions, is...
Three-fourths of patients want way more access to digital health tools

Three-fourths of patients want more access to digital health tools

A growing number of consumers want more access to digital healthcare services, but so far healthcare providers aren’t delivering as many online services as...
UnitedHealth posts a public exchange loss of $400 million

UnitedHealth will take a public exchange hit of $4 billion

UnitedHealth Group, the biggest commercial health insurer, stands to take a $4 billion hit to its public exchange business now that the company is...
A newly merged Digital Pharmacist targets independent druggists

A newly merged Digital Pharmacist targets independent druggists

Two companies that provide digital healthcare services to independent pharmacists—and the consumers who use them to get a prescription filled online—have merged. RxWiki Inc., an...
Texting helps Molina members take meds and better manage their health

Texting helps Molina members take meds and better manage their health

Molina Healthcare Inc., a provider of managed health care services, is rolling out a text message medication reminder program for its members. Members opting...
Healthgrades.com adds new tools for booking a doctor visit

Healthgrades.com adds new tools for booking a doctor visit

Healthgrades Operating Co. Inc., which operates online directory Healthgrades.com where consumers can search for a doctor, has redesigned its website to provide consumers with...
Inspira Health ramps up its digital and mobile health capacity

Inspira Health ramps up its digital and mobile health capacity

Inspira Health System is rolling out an updated mobile platform. The new platform from mobile health applications developer Jellyfish Health of Panama City, Fla., includes updated...
Verity Health data breach impacts 10,000 patients

Verity Health data breach impacts 10,000 patients

A California healthcare system is the latest victim of a data security breach. This morning, Verity Health System, which operates six California hospitals, put out...
Physicians and patients have very opposing views on rating doctors

Physicians and patients have very opposing views on rating doctors

More and more consumers are using online ratings and reviews to select a doctor and presumably find them helpful. But many physicians have an entirely...
A big Kansas health system rolls out online doc scheduling

A big Kansas health system rolls out online doc scheduling

A large Kansas healthcare system is adding online physician scheduling that lets a patient book visits over the web with doctors in 25 specialties. St....
Children’s Medical is hit with a $3.2 million fine for violating HIPAA

Children’s Medical is hit with a $3.2 million fine for violating HIPAA

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has tagged a well-known children’s hospital with a multi-million dollar fine for exposing patients’ electronic health...
A lack of shared web access means patients pay big fees to copy medical records

A lack of shared web access means patients pay big fees to copy medical...

Most hospitals have an electronic health records system and consumers have more access than before to their health information online. But because most patient electronic...
GlaxoSmithKline and MIT launch a new app to track the flu

GlaxoSmithKline and MIT launch a new app to track the flu

GlaxoSmithKline Plc, the drug maker that manufactures over-the-counter medications such as Theraflu, is teaming up with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to help consumers...
Artificial Intelligence has a smart role in better delivery of healthcare

Artificial intelligence plays a smart role in better healthcare delivery

There is a big role artificial intelligence can play in helping to shape the future of web-driven consumer healthcare and that future is happening...
Cigna takes a big leap forward with telehealth

Cigna CEO calls public exchange market ‘fragile at best’

The scorecard of how the biggest commercial health insurers—UnitedHealthcare Group, Aetna Inc., Anthem Inc. and Cigna Corp.—feel about further participation in the public exchange...
Former Google artificial intelligences chief launches a digital health start-up

Google’s former artificial intelligence chief launches a digital health start-up

San Francisco start-up Forward is betting its hands-on—and very digital approach—to treating patients will help to carve out a niche for the new company...

Anthem could be the next big carrier to nix public exchanges

Another big healthcare insurer is taking a wait and see attitude about scaling back or getting out of the public health exchange market. Anthem Inc....
Healthcare providers have tough telehealth questions to answer

Healthcare providers have tough telehealth questions to answer

Telemedicine has started to live up to its potential in the healthcare industry. More and more healthcare providers are using electronic communications to do...
Digital healthcare is Under Armour’s fastest-growing channel

Digital healthcare is Under Armour’s fastest-growing channel

It’s only a small part of the business, but digital healthcare is Under Amour Inc.’s fastest-growing sales channel. For the year ended Dec. 31, Under...
A federal judge rules the Aetna/Humana merger would limit exchange competition

Aetna takes a $450 million hit on its public exchange business

The losses Aetna Inc. took selling on Healthcare.gov and the public exchange market were bigger than expected and Aetna has no intention of getting...
Consumers in 33 states had fewer carriers to buy online from this fall

Consumers in 33 states had fewer carriers to buy online from this fall

Consumers had drastically fewer health insurers to buy coverage from online this benefits enrollment season. That’s the chief conclusion from a new research report from...
Novo Nordisk deepens its digital approach to diabetes product R&D

Novo Nordisk deepens its digital approach to diabetes product R&D

Novo Nordisk, a big international manufacturer of drugs and devices for treating diabetes, is broadening its digital healthcare capability. The drug company, which specializes in...
Patient heart beats provides secure access to electronic health records

Patient heart beats provides secure access to electronic health records

A team of health researchers has a come up with a unique way to protect against unwarranted access to electronic health records—use the patient’s...
A Shark Tank-backed health app firm settles a false advertising claim

A Shark Tank-backed health app firm settles a false advertising claim

The developer of a wireless device and app that claims to measure blood alcohol content has settled a claim over false advertising with the...
New Mexico’s health exchange finds a permanent CEO

New Mexico’s health exchange finds a permanent CEO

New Mexico’s health exchange has a new permanent chief executive officer. On Friday the board of directors of beWellnm in Santa Fe appointed Cheryl Smith...
California hits Kaiser with a $2.5 million fine for not delivering data

California hits Kaiser with a $2.5 million fine for not delivering data

One of the nation’s most digitally advanced health insurers is being socked with a big fine for not delivering electronic data California wants in...
Health insurers stress over repeal and replace Obamacare

Health insurers are stressed over threats to repeal Obamacare without replacing it

It isn’t just the nearly 14 million consumers that are worried about what might happen to their health insurance if Obamacare is repealed but...
A patient safety group say wireless baby monitors need FDA scrutiny

A patient safety group says wireless baby monitors need FDA scrutiny

A Pennsylvania patient safety organization says some wireless devices and apps that monitor newborns often cause parents unnecessary worry while doing little to protect...
Amerigroup Washington rolls out a mental health app

Amerigroup Washington rolls out a mental health app

A major health insurer in Washington is rolling a new app that gives plan members more access to mental health treatment tools. Amerigroup Washington, a...
Digital mental health technology provider SilverCloud raises $8.1

Digital mental health technology provider SilverCloud raises $8.1 million

A developer of digital healthcare applications for mental health providers has raised $8.1 million in funding. SilverCloud Health, based in Dublin, Ireland, and with a...
Local learning systems create better outcomes for Nationwide Children’s

Local learning systems create better outcomes for Nationwide Children’s

Using electronic medical records as the foundation for establishing local learning systems for more personalized patient care can deliver substantial cost savings. That’s the chief...
Convenience and cost drive patients to alternative treatment channels

Convenience and cost drive patients to alternative treatment channels

Consumers as patients are increasingly going omnichannel when it comes to getting healthcare, say a pair of new reports. Most patients still go primarily to...

Pfizer backs a digital start-up that better tracks body composition

A big U.S. drug maker along with a Nordic venture capital firm are sinking $9 million into a Swedish digital healthcare firm that aims...
A federal judge rules the Aetna/Humana merger would limit exchange competition

A federal judge rules the Aetna/Humana merger would limit exchange competition

A federal antitrust judge has blocked the proposed $37 billion merger of Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc. and thwarting competition in the public health...
HealthTap adds artificial intelligence to its triage app

HealthTap adds artificial intelligence to its triage app

Digital health platform provider HealthTap is betting its new Dr. A.I. mobile app will eliminate the risk of a patient incorrectly self-diagnosing their condition...
Keeping up with digital technology is top of mind for physicians

Keeping up with digital technology is top of mind for physicians

Keeping up with constantly changing digital healthcare technology is a major concern for many doctors, a survey shows. Another big concern is dealing with increasingly...
Big health payers have big problems with online Medicare directories

Big health payers have big problems with online Medicare directories

The federal government is putting 21 major health insurance companies that administrate Medicare plans on notice that they have major problems with the accuracy...
A hospital app links the operating room to the waiting room

A hospital app links the operating room to the waiting room

A St. Louis hospital is using a mobile app and text messaging to ease the wait for family and friends during an operation. St. Louis...
A Delaware Blue’s data breach impacts 19,000 members

A Delaware Blue’s data breach impacts 19,000 members

The Delaware Department of Insurance is investigating a data breach at Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, one of the state’s biggest health insurers. The data breach discovered in August occurred...
Investors are bullish on digital healthcare

Investors are bullish on digital healthcare

Investors poured lots of money into health information technology in 2016 and a big part of it was earmarked for deals related to digital...
Wearables can help predict what’s ailing sick people

Wearables can help predict what’s ailing sick people

Wearables aren’t just good at generating reams of personalized data. Wearables also may be able to provide alerts when people are getting sick, giving...
Building a Brooklyn digital health network could cost $190 million

Building a Brooklyn digital health network could cost $190 million

Some of the biggest healthcare systems serving New York’s most populous borough are looking into a merger that among other things would build a...
Electronic transactions can save healthcare $9.4 billion annually

Electronic transactions can save healthcare $9.4 billion annually

The U.S. healthcare system has lots of established electronic network connectivity between caregivers and insurance companies, but adoption of various types of electronic transactions...
SnapMD adds investors and systems integrators

SnapMD adds investors and systems integrators

Telemedicine provider SnapMD Inc. will use $3.2 million in new funding to add new features to its platform, expand its sales force and direct...
Mobile game apps help in treating dementia

Mobile game apps help in treating dementia

Mobile game apps downloaded to a tablet in some cases are more effective than medication in treating patients with dementia, according to researchers at...
Regulators say a foreign government caused Anthem’s massive data breach

Regulators say a foreign government caused Anthem’s massive data breach

One of the biggest cybercrimes in the history of healthcare was the result of a foreign government that hacked its way into nearly 100...
IBM Watson and FDA collaborate on a high-tech way to share health data

IBM Watson and FDA collaborate on a high-tech way to share health data

IBM Watson Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration want to put blockchain technology on the map in healthcare. IBM, developer of Watson, a supercomputer...
A merger creates a giant California health data exchange

A merger creates a giant California health data exchange

The proposed merger of two California health information networks has resulted in creating one of the nation’s biggest repositories of digital healthcare information. The...
A major Illinois health system is socked with a big HIPAA fine

A major Illinois health system is socked with a big HIPAA fine

An Illinois health system has been hit with a big fine from the federal government for violating patient privacy and exposing confidential patient data. The...
Investors put up $30 million to grow Arcadia Healthcare

Investors put up $30 million to grow Arcadia Healthcare

A Boston healthcare analytics company with a core focus on population health management has raised a big pile of cash from investors that include...
Stanford pumps new life into a popular heart health app

Stanford pumps new life into a popular heart health app

Stanford University School of Medicine is pumping some new blood into a popular health app that helps heart patients track and share data. In 2015,...
Telehealth provider Teladoc eyes Q4 2017 for breaking even

Telehealth provider Teladoc eyes Q4 2017 for breaking even

Teladoc Inc. has yet to set a date for releasing its final 2016 financials but some preliminary numbers released by the telehealth services company...
Cigna takes a big leap forward with telehealth

Cigna updates its mobile app with better security, easier access

An updated mobile app that includes better security is catching on with consumers that get their health insurance through Cigna Health and Life Insurance...
Creating a win-win from healthcare inefficiency

Bringing Amazon-like efficiency to healthcare

Right now, there’s a woman waiting for a colonoscopy, asking the surgical center’s reception staff the Hail Mary of all questions: “What does this...
Northwell Health will use telehealth to provide omnichannel care

Northwell Health will use telehealth to provide omnichannel care

In retailing, companies that combine the internet, stores and catalogs in a way that enables consumers to shop how they want and when they...
Intermountain takes Twitter into the operating room

Intermountain tweets live about a heart procedure

When Intermountain Healthcare, Utah’s biggest health system, decided to get the word out on its newly acquired expertise in three-dimensional heart-mapping technology for the...
J. B Silvers

As Republicans ready to dismantle ACA, insurers likely to bolt

There’s a joke among insurers that there are two things that health insurance companies hate to do – take risks and pay claims. But,...
UnitedHealthcare takes its digital employee wellness program national

UnitedHealthcare takes its employer digital wellness program national

UnitedHealthcare Group is expanding its employer health and wellness program that make use of mobile apps and wearables and rewards employees with cash credits...
A Vermont health system plans a $152 million digital health makeover

A Vermont health system plans a $152 million digital health makeover

Vermont’s biggest health system is proposing that its four largest hospitals build a universal electronic health network that gives patients new ways to pay...
McKesson Corp.

McKesson expands into Canadian consumer healthcare

McKesson Corp., a provider of internet-connected supply chain technology and services for hospitals, pharmacies and other healthcare facilities, is extending its reach into the...
Investors put less money into digital healthcare in 2016

Investors put less money into digital healthcare in 2016

The amount of money investors poured into digital healthcare deals declined in 2016 though the number of transactions increased, says research firm Rock Health. In...
Universities share $1 million to develop digital medical records

Universities share $1 million to develop digital medical records

A consortium of universities has received a $1 million dollar grant from the federal government to make electronic health records more securely and widely...
Rush Medical picks a CIO with a strong digital health pedigree

Rush Medical picks a CIO with a strong digital health pedigree

One of Chicago’s biggest health systems has a new chief information officer with a strong background in digital healthcare. Rush University Medical Center, a 664-bed...