The pandemic has accelerated the adoption of digital and contactless payment technologies in health care, according to data from health care payment vendors Zotec Partners and InstaMed. Patients' obligations often exceed their ability to pay, and they need information on their financial obligations early in the process, and Rick Gundling, a senior vice president at the Healthcare Financial Management Association, says new options from payment vendors offer solutions to both problems while increasing convenience.
Health system CIOs cited the growing number and sophistication of cyberattacks among the most concerning trends in health IT, along with unequal access to telehealth, startups' unrealistic evaluations and the growing need for data and advanced predictive analytics. Mount Sinai Deputy CIO Bruce Darrow says broad, unclear data sharing mandates could undermine patient care, and WellSpan Health Chief Digital and Information Officer R. Hal Baker says clinicians' EHR-related cognitive burden has grown.
New endpoint detection and response platforms offer an insight into threats posed by a dispersed workforce, but adoption of EDR tools requires advanced training, writes David Chou, senior vice president and CIO at Harris Health System. Extended detection and response tools provide a single view across different tools and can process and automate alerts faster, but vendor lock-in and single point of failure are concerns with XDR, while managed detection and response tools may be complementary or good options for organizations with limited resources or expertise, Chou explains.
A machine learning model trained on seven years' worth of data on people with Parkinson's disease accurately predicted disease progression and severity, and the model showed the disease progresses along diverse pathways. The algorithm, developed by IBM and the Michael J. Fox Foundation, could aid prescribing or match patients with clinical trials.
The Idaho Health Data Exchange is adopting Orion Health's Amadeus information exchange platform, which will enable third-party software developers to build specialty applications and modules. The new data storage and exchange platform is expected to support population health improvement initiatives and value-based care contracts, says IHDE Executive Director Hans Kastensmith.
An algorithm that analyzes smartphone camera images of the palpebral conjunctiva, or the clear membrane, inside the lower eyelid detected anemia with a 72.6% accuracy rate, according to a study in PLOS ONE. The method wouldn't replace blood testing but would be useful for initial point-of-care diagnosis in low-resource areas, says researcher Gregory Jay, an attending physician at Rhode Island Hospital.
A study published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine found that patient volume declined for elective procedures and emergency conditions such as stroke and heart attack while the in-hospital mortality rate rose among non-COVID-19 patients at Providence St. Joseph Health hospitals in six states. Chief Medical Analytics Officer Ari Robicsek says the phenomenon was likely due to patients delaying needed health care and developing severe illness as a consequence, and the health system has since launched a campaign to reassure patients that it's safe to go to a hospital.
Avera eCARE, Augusta University Health and other tele-ICU services are experiencing an uptick in demand as COVID-19 hospitalizations rise, especially in rural areas that lack or have limited trauma, critical or intensive care units. Tele-ICU services allow more community hospitals to handle COVID-19 patients instead of transferring them, and Augusta University Health's Matthew Lyon says pediatric care and collaborations with skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities are potential growth areas.
Twelve additional Novant Health hospitals in North Carolina are getting MyChart Bedside after a successful two-year pilot study at three hospitals. The EHR-integrated app enables in-patients to request items like blankets or play games.
Telehealth companies Hims and Ro are the latest to offer mental health services, at cash-only prices they say are lower than some insurers' co-pays without the networks and other limits. Critics say the companies cater to people who already have the means to obtain mental health care and don't expand access to those most in need.
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