Health IT

Five healthcare organizations have joined a new effort to use blockchain to resolve administrative inefficiencies with professional credentialing.

After being courted by several bidders, athenahealth has been sold to Veritas Capital and Evergreen Coast Capital for approximately $5.7 billion.

Adopting sophisticated information technology (IT) in nursing homes leads to better patient care, according to a recent study from the University of Missouri published in Nursing Care Quality.

Artificial intelligence may help stop the “downward spiral in productivity” in the U.S. healthcare system, which has been plagued by labor-intensive, inefficient administrative tasks, according to an article in the Harvard Business Review.

As social determinants of health (SDH) play a more prominent role in healthcare, more providers are looking for ways to incorporate social needs into electronic health records. But documenting SDH alongside other health information in EHRs isn’t so easy, according to a recent study published in the Annals of Family Medicine.

As technology continues to disrupt the healthcare space and advance care, doctors are increasingly seeing issues with more screen time and less face time with patients, according to Atul Gawande, the CEO of Amazon’s healthcare joint venture with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase.

Medical education, after years of sticking to a tried-and-true formula of lectures, exams and rotations, is racing to catch up with technological innovations that are reshaping the way we train nurses and doctors in the U.S., the New York Times reported Oct. 31. Virtual reality (VR) and high-fidelity simulations are leading the charge.

The Mayo Clinic and London-based virtual reality developer FundamentalVR have announced a three-year strategic alliance and joint development agreement, making the Mayo Clinic the first American medical center to institute the company’s technology.

Investment bank and financial services company Morgan Stanley has hired a chief medical officer for the first time in the firm’s history, according to Business Insider.

Remedy Partners tripled its business under Medicare’s Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Advanced program, the Connecticut-based bundled payment convener company announced.

A new proposed rule from CMS would expand Medicare Advantage and Part D telehealth benefits in 2020. The changes will likely make telehealth services more accessible to Medicare beneficiaries at home.

State Medicaid agencies had 1,260 data breaches in 2016, many of which were the result of misdirected communications that sometimes exposed the information of beneficiaries in letters, emails and faxes.