Health IT

Digital wearables brand Fitbit has launched a new platform to connect healthcare providers with wearers, with healthcare services company Humana leading the charge.

Healthcare providers are often battling duplicate medical record issues that can compromise patient safety, care, data accuracy and reimbursement.

Apple has disrupted its share of technology-based markets before—from the home computer to the phone. The latest product from the global behemoth has set its sights on cardiology. The new Apple Watch Series 4 comes with an FDA-approved electrocardiogram (ECG) feature.

Rural healthcare providers and facilities face numerous geographic obstacles to providing adequate care. Researchers showed how telehealth videoconferencing can connect remotely located VA medical centers with infectious disease experts to improve antibiotic stewardship.

Nearly 90 percent of American consumers used digital health tools such as telemedicine, wearables and online health information in 2017, according to a recent survey.

Genevieve Morris, chief health information officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)’ Office of EHR Modernization, announced her resignation Aug. 24.

Former CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt joined more than a dozen healthcare organizations for a new project that aims to improve Medicaid.

Technology has streamlined many aspects of healthcare, but outcomes are further improved when doctors actually follow alerts prompted by electronic health records (EHRs), according to a recent study.

As the healthcare industry continues to embrace emerging technology, the electronic health records market has continued to grow and will reach $31.5 billion in 2018, according to research from Kalorama Information.

In another sign that technology companies are increasingly looking for ways to build out their businesses in the healthcare sector, Amazon, Microsoft, Google, IBM, Oracle and Salesforce have teamed up to address healthcare interoperability.

Community Health Systems (CHS) is under investigation over its adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) and adherence to a federal program to fund the technology.

While more telehealth initiatives are popping up across the healthcare space, consumers aren’t as clear on whether their insurance plans actually cover virtual care services.