Health IT

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.

Blockchain is no longer just a buzz word. The technology, which rose to fame by the decentralized digital currency Bitcoin, is entering the healthcare world. One study suggests one in five organizations will use it by 2020.

CVS Health is rolling out MinuteClinic Video Visits, a new telehealth service that provides patients with minor illnesses and injuries access to healthcare services at any time from their mobile device.

Care mistakes in the hospital often happen due to communication breakdowns between nurses and doctors, according to a recent study from University of Michigan researchers.

Jeff Immelt, former CEO of General Electric, announced on LinkedIn that he will be advising Collective Health, a start-up that offers software-driven workforce health management systems. The move comes less than a year since he announced his retirement as president and director of GE’s board and less than six months after becoming chairman of Athenahealth.

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced a four-year, $300 million deal with 23andMe, a personal genomics and biotechnology company based in Mountain View, California. The British pharmaceutical company will have access to genetic information of 23andMe’s five million customers.

Considering the growing threat of ransomware in healthcare, organizations need to plan for the day their data become hostages, according to new research from Marshall University. Training and maintaining “digital hygiene” can not only reduce the likelihood of an attack, it also may reduce the financial and operational impacts of an incident.