Health IT

Anthem announced a partnership with Samsung and American Well to offer a mobile app that will connect patients with U.S.-based healthcare providers for non-emergency medical information. The “Experts” service will be available the Anthem-covered individuals with Samsung mobile devices.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is planning to launch a new $100 million telehealth initiative called the Connected Care Pilot Program.

Data breaches are major operational disruptors that cost companies millions of dollars—and healthcare ends up getting hit the hardest.

The University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine will begin a complete overhaul of its electronic health record (EHR) system—and it’s not going to be cheap. The school’s finance committee approved $180 million to replace existing Cerner and Epic systems with a single integrated platform.

Government regulation can’t keep up with innovation in healthcare technology, especially when dealing with mobile medical applications—and those in charge of developing regulatory framework know it, according to top officials at the FDA in a July 2 viewpoint in JAMA.

WeDoctor, a startup worth $5.5 billion, has some saying it will become China's “Amazon of healthcare." The company’s main focus is removing unnecessary red tape and wait times at government clinics.

Lloyd B. Minor, the dead of Stanford University School of Medicine, equated problems harnessing the positives of EHR with the microscope. It took 70 years for that game-changing tool to lead to scientific breakthroughs—a delay that might have to do as much with the user as the instrument itself.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is about to undergo a massive, $16 billion revamp of its electronic health record (EHR) system. A month after a $10 million deal with Cerner was finalized, the Government Accounting Office (GAO) released a report that found the VA spent $3 billion on EHR support between 2015 and 2017.

In a June 18 release, HHS announced a ruling against the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston requiring $4.3 million in civil penalties due to three data breaches from 2012 and 2013.

It’s long past asking “if” artificial intelligence (AI) and related technologies will revolutionize healthcare. According to a recent survey, 80 percent of executives expect AI will be integrated into the patient experience within two years. At the same time, 81 percent of respondents agree their organizations are not ready for the societal and liability issues that will result from this change.

The group is being led by Babak Parviz, the creator of Google Glass. Medical applications are one of its major areas of focus, according to CNBC.

The price tag includes $292 million in cash and another $60 million in Teladoc stock. As part of the deal, Advance Medical co-founders Marc Subirats and Carlos Nueno will become executives within Teladoc and continue “to lead the Advance Medical business outside the U.S.”