Healthcare ’s Sustainability Problem And The Solutions Tech Can Provide
The following is a guest article by Melissa Powell, COO at Genesis HealthCare. Healthcare’s future is smart and sustainable, led by tech-driven solutions and human ingenuity. One great success story of sustainable healthcare that combines those forces begins with a nurse who sews. Tami Ochs, an RN at New Jersey’s Overlook Medical Center, helped the facility repurpose 15,000 pounds of surgical blue wrap that was being discarded annually. She began sewing shopping bags from the non-biodegradable material used to cover sterile equipment, a project that blossomed into a goal to replace 100,000 plastic bags patients use eve...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - September 7, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Author Tags: AI/Machine Learning C-Suite Leadership Healthcare IT Hospital - Health System AMA Boston Medical Center Circular Healthcare Cisco Genesis Healthcare Healthcare Facilities Healthcare Without Harm Melissa Powell Overlook Medical Cent Source Type: blogs

Turning obstacles into opportunities with diversified health care perspectives
I have experienced a wide spectrum of the health care ecosystem since childhood giving me a deeper insight into its future need. I suffered for 23 years with a wrong diagnosis and frequent long-distance hospital visits before my heart operation. For 14 years, I shifted through multiple doctors and hospitalizations for my father’s mismanaged diabetic Read more… Turning obstacles into opportunities with diversified health care perspectives originally appeared in KevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - September 7, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Physician Medical school Oncology/Hematology Source Type: blogs

Vaccine Myocarditis Update
BY ANISH KOKA The European Medicines Agency decided on July 19, 2021 that myocarditis and pericarditis be added to the list of adverse effects of both messenger RNA (mRNA) based vaccines (BNT162b2 [Pfizer-BioNTech] and mrna-1273 [Moderna]) against COVID-19. This advice was based on numerous reports of myocarditis that followed a clinical pattern that strongly suggested a causal link between these particular vaccines and myocarditis/pericarditis. The adverse events that appeared to be predominantly in young men typically occurred within a week after injection, and were clustered after the second dose of the vaccine serie...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 7, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: COVID-19 Health Policy Uncategorized Anish Koka cardiology Source Type: blogs

Innovation for all: Adapting patient-facing tools to promote digital health equity
More often than not, ground-breaking health care advancements are disproportionately accessible for those who already have favorable social determinants of health. Improving cost, access, and quality, but for whom? The boom of telehealth and digital health during the pandemic was a necessary shift to bridge the critical access gap while also supporting the public health Read more… Innovation for all: Adapting patient-facing tools to promote digital health equity originally appeared in KevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - September 7, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Tech Health IT Source Type: blogs

Can South Korea Help the World Beat the Next Pandemic?
As the world emerges from the long and devastating COVID-19 pandemic, nations around the world, including the United States, could look to South Korea ' s near-perfect response as a model for dealing with future public health crises. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - September 7, 2022 Category: Health Management Authors: Jennifer Bouey Source Type: blogs

Why health care will never be the same after the COVID-19 pandemic
The health care industry will never be the same again following the COVID-19 pandemic. We can’t risk dying from a virus that had already killed so many people and disintegrated fruitful lives the world over. We need to use new protocols, technological advances, and safety measures to safeguard ourselves from other possible viruses. Health care Read more… Why health care will never be the same after the COVID-19 pandemic originally appeared in KevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - September 6, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Policy COVID Health IT Source Type: blogs

CVS Health to Acquire Signify Health
Advances long-term strategy by providing platform for growth in value-based care CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) and Signify Health (NYSE: SGFY) (“Signify”) have entered into a definitive agreement under which CVS Health will acquire Signify Health for $30.50 per share in cash, representing a total transaction value of approximately $8 billion. Signify Health is a leader in Health Risk Assessments, value-based care and provider enablement. With a network of more than 10,000 clinicians across all 50 states and a nationwide value-based provider network, combined with its proprietary analytics and technology platforms, S...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - September 6, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Healthcare IT News Tags: Health IT Company Healthcare IT Caravan Health CVS Health Health IT Acquisitions Health Risk Assessments Healthcare M&A Karen S. Lynch Kyle Armbrester Matt Holt NYSE: CVS NYSE: SGFY Shawn Guertin Signify Health Value Based Care Source Type: blogs

Putting the “e” in DNA
BY KIM BELLARD The Wall Street Journal had a great article a couple days ago that tickled my fancy on two fronts: DNA, and the deep ocean.  Both fascinate me. It introduced me to a term I’d not heard before but have now discovered is a thing: “eDNA.”  It’s something I suspect we’ll be hearing more about, and a technique we’ll be using much more, in the years to come. The article, Finding New Drugs From the Deep Sea via ‘eDNA’, talks about a different approach to discovering potential sources of new medicines: “environmental DNA,” or eDNA.  As the US Geological Survey describes it: “Environmen...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 6, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Drug Design Drug discovery eDNA Kim Bellard Source Type: blogs

We Should Channel People Into Medicare Advantage Plans Where They Won ’t Have Amputations or Go Blind (Part 2)
By GEORGE HALVORSON Former Kaiser Permanente CEO George Halvorson has written on THCB on and off over the years, most notably with his proposal for Medicare Advantage for All post-COVID. He wrote a piece in Health Affairs last year arguing with the stance of Medicare Advantage of Don Berwick and Rick Gilfillan (Here’s their piece pt1, pt2). We also published his criticism (Part 1. Part 2. Part 3) of Medpac’s analysis of Medicare Advantage.  Now Medpac is meeting again and George is wondering why they don’t seem to care about diabetic foot amputation...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 6, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Medicare Uncategorized CMS George Halvorson Medicare Advantage Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plans Source Type: blogs

Improving Media Literacy in Middle School
Middle schoolers can be savvy users of news and information—when they know where to look. But they ' re also easy marks for misinformation, disinformation, and trolls. Helping them find their way in today ' s media landscape is important both for their futures and for the future of democracy. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - September 6, 2022 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: blogs

The Problem of Intra-Theater Lift: Moving Things Around In the Pacific Area of Responsibility
The U.S. joint force ' s ability to move materiel and people across oceans and continents is unique among militaries. But there are challenges all along the supply chain, addressed by different agencies and military commands in a complicated set of processes, and a collective reluctance to assume responsibility for the mission. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - September 6, 2022 Category: Health Management Authors: Bradley Martin; Christopher G. Pernin Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 05 September, 2022.
Here are a few I have come across the last week or so. Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.General Comment-----There seems to be a good bit going on this week so lots to browse!The trial of AI in aged care was quite amusing in a sad sort of way ….-----https://medicalrepublic.com.au/whos-to-blame-when-the-software-gets-it-wrong/7586330 August 2022Who ’s to blame when the software gets it wrong?MedicolegalTechnologyByPursuitClinical deci...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - September 5, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links –3rd September, 2022.
Here are a few I came across last week.Note: Each link is followed by a title and few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment-----https://healthitanalytics.com/news/machine-learning-tools-predict-post-op-complications-surgery-durationMachine-Learning Tools Predict Post-Op Complications, Surgery DurationResearchers from Washington University in St. Louis have developed machine-learning tools that can predict post-operative complications and surgery duration using perioperative data.ByShania K...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - September 3, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Medicare Advantage Saves Lives, Limbs, Sight, And Major Amounts of Money – (Part 1)
BY GEORGE HALVERSON Former Kaiser Permanente CEO George Halvorson has written on THCB on and off over the years, most notably with his proposal for Medicare Advantage for All post-COVID. He wrote a piece in Health Affairs last year arguing with the stance of Medicare Advantage of Don Berwick and Rick Gilfillan (Here’s their piece pt1, pt2). We also published his criticism (Part 1. Part 2. Part 3) of Medpac’s analysis of Medicare Advantage.  Now Medpac is meeting again and George is wondering why they don’t seem to care about diabetic foot amputations. We are publishing part one today with part two com...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 2, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Health Policy Medicare Amputations Blindness George Halverson Medicare Advantage MedPAC Source Type: blogs

Deep-Dive Into Availity ’ s Acquisition of Diameter Health
by JESSICA DAMASSA “There’s $4-$4.5 trillion dollars of annual spend in the healthcare system. A trillion of that is administrative. And, some big chunk — some BIG number that you measure in the 100’s of billions of dollars – is waste. So, the TAM for what Availity and Diameter Health are going to do together is huge.” Russ Thomas, Availity’s CEO, is clearly excited about his company’s recent acquisition of Diameter Health and we ask him – and Diameter’s President & COO Mary Lantin – why this is such a big deal. In the end, what this comes down to is making more sense of all the data th...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 2, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: WTF Health Availity Diameter Health Jessica DaMassa Mary Lantin Russ Thomas Source Type: blogs