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State Government Technology Response to COVID-19
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State Government Technology Response to COVID-19

How have government technology organizations responded to the global pandemic? What security actions were implemented in state government to address increasing COVID-19 cyberattacks? Where is this overall situation heading next as states begin to reopen? To answer these questions and much more, I can think of no better technology and cybersecurity leaders than Craig Orgeron and Jay White — the current CIO and CISO in Mississippi state government. Dr. Craig Orgeron was selected as...
Epic Beaker Lab Implementation is a Team Effort
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Epic Beaker Lab Implementation is a Team Effort

The pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic are shining a light on the central importance of the lab to the clinical goals of a hospital or health system. COVID-specific challenges for hospital lab professionals range from new billing and documentation requirements to the setup and configuration of drive-through test facilities. These challenges are also highlighting the value of an integrated lab solution like Epic Beaker and the importance of properly planning and scoping the implementation of such a system.  As a long-time Beaker implementation consultant with multiple completed projects under my belt, I view the resource plan for a Beaker project as a critical success factor. Specifically, planners need to ensure ...
Next-Gen Care Delivery: Activating Providers, Patients and Payers to Thrive Post-Pandemic
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Next-Gen Care Delivery: Activating Providers, Patients and Payers to Thrive Post-Pandemic

A few months back, when we envisioned the future, the thought of COVID-19, or anything like it, was not in our discussions. But today, the impact this pandemic has had on health, wealth, and well-being is enormous. The American healthcare system was already working to decrease the escalating costs of healthcare when the pandemic struck. Despite the implementation of safety precautions and community measures, COVID-19 stretched healthcare resources to the brink and took the lives of thousands of people nationwide. But the biggest question is: what next? What does the future of healthcare hold? What will healthcare delivery look like in the post-pandemic world? Telehealth: Not a future anymore, but a necessity realized in the present The surge in telemedicine is never going to slow...
Weight Loss Scams [Video]
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Weight Loss Scams [Video]

Weight Loss Scams byline AARP Nearly half of American adults and well over half of American women are trying to lose weight, according to a 2018 study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Those figures fuel a $70 billion weight-loss industry — and a widespread trade in dubious products that will reduce only your bank account. Diet scams rank No. 1 among health care frauds reported to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), with on-the-make marketers deploying a variety of tricks to get people to purchase their wares. Some create websites that look like those of legitimate magazines and news organizations and fill them with phony articles claiming that celebrities have achieved amazing results from their products. The FTC recently obtained a $500,000...
Mayo Clinic to Automate Patient Triage in ED to Reduce Physician Burden, Optimize Emergency Room Visits
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Mayo Clinic to Automate Patient Triage in ED to Reduce Physician Burden, Optimize Emergency Room Visits

What You Should Know: – Mayo Clinic has inked a partnership Diagnostic Robotics to automate their patient triage system – allowing Mayo Clinic to make quicker, smarter decisions for patients when limited medical resources are available. – The new AI-driven platform will supplement the physician decision-making process in real-time by assisting with the clinical intake of patients – analyzing a simple questionnaire filled out by patients and rapidly determining their symptoms, test results, and medical history. In an effort to ease the strain on critical care resources and healthcare staff during this pandemic, Mayo Clinic has just partnered with Diagnostic Robotics to automate their patient triage system – allowing Mayo Clinic to make quicker, smarter decisions for patients when...
Top 4 Disruptions Healthcare Providers Should Prepare to Address
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Top 4 Disruptions Healthcare Providers Should Prepare to Address

Shawn Yates, Director, Product Management, Ontario SystemsThe past few years have been particularly interesting for the healthcare landscape. We’ve seen a surge in telemedicine and retail clinics, increasing use of personal healthcare devices such as watches and fitness trackers, aggressive attempts to dismantle the ACA, the growing influence of private equity investment firms, and massive mergers with disruptive enterprise market entries such as Amazon. As the ground beneath them continues to shift, many providers are venturing into new territory to improve their financial position. Historically, the healthcare industry has been one of the slowest to adopt innovative ideas and technologies for administrative functions. But the industry’s efforts to adapt to new realities could change ...
SwitchPoint Ventures Spins Out AI-Driven Health IT Startup Polaris Health
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SwitchPoint Ventures Spins Out AI-Driven Health IT Startup Polaris Health

What You Should Know: – SwitchPoint (made up of veteran healthcare leaders with experience at Intermedix/R1 RCM and others) launches a new technology venture, Polaris Health that leverages AI to predict patient demand and create efficient clinician schedules that align with this demand. – Polaris Health’s solution utilizes proprietary machine learning algorithms to predict provider demand, distribute clinician resources to meet that demand, and optimize clinician schedules. It caters to physicians and nurses alike and is applicable to any practice area or specialty.  SwitchPoint Ventures, an innovation enabler making artificial intelligence (AI) investments in organizations that seek transformation through machine learning. today announced the launch of Polaris Health, an AI-dr...
Life as a first-time locums
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Life as a first-time locums

So you’ve made it to the first day of your new locums tenens assignment. You’ve checked into the hotel and adrenaline keeps you from thinking about the new realities of living alone and starting a new career. You’re excited to begin. You’ve gone through the long licensing, interviewing. and credentialing process over the past few months and are eager to get your hands dirty. Now what? First impressions You go through orientation and meet the staff. Good so far. At the very least, one consolation is you know how to take care of patients. This is the familiar part. Just like anything else new though, there is a bit of a learning curve to get the hang of things — like the clinic or wards and the flow. There is also familiarizing yourself with a new or updated EMR system. Y...
New Report Debunks Belief COVID-19 Increased Healthcare Data Breaches
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New Report Debunks Belief COVID-19 Increased Healthcare Data Breaches

What You Should Know: – Vectra spotlight report on healthcare discredits the widely held belief that external threats would lead to an increase in data breaches during the COVID-19 pandemic. – According to Vectra, although opportunistic attacks against healthcare were up – and some might have succeeded – external activity does not appear to have led to an internal activity normally observed in successful attacks. Healthcare organizations in general are doing a good job of mitigating inbound attack attempts. Vectra AI, a provider of network threat detection and response (NDR), today released its 2020 Spotlight Report on Healthcare, which notably discredits the widely held belief that external threats would lead to an increase in data breaches during the COVID-19 pandemic. The la...
Why COVID-19 Highlights Urgent Need to Humanize and Modernize The Patient Financial Experience
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Why COVID-19 Highlights Urgent Need to Humanize and Modernize The Patient Financial Experience

Florian Otto, MD, DDS, Co-founder, and CEO of CedarIt’s no secret that COVID-19 and the corresponding near-immediate economic catastrophe will be felt for significantly longer than the few short months it took to wreak its initial havoc. While losses hit businesses from “a to z” (…except maybe Amazon, ironically), hospitals and health systems tasked with treating the victims of this pandemic bear a particularly harsh dose of the financial fallout — $72 billion in CARES Act hospital grants barely serving as a band-aid to the financial machete-wound that’s now bleeding out. For patients, the pain just became more acute as well. Beyond the fact that we face a once-in-a-century public health crisis impacting family, friends, and each of us personally, nearly 15% of Americans have also los...