American Well and Tyto Care will launch a telehealth service next year, with Tyto Care's web examination services and tools being integrated into American Well's telehealth platform. "The technology will enable people to do things they normally can't do during a typical telehealth visit and provide a physician with better information during the telehealth visit," said Dr. Ray Dorsey of the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Marybeth Farquhar, vice president for quality, research and measurement at URAC, was appointed to the National Quality Forum's Creating a Framework to Support Measure Development for Telehealth Multistakeholder Committee. "With health care expectations, delivery and reimbursement in a state of flux, to be able to lay a foundation for the emerging field of telehealth is very exciting," Farquhar said.
The HHS Office of Inspector General continued reviewing EHR contingency plans within the health care industry this past reporting period, according to its semiannual report to Congress. The OIG also conducted wireless penetration testing of some CMS facilities and data centers, discovering four vulnerabilities that "were collectively and, in some cases, individually significant," the agency said.
Health IT firm Cerner may be in a position to get a government contract with the Department of Veterans Affairs, which is seeking to replace its VistA EHR platform, according to Cerner President Zane Burke. Cerner's advantages include its capability to provide modular software components and the fact that its software has already gone through the Pentagon's security scanning process.
A per-diem nurse at Glendale Adventist Medical Center was terminated from employment after a routine security review found the employee improperly accessed the protected health information of 528 patients, including 88 records from White Memorial Medical Center, Glendale Adventist's sister hospital, officials said. The patients' names, diagnoses, addresses, dates of birth and Social Security numbers may have been compromised, officials said.
The New Hampshire Health Information Organization announced it has successfully connected with the Department of Veterans Affairs. The connection between the VA and the health information exchange will allow faster access to veterans' health information, improve clinical outcomes, streamline coordination of care and lower health care costs, the HIE said.
HealthCare.gov had 57 registered web broker entities as of Sept. 15 but only 47 by Nov. 14, and the number of certified retail agents and brokers has dipped from November 2015. More than 61,000 certified retail producers were registered as of Nov. 8, according to the agent registration list system.
The 33 health care and venture capital executives and others on Massachusetts' newly formed Digital Healthcare Council will develop a strategy for advancing digital health care. "It's economic development ... but it's also a population health opportunity," said council co-chair Katie Stebbins, assistant secretary of innovation, technology and entrepreneurship at the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.
Researchers found little or no difference in symptom relief or satisfaction after one year in elderly veterans with depression who received eight weeks of psychotherapy through in-home videoconferencing technology or through clinician office visits. The findings in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry were based on 241 veterans ages 58 and older.
The EyePACS-1 automated deep-learning algorithm had 90.3% sensitivity and 98.1% specificity for detection of referable diabetic retinopathy, while the Messidor-2 algorithm had 87% sensitivity and 98.5% specificity, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers evaluated 128,175 retinal fundus photographs from US and Indian patients.
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