36 Positive Signs of Health IT Adoption Progress

Health IT Adoption

  Earlier this month, the ONC and HHS submitted their annual report to Congress highlighting the progress and accomplishments advancing health IT adoption. Driven by the HITECH Act passed in 2009, there has been significant advancements in health IT adoption among providers.   Here are 36 positive signs of health IT adoption progress highlighted in the report:  1. In 2013, 59 percent of hospitals and 48 percent of physicians had at least a basic EHR system, respective increases of
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Optum to Acquire Alere Health for $600M

Optum to Acquire Alere Health

Optum, United Health Group Inc's health-services arm has announced it will acquire Alere Health and its subsidiaries for $600 million in cash, WSJ first reports. The acquisition will expand Optum's population health management footprint of health management services to improve care delivery. The deal will become Optum's third acquisition this year. Alere Health provides case management and wellness services used by more than 200 regional and local health plans, 89 Fortune 500 companies, and
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Rock Health: How Predictive Analytics Impacts Patient Care

Rock Health Predictive Analytics

As data sources and technology advance, algorithms will be able to deliver better, personalized care. Though personalized medicine has yet to deliver on the promise of its powers, its precursor, predictive analytics, has proven effective in many industries and is now focused on transforming healthcare. Dozens of new digital health products have hit the market and $1.9B has flowed into the space since 2011—but what does it take for an algorithm to accurately and reliably impact care? Rock
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M*Modal Taps Scott MacKenzie As New CEO

M*Modal Taps Scott MacKenzie As New CEO

On Thursday M*Modal, a provider clinical documentation and Speech Understanding solutions announced that former Passport Health CEO Scott MacKenzie has joined the company as Chief Executive Officer and a member of M*Modal’s Board of Directors. Under his leadership, M*Modal is focused on increasing the productivity of healthcare providers using a combination of technology and services to improve clinical documentation and allow physicians to focus on their patients. Scott brings more than 25
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Health Wearables Still In Its Early Days, PwC Reports Reveals

Health Wearables PwC Report

Health wearables are still in the early stages of technology and product adoption cycles, according to PwC’s Consumer Intelligence Series – The Wearable Future report – an extensive U.S. research project that surveyed 1,000 consumers, wearable technology influencers and business executives, as well as monitored social media chatter, to explore the technology’s impact on society and business. In conjunction with The Wearable Future report, PwC’s Health Research Institute (HRI) also launched a
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Google Partners to Create Cancer Genomics Cloud Platform

Google Cancer Research

The Research at Google team is partnering with the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) and SRA International, Inc to develop a Cancer Genomics Cloud (CGC). The platform will serve as a large-scale data repository and provide the computational infrastructure necessary to carry out cancer genomics research at unprecedented scales. The $6.5M two-year project funded by the NIH’s National Cancer Institute (NCI) will migrate data collected from the TCGA (The Cancer Genome Atlas) to Google Cloud
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Welltok Nabs $25M to Optimize Consumer Health

Welltok

Welltok, developer of the CaféWell Health Optimization Platform, announced it closed on $25 million of a planned $37 million funding round led by Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP). Welltok will close out the round later this year with a select group of innovative organizations from across the healthcare industry. The new funds will be used to further accelerate the company’s impressive growth to-date and expand into new market segments as the industry moves to a more consumer-centric approach
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Accenture, Salesforce Rolls Out Connected Physician Solution

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During Dreamforce 14, Accenture and Salesforce announced the launch of the Accenture Connected Physician Solution to help life sciences companies improve customer and patient engagement leveraging cloud, social and mobile technologies. The solution offers physicians an efficient way to access disease, treatment and product information. It provides doctors with training and gives them the opportunity to collaborate in real time with fellow doctors and medically trained pharmaceutical experts.
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Google Offers Telehealth Visits with Doctors When You Search for Symptoms

Google Telehealth Visits

According to the Pew Research Center, 59% of U.S. adults say they use the Internet to research and gather health information. Approximately 35% of those adults end up using the information they find to diagnose themselves. To solve this problem growing trend of self-diagnosers, Google is reportedly testing a Helpouts- style feature that offers video chats with doctors when consumers search for symptoms/conditions online, Endgaget first reports. The feature was first revealed when one Reddit
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Box Acquires MedXT To Address Healthcare Interoperability

Box Acquires MedXT To Address Healthcare Interoperability

Cloud storage platform Box announced it is acquiring MedXT, a cloud-based medical imaging, sharing and collaboration software company.  Founders Reshma Khilnani and Cody Ebberson will both join Box in their engineering organization to focus on integrating their technology with the Box platform. According to Box CEO Aaron Levie, the acquisition of MedXT’s technology addresses a "key hurdle to interoperability"  between systems impacting the delivery of quality healthcare.  "Medical images have
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