Not so fast! We need to get from here to there. Today, health/behavior monitoring and quantification sensors are all the rage. The Fitbit, a wearable sensor, is one of the more popular wearable tech devices for tracking your health. Fitbit tracks your activity (steps), diet, and even your sleep patterns. You can interact with the Fitbit using a series of tapping sequences and the Fitbit syncs all your data with your phone and computer. Then the process is to quantify, analyze, and optimize your wake and sleep life. Doing all this will not help you avoid your ultimate demise, but it could contribute to a longer life, and better yet, one where you're in better health along your life's time-line. The concept is that if you are monitoring your activity, food, and sleep, you can make adjustments to improve these areas; thus better health. The Fitbit Flex is only $99! Get started Buy directly from Fitbit
Is there a secret art to lip enhancement? You surely know when you've seen someone and immediately reacted, "she had her lips done!". What about the lips that have been filled, look terrific, and you don't know they've been enhanced with filler? That's the secret art to lip fillers and that is why it is critical to select a physician injector who knows the secrets. What are the secrets to getting great lip enhancements? First, experience! Second, the artist within! The injector must also understand the complex, and sometimes unforgiving, anatomy of the lips. These artistic and technical demands explain why so many patients receive sub-standard lip injections and are left with unnatural results. Patients often believe that lip enhancement always leads to unnatural, over-filled results; in actuality, this should never occur in experienced hands.
The Journal of Urology reports that prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing has declined in the United States following a 2013 recommendation by the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)—a group of primary care physicians charged with developing recommendations about which preventative health screenings should be covered under the Affordable Health Care Act.
It seems like we're finally just getting used to the idea of 3D printing – that something that seemed so fantastical, so recently, is now a reality – and getting more well established by the day, with its uses and beneficial ramifications for healthcare only proliferating.
Now comes 4D. And the healthcare industry will be among the first to reap the benefits of emerging four-dimensional printing technology, according to a recent report from Frost & Sullivan.
The Department of Health and Human Services published a final rule for Stage 2 meaningful use August 29 that offers hospitals and physicians flexibility for 2014. CHIME and professional organizations had asked for even more flexibility. "Millions of dollars will be lost due to misguided government timelines," said CHIME CEO Russell Branzell.
It has historically been difficult for public health officials – especially at cash-strapped state and local departments – to gauge whether their outreach and initiatives really work. A new tool from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Health Partners aims to change that.
Community Health Advisor predicts the health and economic impact of public health policies at the county level.
Brighter than ever, the spotlight at the MGMA 2014 Annual Conference Oct. 26-28 at the Las Vegas Convention Center will be on healthcare information technology, and meaningful use – and, yes, ICD-10.
In testimony before ONC's Health IT Policy Committee in August, Epic President Carl Dvorak made his case that the EHR giant is far more engaged with data sharing than some critics would contend.
Stage 2 of meaningful use requires at least 5 percent of a given provider's patients to be engaged in their own care either through an online portal or an electronic personal health record. The threshold seems low, but it is the first time that achieving meaningful use is dependent on patient behavior.
Comments from the Premier healthcare alliance in late August were just the latest in a deluge of opinions and wish lists inundating Capitol Hill, after two senators asked for input on interoperability and data sharing.
As the dust settles from the recent mammoth $1.3 billion merger, Siemens Health Services CEO John Glaser tells Healthcare IT News what led up to the Cerner deal, how his experience as a health system CIO could help smooth integration challenges and what to expect – from the two companies specifically and
Working to advance standards for health information management and technology workforce curricula around the world, the American Health Information Management Association has founded the Global Health Workforce Council, which comprises 13 appointed members representing a dozen nations around the world.
North Shore-LIJ Health System has launched HealthForce, a new business unit that will offer coding services to other healthcare organizations nationwide.
[See also: ICD-10 delay has hurt readiness]
The 6,000-bed, 9,400-physician, 48,000-employee health system is one of the largest in the U.S. It aims to bring its clinical and financial expertise to other, smaller providers – especially with regard to ICD-10, whose compliance deadline is one year from tomorrow.
American Academy of Family Physicians: September 30, 2014
In a meeting last week with CMS officials, AAFP Board Chair Jeff Cain, M.D., used feedback from hundreds of Academy members to illustrate how patient care is in danger of being compromised by insurers' narrow provider networks. The Academy urged CMS to require health plans to maintain the same list of physicians for an entire year and to provide physicians with cost and quality information on which network eligibility decisions are based.
Optum, the health IT division of UnitedHealth, will acquire MedSynergies -- which makes practice management, revenue cycle, physician referral management and other ambulatory-focused technology, for an undisclosed sum.
[See also: Optum Labs signs 7 new participants]
Doctors and hospital executives are expressing frustration that high expense and technical difficulties inhibit a major goal of the Affordable Care Act — disseminating medical information electronically.
As health information managers gathered in San Diego this week for the American Health Information Management Society's annual convention, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that could result in more workers to fulfill the increasing demand for health IT and data analytics professionals.
An overarching theme from a vendor's first analytics conference is similar to something that that EHR vendors have been saying for years: workflow and organizational culture are at least as important as the technology itself when it comes to healing healthcare through IT.
Top 10 biggest HIPAA breaches
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10. Sutter Medical FoundationIndividuals Affected: 943,434
When: October 2011
The Sacramento, Calif.-based Sutter Health affiliate reported the theft of a company desktop computer containing clinical data and medical diagnoses information of patients. Moreover, the computer also contained limited demographic data of more than 3.3 million additional individuals. There have been 11 lawsuits in total, which could amount to between $944 million and $4.25 billion.
The numbers are scary. Healthcare providers and payers, together with their business associates, are still failing to protect patient privacy and ensure the security of their personal health information. The drumbeat of data violations continues: To