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FDA tracks uptick in masks, other protective gear in coronavirus update

Dive Brief: FDA on Friday outlined its efforts to track potential supply chain disruptions emanating from the novel coronavirus outbreak, noting increased ordering of surgical masks, gowns and other personal protective equipment through distributors. Commissioner Stephen Hahn said in a statement the shift in ordering patterns is yet to manifest in a shortage but warned the situation is "evolving and very dynamic." The agency is holding off any inspections in
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The Rise of Cloud-native Enterprise Medical Imaging

The business of imaging is changing. With reimbursements increasingly tied to outcomes, providers are searching for a more cost-effective way to store, access, and use their vast stockpiles of medical imaging data. Powerful advancements in cloud-native technology are paving the way for better care delivery and improved financial and operational outcomes—at a reduced cost.Before we go further, let’s make sure we understand what is meant by the term enterprise imaging.
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Is AI a Radiologists Replacement or Partner?

Automation often breeds worry, as the people working in an area being automated sometimes fear the technology will put them out of a job. However, Montefiore Nyack Hospital—a 250-bed community hospital located 30 miles north of New York City—found that implementing artificial intelligence (AI) in the radiology department didn’t lead to panic, but instead was viewed as a much-appreciated, reliable safety net.Accelerating turnaround was the initial goalMontefiore Nyack Hospital has
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Babyscripts, Amerigroup Partner to Improve Access to Care for Maternal Populations

– Virtual care company for managing obstetrics Babyscripts announced a partnership with Amerigroup, a Medicaid Managed Care Organization (MCO) to deliver pregnancy care solutions to George Washington University Hospital, Community of Hope and other local hospitals in the D.C. region. – The partnership will increase access to care for pregnant mothers, delivering the benefits of remote monitoring and virtual care through Babyscripts’ mobile and web-based solution. Babyscripts, the leading virtual
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Enterprise Risk Management, HITRUST, SOC 2, and You

by Change Healthcare Nov 19, 2019, 11:43AM Enterprise Risk Management, HITRUST, SOC 2, and You2019-11-192019-12-21https://www.changehealthcare.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/ch_red_blue_logo.pngchangehealthcare-bloghttps://www.changehealthcare.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/761840059-medium.jpg200px200px http://traffic.libsyn.com/changehealthcare/SOC__HITRUST_2019-09-I.mp3Not long ago healthcare IT systems were information silos, safely isolated inside a payer’s or provider’s data center. The greatest threat to IT security was the unlikely inside job. Fast forward to 2019, and HIT systems are increasingly enmeshed across corporate, government, vendor, and even consumer boundaries. Information is flowing between multiple on-premise and cloud
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Last year saw 19 rural hospitals close, most in nearly a decade

Dive Brief: Last year was the worst for rural hospitals closures since a crisis for their stability began in 2010 as 19 rural facilities closed, bringing the number that have shuttered in the past 10 years to 120, according to a report from The Chartis Center for Rural Health. The analysis found that 453 rural hospitals out of 1,844 open rural hospitals are vulnerable to closure based on their performance
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IBM Watson Health Launches Data-Driven Tool to Optimize Clinical Trials

– Today, IBM announced its data-driven tool, IBM Study Advance that optimizes clinical trial protocol design by providing access to real-world patient population data, a collaborative workplace and standardizing protocol template guidance. – IBM Study Advance’s collaborative workspace is designed to allow near real-time collaboration with study design team members who can manage and assign the team to specific sections of the protocol.  IBM Watson Health today unveiled its newest cloud-based technology
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Ascension’s income from operations falls 9% over 6 months

Dive Brief: Ascension's income from operations fell 9% to $84.5 million during the six month period ended Dec. 31, 2019, compared to the prior-year period, according to financial documents released Friday. The not-for-profit health system's operating expenses grew 4.2%, slightly outpacing revenue growth of 4% compared to the prior-year period. Ascension attributed the expense growth to increased volumes and expanded services lines, among other items. Ascension's net income swung back
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Digital Health Tools Fail to Keep Up with Patients’ Expectations

– New research report from the Center for Connected Medicine (CCM) finds that health system apps and other digital health tools for patients are not providing the best consumer patient experience. – CCM partnered with HIMSS Media to conduct a survey of 136 qualified professionals at U.S. hospitals and health systems in September 2019. – The report reveals that fewer than 1 in 3 respondents believe their organization is providing