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Oscar, The Startup That's Trying To Shake Up Healthcare, Just Raised $80 Million

Jillian D'Onfro | Business Insider | May 14, 2014

Oscar, the company dead-set on shaking up the broken healthcare industry, just announced an $80 million fundraise, bringing its valuation to nearly $1 billion.  Oscar officially launched in New York City in January of this year, after founders Kevin Nazemi, Joshua Kushner, and Mario Schlosser decided that they wanted to use technology to create a better, more consumer-friendly health insurance company...

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Patient Engagement Solutions Market Worth US$ 34.5 Billion by 2023

Press Release | Market Research Engine | September 6, 2016

Market Research Engine has published a new report titled as ''Patient Engagement Solutions Market...The patient engagement solutions market is expected to exceed more than US 34.50 billion by 2023 Growing at a CAGR of 23% in the given forecast period of 2015 to 2023. Patient engagement solutions aid patients handle their health care information and permits for better interaction with medical panel or doctor. It also allows patients to view test results online and communicate with doctors through electronic message. Patient engagement solutions are very important part in mhealth technology. Many healthcare companies have patient engagement solution as target goal such as accountable care organizations and patient centered medical home.

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People To Watch: Henry Wei, MD

Staff Writer | AOL Government | September 24, 2012

Henry Wei was selected as a Presidential Innovation Fellow for the Blue Button program as part of the new White House Presidential Innovation Fellows program. The program pairs top innovators from the private sector, nonprofits, and academia with top innovators in government to collaborate on solutions that aim to deliver significant results in six months. Read More »

Strengthening Protection of Patient Medical Data

Adam Tanner | The Century Foundation | January 10, 2017

Americans seeking medical care expect a certain level of privacy. Indeed, the need for patient privacy is a principle dating back to antiquity, and is codified in U.S. law, most notably the Privacy Rule of the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which establishes standards that work toward protecting patient health information. But the world of information is rapidly changing, and in this environment, U.S. rules fall precariously short in protecting our medical data...

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Telemedicine Will Be The Norm As Care Shifts Towards Patients

Jennifer Bresnick | EHRintelligence | April 9, 2014

After nearly half a century advocating for the adoption of remote care, Dr. Jay Sanders, often dubbed the “Father of Telemedicine,” knows a thing or two about using technology to enhance the doctor-patient relationship.  

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The 8 Steps to Amazon Entering the Health Care Market

DJ Wilson | State of Reform | September 11, 2017

This is a thought experiment:  What if Amazon really wanted to go all in in the health care sector?  What might that look like?  What would their strategy be?  Where could they deliver value? Amazon looks for industries that are not sensitive to the customer, that have profits or premium pricing based on barriers to entry (often capital related), and looks to exploit those opportunities. It’s pretty straight forward.  And, whether that industry is cloud storage space or groceries or “last mile” distribution networks, Amazon is thinking about it...

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The GAO Report on Health Care Price Transparency

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Health Populi | November 2, 2011

This morning during my still-dark-at-5:15 am walk, my iPod was motivating me to “get up offa that thing,” as James Brown was motivating me to “release the pressure.” Two minutes into the song, he urges, “Get into the sunshine, church is out.” Read More »

The Price of Wearable Craze: Personal Health Data Hacks

Maggie Overfelt | CNBC.com | December 12, 2015

...in a year when the world's largest technology, medical device and health-care firms are betting big and fast on wearable technology's role in delivering patients a more precise and cost-effective way to manage their health, experts are worried that the pace of updating data-privacy laws and building infrastructures with optimal levels of security doesn't match the speed of the market's technological rollout. The risks to consumers depend on what type of device they're wielding. In rare instances, weak links or endpoints in a cloud-based network powering something like a wearable insulin pump could be life threatening, as it opens the door to hackers tampering with them...

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The Salaries Of Health Executives: What Can Doctors Do?

Kevin R.Campbell | KevinMD.com | May 29, 2014

... Health care costs in the U.S. remain above those of all other industrialized countries while physician salaries continue to fall.  Even though the U.S. spends more dollars per capita on health care than any other country on earth, our outcomes, when compared to other nations, remain mediocre at best...

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The Upsides Of Betting On Early-Stage IT Startups

Tom Sullivan | Medical Practice Insider | September 29, 2014

When Aetna chief information security officer Jim Routh became the first customer, literally, to buy email authentication software from a startup, that move was part of what he described as “a complete shift in thinking about purchasing products.”...

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Washington Watch: Blue Button Push

Diana Manos | HealthcareITNews | September 13, 2012

One of the most interesting and innovative elements of the advancement of health information technology that I've encountered, is Blue Button, a web tool patients can use to view and download their personal health information. Read More »

Wyoming Department of Health Joins Forces with Medicity to Develop Statewide Health Information Exchange

Press Release | Medicity | March 21, 2018

Medicity, a leading expert in clinical data aggregation and interoperability, announced its partnership with the Wyoming Department of Health to form a statewide, medical community-owned health information exchange (HIE). Following a thorough assessment of the state’s health information environment, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) determined the need to establish a secure venue for providers to obtain patient information across the state. The Wyoming Frontier Information Exchange (WYFI), a centralized repository of clinical data for participating patients, will utilize Medicity’s data aggregation and interoperability capabilities to meet the needs of its population’s health, while improving quality of care.

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