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TECHNOLOGY

The wearable future comes to medical practicesSmart glasses and other wearable technologies could become as ubiquitous in the exam room as a stethoscope or blood pressure cuff, giving doctors not only another tool to deliver quality care but helping to bolster their personal connections with patients.
New PSWP narrows providers’ definition of privileged information
New PSWP narrows providers’ definition of privileged informationRecent guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeking to clarify patient safety work product (PSWP) privilege under the Patient Safety Act has instead stoked conflicting opinions among organizations representing healthcare providers as to how the provision should be interpreted.
EHR-enabled fraud remains a concern
EHR-enabled fraud remains a concernWhile the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) estimates that nearly $29 billion of improper payments were made in 2015, according to spokespersons for the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and CMS, the full extent of EHR fraud remains elusive.
Disappointed in Gruber comments on ObamacareIn the latest batch of letters to the editor, Obamacare and disturbing technological advances are at the top of mind.
How to harness the power of patient-generated dataPractices have been collecting this data for decades—and now is the time to start using it.
Top 9 MACRA threats that could become reality for doctors, patientsAs the rules for MACRA are written, we are again at a critical juncture in U.S. healthcare. The risks to both physicians and their patients is real.
What is the price of physician stress and burnout?
What is the price of physician stress and burnout?Unfortunately, for many physicians, the professional rewards of status, security, and meaningful work are threatened by an avalanche of responsibility and stress characterizing today’s practice environment and further contributing to an escalating epidemic of physician stress and burnout.
Texting with patients poses challenges and opportunitiesPhysicians may have an opportunity to engage with patients via text messaging as smartphones become ubiquitous.
Why isn’t healthcare ready for millennials?
Why isn’t healthcare ready for millennials?In April, baby boomers passed the crown as the largest living generation to millennials, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. There are now more Americans between the ages of 18-34 than those aged 51-69.
How cyberattacks can impact physiciansData thieves are getting craftier with their methods—and are actively targeting healthcare records.