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  1. How does Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health's CIO boost innovation? By making it personal

    With more than 40 years of experience in the healthcare IT space, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System CIO Avery Cloud has seen the value technology brings to healthcare.
  2. U of New Mexico neurosurgery residency to lose accreditation in 2020

    The University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque will shut down its neurosurgery residency program on June 30, 2020, after losing accreditation, according to the Albuquerque Journal. 
  3. Only 44% of community health centers in California have back-up generators

    Almost half of the community health centers in California (44 percent) do not have a backup source of power — a significant risk given recent electricity blackouts in 34 of 58 counties, according to a survey conducted by Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid organization. 

The key to streamlined care transitions? Interfacility relationships, according to 2 health IT experts

As value-based payment-care models are moving towards the forefront, blind handoffs of patient information from hospitals to skilled nursing facilities are no longer viable. In this article, two health IT experts explain how effective data sharing can enable strong interfacility partnerships and improve quality outcomes.
  1. Illinois hospital unveils telehealth app for nonemergency visits

    Freeport, Ill.-based FHN Healthcare on Oct. 9 launched its new telehealth application, FHNow, which allows individuals to access a provider directly from their smartphone or computer.
  2. West Virginia receives $6.5M for state opioid abuse program, telehealth services

    The U.S. Department of Justice awarded $6.5 million to expand telehealth services and harm-reduction resources within West Virginia's Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Sit-based Program, according to local NBC affiliate WTAP.
  3. 14 recent vendor contracts, go lives

    Here are 14 recent health information technology vendor contracts and go-lives affecting healthcare organizations.
  4. Spectrum Health launches teletherapy services

    Spectrum Health and Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, both in Grand Rapids, Mich., are partnering on telehealth services for behavioral healthcare, Cadillac News reports.

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  1. California physician convicted in $12M Medicare scam

    A federal jury found a California physician guilty Oct. 16 for his role in a $12 million fraud scheme that involved upcoding Medicare claims and reusing contaminated catheters, according to the Department of Justice.
  2. J&J recalls baby powder due to asbestos

    Johnson & Johnson is recalling 33,000 bottles of baby powder after an FDA test found small traces of asbestos in the product. 
  3. Houston Methodist innovation VP's advice to healthcare organizations: 'Disrupt or be disrupted'

    Though it has since been formally rebranded as the Center for Innovation, Houston Methodist's innovation team can't seem to shake its tongue-in-cheek nickname: the D.I.O.P group, short for "Digital Innovation-Obsessed People."
  4. Indiana U receives $60M to establish AI initiative for digital health

    Bloomington-based Indiana University will open a Center for Artificial Intelligence, backed by a $60 million gift — the second-largest private donation in the university's history — from billionaire alumnus Fred Luddy.

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  1. United Health Foundation funnels $1.1M into expanding access to digital health tech

    The United Health Foundation announced on Oct. 17 a partnership with Atlanta-based Morehouse School of Medicine to research ways to improve accessibility and usability of digital health tools in underserved communities in the southeastern U.S.
  2. Technology has helped, not hurt, the physician-patient relationship: report

    Not only do more than half of patients credit digital health tools with fostering a stronger connection with their primary care providers, but nearly 70 percent also wish technology could play an even greater role in healthcare delivery, a new report finds.
  3. Seattle health plan, New York consultants bilked Medicare, whistleblower suit alleges

    A former employee at Group Health Cooperative in Seattle is accusing the health plan of involvement in a "scheme" related to the submission of false Medicare claims, according to Kaiser Health News.
  4. Nonprofit hospital's debt collection practices draw US senator's attention

    A U.S. senator is looking at how tax-exempt nonprofit hospitals collect unpaid medical bills amid recent news reports about the practices used at these organizations, according to Kaiser Health News. 
  5. 10 blockchain deals, releases to know

    More companies continue to invest their dollars in blockchain initiatives. Below is a list of companies who have penned blockchain-focused deals or launched new blockchain systems. 
  6. Why ransomware, other cyberattacks have been on the rise inside hospitals and how to prevent them

    Within September alone, 30 healthcare organizations, including hospitals, private practices and insurers, reported data breaches to HHS' Office for Civil Rights. As of Oct. 4, seven healthcare providers had reported data breaches for the month. 
  7. J&J to lay off 297 Pennsylvania employees

    Johnson & Johnson will lay off 297 employees at its facility in Wayne, Pa., according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. 
  8. Michigan lawmakers call for closer look at psych patient deaths after discharge

    Michigan health officials are not required to investigate when psychiatric patients die within two days of a hospital discharge, a loophole that some lawmakers want to close, reports ABC affiliate 7 Action News.
  9. Colorado rehab hospital lets patients practice airline boarding at airport

    Patients recovering from serious spinal cord injuries at Englewood, Colo.-based Craig Hospital took a field trip Oct. 17 to practice navigating an airport and boarding a plane, reports CBS Denver. 

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