Why prioritizing health equity in the Covid-19 vaccine distribution is not just right, but necessary

The Covid-19 pandemic has swept across our nation and robbed the lives of over 200,000 individuals in the United States, with what feels like no end in sight. Infecting our universities, workplaces, and communities at mounting rates, not even the highest level of federal leadership has been spared. It is even more heartbreaking...

4 takeaways from Talkspace’s plans to go public in $1.4B blank-check deal

  Digital therapy startup Talkspace plans to go public in a blank-check deal that would value the company at $1.4 billion. The company, founded in 2012 by husband-and-wife team Oren and Roni Frank, lets users text or video chat with therapists. The company will go public through a merger with a subsidiary of Hudson...

How to win physician confidence in remote patient monitoring programs

COVID-19 has spurred telehealth and remote patient monitoring adoption across the United States, with 36 percent of the US consumers now using telehealth to replace healthcare visits. While this has created an opportunity for health systems to digitally transform their care delivery model, not all health systems have the right resources and the organizational...

Celebrate Christmas together without anyone getting infected

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In many places, uncertainty is now mixed in with the anticipation of Christmas: will Christmas be a “super spreader event” as many politicians are warning? “No”, Roland Meissner, the CEO of nal von minden in Moers, Germany is convinced: “you can protect your relatives as best as...

Blue KC, HealthMine’s expanded partnership will extend digital rewards program to ACA members

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City expanded its partnership with HealthMine, a technology company providing member engagement solutions, to build a rewards program for the payer’s individual and family Affordable Care Act members. The Missouri-based payer, also known as Blue KC, has an existing partnership with HealthMine to offer a rewards program...

How digital therapeutics fit into the larger mental health ecosystem

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Nearly one in five Americans suffer from mental illness each year, according to data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. More than half  that number don’t get the care necessary to treat their condition. There are many factors that have driven this trend including cultural stigma, but one major reason is...

The Coach Fitness Tracker Awards

Coach Fitness Tracker Awards 2020 – Best Fitness Band: Fitbit Charge 4
Coach has put more than 25 fitness trackers through their paces this year. We spend weeks wearing each device so we discover those little quirks which makes a tracker either delightful or infuriating. We also test the accuracy of the hardware in our training, as well as trying the new features to...

National Health IT Week: HIMSS VP of Government Relations looks back on how it evolved

National Health IT Week: HIMSS VP of Government Relations looks back on how it evolved
As vice president of government relations at HIMSS, I actively participate in crucial conversations regarding U.S. health IT policy and regulations on a regular basis. Despite the ever-changing nature of health IT, one constant remains and drives my work each day: the gratification of watching an idea evolve into action. Strong ideas drive productive...

Healthcare gets ready for a Starbucks and BOPIS revolution

A few months ago, who would have thought that going into a hospital or clinic to meet with your doctor would be considered a high-risk experience? And yet, here we are. COVID-19 has forced the entire health care sector to adopt low-contact and contactless experiences for the safety of patients and caregivers alike...

How CMS has made progress on healthcare interoperability

Seema Verma is administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This article was coauthored with Alexandra Mugge, deputy chief health informatics officer at CMS, and Shannon Sartin, chief technology officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. In 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Office of the National Coordinator...
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