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Rebecca Vesely

About Rebecca Vesely

Rebecca Vesely is AHCJ’s topic leader on health information technology and a freelance writer. She has written about health IT since the late 1990s for a variety of publications.

Three questions to ask about new technology and other reflections on the premier health care investing confab

Last week, thousands of health care executives and investors descended on San Francisco for the annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference.

The high-profile event is known for generating business news in the biotech, health insurance and hospital sectors. The CEOs of most major health care companies present at the conference. And there’s always a megawatt keynote speaker. (This year it was Bill Gates). Continue reading

Five health IT trends to watch in 2018

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As we celebrate the start of a new year, I have been reading some great stories on digital health. Technology is entering every corner of the health sector, and there are countless opportunities for journalists to tell this story.

With that in mind, here’s my pick of the top five digital health trends to watch in 2018, highlighting stories that helped explain the technology behind the trends. Continue reading

The FCC ends net neutrality: A new tip sheet explains

As expected, the Federal Communications Commission on Dec. 14, 2017, voted 3-2 along party lines to end rules that prohibited Internet service providers from blocking websites or charging varying fees for speed and access to online content and services.

By reversing Obama-era rules that protected a free and open Internet, the FCC is moving us all into uncharted territory. This could mean a slowdown of certain sites while others load more quickly. Continue reading

Draft guidance signals FDA seeks to foster innovation in digital health sector

The FDA’s new guidance on digital health paves way for more tools that aim to support physicians and patients.

Expect to see a slew of new software programs and tools aimed to support clinicians and patients to make informed treatment decisions, after the Food and Drug Administration released its long-awaited draft rule last week on clinical decision support (CDS) systems. Continue reading

More hospitals reporting quality data from EHRs but these data are not available by facility

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The number of hospitals voluntarily submitting data on quality generated by electronic health records (EHRs) increased significantly over the past year, according to the Joint Commission, a leading health care facility accreditation organization.

However, these data are not publicly available by facility, according to the Joint Commission. This is unfortunate because the information offers another window into hospital quality. AHCJ has long advocated for the public release of the Joint Commission’s hospital accreditation surveys and complaint reports. Continue reading