Can technology save us? It’s among several questions on a lot of people’s minds these days. Can technology save us from rising health costs? Can technology save Medicare by reducing costs to the program? Can technology help our veterans gain better access to care? Can technology help people take control of their health decisions?
At the same time, criticism of technology has grown in the aftermath of a presidential election that shocked many. Continue reading
While it’s unclear what President-elect Donald Trump’s views are on health IT, the issue has traditionally enjoyed bipartisan support.
Here are some top issues that journalists can track as we move forward into this unknown landscape: Continue reading
Photo: Tina Reed, Washington Business Journal
More than 20 people came to the July 14, AHCJ chapter event in Washington, D.C., to learn about how technology affects health and what regulatory issues to watch out for.
The conversation was moderated by Politico Pro’s David Pittman (@David_Pittman), who covers health information technology. Pittman, who proposed the event, invited the panelists for their participation, and pitched the idea to the chapter co-chairs. The panelists were: Continue reading
They say health care is local. But the convergence of the smartphone and telehealth is making health care ubiquitous.
Virtual visits, a.k.a. direct-to-consumer (DTC) telehealth services, are growing in number and popularity. DTC telehealth companies provide on-demand physician video, text and phone consultations via mobile apps and websites for a nominal fee, paid by credit card. Some insurers are beginning to cover DTC telehealth visits in their health benefit plans. Continue reading
Six research reports released today by the Health Care Cost Institute show how the health insurance system is working and failing to work in such six major areas. Researchers report, for example, that mental health parity laws have not increased access to mental health services for some patients, and that consolidation among providers drives up treatment costs for cancer patients.
The research also shows that: Continue reading