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Today’s Rundown

  1. How two NewYork-Presbyterian pharmacists tapped into telehealth to improve care for transplant patients
  2. Under Trump’s budget, ONC would eliminate health IT adoption programs, shift priorities
  3. Report: Health IT safety improvements require public and private investment
  4. Using AI for diagnosis raises tricky questions about errors

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How two NewYork-Presbyterian pharmacists tapped into telehealth to improve care for transplant patients

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 Medication adherence is an important aspect of any patient’s care. But the stakes are just a little bit higher when that patient has just undergone an organ transplant. That’s one reason that two pharmacists at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital decided to start seeing patients virtually—an approach that allows them to maintain continuity of care after discharge from the hospital while expanding the hospital’s services to patients that would otherwise end up in the emergency department.

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Under Trump’s budget, ONC would eliminate health IT adoption programs, shift priorities

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 President Donald Trump wants to trim nearly $22 million from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) next year, a move that would eliminate several programs and significantly realign the agency’s priorities in the coming years. Working with less than two-thirds of the funding it’s had in years past, the ONC would focus most of its efforts on policy, governance and standards, and do away with programs that oversee health IT adoption, care transformation, usability and privacy and security.


Report: Health IT safety improvements require public and private investment

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 Medical errors and patient safety issues generated by health technology is not just an IT problem—it requires buy-in from a broad number of stakeholders in both the public and private sectors. That’s according to a report released by the Bipartisan Policy Center that offered three recommendations to promote health technology innovation while accounting for patient safety.


Using AI for diagnosis raises tricky questions about errors

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 Artificial intelligence is changing the way physicians treat patients by using massive amounts of data to make a faster and more accurate medical diagnosis. But what happens when the machine is wrong? That inevitable scenario raises a host of thorny questions about who shoulders the blame for a medical error.

News of Note

A whopping 95% of CIOs are worried about their data being compromised and nearly one-third believe 20% of hospital data is being shared unsecurely, according to a survey given to CHIME members. Still, most executives are searching for ways to allow clinicians to communicate securely, either by email, text messaging or in-building Wi-Fi phones. Survey Intermountain Healthcare has joined American Well’s Exchange, which will allow physician assistants and nurse practitioners at the large Utah system to conduct telehealth visits through American Well’s app for patients throughout Utah and Idaho. Release In case it wasn’t clear that consumer tech giants are exploring the health IT market, Silicon Valley venture capitalists are looking to hire investors with a medical or biotech background. CNBC article

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