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Oscar Health to give members free, wearable fitness tracker

New York-based health insurer Oscar Health is pulling out all the stops to ensure its members maintain a healthy lifestyle. The insurer  announced  via its blog Monday a new fitness perk it plans to offer members: Starting Jan. 2015, each member will receive a free Misfit Flash to help measure activity.

mHealth Summit 2014: Providers must invite patients to use mobile tools

To get patients to embrace mobile healthcare tools, providers must invite them in, according to panelists speaking at Tuesday morning's  FierceMobileHealthcare  Breakfast at the mHealth Summit at National Harbor near the District of Columbia.

Hospital unit closures impact surviving providers

When specialized hospital units shut down en masse in a particular geographic region, it can profoundly impact units that remain operational, according to a new study in Health Affairs.

Female speakers scarce at healthcare conferences

Already underrepresented among hospital CEOs, women also make up only about a quarter of speakers at healthcare conferences, according to a  MedCity News  article by Rock Health Managing Director Halle Tecco.

Medicaid pays for 160,000 pre-term births every year

About 160,000 births covered by Medicaid were electively induced before 39 weeks, likely raising the risk of developmental issues in those newborn children and driving up their healthcare costs in the long term, Kaiser Health News reported.

States make headway in keeping super-users out of ERs

Super-users, the patients who make a revolving door of hospital emergency rooms and often lack insurance or even the vaguest social safety net, have been one of the biggest cost burdens in healthcare delivery.

Should the Triple Aim become the Quadruple Aim?

There's something crucial missing from the healthcare industry's oft-cited Triple A im, according to a new rep ort  from the  Annals of Family Medicine.

Dallas ER doc admits errors in country's first Ebola case

The Dallas hospital emergency room physician who initially misdiagnosed the country's first Ebola case acknowledged mistakes were made but told  The Dallas Morning News  that given the information he had at the time of the visit, his care and treatment were appropriate.  

Daily leadership huddles drive up event reporting, cut errors

Morning huddles can significantly improve hospital culture and help hospital leaders anticipate preventable errors, according to a  Harvard Business Review  blog post.

A path must be created for full consumer use of mHealth

Sometimes one simple answer a question can prove as compelling and relevant as an 800-word commentary, a 15-minute video interview or a six-panelist, one-hour workshop session. Case in point, a recent  Forbes  report in which  doctors were asked how many patients had inquired about integrating data from a fitness mHealth device into their electronic patient record. As this week's article on this polling exercise points out, not too many are at all interested in connecting healthcare data activities. As the doctors indicate, more than a good majority of patients--85 percent--haven't asked the question.