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23andMe founder: Health industry incentivizes illness

The founder of controversial personal genomics company 23andMe admitted recently that when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ordered her company to stop genetic testing last November, it "significantly slowed up" new customers.

Mobile video pilot aims to reduce ambulance, hospital admission costs

A Michigan healthcare services provider is prepping a mobile video-based health assessment program involving advanced paramedic care in a quest to reduce patient emergency room visits and hospital admissions while also saving on ambulance response costs.

Army deploying EHR upgrade

The U.S. Army has started fielding the major update of its electronic health record system to improve medical treatment for soldiers.

'Playbook' aims to bring public health, primary care together via HIT

Doctors from Duke University, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the de Beaumont Foundation this week launched the "Practical Playbook," an initiative that aims to bring public health, primary care coordination and population health together through the use of health IT.

Hospital to test Google Glass for real-time ER care

Rhode Island Hospital in Providence appears poised to become the first hospital in the nation to test Google Glass for real-time emergency room care.

GAO: Meaningful Use program lacks reliable CQMs

Provider participation in the Meaningful Use incentive program has increased significantly, but the clinical quality measures being collected suffer from reliability issues and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services lacks measures to track the progress of the program's outcomes goals, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Vets need more education to maximize secure messaging use

Veterans enjoy using the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs My HealtheVet patient portal, but could use more education and skill-building to fully take advantage of it, according to a small study published Thursday in the  Journal of Medical Internet Research. 

ONC publishes new review of health IT functionalities

More than three-fourths of studies on health IT have found that technology provides at least some positive impact on patient care, but the studies themselves need improvement, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's new literature review.

Analytics 'critical' to Steward's accountable care efforts

When Steward Health Care System first embarked on its journey as a Pioneer Accountable Care Organization in January 2012, the process was akin to building a plane and flying it at the same time, according to Dominique Morgan-Solomon, vice president of population health for the Boston-based provider. To that end, analytics were vital to her work.  

Mobile monitoring tools can cut diabetes management costs in half

Mobile monitoring of diabetic employees can save more than $3,000 a year in healthcare costs, half of the average annual medical insurance cost for workers diagnosed with diabetes, according to recently published research.