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Payers take steps forward with mobile apps in 2014

In a busy year for the healthcare industry, payers tried to move beyond the t echnical glitches and court rulings associated with the Affordable Care Act and focus instead on the ACA's aim to make healthcare more accessible and personal.  To play into this idea of the consumerization of healthcare,  payers have been busy exploring mobile applications that keep members healthy and temper rising healthcare costs.

How one standalone hospital thrives in an era of consolidation

At a time when standalone hospitals feel pus hed to form alliances to survive, one California provider has thrived without sacrificing its independence, accord ing to   MedCity News.

CMS: 257,000 docs will receive Meaningful Use penalties

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services revealed Wednesday that roughly 257,000 Medicare eligible professionals will be hit with a 1 percent penalty to their Medicare Physician Fee Schedule payments beginning Jan. 5, 2015, for failing to meet Meanin gful Use  by Oct. 1, 2014.

Veteran use of PHRs remains low

Most veterans are not taking advantage of the personal health record and patient portal available to them, according to a new study in the  Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Two major technology trends will shape the future of health insurance

With 2014 drawing to a close, the health insurance industry has its eyes set on 2015 and beyond.  Big data and wearable tech, among other things, have the capacity to revolutionize health insurance.

4 highlights from the mHealth Summit

Thousands of people packed the conference rooms and ballrooms at the Gaylord Hotel at National Harbor near the District of Columbia this week. And the word on everyone's lips was mHealth.

Health IT can't evolve to handle toughest insurance industry challenges, execs say

Insurance executives don't think that health information technology analytics can evolve to help their companies address their top challenges of regulatory compliance, value-based reimbursement, and patient-centered care, according to a recent survey from consulting company Genpact.

Mobile devices can enable EHR access but still put info at risk

Mobile devices, such as laptops and smartphones, can enable clinicians to access electronic health records, but many still don't protect the information, despite the vulnerability of the electronic patient information and the many breaches that have been documented, panelists warned at the American Bar Association Health Law Section's 12 th  annual Washington Health Law Summit, held this week in the District of Columbia. 

Public, private exchanges use decision support tools to help consumers pick plans

In an era where healthcare consumers shop around for their best insurance options, technology and healthcare firms increasingly use decision support software to help people find optimal coverage.

mHealth Summit 2014: HealthKit, EHR pilot programs show great promise, execs say

The quest to seamlessly gather personal health data and move it into electronic health records may be coming to an end thanks to Apple's HealthKit, according to two experts at Tuesday's mHealth Summit.