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In a study published in HealthAffairs, patients who searched for price information through Aetna’s Member Payment Estimator were significantly more likely to be younger and healthier and to have acquired higher annual deductible spending than patients who did not search for price information.

 

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Amino certified by CMS to create new quality measures

Amino, a San Francisco-based startup, has been certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to create new healthcare quality measures using data to help consumers choose a doctor.

Poll: Healthcare tops financial concerns of Americans

A new survey by Gallup showed that 15 percent of Americans report healthcare costs as the biggest financial burden facing families today.

Number of ACOs increasing, but some regions seeing slow growth

The total number of ACOs is up to 894 as of January 2016, an increase of more than 12 percent in the span of a year, but the model isn’t catching on in some areas.

Patients using transparency tools skew younger, have fewer comorbidities

In a study published in HealthAffairs, patients who searched for price information through Aetna’s Member Payment Estimator were significantly more likely to be younger and healthier and to have acquired higher annual deductible spending than patients who did not search for price information.

Poor IT workflow, patient ID errors top ECRI's 2016 list of top 10 patient safety concerns

Patient safety is a top priority for every healthcare organization, but knowing where to direct initiatives can be daunting. To help organizations decide where to focus their efforts, ECRI Institute has compiled its third annual list of the "Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations."

Patient data stolen from Northgate Medical

Springfield, Mass-based Northgate Medical P.C. announced a data breach involving a former employee's theft of patient information including names, addresses, dates of birth and phone numbers.

Two more hospitals halted by malware

Two more hospitals have faced malware that froze their IT systems.

HIMSS16: Dell announces tech adoption research results + new computer monitor

Dell presented new research from its Global Technology Adoption Index (GTAI) and unveiled its latest monitor this week at the 2016 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas. 

Study: So many health apps, so few well-served patients

Among 1,000-plus mobile healthcare applications aimed at patients, fewer than half of iOS apps and a little more than a quarter of Android ones are likely to be useful, according to an analysis commissioned by the Commonwealth Fund.

Nuance’s new Dragon Medical One platform available in April

Nuance Communications announced its Dragon Medical One cloud-based platform this week, saying it will produce voice-driven documentation for physicians who dictate information into electronic health records and certain “mobile productivity” applications. 

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