Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:
• The American Medical Association (AMA) published a list this week ranking the top 10 issues for physicians in 2015. ICD-10 and meaningful use made the list, along with medical education, Medicare payments, and various regulatory programs. Source
• An FDA proposal to begin regulating some types of laboratory tests was addressed this week in a public workshop. The organization contends that regulating laboratory tests will protect patients at a time when the genetic testing market is undergoing rapid growth. Source
• The World Health Organization (WHO) released new numbers around the ebola virus this week, revealing that nearly 500 health care workers have been killed from the virus. The virus has infected more than 20,000 and killed more than 8,000 people to date. Doctors, nurses, and others working at Ebola treatment centers are among those at highest risk. Source
On The Front Lines:
After an usual net tie with Android last week, Apple gained 0.03 percent of the mobile device pie among pMD's charge capture users this week. Coincidentally, Apple released a statement on Thursday that its iOS users spent half a billion dollars on apps and in-app purchases in just the first week of 2015. Now that's starting the year off on a good note!
Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care alongside the front lines of the iOS-Android wars among pMD's charge capture physician users. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news.