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This Week in Health Care: Telemedicine, Medical Errors Cause of U.S. Deaths, GOP Challenges Obamacare

Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:


• Telemedicine is becoming increasingly important as health care, technology and value-based reimbursement models converge. Telemedicine is enabled by connected devices, apps and wearables that the patient uses to monitor their conditions and communicate with their providers outside of a medical setting. Since the shift toward value-based models requires solutions that can optimize delivery and management of care, technology is changing the manner in which physicians now provide care. Benefits to telemedicine include better patient access to physicians and care, improved care experience for patients, as well as streamlined costs and processes for non-emergency ailments.  Source

• An analysis of medical death rate data over an eight-year period has found that more than 250,000 deaths per year occur due to medical error, bumping medical error deaths up to the third leading cause of death in the U.S. behind only heart disease and cancer.  Source

• On Thursday, a federal judge in Washington ruled for House GOP in the latest challenge to the Obama health care law. A provision of the law provides money to insurance companies when they reduce out-of-pocket expenses for low income people covered under Obamacare. However, Congress never appropriated that money, which is a violation of the constitution. For now, there will be no effect on the health care system from Thursday's ruling.  Source


 

On The Front Lines:


For the third week in a row, Android has topped Apple in net devices, taking away 0.06 percent of the mobile user base this week. The increase in Android's market share this past quarter along with increase in sales is cause for reflection - are doctors abandoning their iPhones for one of Google's progenies?

FINAL RESULTS:


iOS: 90.62%
Android: 9.38%

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 physician charge capture users. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news.
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