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


• The White House announced the first chief data scientist, assigning DJ Patil to the new role. Patil has worked with corporations such as LinkedIn, eBay, PayPal, Skype, and Greylock Partners, and will focus efforts on big data in health care. Source

• Cleveland Clinic formed a new partnership with Cox Communications in order to improve in-home patient monitoring and treatment services. Cox will provide the broadband for video consultations administered by Cleveland Clinic in an effort to expand telemedicine services. Source

• It was announced today that approximately 800,000 HealthCare.gov customers were given the wrong tax information from the government. California is facing a similar problem, with nearly 100,000 people affected by incorrect tax information. The administration is investigating the cause, but in the meantime the tax filings and refunds for those affected will be delayed. Source

On The Front Lines:


Apple won the mobile battle this week, taking 0.05 percent from Android among pMD's physician charge capture users. Users could be feeling the excitement around the flurry of information recently that Apple is forming its own electric automobile team. Apple has not released any official statements, but tech rival, Google, has already gotten a head start on its own auto plans.


FINAL RESULTS:


iOS: 90.55%
Android: 9.45%

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.


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


• This week, Google redesigned the search results for 400 of the most commonly searched-for medical terms. When users type in one of these health terms, they will now see an at-a-glance summary in addition to general search results. This summary contains medical information sourced from the Mayo Clinic and vetted by an average of 11 doctors per term. Source

• The White House announced the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center as a new government agency this week. President Obama considers cybersecurity a top priority in 2015 after recent attacks on Anthem Inc., Sony, Target, and the federal government. Source

• The House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health held a hearing Wednesday, February 11 on the upcoming transition to ICD-10. The majority of the panel members, which included health care practitioners, vendors, and advocacy groups, voiced their support of the October 2015 deadline for ICD-10 implementation. All but one of the panelists voted to oppose another delay. Source

On The Front Lines:


This week, Apple took back 0.02 percent of the market share among pMD’s mobile charge capture users. Elsewhere in the mobile world, Apple increased the size limit of apps in the App Store from 2GB to 4GB to allow for apps that “provide a complete, rich user experience” on iOS devices.


FINAL RESULTS:


iOS: 90.50%
Android: 9.50%

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.


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


• A new bill was sponsored this week in Minnesota to expand a program that offers financial incentives to clinicians and other health care workers if they commit to working in a rural area for at least three years after finishing school. Other similar bills have been passed in states with the goal to draw doctors to rural areas using financial incentives. Source

• Federal health information technology policymakers have laid out a robust interoperability plan that sets nationwide goals for 2017. The plan calls for health care providers to be able to use their systems to send, receive, and utilize a common set of electronic clinical information, such as patient demographics, lab test results, and identifiers for a patient's care team. Source

• Reuters released a report this week finding that major U.S. hospitals are adopting Apple’s HealthKit service, which acts as a storage unit for patient-generated health information like blood pressure, weight or heart rate. Apple's new health care technology is showing early promise among the hospitals as a way for doctors to monitor patients remotely and lower costs. Source

On The Front Lines:


This week Apple relinquished 0.10 percent of the mobile device pie to Android among pMD's charge capture users. Meanwhile, Apple is in the process of killing off the 13-year-old "iPhoto" application with a new and improved "Photos" app, released to developers on Thursday. While the name change itself is fairly anticlimactic, the new application is said to be more streamlined with iCloud, boasts a drastic visual redesign, and offers fancy editing tools.


FINAL RESULTS:


iOS: 90.48%
Android: 9.52%

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.

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


• Medicare announced a payment reform initiative this week that they will execute over the next three years. The payment reform is designed to move the United States’ health care system away from the fee-for-service model toward alternative and value-based payments linked to quality and value. Source

• New England was nearly brought to a standstill after a blizzard this week, but that didn't stop hospitals from doing everything they could to remain open and care for patients during the storm. Despite a statewide travel ban in Massachusetts, health care providers found a way to get to work in Boston, catching a ride with the Boston PD and even cross-country skiing! Source

• The US Department of Health and Human Services wrote a letter this week to Representatives Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Tom Marino (R-PA) stating they will begin to work with mobile health companies to clarify HIPAA rules and guidelines with regards to current technology. Source

On The Front Lines:


Apple surged ahead of Android with a 0.17 percent gain among pMD charge capture physician users this week. Fans of Apple may be getting excited for the Apple Watch, which is scheduled to ship this April according to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

FINAL RESULTS:


iOS: 90.58%
Android: 9.42%

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.


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


• The FDA has drafted regulation this week for certain wearables that claim to improve your health. Recently, fitness devices called "wearables" have begun to blur the lines around what is considered a medical device or a casual wellness aid. The agency is most concerned with the risk associated with devices that make specific claims about its health uses, such as obesity, autism, erectile dysfunction, or anything physically invasive. Source

• Michael McCoy, a board certified OBGYN, was named the first chief of health information officer for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) this week. McCoy will be the lead clinical interoperability expert, as well as "lead development of ONC clinical policy for standards and regulatory matters to help ensure ONC initiatives improve health beyond healthcare." Source

• A study was published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that found that physician teamwork reduces the incidence of medical diagnostic mistakes, including incorrect or delayed patient diagnoses. Source

On The Front Lines:


Apple lost 0.03 percent to Android this week in the mobile device war among pMD's physician charge capture users. Rumors are circling around the Apple Watch and its uncertain battery life, hinting that the battery doesn't hold up to expectations. Software delays have pushed back the Apple Watch launch date from late 2014 to spring 2015.


FINAL RESULTS:


iOS: 90.41%
Android: 9.59%

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.


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


• Medicare Chief Marilyn Tavenner announced her resignation from the position today. Tavenner, a former nurse and hospital administrator, signed the cybersecurity clearance for HealthCare.gov and was a key player in the website’s 2013 go-live. She will step down at the end of February, and her deputy Andy Slavitt will take over as acting Medicare Administrator. Source

• The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has yet to resume their performance of HIPAA compliance audits after last holding pilot audits in 2012. Early last year, OCR announced they planned to begin audits in Fall 2014, but later pushed back the audits indefinitely due to a delay in document collection technology. On January 13, 2015, OCR director Jocelyn Samuels revealed there is still no timeline in place for resuming the HIPAA audits, but they are planned for sometime this year. Source

• The U.S. Renal Data System (USRSD) just released an annual report that showed newly-diagnosed cases of End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) have been declining annually since 2010. Although the overall prevalence of ESRD continues to be high nationally, trends in the past 5-10 years indicate a plateau and subsequent decline of new cases of ESRD. The USRSD wrote that the decline in new cases implies improvements in prevention as well as longer survival rates for patients with ESRD. Source

• Forbes’ most recent job report shows that in 2014, the health care sector added 311,000 jobs, over 50% more than the 203,000 added in 2013. Forbes attributes this growth to a large infusion of money into the health care economy, particularly from the Affordable Care Act. The ACA contributed to a large upsurgence in insured patients, which in turn led to a reduction of bad debt and an increase in revenue for hospitals. Source

On The Front Lines:


After a net gain last week, Apple lost 0.08 percent of the market share to Android this week. Apple users may be holding out for the new features rumored to be available in the iPhone 6S/6S+, which could include an improved camera with optical zoom, an iPhone 6S Mini with a 4” screen, and an A9 processor that offers up to 20 percent more power. Even though the 6S likely won’t be available for another six months, we’re looking forward to its release!


FINAL RESULTS:


iOS: 90.44%
Android: 9.56%

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.


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!


FINAL RESULTS:


iOS: 90.52%
Android: 9.48%

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.

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


• A breakthrough study was published this week by two scientists from Johns Hopkins University that found that most cancer is beyond our control. The study results suggest that only a third of the variation in cancer risk is attributable to environmental factors or inherited predispositions. That leaves the remaining two-thirds as "bad luck," or random mutations during DNA replication in normal stem cells. Source

• The flu season has hit epidemic status, says the CDC, and the current flu rate is higher than the rates from any December in the past five years. Contributing factors include a particularly bad strain, a relatively low vaccination rate, and a mismatch between this year’s flu vaccine and the virus. Source

• The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) published findings from a four year study of six state's HIE programs (Iowa, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Utah, Vermont, and Wyoming). All states reported IT-related challenges, from EHR and HIE developer limitations to lack of interoperability between systems and data capture and quality issues. Source

On The Front Lines:


As Android and Apple fight for pMD's charge capture users' hearts (and wallets), there was a truce this past week. The net change in devices this week proved to be a tie! We're excited to see what the two mobile device leaders bring us in 2015.


FINAL RESULTS:


iOS: 90.49%
Android: 9.51%

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.

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


• The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) released a five-year health IT strategic plan that focuses strongly on interoperability. It also emphasizes patient engagement and the expansion of IT to long-term care and the mentally ill and other areas of health care that have been without it. Source

• Medical school students staged a nationwide protest against police brutality by means of a white coat "die-in." Students for a National Health Program backed the protests, stating "We as medical students feel that this is an important time for medical institutions to respond to violence and race-related trauma that affect our communities and the patients we serve." Source

• CMS submitted a rule to require all hospitals across the country to recognize gay marriage. It's an important proposal (pun intended) for same-sex spouses to be afforded equal rights in medical facilities that accept Medicare. Source

On The Front Lines:


In the Apple-Android device wars among pMD's charge capture physician users, Apple has fallen even further with six straight weeks of lost market share. What will it take for Apple to reverse this sinking trend?


FINAL RESULTS:


iOS: 90.41%
Android: 9.59%

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.

Apple lost yet another iOS-Android mobile device battle this week, losing a narrow 0.02 percent of the market share among pMD's charge capture users. This marks the fifth week in a row that Apple has lost a slice of the pie to Android, losing 0.39 percent over that time period. A rumor has surfaced that Apple is planning to release a smaller 4" iPhone next year, breaking the bigger-is-better trend. The source of this rumor is sketchy at best, but if it pans out we'll be eagerly waiting to see how it will affect the mobile device market for health care providers!


Signor Goat reports updates from the front lines of the iOS-Android wars. Each Friday, we report the current device breakdown of our charge capture physician users and identify the net winner for the week. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of the platform wars.

FINAL


iOS: 90.50%
Android: 9.50%