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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%

We're bringing you our weekly device breakdown a couple days early this week because of the Thanksgiving holiday. Signor Goat, as well as many Charge Capture Blog readers, will likely be stuffed with good food and getting some quality R&R this Friday.

What goes up must come down? After a strong one-month gain in Oct., Apple has suffered a one-month loss in Nov. This is the fourth week in a row that Apple has lost market share to Android among pMD's charge capture providers. Yet Apple's market value topped $700 billion on Tuesday this week, making it the first company to ever exceed $700 billion. Stay tuned next week to see if this week's Black Friday shoppers favor Apple or Android!


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: 90.52%
Android: 9.48%

Apple has stumbled these last three weeks. This week they lost an additional 0.11 percent to Android in the platform wars among pMD's charge capture physician users. Meanwhile in tech news this week, Android released its latest dessert-themed update to its operating system, called Lollipop. Lollipop comes with a brand new look and feel, with a lighter and brighter user interface. Sound familiar? That's because Apple's iOS 7 release last year had a very similar design overhaul. Analysts expect that Lollipop will give Android a big push into the enterprise space.

Rumors are surfacing of Lollipop rendering Android devices unusable, so we may see Android take a turn in next week's breakdown.


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: 90.62%
Android: 9.38%

Happy Halloween!

The biggest news out of Apple this week wasn't related to devices, but it did reinforce the company's long list of trailblazing. Tim Cook is the first CEO of a Fortune 1000 company to publicly say that he is gay. We're not sure if this is causation or correlation, but Apple devices among pMD's charge capture providers increased this week.

Apple has topped Android in net mobile devices for the week, adding 0.07 percent to its dominance among pMD's mobile charge capture providers. Many of pMD's health care providers use pMD on their iPhone and iPad, taking advantage of the larger screen real estate the iPad has to offer. Apple is still the top tablet manufacturer in the US and earlier this month they released the iPad Air 2 to glowing critic reviews. The iPad Air 2 is significantly thinner, lighter, and overall more powerful, making it a popular Apple mobile device for doctors to use for work.


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: 90.89%
Android: 9.11%%

America's beloved Apple stays on top yet another week with a .10 percent gain! Undoubtedly, the new iPhone 6 has had a heavy impact on the mobile device breakdown among pMD's charge capture physicians. Android users have been crossing enemy lines to switch to the iPhone, and our data below shows the breakdown in iPhone device models since the introduction of the iPhone 6 on Sept. 19.


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: 90.83%
Android: 9.17%