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DIGITAL HEALTH BRIEFING: MEDITECH taps Arcadia to strengthen EHR offering — VA awards 1Vision $260 million telehealth deal — UnitedHealthcare, Dexcom tackle diabetes management


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MEDITECH COLLABORATES WITH ARCADIA TO STRENGTH
EHR:
Electronic health record (EHR) vendor MEDITECH is
collaborating with Arcadia
Healthcare Solutions, the population health management firm, to
strengthen its population health management offering
by integrating new data into its web-based EHR system.
Arcadia aggregates data from over 40 EHR vendors and claims
databases. Using this data, physicians are able to get a more
complete picture of a patient’s history. 
Under
this agreement, Arcadia is expected to focus on aggregating data
that is related to claims and risk stratification, such as risk
scores and gaps in care, into MEDITECH’s Web EHR.

Having access to Arcadia’s data portfolio will help
MEDITECH’s users improve the care of their
patients. 
For example, risk scores, which
calculate the likelihood of an individual experiencing a
certain outcome, such as an emergency admission or the
development of a serious illness, can be powerful tools for
healthcare professionals. Providers can use
these scores to adjust interventions, and estimate
costs in order to prevent patients from developing more serious
conditions. 

As the healthcare systems transition towards a
value-based reimbursement structure, being able to improve
patient outcomes will help the financial viability of
providers.
Value-based reimbursement structure
incentivizes positive outcomes rather than the volume of patients
seen or services rendered. And as more healthcare systems move to
this model — the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
(CMS) has already made a commitment
to tie 90% of Medicare payments to a value model by
2018  — EHR solutions that provide the tools to improve
efficiency, lower readmissions, and drive down medical costs will
grow in demand. 

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VA AWARDS 1VISION HOME TELEHEALTH DEAL WORTH $260
MILLION:
On Tuesday, the US Department of Veteran
Affairs (VA)
awarded
telehealth vendor 1Vision an exclusive contract worth
up to $260 million to provide home telehealth services for US
veterans. Telehealth refers to a broad range of technologies and
services that aim to provide patient care and improve healthcare
delivery. The deal makes 1Vision, owned by IT services company
HMS Technologies, the only Services-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small
Business to be awarded a contract by the VA. 1Vision will partner
with AMC Health, a virtual care and remote patient monitoring
tech company to provide veterans with the ability to transmit
personal health information such as weight, blood pressure, and
glucose levels using Bluetooth-enabled medical devices in their
homes. This will vastly improve the ability of veterans in the US
to seek out and receive care from their doctors.

The announcement follows on the heels of the recently

Senate-approved
VETS Act, which aims to reform telemedicine
licensing at the VA.
The bill would allow doctors to
provide vets with telehealth services anywhere in the US,
regardless of where they’re located. A similar bill was passed by
the House of Representatives in November 2017. These reforms are
a critical part of the US government’s
Anywhere to Anywhere
initiative. The adoption of telehealth
solutions is growing in the US, in part because they can help
improve patient care, but also because they can reduce
hospitalization costs and readmission rates. In 2017, 71% of US
healthcare providers said they were using telehealth technology
to connect with patients, up from 54% of healthcare providers in
2014, according to
HIMSS Analytics. 



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UNITEDHEALTHCARE, DEXCOM TACKLE DIABETES
MANAGEMENT:
UnitedHealthcare, the largest healthcare
company by revenue globally, and wearable glucose monitor company
Dexcom have teamed up to
launch
a new initiative to help eligible UnitedHealthcare
Medicare Advantage members manage their Type 2 diabetes.
Announced Wednesday during the Consumer Electronics Showcase in
Las Vegas, the initiative builds on UnitedHealthcare’s
Navigate4Me program, which provides participants with a single
point of contact to help them navigate the healthcare system.
Eligible participants will receive a Dexcom sensor that they wear
on their abdomen to monitor blood glucose levels. They’ll also
receive personalized diabetes coaching from their Navigate4Me
assistant and an activity tracker. Making it easier for consumers
to access and use the health system could help mitigate the heavy
strain chronic illnesses such as diabetes have on the healthcare
budgets. In the US, chronic diseases and the health risk
behaviors that cause them account for most health care
costs, according to
the CDC. 

HHS BEING SUED OVER “IRRATIONAL” HIPAA
ENFORCEMENT:
 Ciox Health, a
Georgia-based health information management company has
filed a lawsuit against the US Department of Health and Human
Services (HHS) to halt the agency from enforcing parts of
the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability
Act
(HIPAA) that limit how much providers can charge for
patient records, according to FierceHealthcare.
The medical records firm specifically referenced changes
made to HIPAA in 2013 and 2016, which were “irrational,
arbitrary, capricious, and absurd.” In 2013, the agency
ruled that providers were required to transmit all health
records, regardless of whether or not the records were an EHR or
not, when a request was made. Ciox argues that this ruling did
not account for the costs associated with collecting and
transmitting this type of data. In 2016, the HHS went a step
further by limiting all records requests charges to a
reasonable cost-based fee or a flat fee of $6.50, including those
made by third parties. About 4% of requests are made from
patients and 40%-50% are from providers sending records to one
another, which Ciox processes for free. In the past, Ciox
was able to cover the costs of processing these requests by
charging third-party commercial businesses, however, the
company’s ability to recoup these costs has been limited by the
changes. 



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IN OTHER NEWS…

  • Researchers from the Royal Melbourne Institute of
    Technology 
    have developed an ingestible pill that
    can track and record data from the human gut in real-time,

    according
    to CNET. The non-invasive pill transmits data to
    a smartphone app and early trial results suggest it could
    eventually be used as a diagnostic tool for gut-related
    diseases.
  • Heal
    , an app-based physician house call service,
    unveiled Wellbe, a central hub for consumer’s connected
    devices,


    according

    to MobiHealthNews.
    Data collected from these devices, which is tracked in
    real-time, can be shared with the patient’s physician in order
    increase the precision and efficacy of care.

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