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Why it's so hard for patients to access their medical records

September 10, 2019


There is a great emphasis in health care today on amassing large databases of patient medical records, but for many patients, the process of accessing their own records can be challenging—and it is completely "at odds with your federal rights," Harlan Krumholz, a cardiologist and professor of medicine at Yale School of Medicine, writes for NPR's "Shots."

To help employees be more empathetic, Humana is deploying … robots?

September 6, 2019


At the Humana Pharmacy call center, employees receive coaching in empathy from an artificial intelligence software called Cogito.

CMS upgrades Medicare Plan Finder for the first time in a decade

September 4, 2019


CMS has launched a redesigned Medicare Plan Finder that aims to make it easier for Medicare beneficiaries to compare their coverage options.

Hurricane Dorian could hit the US today. Here's how hospitals are preparing.

September 3, 2019


As Hurricane Dorian approaches the United States, hospitals up the Atlantic coast are preparing for the powerful storm.

The 16 health care companies 'changing the world,' according to Fortune

August 26, 2019


Fortune last week released its fifth annual Change the World list, which recognizes for-profit companies that are "doing well by doing good," and 16 health care companies made the list.

HHS proposes changes to privacy rules aimed at combating substance use disorders

August 23, 2019


HHS' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on Thursday released a proposed rule intended to make it easier for providers to share the medical records of patients being treated for substance use disorders.

Does step count matter as much as we think?

August 23, 2019


Writing for the New York Times, Kim Tingley explores how step-counting became such an exercise fad, whether it is truly an effective way to measure physical activity, and how many daily steps one really needs to take to gain health benefits.

Patients at this hospital can text their doctors after surgery—and almost 80% said it improved their care

August 22, 2019


The orthopedics and sports medicine practice affiliated with Goshen Health in Indiana last year piloted a secure text messaging system that allows patients to contact doctors during recovery, and almost 80% of patients who test the system said the system improved their care.

VA launches a one-stop-shop mobile app for veterans' health care

August 21, 2019


Veterans Affairs last week unveiled a new mobile application intended to streamline veterans' access to health care by storing and organizing their health information and services in one location.

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