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Apple Delays HealthKit Software after Discovering Early Flaw

Apple Inc. said itís delaying the release of new health-tracking software that it has trumpeted as one of the main features of its new operating system for the iPhone and iPad.

FDA Clears Mobile-Based AFib Algorithm

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted approval to AliveCor for its smartphone-based atrial fibrillation detection algorithm.

RECs Support More Than 100,000 Providers to Achieve MU

Regional Extension Centers--created under the HITECH Act to assist providers in adopting and becoming meaningful users of electronic health records--have surpassed their goal by supporting more than 100,000 providers to demonstrate Stage 1 Meaningful Use, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

FCC Embraces Broadband as Health Solution for Aging Population

With Americaís aging population and changing demographics set to outpace the number of available primary care providers, the Federal Communications Commission sees broadband technology as a saving grace for the nationís increasingly overburdened healthcare system.

Health Conditions Costing Employers Handsomely

Population health analytics vendor Healthentic has discovered employers pay more than $113,000 in medical expenses for "high-cost" people they cover compared to $2,751 for everyone else.

Healthcare.gov Remains Vulnerable to Security Threats, GAO Finds

Increased and unnecessary risks to Healthcare.gov security remain, as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services has failed to implement and address security issues, the GAO says.

Bill Would Give 90-Day MU Reporting in 2015

Legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 16 would mandate a 90-day reporting period in 2015 for Stages 1 and 2 of the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health records incentive programs.

Online Physician Reviews Support Engagement, Improved Care

Transparency of patient experience data drives improved provider performance and enables more patient-centered care.

AMA Wants EHR Designs Overhauled

In response to widespread physician discontent with electronic health records, the American Medical Association has announced a new framework for improving EHR usability designed to benefit both caregivers and patients.

Health Systems Invest in Revenue Management Vendor

Four prominent health systems have led a $5 million round of investment in Boise, Idaho-based iVinci Health, developer of the VisitPay revenue management platform.

In Case You Missed It: Apple Unveils Apple Watch, HealthKit App

Last week Apple unveiled its Apple Watch and HealthKit app to much fanfare. But how these new technologies will fit into or transform the healthcare landscape remains to be seen. Catch up on HDMís coverage and analysis of the event to see how these products could impact the healthcare industry.

Johns Hopkins Appoints First Chief Patient Experience Officer

Patient service and quality improvement expert Lisa Allen has been named the first chief patient experience officer for Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Telemedicine Association Grades States on Telemed Policies

The American Telemedicine Association has released two state policy reports which identify gaps in coverage and reimbursement, and in physician practice standards and licensure.

Texting Valuable for Engaging Low-Income Urban Patients

A new pilot study among low-income African-Americans in Detroit suggests they prefer being contacted by healthcare providers and researchers via text message on their mobile phones.

Less than One-Third of Consumers Access Health Records Online

Only three in 10 individuals had online access to their medical records last year, according to results of a national survey reported in a new data brief from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

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