Push Doctor video consultations now available to 2.1 million patients in Britain on the NHS
on September 24, 2019 at 8:44 am
Figures show that waiting times for appointments are an average of 26 minutes after logging on to the service.
What happened to drug prices for older Americans?
by Jason Shafrin on September 24, 2019 at 6:11 am
A recent AARP study uses 2017 data from IBM Marketscan to answer this question. Their data focuses on commercial and Medicare databases. They find that generic prices in 2017 fell by 9.3%. On the other hand, the price of specialty drug prices rose by 7%. The average annual cost of specialty drugs in the US
Top Pelosi aide urges insurance industry to fight for drug prices plan to blunt opposition
by Robert King on September 23, 2019 at 9:07 pm
A top health aide for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi implored the insurance industry to form a coalition with healthcare and employer groups to blunt pharma and GOP opposition to the speaker’s ambitious drug prices bill.
Report: Amazon plans jump into health devices with “fitness tracking” wireless earbuds
by Tina Reed on September 23, 2019 at 8:54 pm
Amazon is reportedly planning to give Apple a run for its money with its own version of “fitness tracking” wireless earbuds.
Hill hodgepodge: Pelosi draws from Democrats, GOP and Trump for drug plan
by Emmarie Huetteman, Kaiser Health News on September 23, 2019 at 8:21 pm
House Democratic leaders have unveiled an aggressive plan to lower drug prices of some of the most expensive drugs and the plan incorporated ideas from legislation introduced in July by the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee and backed by President Donald Trump.
Changing the covenant of care: The data activation theory
by Paul Grundy MD on September 23, 2019 at 8:07 pm
For a care delivery system to be called a value-based model, it has to
More than 70% of hospital data breaches compromise information that puts patients at risk of identity theft
by Heather Landi on September 23, 2019 at 7:54 pm
About 159 million patients had sensitive information like Social Security numbers or credit card numbers compromised in a hospital data breach in the past 10 years.
Industry Voices—The solution for offering ‘shoppable’ prices in healthcare is coming
by Jay Deady on September 23, 2019 at 7:52 pm
Hospitals are experiencing heartburn over the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services directive that they must post their prices for “shoppable” services beginning next year. But there is a solution.
Fitbit may be seeking a big-name buyer
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Dave Muoio) on September 23, 2019 at 7:46 pm
The company has brought on an investment firm to investigate options for a potential sale of its business, Reuters reports.
Lilly, Bayer’s tumor-agnostic cancer drug gets European nod
by Alaric DeArment on September 23, 2019 at 7:37 pm
Bayer said Monday that the European Medicines Agency had approved Vitrakvi for NTRK fusion-positive cancers. The drug won U.S. Food and Drug Administration accelerated approval in November.
Heal’s house call platform pushes into New York with latest acquisition
by email@example.com (Dave Muoio) on September 23, 2019 at 6:33 pm
Doctors on Call, a house call service proving care over the last 50 years for senior patients, will be joining the app-driven startup.
Brazilian chatbot raises $2M in Series A funding
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Laura Lovett) on September 23, 2019 at 6:15 pm
The new money will help the company expand to the US and cater to more conditions.&nbs
GAO: CMS must do better job monitoring quality programs, funding
by Robert King on September 23, 2019 at 5:40 pm
A government watchdog found the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services hasn’t done a good job of tracking quality program funding or whether quality measures meet goals.
FDA issues industry guidance for developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis drugs
by Alaric DeArment on September 23, 2019 at 5:31 pm
A market research report issued at the beginning of the year forecast that the market for ALS drugs in several key countries would exceed $1 billion over a 10-year period.
NexHealth’s raises $4.2M for its ‘Patient Experience Management Platform’
by email@example.com (Dave Muoio) on September 23, 2019 at 5:25 pm
The company’s tool serves as a patient-facing tool for online booking, two-way messaging, automated recalls and reminders and more.
New robot offers in-home monitoring and medication dispensing
by Jacqueline Renfrow on September 23, 2019 at 3:09 pm
Pillo Health has partnered with Black+Decker to launch Pria, a robot assistant made to aid in the in-home adherence to medication.
Wyoming health system hit with ransomware attack, diverts ER patients and cancels services
by Heather Landi on September 23, 2019 at 3:00 pm
Campbell County Health in Gillette, Wyoming is struggling to get its computer systems back online after being hit with a ransomware attack on September 20. The ransomware has affected all 1,500 of the organization’s computers, including its email server, according to the Gillette News Record.
Emmaus withdraws European application for sickle cell drug that got US approval
by Alaric DeArment on September 22, 2019 at 3:28 pm
The company said it would withdraw the application for Xyndari after a negative opinion from the EMA’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use, which had ruled against the drug in May. The FDA approved the drug under the brand name Endari in 2017.