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NHS now lets you talk to a doctor through a video call

The NHS launches GP at Hand, a telehealth service offering UK citizens remote access to an NHS physician within two hours, rather than waiting three weeks for an in person appointment. GP at Hand is available 24 hours a day, and providers are authorized to write prescriptions and schedule follow up appointments within the NHS as needed.

Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2018

Ransomware and other cybersecurity threats tops ECRI Institute’s list of top 10 health technology hazards for 2018.

Adding device codes to insurance claims could save lives and billions in taxpayer dollars

In an op-ed published in The Hill, leaders from the Pew Charitable Trust offer support for mandating unique device identifiers for medical devices.

More hospitals earning Medicare bonuses under value-based purchasing

New ACO data released by CMS Friday shows that the percent of hospitals that have earned a performance bonus in 2018 climbed to 57 percent, up from 55 percent last year. The total number of ACO participants declined from 2,955 in 2017 to 2,808 in 2018.

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