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Epic will add 1,700 employees to its current headcount of 11,600 in the next 12 months, housing them in two new office buildings that it will build within its Harry Potter-themed Wizards Academy complex.


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Two-thirds of poll respondents think that restrictions banning physicians from opening or operating hospitals should be lifted.

New poll to your right or here: Have you used telehealth to obtain a prescription for a drug that you wanted knowing that few questions would be asked?

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I’ve done nothing to prepare for HIMSS23 except book a hotel, so I fired up the Meta Quest 2 and Wander, which has become my most-used VR app. I searched for my hotel by name and then could take a virtual stroll through Chicago to check out nearby restaurants, points of interest, and the Riverwalk. It brought back memories of previous HIStalkapalooza events that were in Trump Tower and the House of Blues, the latter of which is still my favorite venue of those I’ve used.

I am amused annually by the American Telemedicine Association, which advocates virtual care to those who attend its in-person conference.

A doctor friend received a PET scan report with good numbers last week, but the dictated summary said that he had heart damage and could expect a significantly shortened lifespan. He spent 12 hours researching the test and its interpretation, then messaged the doctor that the report didn’t make sense. He got a quick response saying that the doctor had pressed the wrong keys in Epic, then received a corrected report indicating that he’s fine after all. He raises these points:

  • What if he was a layperson?
  • Had he been referred, would a specialist had paid attention to the numbers, or would they use the erroneous summary to make medical decisions?
  • Will his medical record reflect that the initial report was incorrect or that the doctor didn’t check the report carefully?
  • Does this happen often?

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Webinars

March 7 (Tuesday) noon ET.  “Prescribe RPA 2.0 to Treat Healthcare Worker Burnout.” Sponsor: Keysight Technologies. Presenters: Anne Foster, MS, technical consultant manager, Eggplant; Emily Yan, MPA, product marketing manager, Keysight Technologies. Half of US health systems plan to invest in robotic process automation by the end of this year, per Gartner. The concept is evolving to help with staff burnout and physician productivity. The presenters will introduce RPA 2.0, explain how to maximize its value, demonstrate how to quickly start on RPA 2.0 and test automation in one platform, and answer questions about healthcare automation.

Previous webinars are on our YouTube channel. Contact Lorre to present your own.


People

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Stuart Miller (Infor) joins Craneware as VP of sales.

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Jamie Coffin, PhD (Sema4) joins Nature’s Toolbox as CEO.

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Evernorth Health Services hires Sean Tuley, MBA (Global Medical Response) as Evernorth utilization management CIO.

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Integra Connect promotes Marie Finnegan, RN to VP of product management.


Government and Politics

Teladoc Health-owned virtual mental health company BetterHelp pays $7.8 million to settle FTC charges that it shared the information of website and app users with Facebook and other social media platforms. Teladoc, which acquired the company in 2015 for around $5 million, says it’s a billion-dollar business.


Other

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Telehealth-based weight loss startup NextMed is using fake reviews and before-and-after photos to promote its services to prescribe trendy diabetes drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy, often omitting government-mandated warnings. The company, whose founder just graduated college, outsources clinical work to telehealth companies and customer service to offshore firms. It touts as a competitive differentiator its software that quickly process prior authorizations for the expensive drugs. Customers complain that the company is slow to respond to cancellation requests and offers Amazon gift cards for taking down negative reviews.


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  1. That is where the the SAFER Dx approach may be beneficial. As against the ropes as AI may be right now, it is a perfect application of the technology to trigger a QA check.







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