The new Advancing Care Information program would replace MU for Medicare physicians, aiming for ‘simpler, more connected, less burdensome technology.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a long-awaited proposed rule for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, or MACRA, on Wednesday, ushering in some big changes for the ways physicians are assessed for quality of care and use of information technology.read more
DETROIT — In an unusual alliance between a traditional automaker and a technology company, Ford Motor and Google on Wednesday joined to lead a coalition of companies that advocate federal approval of driverless cars in the near future.
By teaming up to promote regulations that favor fully-autonomous vehicles, Ford and Google may be moving toward closer cooperation on the actual development of driverless models.read more
Elon Musk’s SpaceX plans to land an unmanned spacecraft on Mars as soon as 2018 with the help of NASA, an extraordinary collaboration between the public and private sectors in an effort to eventually get humans to the Red Planet.
SpaceX made the announcement on Twitter Wednesday, laying out an ambitious timeline for an incredibly difficult mission that only governments have dared try. Landing a spacecraft or a robot that can then operate successfully on the Martian surface is so difficult that the U.S. is the only country to have done it, and many attempts over the years have failedread more
Here’s the rub: $50 billion might be hyperbole, but $5 billion is still a sizable enough market to drive innovations that health systems can harness to engage patients, better manage populations and ultimately improve care and the bottom line.
When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revealed that it would start paying, under CPT code 99490, for “non face-to-face care coordination services,” one might have expected providers to rush en masse to cash in on what appears to be reasonably easy revenue. In certain instances, 99490 affords healthcare organizations to bill CMS for services they were already providing essentially for free.read more
SAN FRANCISCO — From the iPod to the iPhone to the iPad, Apple created more than a decade’s worth of new gadgets to fuel its historic growth.
But the technology company’s dazzling 13-year run of quarterly revenue growth ended on Tuesday — a casualty of Apple’s already immense size, weakness in key global markets like China and the lack of another hot product to pry open the wallets of customers.read more
ST. LOUIS—It starts here in a warehouse by the airport. A couple of NASA astronauts in their blue flight suits, sitting at a touch screen display, taking the first training steps toward the real flights scheduled to happen more than a year from now.read more
Most Google Glass-focused startups have pivoted away from healthcare, but Augmedix is keeping its sights set on helping physicians.
Augmedix, which develops Google Glass technology to help reduce the time physicians spend on documentation, has raised $17 million in strategic investments from some of its largest healthcare customers.read more
Federal regulators approved Charter Communications’ $65.5 billion acquisitions of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, enabling the creation of a new cable giant as the industry focuses more on broadband as traditional TV declines.
Yet, the orders to approve the deals were coupled with many restrictions that illustrate how regulators are increasingly using their power to further policy goals that are not covered by current regulations for the industry. The Federal Communications Commission and Justice Department imposed mandates on the acquisitions aimed at protecting streaming video companies and providing cheaper broadband services to low-income families, some of which go far beyond regulations for the entire cable and Internet sectors.read more
As the cloud services competition heats up between Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, both companies have begun not only slashing prices, but expanding their offerings to cover more of what matters to today’s developers.read more
But they’re worried about cybersecurity.
Hospital executives are backing technology and expect the healthcare industry will continue to rely on healthcare IT going forward, according to a new survey.read more
SAN FRANCISCO — Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s co-founder and chief executive, is clear about his vision for his company: He wants to triple the size of his social network, which now has 1.6 billion members.
But to reach that new audience, he has to find a way to change telecommunications networks to make connecting to the Internet more affordable, since many of those would-be Facebook users live in developing countries.read more
MADISON – Wisconsin has a business startup problem. Despite the buzz in Madison and a few other communities, there are far too many places in the state where entrepreneurship is still just a fancy word versus economic action.
The reasons are somewhat easily explained: manufacturing and agriculture are capital-intensive and therefore not always startup-friendly; the labor force is slightly older and less educated than the U.S. average; rural Wisconsin is barely recovered from the Great Recession; and a low immigration rate works against Wisconsin because newcomers are more likely to start a business than native-born Americans.read more
Artificial intelligence, cognitive computing and machine learning are coming to healthcare: Is it time to invest?
With Google, IBM and Microsoft all setting sights squarely on healthcare, and analysts predicting 30 percent of providers will run cognitive analytics on patient data by 2018, the risk of investing too late may outweigh the risk of doing so too soon.read more
As the Internet of Things (IoT) market begins to boom, we are bound to see the government take a more active role in investment and policing what is right and wrong in the industry.
That’s what an April 6 notice on the Federal Register by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) seems to suggest, asking for all parties involved in IoT to discuss with the administration about the evolution of IoT and shifts in global economies from the new technology.read more
Prince’s passing reminds us of what it takes to live an extraordinarily innovative and fullfilled life
Prince’s passing is going to stir up an avalanche of celebrity worship, but there’s so much more to respect and learn from what this amazing entrepreneur accomplished as an individual.
There will be plenty said about the volume of his work and the enormous breadth of his talent, but for me the admiration is much deeper; it is about someone who saw no obstacles, only opportunities to innovate.read more
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT said it can harness data it already has to help providers make better electronic health record purchasing decisions.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT put forth its suggestions for helping hospitals, physicians and other care providers make more informed decisions about the technologies they buy in a report to Congress this week.read more
In the growing age of the Internet of Things (IoT), the increased exposure to radiation has become a topic of concern, and more articles are starting to pop up explaining this little understood topic. Recently, Dr. Rajan Pandey discussed these health hazards, especially with wearable devices, beginning with an interesting comparison.
“Back when smoking was accepted for both men and women in the US, a majority of physicians smoked. Yet, there was rising public worry about the risks associated with the use of cigarettes. The marketing response of tobacco companies was to employ the aide of physicians who reportedly saw no problem with the use of cigarettes,” he said. “As these ads, using doctors, continued through the 1950s, executives in the tobacco industry used the physician image to put to rest any concerns the customers might have that their cigarette brands were unsafe.”read more
Nonprofit research organization SRI International is spinning off part of its robotics division into a new company called Superflex. It won’t be focusing not on industrial robots or the like, but rather robotic augmentations for people — mainly to help the disabled take on everyday tasks, not $6 Million Dollar Man stuff.
Rich Mahoney (a Crunch Network contributor, by the way) will head up the new company. He’s been with SRI since 2008, but has worked in assistive robotics for much longer.read more
CISOs and security analysts from top-tier firms offer highly effective advice and tactics for rooting out and getting rid of malicious code.
Before the prevalence of mobile phones and caller ID, there was an urban legend about a babysitter receiving frightening calls. Long story short: When an operator runs a trace, the babysitter is told to her horror, “The calls are coming from inside the house!”read more
SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo strove for the past two decades to build one of the most visited sites in the country and a robust online display advertising business.
It succeeded at both.
But its status as the third-most-visited website has translated into little more than a dimming outlook for the company that defined innovation in the early years of the Internet. Today, all those pairs of eyeballs — more than 200 million of them look at the site every month in the United States — have only made it a more attractive prospect for financial firms that want to break it up. Investors have little confidence that Yahoo can stand on its own.read more