Tag Archives: Data

Health Insurance and Demand for Masking, Testing and Contact Tracing – New Data from The Commonwealth Fund

The coronavirus pandemic occasioned the Great Lockdown for people to shelter-at-home, tele-work if possible, and shut down large parts of the U.S. economy considered “non-essential.” As health insurance for working-age people is tied to employment, COVID-19 led to disproportionate loss of health plan coverage especially among people earning lower incomes, as well as non-white workers,… Read More »

VA apps pose privacy risk to veterans’ healthcare data

The increasing use of apps provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs is meant to improve access to patient health and benefits information in convenient digital platforms. However, members of Congress are worried that this electronic data is vulnerable. “When a veteran downloads an app from the VA’s app store, how much personal information does… Read More »

4 key interoperability technologies for secure health data exchange

With technology companies and government agencies working together, the healthcare industry has achieved important milestones toward improving the interoperability of healthcare IT systems. For example, thanks to near-universal implementation of electronic health records (EHR) systems and widespread use of other digital applications in healthcare practices, providers today have more access to actionable patient data than… Read More »

How to read between the lines of the healthcare data blocking debate

About a year ago, the Department of Health and Human Services first proposed rules to promote sharing and the interoperability of health data to enable patients to electronically access their health information. Many of the top industry players submitted commentary to The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and the Centers for… Read More »

New Astellas, Seattle Genetics Padcev combo data spark $5.8B sales hopes

Astellas and Seattle Genetics impressed Wall Street last fall when their combination of Padcev and Merck’s Keytruda fought off advanced bladder cancer in previously untreated patients. Friday, the partners presented updated results that look even better. They might even be good enough to snag an expedited regulatory review, analysts say—and at least one market-watcher hiked… Read More »

Why healthcare’s data quality conundrum will stifle SDOH initiatives

Healthcare providers, payers, community-based organizations, researchers and government agencies are on the same page: Addressing social determinants—such as homelessness, food insecurity, addiction and poverty—likely has a tremendous impact on population health. In fact, social programs such as housing assistance, food pantries and behavioral health offerings can have a much greater impact than clinical care and… Read More »