Bosses harness big data to predict which workers might get sick | Wall Street Journal
In an effort to curb rising health costs, some employers are now working with insurers and wellness firms to mine data on employees' insurance claims, health, shopping, prescriptions and other habits to identify which are at risk of illness and send them targeted messages and behavior nudges.
John Carreyrou, the Wall Street Journal reporter who in October 2015 published the first of a series of critical investigations into blood-testing startup Theranos, discusses the his reporting on the company and its founder, Elizabeth Holmes, in conversation with ProPublica investigative senior reporter Charles Ornstein.
Telemedicine association petitions Texas panel on mental health licensing | Dallas / Fort Worth Healthcare Daily
The American Telemedicine Association this week sent a memo to the state board that licenses professional mental health counselors, urging it to license out-of-state providers for telehealth services and scrap mandates requiring a face-to-face meeting between practitioner and patient.
Mining electronic health records refines diabetes diagnoses | Health IT Interoperability
Using data from de-identified electronic health records, UCLA researchers were able to develop a screening algorithm for Type 2 diabetes that was able to predict diabetes diagnoses with greater accuracy than traditional predictors, according to a study published in the Journal of Biomedical Informatics. The researchers, who note that an estimated 25% of type 2 diabetics are undiagnosed due to inadequate screening, say they believe EHR phenotyping could help identify an additional 400,000 undiagnosed diabetics per year.
In 2013, Simmons College in Boston launched an online master's degree program in nursing to train nurses for advanced clinical practice in family medicine. The program is one of many launched in the past several years helping enrollees to gain training and certification that will allow them to fill primary care gaps in areas suffering physician shortages.