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Former AMA President to Join higi’s Board of Directors

mHealthWatch learned this week that higi — a health IT company that operates the largest health screening ecosystem in North America — is welcoming Robert Wah, MD, former President of the American Medical Association and Global Chief Medical Officer of DXC Technology to its Board of Directors.

Dr. Wah, a reproductive endocrinologist and OB/GYN, is most notably recognized for his expertise in healthcare and health information technology. He served at the Department of Health and Human Services, where he was the first Deputy National Coordinator for Health IT.

“As higi continues to expand its capabilities to work with leading healthcare organizations to personalize population health, experts like Dr. Wah will insure the appropriate approach and perspective needed to enable sustainable health improvement in the communities across the nation,” said CEO Jeff Bennett.
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AMA Touts Interoperability Agreement between Carequality and CommonWell

AMA Makes Push for Training in TelemedicineAMA officials are hailing a new interoperability agreement between Carequality and CommonWell.

On Wednesday morning, MHW received a statement  Dr. James L. Madara, Executive Vice President and CEO, American Medical Association, regarding the agreement in question.

“As a founding member of the Sequoia Project’s Carequality initiative, and an ardent advocate for nationwide interoperability in the digital health environment, the American Medical Association welcomes today’s alignment involving two national-level networks for sharing health data,” says Dr. Madara.

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AMA Makes Push for Training in Telemedicine

AMA Makes Push for Training in TelemedicineRecognizing that formalized training in telemedicine is not widely offered to physicians-in-training, the American Medical Association (AMA) said this week that is has adopted policy during its Annual Meeting aimed at “ensuring medical students and residents learn how to use telemedicine in clinical practice.”

Per the details gleaned from the AMA’s formal announcement, the new policy specifically encourages the accrediting bodies for both undergraduate and graduate medical education to include core competencies for telemedicine in their programs.

The new policy also reaffirms existing AMA policy, which supports reducing barriers to incorporating the appropriate use of telemedicine into the education of physicians.
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Gurman Becomes 171st President of AMA

AMAEarlier this month, Andrew W. Gurman, M.D., an orthopedic hand surgeon from Hollidaysburg, Penn., was sworn in as the 171th president of the American Medical Association (AMA).

In leading the organization, we’re told that Dr. Gurman will focus his tenure on advancing the AMA’s three strategic focus areas, to: “improve health outcomes for Americans living with pre-diabetes and hypertension; accelerate change in medical education and prepare students for today’s health care system; and enhance physician satisfaction and practice sustainability.”

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MyDoctorsChat Embraces AMA’s New Ethical Guidelines for Telemedicine

mydoctorchatAhead of the weekend, MHIT Business Services, Inc. – the parent company of MyDoctorsChat – sgared in a formal announcement the company’s belief that the evolution of telemedicine technology offers improved access to healthcare and provides new, sophisticated opportunities for healthcare providers to address their patients’ unique healthcare needs.

MyDoctorsChat, if you’re not familiar, is a fully scalable, HIPAA compliant enterprise mobile telemedicine software solution for doctors, patients and healthcare organizations.

On Monday, the AMA adopted guidance for ethical practice in telemedicine, providing specific recommendations to physicians regarding how their fundamental responsibilities might be different when patient interactions occur through telemedicine. MHIT Business Services, Inc. fully embraces the AMA’s new guidelines which permit physicians utilizing telehealth and telemedicine technology to exercise discretion in their use of telemedicine.

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AMA Coding Workgroup to ‘Accelerate Integration of Emerging Telehealth Services’ into Clinical Practice

AMA Coding Workgroup to 'Accelerate Integration of Emerging Telehealth Services' into Clinical PracticeThe American Medical Association is taking what it calls a significant step toward its goal of accelerating digital medicine into clinic practice with the foundational meeting of an AMA-sponsored workgroup charged with facilitating the integration of the latest technological advances in telehealth services into the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code set.

That’s a mouthful. But here’s what it means.

The new Telehealth Services Workgroup, a committee comprised of more than 50 experts representing physicians, health professionals, telemedicine innovators and health insurers, gathered today for the first time to begin its vital role as a facilitator for proposals that will expand CPT’s current telehealth codes to include emerging services.
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Best Practices for Mobile Apps Soon to be Released by The America Medical Association

Best Practices for Mobile Apps Soon to be Released by The America Medical AssociationThe America Medical Association (AMA) recently announced that they will be providing a “best practices” guideline for mobile medical app developers.

According to MD All Specialties, with the FDA’s recent announcement that they will play only a minimal role in regulating mobile health applications, the AMA is stepping up to help consumers and physicians alike determine which app provides the results they are designed to deliver.

As more Americans invest in smartphones, and turn to mobile applications for everything from tracking health conditions, monitoring daily health and wellness, assisting with medication reminders, and even researching medical concerns, the need for reliable apps is there.

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