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The Challenges of Engaging Consumers in Post-Health Reform Market

The Challenges of Engaging Consumers in Post-Health Reform MarketIDC Health Insights has just published an insightful new report, “Engaging Consumers in a Post-Health Reform Market,” which is designed to help payers “effectively reach and engage their various member populations segments.”

In a post-health reform environment, explains analyst Deanne Kasim, payers are now compelled to develop new strategies to obtain and maximize the attention, interest and loyalty of a new group of consumers from the individual policy marketplace.

“Successful and meaningful consumer engagement requires a holistic approach to the patient’s needs, including financial and behavioral needs,’ the report summary reads. “It requires a systems approach to the decisions facing the consumer in terms of what benefit services are purchased and how the entire insurance system is navigated.  And payers are beginning to adjust their health IT expenditures accordingly.
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HHS Aims to Boost HIPAA Compliance with SRA Tool

HHS Aims to Boost HIPAA Compliance with SRA ToolThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has unveiled a new security risk assessment (SRA) tool to help guide health care providers in small to medium sized offices conduct risk assessments of their organizations.

A statement provided to mHealthWatch explains the origin and function of the aforementioned resource.

“The SRA tool is the result of a collaborative effort by the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Office for Civil Rights (OCR),” the statement reads.
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Here’s What’s Happening in mHealth

Here’s-What’s-Happening-in-mHealthHere are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that we’ve been monitoring in recent days.

From Sleep Genius to Fitbit, groundbreaking mobile apps and technologies are improving our health and changing our lives in ways never previously imagined. But is it time for these leading solutions to unite and provide an ultimate wearable mHealth solution to benefit the mobile masses?

It’s a promising sign for the future of health IT and the increasingly inextricable link between mobile and healthcare. In particular, science and tech companies are stepping up their investments in the health IT space. And it’s happening at a fast clip in local markets across the nation.

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Report: Federal Health IT Spending set to Increase to $6.5B in 2016

According to new research data out from Deltek, the amount spent on health IT on behalf of the federal government is set to surpass $6.5B by 2016 — up from roughly $4.5B in 2011, representing a CAGR of a healthy 7.5 percent.

The report, dubbed the GovWinIQ report, said that unlike the overall federal market which faces heavy budget cuts, the health IT market will continue to grow due to rising healthcare costs, an aging population, and continued high unemployment which will all work to drive up federal healthcare expenditures over the next decade.  According to the research, its projected that federal healthcare expenditures will more than double, from $766 billion in 2011 to more than $1.4 trillion in 2020.

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Report: Healthcare Organizations Not Prepared to Secure Patient Data

As the healthcare industry turns its focus to new digital and mobile technology, ensuring patient data and other sensitive areas are kept secure has become a major issue for hospitals and other healthcare organizations.

A new report out from PwC claims healthcare companies aren’t as prepared as they should be.  The report, entitled “Old Data Learns New Tricks: Managing Patient Privacy and Security on a New Data-Sharing Playground,” shows that despite advances in electronic health records (EHRs) and security technology, healthcare organizations have yet to adopt privacy measures on a large scale.

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