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Google’s researchers apparently didn’t obtain HIPAA releases from patients. Recently, Google has made some stunning stumbles as it moves into the realm of handling healthcare data.  First, this is surprising, considering the growing distrust among the public and regulators of platforms like Google and Facebook. Second, and more surprisingly, it…
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EDITOR’S NOTE: This RACmonitor series examines a new type of auditing in healthcare – the use of algorithms. In the first article in this series, “Artificial Intelligence is Coming to Medicare Audits – Is Your Legal Team Obsolete?” Mr. Roche reported on statistical sampling being supplanted by more complex methods…
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Hot topics come and go – and healthcare is no exception. A few years ago, predictive analytics (PA) was making its rounds, and I remember seeing several vendors at a few national healthcare conferences touting their use of this advanced statistical technique. In fact, at one conference, a backdrop used…
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Does healthcare IT really improve medical care? This series of articles was inspired by a recent hospitalization of this author in Spain, after which the bill showed that medical care costs there are less than 10 percent of those in the United States. All of the services rendered in Spain…
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Does healthcare IT really improve medical care? Today we present the first in a series of articles that will explore how information technology (IT) is one of the most egregious enablers of the high cost of medical care in the United States. This series is inspired by a recent hospitalization…
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Does healthcare IT really improve medical care? EDITOR’S NOTE: RACmonitor investigative reporter and New York attorney Edward Roche recently found himself in a life-threatening situation while on a business trip in Barcelona, Spain. Here, Roche recounts his story, the medical conditions to which he was a beneficiary, and the good…