It's no secret that the healthcare industry is advancing at a rapid pace. With new technology and legislative news daily, we’ve pulled together a list of top stories we’re reading this week.

 

New AARP Poll Supports Bipartisan Congressional Family Caregiving Caucus Launched Today, AARP

Across political parties, more than 7 in 10 registered voters age 40 and older say Congress should improve resources for family caregivers who help their parents, spouses, children with disabilities and other loved ones to live independently.
— AARP

Self Care: An Essential Element of CaregivingHuffington Post

Taking care of others is stressful and depleting, both from an emotional and physical perspective.  This article emphasizes the importance of self-care when helping others, deeming it essential for caregivers’ survival.

Youth Caregivers Need More of Our SupportJournal Sentinel

There is an estimated 1.3-1.4 million youth between the ages of 8 and 18 caring for a parent – and 50% of them say they spend a significant amount of time doing so.  This opinion piece calls for society to support these kids, emotionally and economically, and shed more light on the issue.

Most People Want to Go Digital For Health – Especially the UnwellHealth Populi

A recent Makovsky digital health survey shows that 2 in 3 people in the U.S. are open to using a mobile app to track and manage their health (from anything ranging from diet and nutrition to medication reminders to tracking symptoms and physical activity).  This article illustrates how patients, who are typically underutilized in the healthcare system, have a huge opportunity to go into “healthcareDIY mode” to create health outcomes for themselves and in their community.

Behavioral Analysis Could Have Prevented The Anthem BreachForbes

Forbes explores the abnormal behavior behind cyber attacks, highlighting the recent Anthem breach where attackers posted as administrative insiders to access databases.  This is a wake up call; technology companies must implement tools to monitor abnormal activity in order to int to detect and prevent attacks early on.

Defense Department Narrows Field for EHR ContractModern Healthcare

The Defense Department is in the process of selecting who will build the new Electronic Health-Record system, locking in a 10-year, multibillion-dollar contract.  Opponents of the EHR system argue that the Defense Department should utilize the Department of Veterans Affairs’ record-keeping system instead, since locking in one contractor may lead to an inability to be flexible as technology changes.

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