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.
Self Care: An Essential Element of Caregiving, Huffington 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 Support, Journal 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.
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.
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 Contract, Modern 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.