Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of December 19, 2014

newsTrio Consulting, a management and technology consulting firm, has acquired iMedX‘s business unit, Alpha Transcription, a transcription firm that serves Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities, for an undisclosed sum.

American Well, a telehealth services provider, has raised $80 million in Series C funding… Continue reading

More than 700,000 Enroll Through State Insurance Exchanges in First Month

hceNearly 740,000 people have selected or re-enrolled into a qualified health plan across 13 state based-exchanges, according to state-released estimates.

Federal exchange HealthCare.gov has seen 2.5 million people enroll as of Dec.12, Continue reading

Could Tumeric Save Us from the CDC’s Bacteria

tutuA new study published in the journal Molecule indicates that the ancient Indian spice turmeric may help to countermand the growing threat of bacteria that have become completely resistant to Continue reading

11 Surprising Factors That Mess With Your Memory

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Your brain is a dynamic organ, constantly adapting and changing, for better or for worse, even on a day-to-day basis

Thyroid problems, depression, anxiety, menopause, lack of sleep, smoking, stress, and certain medications can take a toll on your memory function Continue reading

When It Comes to Aging Well, It’s Mind Over Matter

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Older people who view aging in a positive light score better on memory tests, can walk faster, and have greater mobility Continue reading

Many U.S. Residents Want Access to EHRs Through Patient Portals

6666Many U.S. residents want to access their electronic health records online but are unaware of how to do so, according a survey released Tuesday by Xerox, Health Data Management reports.

The annual survey, commissioned by Xerox and Continue reading

Strategies to Address and Reduce Holiday-Related Stress and Grief

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For many, November and December are a favorite time of year, with major holidays bringing family and friends together, but it can also be an incredibly stressful time Continue reading

Diabetes Ages Your Brain Five Years Faster Than Normal

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Diabetes ages your brain about five years faster than normal

People who are diagnosed with diabetes in their 50s are at a significantly heightened risk for mental decline by the time they’re 70 Continue reading

Opioids Top Comp Payers’ Concerns, but Compounded Drugs Gain Scrutiny

cpharWhile the use of opioids remains a top concern for workers compensation payers, compounded drugs are a leading emerging issue, according to a new survey.

Opioids are the “single biggest problem” in workers comp for the fourth year, according to Continue reading

Employers Take Wait-and-See Approach to Private Health Care Exchanges

waitWhile employers’ interest in private health insurance exchanges as an alternative health benefits delivery solution remains high, few companies appear willing to be counted among the early adopters, a survey shows.

Only 6% of the 446 employers polled by the Private Exchange Evaluation Collaborative offer Continue reading

Five Reasons Why You’re Totally Crazy if You Aren’t Growing Your Own Food

growgardenAs things get ever crazier in the world, there are more reasons than ever to grow at least some of your own food. In fact, I say you’re crazy if you don’t grow some food!
Here are five huge reasons why…

#1) With food prices skyrocketing, you’ll save money by growing your own

Have you priced organic romaine lettuce recently? Continue reading

The Proof Is in the Panic: We Need a New Strategy against Viral Infections

Volunteers put on protective suits during Red Cross Ebola training excercise in WuerzburgSummary:The recent international health crises due to viral infections has made one thing very clear: We need a new strategy to combat viral infections. Ebola has been in the international news daily for the past two months, while the US has had a recent upsurge of measles, enterovirus D68, Continue reading