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Christina Hernandez Sherwood
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Pediatric cardiologists say they can use telemedicine to improve patient care and ease the burden on patients’ families. But with the costs of these programs stretching into the hundreds of thousands, and a patchwork of reimbursement and regulations to contend with, what does it take to find success with pediatric telecardiology?

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A plan for increasing use of cardiac rehabilitation (cardiac rehab, or CR) was a few months short of launch when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) tapped the brakes.  

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Every day, cardiologists make hundreds, if not thousands, of mouse clicks, encounter countless notifications and manage a steady stream of alerts that pop up on their computer and device screens. Some say these demands of the electronic health record (EHR) are distracting clinicians from patient care and contributing to physician burnout. Yet there are workarounds that can help cardiologists handle the digital data deluge.

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In the last two years, 89 percent of healthcare organizations suffered at least one data breach involving the loss or theft of patient data. The question, experts say, is not if a hospital will be attacked, but rather when—and how prepared its teams will be to mitigate damage.

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Are implantable cardiac devices at risk for hacking, or is the greater cybersecurity danger their connection to larger networks of health data?

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Cardiovascular information technology analytics offer opportunities to improve care, reduce costs and deliver better healthcare experiences for patients. 

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Medicare’s decision to get “deadly serious” about interoperability is an invitation for cardiologists to work with their medical societies, vendors and office staff.