UK researchers turn to app to learn more about Parkinson's disease; Doctor on Demand adds psychiatrists to roster;

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> Researchers in the United Kingdom are using a smartphone app to help learn more about patients with Parkinson's disease, according to a BBC News report. The Oxford Parkinson's Disease Centre's researchers are using the tool to look at a patient's walking gait, reactions times, voice patterns and more. Article

> Doctor On Demand is adding psychiatrists to its offered services, making it the first telemedicine provider to offer such visits nationwide, according to an announcement. "By adding psychiatrists to our network, Doctor On Demand is making it easier for millions of Americans to get mental health care from the comfort of home," says Donovan Wong, medical director of mental health at Doctor On Demand. Announcement

> Pittsfield, Massachusetts-based Berkshire Health Systems is working with computer security experts after its systems were impacted by malware. The malware did not compromise any patient information, a health system spokesperson told The Berkshire Eagle, and services have not been interrupted. Article

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> A positive work environment is essential to whether experienced nurses will stay at a hospital, according to a new study published in Nurse Ethics. The research, conducted by four nursing educators from the University of Arkansas and the University of Texas at Tyler, examined factors that may explain why a major academic medical center was having difficulty retaining mid-career nurses. Article

Health Insurance News

> Google may just be the next big player in the payer realm, according to Biogen Vice President Adam Koppel, who said on a recent panel that as the tech giant aims to increase its influence in healthcare data analytics, it may even aim to take the place of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Article

> As many as six million Americans are eligible to get nearly free health coverage through Medicaid but don't sign up, according to the Wall Street Journal. Article

And Finally... The tables have definitely turned for this cop. Article