Data breach concerns remain high among chief information security officers, with 67% saying their companies will be breached or attacked in 2018, an Opus Global survey has found. A majority of respondents say they are more concerned about breaches than they were a year earlier, while also expressing worries over a "lack of competent in-house staff" and "careless employees."
The THA Smart Ribbon program, developed by the Texas Hospital Association, provides physicians with real-time risk and cost data for patients, such as medications and lab results, via a ribbon image applied to a hospital's EMR system. The program allowed Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Temple to reduce unnecessary care and testing, said Chief Medical Officer Dr. Stephen Sibbitt.
Corti, an artificially intelligent assistant that uses speech-recognition software and machine learning to look for nonverbal clues, could help emergency dispatchers diagnose cardiac arrest over the phone. A small-scale study found that Corti was able to recognize calls reporting cardiac arrest in 95% of cases, compared with 73% for trained dispatchers.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission voted 14-2 to recommend the elimination of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, with MedPAC policy analysts saying the system is too burdensome and complex for doctors and won't encourage higher-value care. MedPAC proposed replacing MIPS with a voluntary program, under which 2% of payments to clinicians would be withheld unless they agree to join an advanced payment model or choose to be evaluated as part of a larger group based on population-level quality, value and patient experience.
The Mayo Clinic and Corindus Vascular Robotics are conducting a preclinical telemedicine study involving remote insertion of stents using a robotic arm -- technology that could help health care providers overcome a looming shortage of cardiologists. Corindus CEO Mark Toland said the eventual goal is "to extend this capability to the remote treatment of endovascular disease and stroke."
IBM Watson Health General Manager Deborah DiSanzo says IBM's artificial intelligence is already helping health care teams manage care for some 147,000 high-need patients. Pfizer and IBM Watson Health have worked together on immuno-oncology drug research, hospitals have used the platform to help guide cancer treatment decisions and IBM Watson's Clinical Trial Matching system is streamlining recruitment and enrollment for clinical trials, DiSanzo says.
Federal officials said they have ended the contract for operation of the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices, a national database of evidence-based mental health and substance abuse programs overseen by the HHS' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The move raised concerns among lawmakers, including Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who added a provision to the 1997 Drug-Free Communities Act mandating that any prevention programs authorized by the legislation be certified by the program, and Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., who recently praised the registry as an important tool for fighting addiction.
The American College of Cardiology recently published a health policy statement and framework on digital health, big data and precision medicine and their importance in developing patient-centered, value-based care models. Telehealth, virtual care and similar technologies can both streamline clinical workflows and increase access to care, and broadening patient access to health information can drive patient-centered innovation, the ACC notes.
Epic will work with kidney-care firm DaVita to improve DaVita Physician Solutions' EHR system for chronic kidney disease patient management. DaVita will also use the Epic Care Everywhere interoperability platform to facilitate health data exchange between other EHR vendor systems and Epic.
An automatic re-enrollment function prevented many health insurance customers from losing coverage during this year's shorter open enrollment period on HealthCare.gov, says Kaiser Family Foundation Senior Fellow Karen Pollitz. About 28% of enrollees in 2018 plans nationwide are new customers, and Jessica Ellis, the outreach and enrollment program director for the Indiana Primary Health Care Association, says a significant percentage of those who subscribed in the state for last year re-enrolled for this year.
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