Companies that operate globally are conducting internal investigations as "criminal recruiters" look for employees willing to sell inside information. These enterprises advertise on the dark web, offering as much as 10 times an employee's salary in exchange for sensitive information.
Bloodworks Northwest has introduced a smartphone app that allows people to track their blood donations, schedule appointments and find blood drives. Bill Harper of application developer Degree 37 said focus groups showed that younger adults were as willing as their parents to donate but may not be reached through traditional media.
Inui Health has secured clearance from the FDA to market its smartphone system for urine testing for detection of diabetes, urinary tract infection, kidney problems, pregestational diabetes and preeclampsia.
Hospitals are losing net income as the nation's health care system continues shifting away from a fee-for-service model and embracing value-based care and population health, according to a report from Fitch Ratings. Moreover, a tight health care labor market puts wage pressure on hospitals, according to the report.
The Office of Management and Budget this week received the proposed rule on information blocking under the 21st Century Cures Act, which includes updates to requirements of EHR certification, certification of health IT for pediatric providers and optional adoption of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement. Health care organizations will receive a $1 million fine from the Office of Inspector General for every instance of information blocking.
An increasing number of ransomware attacks, such as the 2017 WannaCry offensive against health care organizations, are being perpetrated by nation-states, European law enforcement agency Europol said in its Internet Organized Crime Threat Assessment 2018 report. "In a few short years, ransomware has become a staple attack tool for cybercriminals, rapidly accommodating aspects common to other successful malware such as affiliate [programs] and as-a-service business models, becoming more available and accessible to all echelons of cybercriminal," the report said.
Fitbit Care is a new platform from Fitbit that offers support and coaching to mobile health device users participating in connected health and wellness programs. "Supporting patients beyond the walls of the doctor's office is one of the most important things we can do to drive successful outcomes, and as a clinician, I see great potential for Fitbit Care to help tackle some of the biggest challenges in health care and improve health outcomes at scale," said John Moore, Fitbit's medical director.
President Donald Trump's nomination of James Gfrerer as the Department of Veterans Affairs' CIO has been approved by the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Gfrerer will supervise the agency's $15.8 billion EHR modernization program, which includes replacement of its legacy VistA EHR system, if he's approved.
Health care has remained at the forefront of technological advancements, but it lags on consumer-focused technologies because the industry has primarily been patient-focused, said Northwell Health CEO Michael Dowling. Increasing consumer influence in health care will prompt the growth of patient-facing home care products and changes in care delivery amid increased virtual outlet engagements, Dowling said.
Heidelberg Engineering has secured clearance from the FDA to market its optical coherence tomography angiography module. The module is designed to be used with the company's Spectralis diagnostic imaging devices for noninvasive 3D visualization of perfused vasculature.
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