Community Health Systems, based in Franklin, Tenn., is responding to a civil investigative demand pertaining to its EHR adoption and participation in the meaningful use program. Spokeswoman Tomi Galin said in a statement that the company doesn't plan to comment "beyond what is in our public filing," and it remains unclear whether the demand was issued by the Justice Department, the HHS Office of Inspector General or a state attorney general's office.
Incorporating real-world data in analytics can help health care providers identify therapeutic benefits and risks that aren't stated in evidence-based recommendations, determine more effective practices within a localized region, recognize lifestyle changes that may benefit patients and produce patient-specific treatment options, writes Dr. Ruben Nazario of Zynx Health. "By leveraging insights from all available evidence, physicians are empowered to drive superior clinical outcomes and better population health," Nazario writes.
Chief information security officers should relate cybersecurity to employees and end users on a personal level to increase their understanding of concepts and boost adherence to best practices, Christiana Care Health System CISO Anahi Santiago said. Cyberthreats continue to rise, so CISOs should also talk to young people about career opportunities in information security to address the talent shortage, Santiago said.
According to a Protenus Breach Barometer report, more than 3.14 million patient records were compromised in 142 health care data breaches reported to HHS or the media in the second quarter of this year, up from 1.13 million patient records breached in the first quarter. The report also said 29.7% of insider breach incidents were repeat offenses, an indication that on average, "if an individual health care employee breaches patient privacy once, there is a greater than 30 percent chance that they will do so again in three months' time, and a greater than 66 percent chance they will do so again in a years' time."
The Coalfire Penetration Risk Report says health care has the highest level of severe issues in external IT security, followed by the technology, retail and financial services industries. Health care was a close second to retail in terms of internal security vulnerability.
Functional magnetic resonance imaging showed that young rhesus macaques with anxious reactions to stressful situations had elevated activity in two areas of the amygdala and were more likely than calmer monkeys to have had anxious ancestors, suggesting a genetic component to anxiety. The study, reported in The Journal of Neuroscience, "has provided us with clues about which systems to focus on in our studies of at-risk young children," said senior author Ned Kalin.
Cybersecurity group Project Insecurity identified more than 20 severe security vulnerabilities in OpenEMR, open-source software for managing electronic patient records, that could have compromised the information of millions of patients internationally. Flaws were found that could lead to unauthenticated information disclosure as well as remote code execution.
Health systems engineers from Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory and personnel from the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery are collaborating through Connected Corpsmen in the Community, a pilot program to create a connected care platform at a Navy base in Pensacola, Fla. The telemedicine program aims to give active-duty service members more routine care options and allow enlisted medical personnel to get additional experience, said Capt. Amy Branstetter, commanding officer of Naval Hospital Pensacola.
The ONC's information-blocking rule, which is still a "work in progress," will be delayed until September, National Health IT Coordinator Dr. Don Rucker said. Defining what counts as information blocking is "hard to sort out," said Rucker, who added that his goal is to create standards and protocols to improve the exchange of health data between providers.
HIMSS Analytics recognized 475 health care facilities for achieving Stage 6 on its EMR Adoption Model last month. Three more practices -- Worcester Cardiology, Bolton Primary Care and gynecologist Dr. William McLaughlin, all located in Massachusetts -- were given Stage 7 recognition.