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6/19/2018

A judge upheld an HHS order for the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to pay a penalty of $4.3 million for HIPAA violations stemming from three data breach incidents in 2012 and 2013 and the center's failure to encrypt its electronic devices. "We are pleased that the judge upheld our imposition of penalties because it underscores the risks entities take if they fail to implement effective safeguards, such as data encryption, when required to protect sensitive patient information," said Roger Severino, director of the HHS Office for Civil Rights.

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FierceHealthcare
6/19/2018

Health chief data officers can help ease the burden of CIOs and chief technology officers because they spearhead protection of health data quality, ensure compliance with HIPAA and protected health information guidelines, and foster innovation through predictive models that analyze population health, experts say. "The CDO role takes that data component away from [CIOs and chief technology officers] and frees them up to do what I think IT should be doing, which is setting the underlying infrastructure to be able to do the analytics component," says Nathan Patrick Taylor of the American Health Information Management Association's Data Analytics Practice Council.

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HealthTech
6/19/2018

The CMS will accept until June 26 comments on its proposed rule that would require electronic sharing of patient data between hospitals participating in Medicare and other providers when a patient is discharged or transferred. The agency wants to know potential barriers to complying with this rule, the time frame for compliance and whether the rule could lessen information blocking as defined in the 21st Century Cures Act.

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Medicare
6/19/2018

The Federal Communications Commission voted to approve an increase in the annual cap for the Rural Health Care Program from $400 million to $571 million. The program, which provides telecommunications and broadband services to rural communities to support telemedicine, will now be adjusted for inflation annually and will carry forward unused funds.

6/18/2018

Australian company Medibio is developing mobile apps and wearable devices to enable earlier diagnosis of mental health problems through collection and analysis of heart rate during sleep, breathing, mood changes and more. The company, whose cloud-computing platform spots indications of mental illnesses using machine learning, is looking to apply for FDA approval of a clinical decision support tool after it finishes a clinical trial.

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FDA, Medibio
6/18/2018

ISACA surveyed 2,366 cybersecurity and information security professionals across various industries worldwide, including health care, and found that half reported an increase in cyberattacks this year, compared with last year, while ransomware attacks reportedly dropped by 17 percentage points from year to year. Ninety-six percent of respondents indicated that their organizations do not have a cryptocurrency supply for making ransom payments to hackers, and 92% said they don't think their organizations would pay a ransom, the report found.

6/18/2018

ONC Authorized Certification Bodies Gaming Laboratories International and Drummond Group awarded the ONC 2015 Edition health IT certification to ChartLogic and Streamline. ChartLogic received the certification for its ambulatory EHR solution after all users taking part in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System successfully attested for federal incentive payments last year, while Streamline's SmartCare 5.0 health IT module was recognized for providing the functionality needed for eligible hospitals and providers to achieve meaningful use requirements.

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ONC, Streamline, ChartLogic
6/18/2018

A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Imaging showed that machine learning models that use EHR information and image data produced "significantly higher" accuracy in predicting mortality among patients who underwent echocardiography, compared with a linear logistic regression method. Researchers used a cohort of 171,510 patients and found that machine learning models achieved 96% of the maximum prediction accuracy using just 10 variables, six of which were from echocardiography interpretations.

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Health Imaging online
6/15/2018

Artificial intelligence technology will play a vital role in the success of value-based care models, and it also promises to improve clinical care, writes attorney Pamela Hepp of Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney. However, the adoption of AI in health care raises legal and regulatory issues, including determination of responsibility for poor outcomes, data breaches, and guidelines for licensure and malpractice, Hepp writes.

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6/15/2018

In response to a House Energy and Commerce Committee request for ideas to reduce cybersecurity vulnerabilities in legacy medical devices and IT systems, groups representing health care providers said manufacturers of these products should provide better security support, and the FDA should require them to maintain that support. However, groups representing device makers said cybersecurity is a "shared responsibility," and supporting devices and systems beyond their expected life span would be cost-prohibitive and discourage innovation.

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