A study in the American Journal of Public Health found that an EHR-based surveillance system provided an accurate measurement of diabetes, obesity, hypertension and other chronic health issues in New York City, and was comparable to in-person and telephone surveys. The researchers developed a surveillance system, called NYC Macroscope, to gather data from EHRs of more than 700,000 primary care patients.
A study published in IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging demonstrated that a three-modality method of fusion imaging yields comprehensive, real-time guidance during surgeries. The researchers added photoacoustic imaging to real-time ultrasound and pre-acquired magnetic resonance images, and integrated the modalities with an optical tracking-based navigation subsystem for concurrent display.
Signs that a health care organization may not have a good relationship with its health IT vendor include the vendor offering expensive upgrades that look like a new system, failing to provide current technology upgrades and interacting with the organization only through sales representatives, writes Dr. Dick Taylor, executive vice president and chief medical officer of MedSys Group. Vendor neglect may also be a concern if the vendor has few engineers and customers, and if it is focusing more on profits than on providing day-to-day solutions, Taylor writes.
Health system CIOs looking to implement real-time health care solutions should consider installing systems that can track patients through the hospital, add new monitoring devices continuously and send real-time patient monitoring to mobile devices and centralized dashboards, writes Bernoulli CEO Janet Dillione. However, medical device integration, identifying clinically relevant trends from precision alarms, obtaining real-time analytics from bedside devices and minimizing disruption during integration of new platforms present challenges, Dillione writes.
Data breach incidents increased by 22% across all industries, from 269 in 2015 to 328 in 2016, with health care experiencing the second-highest number of incidents in the services industry group, according to Symantec's 2017 Internet Security Threat Report. Researchers also found that 54% of emails in the health care sector contained spam, and 1 in 4,375 emails was a phishing attempt.
Verizon's 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report showed a 50% increase in ransomware incidents across all industries in 84 countries, with 68% of the threats in health care coming from internal sources. "Insider misuse is a major issue for the health care industry; in fact it is the only industry where employees are the predominant threat actors in breaches," Verizon said in the report.
Performing a security risk assessment is the first step toward keeping patient data secure from hacking and cyberattacks, and certain federal programs require annual risk assessments, experts say. Encrypting data, controlling access and using two-factor authentication are among the best ways to ensure data security, experts note.
The CMS has launched a centralized repository containing public health agency and clinical data registry information to help eligible health care organizations and professionals meet stage 2 meaningful use requirements. Participation in the repository is voluntary for clinical data registries, specialized registries and public health agencies, the CMS said.
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