While remaining incognito was once vital for hackers, many are now going public, per outed hackers who spoke at the recent Defcon, a hacking convention. Aliases are still important, but revealing themselves helps hackers use their experience to land high-level cybersecurity gigs.
The West Coast Consortium for Technology and Innovation in Pediatrics, a group of children's hospitals and universities, is receiving more than $6 million from the FDA to support research and development efforts for telehealth technology and mobile health. Members of the consortium include Children's Hospital Los Angeles, the University of Southern California, Seattle Children's Hospital, Oregon Health & Science University and LA BioMed.
Medical practices are advised to provide adequate EHR training for physicians, seek help from physicians in EHR development and clinical workflow design, and establish an EHR governance process, according to a white paper released by the Stanford University School of Medicine. The document also recommends presenting data in a user-friendly format, reducing clinician burden by offloading non-essential EHR tasks to other staff, and allowing patients to digitally maintain their EHRs.
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.
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