There are nearly 350,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs in the US, according to the Commerce Department, and experts predict 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs will remain open globally by 2021. People with strong backgrounds in analytics, data science, project management, law, policy or the military could have many of the skills needed to pursue a career in cybersecurity, says DHR International's Pete Metzger.
Boston Children's Hospital was an early user of Amazon Alexa and is testing it in clinical pilot projects, including a surgical checklist, a voice-conducted organ verification process for transplant teams and an ICU application allowing staff to quickly determine which practitioners are assigned to a specific bed. Devin Nadar of the hospital's Innovation and Digital Health Accelerator said 70% of interactions with the ICU pilot produced what the physician wanted.
Health insurers in the US could save $7 billion in 18 months by using artificial intelligence to automate some administrative functions, according to an Accenture study. Accenture's Richard Birhanzel said AI would augment and not replace human work.
Health care is the second-largest US industry but the biggest target for hackers, with the industry spending only half as much as others on cybersecurity. This calls for immediate action, writes Bob Ackerman, beginning with speeding up software patching and doing a more thorough job of it.
A HealthMine survey of almost 800 Medicare Advantage beneficiaries found 46% did not know what telehealth and virtual care services were covered by their health plans. The CMS is expanding telehealth payments in Medicare, and HealthMine CEO Bryce Williams said it's the right time for health plans to add telehealth options and educate members about their coverage.
CVS Health plans to launch a smartphone app aimed at providing telehealth care to patients for easily treatable illnesses and wellness issues. The feature is part of an expanded partnership with telemedicine firm Teladoc Health.
The ONC-approved electronic prescribing testing tool for the Health IT Certification Program will now be maintained by the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs. "This tool's migration to NCPDP provides an opportunity to strengthen the testing infrastructure for e-prescribing," Steve Posnack, executive director of the ONC Office of Technology, wrote in a blog post.
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.