Researchers describe in the Journal of Medical Internet Research an algorithm that accurately predicted the onset of hypertension within one year based on patients' EHR data. Risk factors associated with hypertension included type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, lipid disorders, mental health issues, clinical utilization and some socioeconomic factors.
Nearly 11.8 million people enrolled in Affordable Care Act health insurance plans in 2018, according to an Associated Press count, 3% fewer than last year. The Trump administration, which has worked to repeal the law, did not comment on the figures and said it will release an official tally next month.
The transition in the US from fee-for-service to value-based care poses a higher financial risk for health care providers, and legacy EHR systems lack the capability to help providers improve patient outcomes while reducing costs, Dr. Charles Saunders writes. The expense of investing in new EHR systems may seem daunting, but smaller practices can work together and share infrastructure costs as part of an alternative payment model, Saunders writes.
Researchers working on the DeepHeart study say the Apple Watch's heart rate sensor can detect diabetes. The researchers developed an algorithm and demonstrated that resting heart rate and heart rate variability could be used to detect diabetes in people already diagnosed with 85% accuracy.
A lawsuit alleging that EHR vendor Epic's software caused overbilling of anesthesia procedures at WakeMed Health in Raleigh, N.C., was dismissed by US District Judge James Moody, who said that plaintiff Geraldine Petrowski, who worked at WakeMed between 2008 and 2014, failed to present facts and didn't meet heightened pleading requirements for fraud allegations. Petrowski had argued that a glitch in Epic's billing system caused hundreds of millions of dollars worth of fraudulent billings to be submitted to Medicare and Medicaid.
Philadelphia's district attorney filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, Teva Pharmaceuticals and a host of other drug makers Friday, alleging that the companies engaged in deceptive marketing of opioids. The suit is one of several that pharmaceutical companies are facing as a result of the opioid epidemic.
Health IT leaders said technology spending this year will be mostly driven by value-based care initiatives, and more than 75% of respondents expect increased spending in data and analytics, but more than 60% cited inadequate readiness for new technologies as the main hindrance to growth, according to a Damo Consulting poll. The survey also found that less than 25% of respondents reported the CIO is their organization's primary decision-maker.
A Pivot Point Consulting report showed that full-time health IT professionals had an average salary of $107,146 in 2016, a 12% increase from 2015, and almost 49% said they are expecting higher pay in their current roles during the next year. Meanwhile, 97% of hourly consultants said that pay was "important" or "highly important" in considering possible contracts.
Meditech said five of its EHR modules have met ONC 2015 Edition Health IT certification criteria. The Drummond Group awarded the certifications for Meditech Magic 5.67, Client/Server 5.67, 6.08, 6.15 and 6.16 Acute and Ambulatory.
The FDA should enhance standards for performance and transparency for clinical decision support systems in machine learning-based environments and conduct a public meeting to discuss the standards, according to a letter written by Dr. Douglas Fridsma, president and CEO of the American Medical Informatics Association. "While we do not contend that such functionality should be free from FDA oversight, there is a need to explore the range and types of potential applications related to decision support software, and a need to discuss their varying risks of harm to patient safety and public health," Fridsma wrote.