There were 551 data breaches at organizations in the US in 2017, with more than 1.9 billion files leaked and 819 million files exposed, according to an analysis from Citrix ShareFile, in partnership with IBM Security. Health care, which reported 328 leaks at an estimated cost of nearly $1.2 billion, was the most targeted and susceptible industry, with 46% of the incidents caused by malware or hacking, 33% due to unintended disclosure, 18% from physical loss and a combined 4% from portable devices and insider leaks.
Researchers found that at least 500 people were affected in each of 215 data breaches reported by 185 nonfederal acute care hospitals from 2009 to 2016, and 30 hospitals experienced multiple breaches during the study period. The findings in the American Journal of Managed Care showed that while network servers were the most infrequent site of data breaches, the most patients were affected by these incidents overall.
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said a national e-prescribing system is needed for controlled substances. Legislation -- the Every Prescription Conveyed Securely Act -- introduced by Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., could help reduce prescription drug abuse and improve efforts to reduce the risk of certain prescription drugs, Gottlieb said.
Nokia is reviewing its digital health business and said it will eliminate up to 425 jobs this year in Finland. Nokia entered the health market in 2016 with the purchase of Withings, a maker of activity trackers and thermometers, but the business may not have grown as anticipated.
Inappropriate overrides of clinical decision support alerts were six times as likely to correspond to a definite or potential adverse drug event, compared with appropriate overrides, a study in BMJ Quality & Safety found. Researchers analyzed 2,448 overridden CDS alerts involving 712 patient encounters and found that 81.6% of the alerts were appropriately overridden.
NewYork-Presbyterian has developed more than 50 telehealth programs as part of its telemedicine service suite, resulting in 600% growth during the past year, and NYP now wants to expand remote patient monitoring services, said Dr. Peter Fleischut, senior vice president and chief transformation officer. Fleischut said virtualization such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotic process automation "are fundamental core tools that are needed in the future delivery of care."
Researchers from the International Data Group surveyed 186 IT leaders in multiple industries and found that half expect their budgets to increase this year and 47% intend to invest more in predictive analytics or business continuity and disaster recovery during the next 12 months. Forty-five percent said they plan to invest more in hybrid cloud and 43% in artificial intelligence or mobile devices, while only 33% plan to invest in the internet of things, the report showed.
Unlike those found on the chromosomes of other animals, Myotis bat telomeres do not shorten as they age, and a comparative genomics study identified two genes -- ATM and SETX -- that appear to prevent and repair age-induced cellular damage in the long-lived bats. The findings, published in Science Advances, might advance researchers' understanding of healthy aging.
The ONC and the HHS Office for Civil Rights would receive $38 million and $31 million, respectively, under President Donald Trump's proposed HHS budget for the 2019 fiscal year, which is $22 million less than the FY 2018 Continuing Resolution level for the ONC and $8 million less for the OCR. The proposed budget also allots $256 million to merge the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's activities into the NIH as the National Institute for Research on Safety and Quality.