A Scrypt survey found that mobile messaging was used to send or receive protected health information by 17% of health care professionals. Seventy percent of that group reported using a non-secure application, such as WhatsApp or iMessage, to send PHI through mobile messaging, and 65% of health care professionals used the same mobile device for both personal and professional use, the survey found.
Simple changes can make healthy food even more nutritious, such as having a glass of wine with fish to increase levels of healthy omega-3 fats, said registered dietitian Cara Rosenbloom. Black pepper added to a recipe that calls for turmeric can help increase absorption of the antioxidant curcumin, Rosenbloom said, cooked eggs in a salad can help increase absorption of antioxidants, and leaving the skin on fruits and vegetables increases nutrient consumption.
Overweight cats need to use more calories than they consume, and that means they need a diet and exercise plan, writes veterinarian Casey Murphy. A veterinarian can help owners formulate a weight-loss plan for cats, Dr. Murphy writes, and choosing foods that are less calorie-dense as well as using an automatic feeder can help.
Overweight or obese women with type 2 diabetes had greater reductions in body mass index, weight, homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance, fasting insulin, fasting plasma glucose and two-hour postprandial glucose after replacing diet beverages with water over a 24-week weight-loss program, compared with those who continued drinking diet beverages five times weekly after eating lunch, according to a UK study in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism.
Veracode's seventh annual "The State of Software Security" report revealed that the health care industry's top five cybersecurity weaknesses are cryptographic issues, information leakage, code quality, insufficient input validation and carriage return/line feed injection. Credentials management, cross-site scripting and directory traversal are also vulnerabilities, the report states.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation researchers found that individual and small-group health plans sold on the Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges were almost 13% more affordable than coverage bought outside the marketplace. An estimated 6.9 million Americans have coverage bought outside ACA marketplaces, while 10.4 million have exchange coverage.
Providers doing EHR charting should ensure that they know how the code-generating software handles dictated portions of an encounter, are familiar with program templates and know how the program differentiates varying levels of medical decision-making to avoid improper upcoding, said Kim Garner Huey of KGG Coding and Reimbursement Consulting and Sandra Giangreco of CHAN Healthcare Auditors. Garner Huey and Giangreco said auditors look for authentication issues such as dates and times, signatures and documentation that is medically implausible.
A study in Diabetic Medicine showed that plasma glucose challenge testing provided more accurate results for diabetes and high-risk dysglycemia detection and was cheaper, compared with A1C, random capillary glucose and random plasma glucose testing methods. Researchers analyzed data from 1,535 patients in a Veterans Health Administration primary care clinic and also found that capillary glucose challenge testing detected diabetes and high-risk dysglycemia more accurately than A1C and random capillary glucose testing.
Neovacs' interferon-alpha kinoid vaccine for type 1 diabetes will enter a preclinical trial under a collaboration agreement with researchers at the Cochin Hospital in Paris. The vaccine, which was studied as a lupus treatment in phase 1 and 2 trials, produces polyclonal neutralizing antibodies to interrupt IFN-alpha.
Allscripts and athenahealth's websites in some parts of the US were down Friday when hackers launched a malware hack called Mirai against major Domain Name System host Dyn. Athenahealth spokeswoman Victoria Gavaza said no problems were reported by its EHR software clients, although the incident affected its customer-facing retail site.
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