After the initial rollout of HealthCare.gov, the Obama administration brought in IT developers and designers from the private sector who eventually led to the United States Digital Service. The service's latest effort, the newly relaunched VA.gov, is a success so far, allowing veterans to change their contact information and apply for housing, health and administrative services through a central portal.
The Arkansas Legislative Council's Health Insurance Marketplace Oversight Subcommittee voted to increase the fee on exchange-sold health insurance plans to 4.25% of premiums next year and lower it to 4% in 2020.
The HIMSS Analytics Annual European eHealth Survey 2018 found that health CIOs in the US have largely the same priorities as their colleagues across the globe, including data security, patient empowerment and health information sharing. The study found that health IT professionals see patient engagement through medical devices as a high priority and that cybersecurity continues to be a concern amid a rise in attacks and the growing number of patient devices linked to health care networks.
A total of 2,393 patients were informed by Southwest Washington Regional Surgery Center in Vancouver about a phishing attack that compromised an employee's email account. The incident may have affected patients' names, driver's license numbers, credit card numbers, Social Security numbers and/or medical information.
The healthcare sector must put an end to EHR "abuse," which is causing physicians to spend more time on data entry and other administrative tasks than on direct patient care, resulting in physician burnout, says Dr. Barbara McAneny, president of the American Medical Association. McAneny also noted that "much of the EHR technology is dysfunctional" and that providers "just want technology that works."
Blockchain technology holds promise for connecting and defining relationships among insurers, employers and patients, solving persistent challenges like real-time payment accuracy, administrative costs and substandard outcomes, says Pradeep Goel, CEO of Solve.Care. Real-time, transparent communication could mitigate fraud, streamline verification and other processes and support care coordination.
Interoperability in EHR systems allows health care organizations to provide more efficient patient care. Health IT leaders can work toward this at the purchasing stage by committing to developing an IT system with organizationwide interoperability and creating an IT procurement strategy that supports organizational goals and drives interoperability, according to a report from the National Academy of Medicine.
The Department of Veterans Affairs created 18 EHR councils, conducted a review of its initial operating capability care sites and gave three task orders to Cerner as part of its EHR implementation project, John Windom, executive director of the Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization, said at a hearing Wednesday. Seventy percent of the capabilities shared by the VA's Cerner EHR system and Department of Defense's MHS GENESIS EHR system have been completed by Cerner, and the remaining 30% "are capabilities VA requires to meet the unique needs of veterans," Windom said.
Scientists used stem cells to make a lifelike human atrium model that beats, expresses genes and responds to drugs, and it could be used for testing experimental treatments for atrial fibrillation. The scientists started developing the model over two decades ago using embryonic chicken heart cells and applied the technique to rat and mouse cells before using human cells, and they have tested patches for damaged hearts in rats and guinea pigs. The patches are now being tested in pigs, with human testing on the horizon.
Ninety percent of more than 600 providers polled by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives have implemented off-site data backup systems, while 78% and 77% have implemented off-site redundant data centers and storage virtualization, respectively, according to CHIME's 2018 HealthCare's Most Wired survey. Rounding out the list of backup and data-repository processes implemented at health care organizations were cloud services for clinical and nonclinical systems, infrastructure-as-a-service and data-as-a-service.
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