Banner Health, a not-for-profit health system in Phoenix, is under investigation and may be fined by the HHS Office for Civil Rights over a 2016 cyberattack that may have affected 3.7 million patients. Banner, which is also facing a class-action lawsuit over the incident, wrote in its 2017 financial report that the OCR determined the health system had an "inadequate" initial response to the OCR's security assessment.
ObesityTx, a platform for nonsurgical medical obesity treatment offered by the Center for Medical Weight Loss, is now available via athenahealth's "More Disruption Please" program. The platform has practice and clinical development training for treating obesity, predictive patient weight loss, documentation for insurance reimbursement for obesity services, and a behavioral counseling system.
Chief information officers are focusing on solutions that improve business value when optimizing their IT spending, rather than on performance benchmarks, reducing operational and cybersecurity risks, and large or fast cost reductions, according to a Gartner poll. "The survey findings highlight how cost optimization has become a business-focused, continuous discipline that drives spending and cost reduction, while maximizing business value," said Stewart Buchanan of Gartner.
A partnership between the National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center and Anomali aims to improve secure data sharing within the health care sector by offering threat intelligence and cybersecurity tools. NH-ISAC President Denise Anderson notes that "effective information sharing [among] robust trusted networks of members works in combating cyberthreats."
Dr. Til Jolly and Hai Tran of SOC Telemed discussed the benefits of telepsychiatry in behavioral health emergency departments during a webinar. Benefits include the ability to provide accurate, cost-effective and timely mental health services, increase behavioral health patient discharge rates, improve revenue and manage the shortage of psychiatrists by using one provider across multiple facilities.
Third-party developers may now use Lighthouse Lab, an application programming interface management platform introduced by the Department of Veterans Affairs, to access tools for developing care management applications. VA officials expect the tools to aid in the creation of mobile and web apps for veterans to manage care and benefits information.
A study presented at the American College of Cardiology annual conference showed that applying deep neural networks and natural language learning to a mortality risk model that quantifies frailty by using EHR data resulted in higher accuracy levels in predicting mortality after major cardiac procedures, compared with modern support vector machine models. Researchers used a cohort of 21,355 US veterans whose first major cardiac surgery was in 2014.
Drugmakers are focusing more attention and money on digital health technology as software developers create methods for using video games, smartphone apps and sensors to help patients manage chronic conditions and illnesses. Instead of being sold directly to consumers from an online store, digital therapeutics are being submitted for FDA approval and, increasingly, covered by insurance.
The 2018 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey of 239 health information security professionals found that 45.5% reported conducting annual security risk assessments to check for cybersecurity vulnerabilities, compared with 9.6% who indicated conducting daily assessments. Lack of appropriate cybersecurity personnel and financial resources and excessive application vulnerabilities were cited as the top barriers to cybersecurity incident mitigation and remediation.
Researchers found that health care provider-hosted review websites had more individual doctor ratings, higher average patient satisfaction scores and fewer negative reviews, compared with commercial third-party ratings websites. The findings, presented at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons' annual meeting and published in the journal Orthopedics, also showed more credible ratings in hospital-sponsored review sites.
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