Google has signaled it is entering the field of artificial intelligence in health care, and one analyst says the company has likely already invested billions of dollars. Greg Corrado, a Google research scientist, says AI and machine learning can be applied to numerous tasks, including "the kinds of tasks that doctors, nurses, clinicians and patients face every day."
Given the size of the investment involved and its potential effect on one's career, the decision of switching to a new EHR system is typically made by hospital CIOs after asking their peers about their experiences with the technology. Executives say they also rely on rankings provided by research groups and check free-form comments other providers include in survey answers.
While top-tier executives may seem to be the most attractive targets for cybercriminals, lower-level engineering and research and development staffers are more commonly used to hack into companies to gather data, a Proofpoint survey has found. Also, criminals' use of fraudulent social media accounts has grown recently.
Officials at physician services vendor EmCare in Florida have notified 60,000 patients, employees and contractors about a cybersecurity incident that may have exposed their personal information. An unauthorized person was able to access multiple employee email accounts that contained clinical data and demographic information, along with driver's license and Social Security numbers of some individuals, according to an investigation.
HHS is continuing to improve its information security program and practices, according to a report released by the HHS Office of Inspector General. The report also identified several weaknesses, including management of access, configuration, identity and risk; contingency planning; data protections and privacy; incident response; information security continuous monitoring; and security training.
The ONC will award $900,000 during the first year of a four-year contract to a nonprofit organization selected to be the Recognized Coordinating Entity. The entity will develop, implement, upgrade and maintain the ONC Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement's Common Agreement portion; work with the ONC to identify and oversee Qualified Health Information Networks; suggest sustainability strategies to bolster health data exchange; and determine Common Agreement noncompliance.
Take a look at the proposed new or modified ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS codes discussed recently by the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee, co-chaired by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the National Center for Health Statistics/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Definitive Healthcare polled health care leaders in the biotechnology, consulting, financial services, IT, life sciences and staffing sectors and found that 25.2% of respondents cited industry consolidation as the most important trend in health care this year, followed by consumerism and telehealth. Rounding out the list were artificial intelligence and machine learning, staffing shortages, cybersecurity, EHR optimization and ancillary technologies, and wearables.
Independent researcher Justin Paine, head of trust and safety at web security firm Cloudflare, discovered that 4.91 million documents were exposed in an unsecured online database, affecting about 145,000 patients who sought medical care at several addiction rehabilitation centers. Patients at Steps to Recovery in Pennsylvania and Ohio Addiction Recovery Center were among those affected, and the incident compromised their names, details of treatments received, birth dates, family members and age.
HHS announced several endeavors that would help advance interoperability within the health care sector, including releasing drafts of three documents that outline requirements for disparate health information networks, which are open for public comment until June 17. The agency also published additional information about HIPAA in connection with third-party apps, issued a request for applications for a nonprofit organization that would develop, implement and maintain health network requirements and granted a 30-day extension for public comments on two proposed interoperability rules.
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