The California Consumer Privacy Act allows the state's 39.5 million residents to control whether their personal data can be used by businesses and enables them to sue over data breaches. In a report that surveyed 300 executives at high-revenue companies, PwC found that many respondents are "considering whether to extend CCPA's rights to all of their US employees and consumers for operational simplicity and long-term readiness for potential federal privacy legislation."
The University of Pennsylvania Health System, also known as Penn Medicine, is working with clinicians on an overhaul of EHR systems so they can become a more intuitive and interactive tool to relieve administrative burdens, enhance clinical efficiency and boost patient outcomes. "Ultimately, we need to move past the idea that the EHR is just an administrative tool and see it as a clinical tool -- like a scalpel, or a medication, or an X-ray machine," says Dr. David Asch, executive director of the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation.
UK Biobank holds broad genomic and clinical data on 500,000 people, offering researchers a resource for identifying relationships between genetic variations and common diseases. The availability of detailed clinical and biological information about the participants facilitates research on associations that give insight into disease mechanisms, writes Nancy Cox of the Vanderbilt Genetics Institute.
Nonprofit organization Tidepool is seeking FDA approval for Loop, an algorithm-based app that corrects low or high blood glucose levels. Between 1,000 and 1,500 people currently use the open source insulin delivery app, which is available for iPhones.
The Department of Veterans Affairs awarded a three-year, $11.4 million contract to Liberty IT Solutions to help increase providers' access to patient health data and improve care coordination via the agency's legacy VistA EHR system. Together with PGT Solutions and ManTech, Liberty will implement the second phase of Computerized Patient Record System enhancements, Liberty CEO Bill Greene said.
A misconfigured Amazon S3 storage bucket left 10,000 patient files at North Carolina-based MedCall Healthcare Advisors exposed online, the second time in a month that the vendor has dealt with such an incident. The exposure, which was discovered by a security researcher, compromised patient names, recordings of patient conversations with doctors and evaluations, personal health data, birthdates, postal addresses and Social Security numbers.
Focusing on patients and long-term goals are two of the strategies used by successful medical practices, according to the 2018 MGMA DataDive Better Performers report. Successful practices also invest in technology to improve operations, the report said.
Politicians and healthcare executives are falling short when it comes to taking care of people, said Simon Sinek, the opening speaker at MGMA's annual conference. Democrats and Republicans should be equally embarrassed, Sinek said.
A five-second countdown can fight procrastination tendencies and motivate you to act, said Mel Robbins, a speaker at MGMA's annual conference. The countdown can also help ease fear and anxiety, she said.
The consolidation of physician practices by larger organizations is expected to continue, writes Colin Hung. An emerging trend is patient data created from smartphone apps that will be used by physicians in the clinical setting. "It is important to note that there has been increasing financial pressure on practice owners as changes to reimbursements have eroded margins over the past several years," he writes.
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