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11/13/2018

Officials at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y., discovered Sept. 12 that a former employee accessed the medical records of 1,216 patients without authorization between Nov. 3, 2016, and Oct. 23, 2017. The incident compromised patients' diagnoses, medical record numbers, demographic information, prescription lists and other medical information, such as dates when they received care and the services received.

11/13/2018

Preliminary data from HHS show the number of breaches in the health care sector through the end of October rose 2.7% over last year to 306. Hacking and IT incidents were cited as the most common cause of breaches last month, with a year-over-year increase of 77%.

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11/12/2018

Physicians are embracing the social media platform SoMeDocs as a place to discuss research, network with other physicians and learn more about how to use social media. The platform is limited to physicians and about 1,800 have joined the group.

11/12/2018

Only 8% of healthcare providers surveyed by KLAS believed EHRs will play a leadership role in precision medicine initiatives, while 44% predict a peripheral or supportive role. Meanwhile, 59% of respondents say there is a business case for precision medicine.

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11/12/2018

Ninety percent of recently surveyed healthcare executives said reducing costs is a high priority, and labor is the top target for savings. Supply chain and pharmacy costs also ranked high as targets for cost cuts in the survey conducted by Hammond Hanlon Camp and The Health Management Academy.

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Health Management Academy
11/9/2018

Cigna plans to introduce a mobile app next year to help expectant parents optimize their health benefits and access the company's Healthy Pregnancies and Healthy Babies maternity health engagement program. "The app delivers convenient personalized guidance, giving expectant moms and dads information to help them make important health decisions in real time," said Dr. Patricia Stephenson, Cigna's senior medical director.

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11/9/2018

Hawaii Health Information Exchange staff are working with NextGate on a statewide, cloud-based master index of patients and health care provider registry designed to reduce repeated and incomplete records. Health data will be synchronized and reconciled across clinical, credentialing and financial systems to create a precise directory for provider referrals, and clinicians will be able to identify other health care professionals involved in individual patients' care.

11/9/2018

Louisiana-based North Oaks Health System's Clinical Care Advisory tool alerts health care providers to patients at high risk for sepsis based on a predictive model in EHRs, and sepsis deaths have fallen 18% since the tool was implemented. The tool scans health information on emergency department patients every 15 minutes for more than 80 sepsis indicators to create a risk score, and patients deemed at risk now receive antibiotics about 30 minutes sooner than they did before the tool was in use, says North Oaks Chief Health Information Officer Herbert Robinson.

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Health IT Analytics
11/9/2018

NextGen Healthcare's new Quality/Cost Fusion platform analyzes clinical, financial and claims data to identify best practices, as well as health care providers who might need additional support and training.

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11/8/2018

The "Rural Individuals' Telehealth Practices: An Overview" report from the USDA showed that fewer rural people are using telehealth compared with urban residents. The research, which uses 2015 data, found that online health monitoring tools were used by only 1.3% of rural residents and 2.5% of urban residents, and 7% of rural residents and 11% of urban residents employed online health maintenance tools.

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