Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association cited slow progress on interoperability as one of seven factors related to poor physician experience with EHRs. Greater government regulation, obsolete servers and software, and training and implementation were also among the factors.
Patients at Episcopal Health Services in New York received a second breach notification related to a phishing attack last year that had compromised 218,055 records at the time of its report to HHS in November. Meanwhile, about 7,600 of Amherst, N.Y.-based Independent Health's plan members were alerted of a March data breach incident that may have exposed their personal health information in which an employee mistakenly emailed documents to a recipient who wasn't authorized to view them, while Oregon State Hospital issued an early notification to patients apprising them of a spear-phishing attack the facility discovered in May that could have affected their information, including medical record numbers, treatments and diagnoses.
The future of CDI will require expanding the reach of CDI programs into new areas of expertise because the traditional realms of CDI are increasingly becoming automated. This Perspectives in HIM article demonstrates how CDI professionals can evaluate the effects of changes in clinical definitions and work with other institutional programs to decrease length of stay. These models may serve as a springboard to make research and analytics a foundation of future CDI activities.
Health care information is highly lucrative on the black market, making health organizations a frequent target of cyberattacks. Several hospices have experienced serious data breaches in recent years, are taking steps to enhance cybersecurity programs and are following the National Institute for Standards and Technology's Cyber Security Framework.
Health analytics company Covera Health worked with Walmart to develop a list of 800 imaging centers with high accuracy rates. The retail giant sought Covera's help after determining that employees were undergoing unneeded surgeries based on inaccurate imaging results.
UPMC is building on five years of experience using telemedicine to manage infectious diseases and launching a new company, Infectious Disease Connect, to help hospitals -- especially small hospitals -- across the US improve patient outcomes and reduce transfers. Studies have shown infectious disease specialists can reduce hospital lengths of stay, readmissions and mortality rates, but many hospitals in small communities lack the resources to hire ID specialists.
A patient intake tool developed by Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University tracks and analyzes nonspecific symptoms such as pain, fatigue, disturbed sleep, anxiety and depression to help primary care providers diagnose complex conditions. The SymTrak tool accurately detected chronic illnesses in a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine and was easily integrated into clinical workflow.
The CMS is holding a summit July 1 in Baltimore for insurance agents and brokers who are registered to handle health plans sold on HealthCare.gov. The CMS will brief agents and brokers on new policies and regulations and changes planned for HealthCare.gov next year, and a panel of experienced agents and brokers will hold a discussion.
Researchers from The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative interviewed health care executives and experts and found that all of the respondents agreed that patient matching rates for an effective health data exchange aren't where they want them, which could lead to patient safety issues and delays in care. When asked about the impediments to improved patient matching, respondents cited a lack of data standards and perceived costs of solutions, and a majority of participants said creating a unique patient identifier could help address cost issues.
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