A virtual reality program reduced pain signals in hospitalized patients, and those with the most severe pain gained the most relief, according to a study published in PLOS One. Patients were given access to 21 virtual experiences during three 10-minute sessions a day over two days, and they experienced greater pain relief than patients who watched guided relaxation programs on TV.
The Missouri Health Connection and the Kansas Health Information Network agreed to share health data to better coordinate care throughout the region. The agreement is intended to improve data exchange among health care providers, insurers and other industry stakeholders and to reduce treatment delays and duplication of care.
The Chesapeake Regional Health Information System for our Patients will expand the use of ADVault, an advance care planning tool, to give hospitals in Maryland and Washington, D.C., that use the exchange immediate access to patients' advance care plans.
Fitness trackers, search engines and marketers collect personally identifiable data that can be used to glean health information, but the companies collecting such data are not subject to HIPAA privacy and sharing laws. "People don't realize that small data points monitored continuously can be very predictive of behaviors and health," says Mona Sobhani, head of research for the Center for Body Computing, who adds that phenotypic data is a target for hackers.
Washington state-based Grays Harbor Community Hospital and Harbor Medical Group are notifying patients that their data may have been compromised in a June ransomware attack. An investigation is in progress, and although some parts of the EHR system remain encrypted, most patient information has been restored from backup copies, according to a statement from the hospital group.
Some of the country's largest health systems still have not fully implemented tools to allow patients to compare prices, schedule and register for appointments, and complete satisfaction surveys, a study by the Health Management Academy for Cedar found. Some do not track patient-centered quality measures, offer consolidated bills or allow patients to choose a payment plan.
Feedback is ideally immediate, positive, specific and development-focused, among 10 tips offered by leadership coach Naphtali Hoff. "People most appreciate feedback that helps them solve problems and improve," Hoff writes.
Mercy health system's technology arm worked with SAP to develop a nationwide database of real-world evidence for clinical decisions, business strategies, technology development and regulatory decisions. Deidentified patient records in orthopedics, cardiology and oncology will be used to produce curated data sets for health care providers, researchers and device makers, among others.
Microsoft is warning of seven newly discovered vulnerabilities in Windows 7 and later versions that can be exploited through the Remote Desktop Protocol, and two, like the recently patched BlueKeep vulnerability, could result in a global worm infection. Systems that have Network-Level Authentication off should turn it on and download a patch immediately, Microsoft says.
More than half of health care providers do not fully comply with HIPAA rules regarding patient access to records, according to research posted on the preprint server medRxiv. Providers refused to send records by email to patients or their designees, some charged fees higher than allowed, and over 70% of patient record requests were fulfilled only after supervisors and privacy officials were told about their legal obligations under HIPAA.