Artificial intelligence is making health care more proactive with the use of applications that predict diseases and health conditions, turning data generated by personal health devices into actionable insights and personalizing care, experts say. Using AI and advanced analytics to make sense of genomic, behavioral and environmental data could improve treatments for complex conditions, and carefully curated datasets could replace placebo cohorts in clinical trials.
MGMA recently provided several recommendations to the CMS to reduce administrative burdens under value-based care. These included harmonizing the rules and regulations of different programs, reforming the Stark Law and simplifying quality measurement reporting.
A cloud-based machine learning tumor analysis system was significantly faster than conventional tumor boards in making treatment decisions based on biomarkers in a study involving 1,725 patients, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. The virtual molecular tumor board, which ranks treatment options and notes applicable clinical trials within a two-hour drive, could make specialized care available to more patients.
Credential reuse, improperly elevated permissions and careless sharing of code in public repositories are among the ways even IT experts create security vulnerabilities, writes Joey D'Antoni. His "Data Breach Game" highlights the "worst IT security practices" and explains how to remedy them.
Technology is shifting health care's "front door" from the clinic to the patient's home, workplace, car or school, promising convenience and personalization but posing significant challenges that demand new approaches and safeguards, write Ashwini Zenooz and John Fox. "A healthy dose of skepticism and vigilance is needed as companies and investors look to ride the wave and seize near-term rewards," Zenooz and Fox write, adding that "the promise of more personalized, patient-centered and outcomes-based health care is real, worthy, and within reach."
Alphabet's Verily Life Sciences unit is offering Project Baseline Health study participants physician-ordered genomics testing kits from Color and access to Color's telephone-based genetic counseling.
Reflexion Health released new at-home physical therapy resources for people recovering from arm, upper back and shoulder injuries, including rotator cuff tears. Reflexion's package includes an FDA-approved avatar coach, 3D motion-capture technology, and guidance and remote monitoring from a physical therapist.
The Delaware Health Care Commission is offering as many as 25 grants for up to $8,000 each to help health care providers connect to the Delaware Health Information Network. The state is accepting applications until the end of November from independent primary care practices, federally qualified health centers and behavioral health care providers.
Fraudsters are setting up sham telemedicine companies and recruiting health care professionals to prescribe durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs and orthotic braces that are billed to Medicare, and some have written prescriptions without ever talking with patients. HHS, the Justice Department and the FBI have gone after at least five such schemes in the past year.
Allscripts' Veradigm unit will work with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute and others on the FDA Sentinel system -- a multisite drug safety database. Veradigm will assist with the Sentinel Operations Center at Harvard Pilgrim and help establish a new innovation center for developing methods to extract and structure drug data from EHRs.