Almost three-quarters of businesses plan to use artificial intelligence to address cybersecurity issues this year, although more than half are unsure of what AI tools do, a Webroot report states. Those surveyed said AI appeals to businesses because cybercriminals are using the same tools.
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and LifeBridge Health are hosting a contest in Maryland for digital health concepts for use in clinical or other health-care-related settings. Up to three winning teams will be awarded at least $20,000 and a one-year membership in the LifeBridge Startup Affiliate Program, which offers the opportunity to collaborate with health care providers and industry experts.
Partners HealthCare has integrated access to Massachusetts' prescription drug monitoring database into the health system's EHR platform, facilitating clinical use of the PDMP and potentially reducing over-prescribing of addictive drugs.
Cigna, Aspirus Arise Health Plan of Wisconsin, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Dean Health Plan, MercyCare Health Plans, Molina Healthcare, Security Health Plan of Wisconsin and Stride Health have been designated enhanced direct enrollment partners for HealthCare.gov. Consumers can enroll in an Affordable Care Act marketplace plan directly through one of the partners instead of using the HealthCare.gov website or the call center.
The Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace's board of directors has been dissolved and its remaining assets transferred to the state Insurance Department, which will manage the state's exchange enrollment website and review health plans for sale on the exchange.
Officials at Delaware Guidance Services for Children and Youth in Dover confirmed that hackers "required" them to pay ransom in order to regain access to encrypted files, which contained patient names, medical data, birthdates, addresses and Social Security numbers. Meanwhile, concern for patient care prompted Columbia Surgical Specialists in Spokane, Wash., to pay about $14,000 to hackers so they could unlock data immediately after a cyberattack, officials said.
A continuing increase in the adoption of EHRs and EMRs, the use of artificial intelligence and transition to the cloud are among the top five predictions for health care technology this year, writes Charles Aunger, managing director of technology at Health2047. Rounding out the list are a rising number of cybersecurity issues and attacks, and expansion of the mobile-first movement.
Almost 90% of practices polled by MGMA say they use automated appointment reminders to prevent no-shows. Practices can improve the reminders by offering patients with cell phones a choice between texts or calls, and by staging reminders in the days leading up to an appointment, says Nick Fabrizio a principal at MGMA Consulting.
A focus group discussion involving 31 CHIME members showed that CIOs see interoperability and cybersecurity as leading priorities during the early stages of EHR adoption. For organizations that have already set up a health data exchange infrastructure, data governance was named as a top concern, while CIOs of organizations with mature EHR systems prioritize health data analytics and patient engagement.
Seven trends are emerging in the data security and risk management environment and have the potential to significantly change the industry, Gartner reports. These include a shift in focus among security operations centers from threat prevention to threat detection, security and risk management executives tying business goals to risk appetite statements and organizations forming data security governance frameworks from which to base decisions in acquiring data protection products.