Rep. Bill Foster, D-Ill., says he co-sponsored legislation that would allow HHS to fund development of a national patient identification system because more accurate matching of patients to their health records would help prevent medical errors and opioid misuse. Investment in the NPID would be offset by lower health care costs, and the system could be tied to the Department of Homeland Security's Real ID program, Foster says.
An Urban Institute survey of health care providers should focus on EHR usability, safety and workflow fit, according to Pew Charitable Trusts and MedStar Health. The survey was commissioned by the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
Health information exchange use presents security challenges, and managers should ensure information confidentiality, integrity and availability, San Diego Health Connect Chief Information Security Officer Jenn Behrens said at an HIT network management forum sponsored by the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Vendors should aim for a layered approach to security while ensuring data is accessible when needed, said Muhammad Chebli from NextGen Connect.
A machine-learning platform predicted whether premature infants would develop necrotizing enterocolitis, potentially enabling early interventions that prevent progressive intestinal damage and long-term neurodevelopmental complications. Researchers say the program analyzes clinical, demographic and microbiome data.
Kris Boler, an older adult behavioral health specialist at Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, interviewed her mom and dad to understand why attempts by children to help or "parent" their aging parents can be met with resistance. Boler says independence is a big factor, and her parents advised other concerned children not to force their help or opinions on their parents because it makes them feel like children.
The Detroit Area Agency on Aging's report "Dying Before Their Time III" showed death rates for older adults in Detroit, which is almost 80% Black, are significantly higher than for adults in the same age groups living in other areas of Michigan. Factors include chronic illness and the fact that 54.5% of older adults in Detroit live in Medically Underserved Areas , as designated by the Health Resources and Services Administration, but researcher Dr. Herbert Smitherman said an underlying cause is systemic racism.
Physicians at Johns Hopkins University wrote in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine that hearing issues can be a barrier for older patients using telehealth, and privacy concerns can make them less likely to want to do a video visit. Dr. Carrie Nieman said not all older adults have the technology or internet access necessary for telehealth.
Artificial intelligence company Jvion, which built maps showing coronavirus exposure risk, recently began helping hospitals identify patients who need insurance coverage and qualify for Medicaid or a marketplace plan. The company is also deploying chatbots and other technology to make up for fewer insurance exchange navigators who helped consumers identify and enroll in health plans during open enrollment.
The use of telemedicine exploded as the coronavirus pandemic restricted access to routine care, and it is likely to remain a component of routine care after the pandemic subsides, but to what extent depends on fees, reimbursement and regulations.
The University of Maryland Medical Center is alerting 33,896 patients that an email hacking incident might have compromised their protected health information. Unauthorized access to a University of Maryland Faculty Physicians email account occurred between Feb. 6 and 11, potentially exposing patient names, birthdates, medical record numbers and in some cases Social Security numbers.