Hawaii Health Information Exchange staff are working with NextGate on a statewide, cloud-based master index of patients and health care provider registry designed to reduce repeated and incomplete records. Health data will be synchronized and reconciled across clinical, credentialing and financial systems to create a precise directory for provider referrals, and clinicians will be able to identify other health care professionals involved in individual patients' care.
Louisiana-based North Oaks Health System's Clinical Care Advisory tool alerts health care providers to patients at high risk for sepsis based on a predictive model in EHRs, and sepsis deaths have fallen 18% since the tool was implemented. The tool scans health information on emergency department patients every 15 minutes for more than 80 sepsis indicators to create a risk score, and patients deemed at risk now receive antibiotics about 30 minutes sooner than they did before the tool was in use, says North Oaks Chief Health Information Officer Herbert Robinson.
NextGen Healthcare's new Quality/Cost Fusion platform analyzes clinical, financial and claims data to identify best practices, as well as health care providers who might need additional support and training.
The "Rural Individuals' Telehealth Practices: An Overview" report from the USDA showed that fewer rural people are using telehealth compared with urban residents. The research, which uses 2015 data, found that online health monitoring tools were used by only 1.3% of rural residents and 2.5% of urban residents, and 7% of rural residents and 11% of urban residents employed online health maintenance tools.
Researchers can now easily gather EHR patient data, patient-generated health data from mobile devices, and claims and billing information for use in clinical trials and observational studies via the MyStudies app introduced by the FDA. "Better capture of real-world data, collected from a variety of sources, has the potential to make our new drug development process more efficient, improve safety and help lower the cost of product development," said FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb.
Thirty-seven percent of all ransomware attacks in the third quarter of 2018 were attributed to health care data breaches, a report from Beazley found. The top five causes of health care breaches were accidental disclosure, hack or malware, an insider, physical loss or nonelectronic record, and portable devices, according to the report.
Three men who suffered severe spine injuries and lost their ability to walk have regained mobility after receiving an experimental pacemaker-like implant, and there is some indication that the implant has spurred nerve regrowth, researchers reported in Nature. In previous studies, non-human primates regained function through the use of brain implants, and continuous stimulation through the spinal cord not only restored rats' ability to move their hind legs and run but also stimulated the formation of new connections from the motor cortex to brain stem, said Gregoire Courtine, senior author of the new study.
Researchers at Propeller Insights polled 400 health care clinical engineers and health IT decision-makers in the US and found that 41% don't have the budget for connected medical device security, but 87% still expressed confidence in their organization's ability to protect devices against cyberattacks, down from 90% in last year's survey. Although 85% of clinical/biomedical engineers were confident about having a precise connected-devices inventory, almost two-thirds use manual inventory processes, such as room-to-room audits and static asset management.
Deer antlers comprise a complex matrix of rapidly growing bone, tissue and nerve endings, and two genes that work in tandem to drive annual antler regrowth in fallow deer also occur in humans, according to a study published in the Journal of Stem Cell Research & Therapy that also involved mice. The finding could help scientists develop treatments for bone diseases like osteoporosis.