A clinical trial is testing the safety of focused ultrasound to breach the blood-brain barrier during surgery to treat glioblastoma, and another is testing focused ultrasound in newly diagnosed glioblastoma patients undergoing chemotherapy. The approach, which has been successful in nonhuman primates, allows cancer-killing drugs to cross the blood-brain barrier and could improve survival of brain cancer patients.
A new publication released by the National Academy of Medicine highlighted the importance of a system's EHR interoperability and health data exchange capabilities when purchasing health IT devices and solutions. The group's health care industry experts recommend purchasing health IT tools from different vendors, implementing procurement strategies or certain standards when selecting or purchasing EHRs and health IT tools, creating interoperability steering groups across the organization and developing procurement specifications.
HHS' Office for Civil Rights imposed a $16 million fine against health insurer Anthem stemming from a data breach incident in January 2015 that compromised the electronic protected health information of almost 79 million people. According to the OCR's investigation, Anthem failed to implement adequate minimum access controls, did not conduct a risk analysis across the organization and failed to identify and react to known or suspected security issues.
HIMSS and AcademyHealth will team up on Health Datapalooza 2019, the 10th annual health data and technology convention held by AcademyHealth. "HIMSS is proud to join AcademyHealth in the Health Datapalooza and in working together to ensure the secure and meaningful transformation of data into new capabilities that deliver innovation in health transformation," said HIMSS President and CEO Hal Wolf.
Researchers tested an mHealth platform called HealthMpowerment.org, a health education tool optimized for use on mobile devices and intended to decrease high-risk behavior among black men who have sex with men. The study involved 474 BMSM, some HIV-negative and some HIV-positive, who were randomly assigned to two groups, and data showed that after a three-month period, there was a 32% lower rate of anal intercourse without condom use among those using the platform compared with those not using the tool.
A total of 1,000 donated Apple Watches will be used by researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine for its Binge Eating Genetics INitiative program, which will study people living with bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder. Researchers will monitor participants' eating and health habits for 30 days and then submit bacteria and saliva samples to uBiome, a digital diagnostics company that will handle genetic analysis.
CHIME has selected Dr. Shafiq Rab, senior vice president and CIO of Rush University Medical Center, to lead its board of trustees next year, and Edward Marx, CIO of the Cleveland Clinic; David Chou, vice president and chief information and digital officer of Children's Mercy Hospital; and Tanya Townsend, senior vice president and CIO of LCMC Health have been elected to the board. Geisinger Health System Senior Vice President and CIO John Kravitz was named CHIME chairman starting in 2020, and Meditech Executive Vice President Helen Waters was appointed to the CHIME Foundation Board.
A debate at the Connected Healthcare Conference in Boston will aim to uncover if telemedicine actually does provide savings and whether the technology's benefits are outweighed by its costs. The debate will also scrutinize some of the possible misconceptions that have emerged, such as the quality of care it can provide.
A device that uses Raman spectroscopy to measure blood glucose levels through the skin by producing a "molecular fingerprint" has been developed by researchers from MIT and the University of Missouri School of Medicine. They conducted a study with individuals without diabetes and found that the device and a finger prick test had similar efficacy in assessing blood glucose levels.
Cofense's The State of Phishing Defense 2018 report showed that "payment notification" appeared in 58% of health care phishing attack campaigns, making it the top subject in phishing attacks this year, with "attached invoice" and "new message in mailbox" also being prevalent. Seven percent of emails sent across the health care sector are malicious in nature, compared with 10% in other industries, findings showed.