Scrapped IT equipment becomes a security risk in the absence of a formal, verifiable IT asset disposal program, writes Christopher Burgess. "Can you, the CISO, or your team in charge of the ITAD, describe how each device provisioned and issued within the company is tracked, the data on the device is accounted for, and when and how that device is removed from the company ecosystem in a way the company and its customers' data is protected?" Burgess asks.
Cone Health's new mobile primary care vehicle is equipped with two exam rooms and a HIPAA-compliant telehealth room, while the mobile cancer screening unit has the same equipment used at hospitals and clinics. The program is intended to reach residents of North Carolina's Piedmont Triad region who have limited access to medical care due to lack of transportation and is available to patients age 6 and older, with insurance or without.
Health care providers and patients are still navigating the ins and outs of telehealth, including how to handle technology glitches, connectivity problems, missed appointments and complicated interfaces. Platform developers say they are adding features and simplifying tasks.
Penn Medicine's health data projects will be facilitated and coordinated system-wide by the soon-to-open Center for Applied Health Informatics. The health system's clinical effectiveness and quality improvement teams, center for evidence-based practice, EHR transformation group, biomedical informatics center and computer science center will collaborate with the new center.
Unauthorized access to two employee email accounts at UnitedHealthcare associate Academic HealthPlans compromised the protected health data of 2,330 university students, according to a notification letter. Phishing attacks in August and October compromised the email accounts, but the breach wasn't discovered until July 1, according to UnitedHealthcare.
The HHS Office for Civil Rights and Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT are requesting user input on how to improve its security risk assessment tool, which is meant to help smaller organizations perform evaluations required by the HIPAA Security Rule. Some users and security experts have said the tool is difficult to use, and HHS is asking users to complete an online survey by July 31.
Fifteen public libraries in underserved areas of Hawaii will be equipped for telehealth services in a project that will kick off by the end of the year, and high school and college undergraduate students will be taught to help people use the internet to find health information and use telehealth services. Mobile health clinics will begin offering in-person and telehealth care at the libraries next year.
Gastroenterologists and fellows at an academic medical center were able to review patient records in an average of 10.5 minutes when using an artificial intelligence tool that extracts EHR data, compared with an average of 12.8 minutes per record without the tool, researchers reported in JAMA Network Open. The study participants had to answer 22 questions about clinically relevant data in the records, and those who used the AI tool had an accuracy of 83.7%, compared with 86.0% in the control group.
Craig Richardville, chief information and digital officer and senior vice president of SCL Health, won the InspireCIO National Chief Information Officer of the Year Orbie Award for health care. Richardville leads SCL's enterprise systems, information security and digital transformation strategy and operations.
Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser and DC Health released a 43-page report on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and offering recommendations for improving the health system. Proposals include using digital credentials to process job applications faster, updating licensure categories for telehealth-specific credentialing, collecting data to address health inequity, improving telemedicine with integrated apps and improving EHR interoperability.