A provision of the federal information blocking rule that took effect in April requires physicians to electronically provide 16 different categories of medical records to their patients. Recent studies have highlighted the prevalence of mistakes in medical records, which could prompt requests from patients to correct them.
Patients with heart failure who used a digital app to track activity and medication adherence in addition to traditional care had higher quality of care scores than patients treated with traditional care alone, according to a study presented at the Heart Failure Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting. Users of the app did not exhibit a lower risk for hospitalization or death, however, according to researchers.
Providers have 60 days to respond to an error in a patient's medical record but can also ask for a 30-day extension or refuse in writing to change it. Errors in medical records could be harmful to patients and may lead to incorrect care, says Dr. Heather Gantzer, immediate past chair of the American College of Physicians' Board of Regents.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is accepting bids for a $1 billion upgrade to its telehealth system that includes hardware and software. The amount of the two-year contract would be larger than the current two contracts combined.
Houston Methodist is conducting a pilot program in conjunction with Amazon Web Services involving the use of voice assistants in the hospital's operating and exam rooms. The Amazon devices can add notes to a patient's EHR and suggest treatment options for doctors.
The HHS Office for Civil Rights reached an $80,000 settlement with Omaha-based Children's Hospital and Medical Center over claims the facility failed to provide a child's medical records to a parent in a timely manner. The hospital, which did not admit liability, will also create a corrective action plan and agreed to be monitored for one year as part of the settlement.
A database owned by GetHealth containing 61 million records of Fitbit and Apple fitness trackers was breached earlier this summer. The exposed records contained first and last name, date of birth, gender and geolocation.
Alabama health care professionals received a warning from Attorney General Steve Marshall about illegal access to the state's immunization registry. Some employers have allegedly checked the registry to determine if their employees have received a COVID-19 vaccine.
Cities in the US with low poverty rates could eliminate cases of cervical cancer by 2030, but it won't happen for high-poverty communities until 2044, according to a predictive model. The findings are based on immunization data and human papillomavirus prevalence data.
Health care organizations considering moving to a cloud-based video surveillance system should consider risk to critical assets, patient and staff safety, and health care data, according to Arcules Chief Revenue Officer Nigel Waterton. With proper protocols in place, cloud-based solutions can offer improved protection for health care organizations by reducing their security footprint and keeping sensitive information protected with automatic updates, high-level encryption, instant backups and constant management, Waterton noted.