Cyberattacks on internet of things devices have skyrocketed to more than 1.5 billion in the first six months of this year, up from 639 million in 2020's final six-month span, with most of this year's attacks exploiting telnet protocol, per a Kaspersky report. The security firm advises applying firmware updates, using stronger credentials and adding security at the network layer.
Purging unstructured or big data is a complex process that can be done by running data-cleaning operations regularly in the data lake through simple steps such as data trimming. Checking and removing duplicate image files such as photos and reports and using data cleaning tools specifically designed for unstructured data can also make purging easier, writes Mary Shacklett, president of Transworld Data.
Misdiagnosis and cybersecurity threats are the primary legal risks health care providers face when rendering care remotely, writes malpractice attorney James Embrey Jr. Health care professionals should follow best practices and recommendations from the American Telemedicine Association, ensure software is encrypted, have written cybersecurity protocols, educate patients about risks inherent in virtual visits, ensure patients get any recommended care or diagnostic tests, and document any missing information, Embrey writes.
The frequency of continued stay utilization reviews depends on insurance contract terms for commercially insured patients and on how closely care coordination and management teams watch resource utilization and the progression of care for Medicare fee-for-service patients, writes Phoenix Medical Management CEO Tiffany Ferguson. "[L]ook at the documentation and see why the patient is still here, what are they receiving, and what the plan is for progression and transition of care," Ferguson advises.
Patients with post-traumatic stress disorder or bipolar disorder had similar improvements on the Veterans RAND 12-item Health Survey Mental Component Summary after one year of either telepsychiatry/telepsychology-enhanced referral or telepsychiatry collaborative care. Cognitive processing therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy in TER was associated with MCS score improvement, but behavioral activation therapy in TCC was not, researchers reported in JAMA Psychiatry.
People with long COVID say they fear becoming infected again even after being vaccinated, and they are frustrated with high bills for fruitless treatment and diagnostic exams. Extreme fatigue is common, and one long-hauler says, "recovery is a moving target."
When done right, digital transformation improves patient care, boosts clinic efficiency and supports value-based payment models, but simply replicating paper systems will lead to frustration and failure, writes Med Tech Solutions CEO Mona Abutaleb. Link technology to quality of care, consider patient needs and staff workflows, integrate technology into those workflows, and use the technology to engage patients, Abutaleb writes.
Health care organizations should have business continuity, disaster recovery and incident response plans in preparation for cyber incidents, with roles and responsibilities clearly defined, says Steve Winterfeld, advisory chief information security officer at Akamai. Winterfeld recommends performing security exercises with employees so they know how to stop the spread of malware and understand the enterprise-wide crisis response plan.
The rising frequency of cyberattacks in the health care sector has prompted hospital and health system IT leaders to realign their budgets. SCL Health Chief Information Security Officer Howard Haile prioritizes remote workforce protection by investing in artificial intelligence security technologies; Marshfield Clinic CIO Jeri Koester focuses on medical device security; and Mountain Health Network CIO Dennis Lee directs investments toward product and resource security in line with cyberliability insurance carrier expectations.
The premiums that small businesses pay for cyberinsurance have risen 7% this year, while midsize and large companies' rates have increased about 20%, according to AdvisorSmith Solutions. Payments by ransomware victims rose by 311% last year, a key driver of rate increases, AdvisorSmith says.
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