Strong cybersecurity is crucial in the health care sector, but executives do not always understand why, and including health information managers in risk assessments can help drive home the point, says AHIMA Chief Knowledge Officer Cheryl Martin. AHIMA's recommendations for cybersecurity also include applying layered security controls, partnering with third-party experts, prioritizing interoperability, and including business associates in end-to-end security standards and frameworks.
Hospitals and health systems are increasingly considering cybersecurity before purchasing medical devices and are including cybersecurity provisions in purchase contracts. Nearly every new medical device is essentially a small computer, and the medical device sector is coordinating cybersecurity efforts, says Cheryl Martin, AHIMA's chief knowledge officer, and voice assistants are also becoming cybertargets.
Taking a bubble bath or binge-watching TV may be considered guilty pleasures or superficial by some, but they have a place in self-care, writes licensed clinical social worker Erlene Grise-Owens. Such activities are "often an entry point for more wholistic self-care," she writes.
A study in the Journal of Adolescent Health showed that the rate of US adolescents who participated in substance use prevention programs decreased from 48% in 2002-03 to 40% in 2015-16, with reduced participation found particularly among Latinos, youths from socioeconomically disadvantaged households and those from rural areas. The drop in teen SUPP participation may be partly due to the nearly 50% decline in federal SUPP funding between 2005 and 2015, researcher Christopher Salas-Wright said.
HHS has announced proposed changes to federal regulations governing the confidentiality of patient records in substance use disorder treatment programs, with the goal of improving care coordination and reducing provider burden while maintaining patient privacy protections. Under the proposed rule, patient records of substance abuse disorder and treatment would no longer need to comply with privacy laws that pre-date HIPAA, allowing them to share information about a patient's addiction history.
An analysis of CMS data showed around 64% of 195 health plans on Affordable Care Act exchanges received at least a four-star rating for 2019, while the average star rating across all plans was 3.8 stars. The quality ratings were based on 38 different measures related to medical care quality management, plan administration and member experience, and America's Health Insurance Plans said the move to expand the quality measures "is a positive step to help consumers review and select a plan that fits their needs for the year."
A study in The BMJ of data for 36,000 adults ages 40 and older found those who had any amount of physical activity were at lower risk of dying early, with those who were physically inactive about five times more likely to die early than those who were most active. The analysis, based on eight studies in the US and Western Europe, found a steep decline in death risk as activity increased to a daily amount of 5 hours of light activity or 24 minutes of moderately intense activity, while 9.5 hours or more a day of sitting was associated with increased risk of early death.
A study in Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases found that among 4,010 adults, those in the highest quartile of apolipoprotein B to apolipoprotein A-I ratio were at a higher risk for obstructive sleep apnea and insulin resistance, compared with those in the lowest quartile. The findings also revealed that insulin resistance mediated roughly 10% of the effect of ApoB/ApoA-I ratio on hourly apnea and hypopnea events.
A systematic review commissioned by the World Health Organization found that consuming omega-3 fish oil supplements had little or no benefit in treating or preventing type 2 diabetes. The findings, published in The BMJ, were based on 83 studies involving a total of more than 58,000 participants.
Drawbridge Health has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA for its OneDraw A1C Test System, which consists of an A1C measurement and blood collection device for monitoring the long-term control of glucose in diabetes patients. The clearance follows a clinical data presentation at the American Diabetes Association 2019 Scientific Sessions showing positive results and patient preference for the device.
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