Health IT executives looking to invest in artificial intelligence for their organizations' cybersecurity systems should understand the risk they are managing and be aware of other risks that may come with AI, said GreyCastle Security founder Reg Harnish. IT leaders should also realize that AI doesn't reduce human accountability and understand the importance of behavioral analytics and biases in cybersecurity programs, Harnish said.
CHIME and other health care organizations expressed support for the CMS' proposed rule that would rename the meaningful use program Promoting Interoperability, require providers to use 2015 edition certified EHR technology next year to avoid Medicare reimbursement reductions and eliminate old and redundant federal reporting program regulations. However, health care providers should continue to be careful "as CMS moves ahead with changes to ensure that they facilitate quality care and lead to measurable improvements," said CHIME Board of Trustees Chair Cletis Earle.
In a 7-2 vote, the Supreme Court ruled that the inter partes review system for patents is constitutional and will remain in place. Drugmakers say the process puts patents covering drug franchises at risk.
A proposed CMS rule that would modernize the EHR Incentive Programs includes a plan to rename the meaningful use program "Promoting Interoperability" and rename the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System's Advancing Care Information performance category the "Promoting Interoperability" performance category. The rule would also require providers to use 2015 edition certified EHR technology next year to qualify for federal incentive payments and comply with MU requirements.
The Department of Veterans Affairs' proposed EHR contract with Cerner will go ahead even with the agency's recent leadership changes, said Scott Blackburn, who recently resigned as acting VA CIO. Blackburn's resignation and the firing of VA Secretary David Shulkin "should not have much impact" on plans to proceed with modernizing the VA EHR system, Blackburn said.
The ONC has certified Netsmart's myAvatar EHR palliative care solution under its 2015 Edition health IT product criteria. This is the first time that an EHR solution for palliative care has been certified under those criteria, Netsmart officials said.
An experimental therapy that cleared Zika virus from the blood of pregnant monkeys did not stop the virus from crossing into the amniotic fluid and infecting the fetus, researchers reported in Nature Communications. Researchers will now modify the antibodies so that they can cross the placental barrier and protect the fetus, said lead author Diogo Magnani.
An experimental compound that binds to a protein found on the surface of sperm disrupts their motility, conferring lasting but reversible contraception when injected into male rhesus macaques, researchers reported in PLOS ONE. The researchers are developing an oral form of the compound.
The US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit affirmed a lower court's ruling that a crested macaque has no legal right to photographs the monkey snapped of himself with photographer David John Slater's camera. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had sued Slater and self-publishing company Blurb on the monkey's behalf, claiming that publishing and selling the photographs infringed on the monkey's rights under the Copyright Act.
Black Book Market Research surveyed 3,040 hospital EHR users and found that the proportion of medical record administrators who find it difficult to exchange patient health records with health care providers who use a different EHR platform dropped from 41% in 2016 to 36% this year. In addition, 30% of hospital-based physicians said health data sent between outside providers' different EHR systems cannot be trusted.
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