Sixty-two percent of individuals ages 18 to 34 said they would let insurance companies use their digital data from sources such as fitness apps, smart-home devices and Facebook if doing so would lower their premiums, compared with 45% of those ages 35 to 54 and 27% of people ages 55 and older, according to a MuleSoft survey. Researchers polled over 8,000 consumers around the world and also found that 56% of respondents indicated they would change to a different insurance provider if they experienced poor digital service.
Two cybersecurity vulnerabilities affecting Siemens Healthineers' RAPIDLab 12 and RAPIDPoint 400/405/500 blood-gas analyzer systems could affect the devices' integrity, confidentiality and availability if attacked, the company warned. Users are advised to disable the devices' remote viewing features, have backups and system restoration procedures ready, and modify hardcoded passwords, among other precautions.
MedStar Health received an 18-month contract from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to evaluate two standards-based apps that collect patient-reported outcome data and integrate it into EHRs. "Ensuring that patients have a way to report on outcomes that are meaningful to them is critical to the delivery of safe and effective care," said Dr. Neil Weissman of MedStar Health.
Providers, public health agencies, disaster relief agencies and other health care organizations that contribute medical records and connect to HealthlinkNY by Sept. 30 will be eligible for $76,000 in incentives, the health information exchange announced. "If we want to improve care and avoid repeating tests, it is vitality important that providers contribute medical records to the HIE," said HealthlinkNY Executive Director Staci Romeo.
A judge upheld an HHS order for the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to pay a penalty of $4.3 million for HIPAA violations stemming from three data breach incidents in 2012 and 2013 and the center's failure to encrypt its electronic devices. "We are pleased that the judge upheld our imposition of penalties because it underscores the risks entities take if they fail to implement effective safeguards, such as data encryption, when required to protect sensitive patient information," said Roger Severino, director of the HHS Office for Civil Rights.
Health chief data officers can help ease the burden of CIOs and chief technology officers because they spearhead protection of health data quality, ensure compliance with HIPAA and protected health information guidelines, and foster innovation through predictive models that analyze population health, experts say. "The CDO role takes that data component away from [CIOs and chief technology officers] and frees them up to do what I think IT should be doing, which is setting the underlying infrastructure to be able to do the analytics component," says Nathan Patrick Taylor of the American Health Information Management Association's Data Analytics Practice Council.
The CMS will accept until June 26 comments on its proposed rule that would require electronic sharing of patient data between hospitals participating in Medicare and other providers when a patient is discharged or transferred. The agency wants to know potential barriers to complying with this rule, the time frame for compliance and whether the rule could lessen information blocking as defined in the 21st Century Cures Act.
The Federal Communications Commission voted to approve an increase in the annual cap for the Rural Health Care Program from $400 million to $571 million. The program, which provides telecommunications and broadband services to rural communities to support telemedicine, will now be adjusted for inflation annually and will carry forward unused funds.
Australian company Medibio is developing mobile apps and wearable devices to enable earlier diagnosis of mental health problems through collection and analysis of heart rate during sleep, breathing, mood changes and more. The company, whose cloud-computing platform spots indications of mental illnesses using machine learning, is looking to apply for FDA approval of a clinical decision support tool after it finishes a clinical trial.
The American Medical Association's first policy addressing the use of augmented intelligence in health care urges federal policymakers and health care stakeholders to focus on "user-centered design," and the policy calls for the AMA to set priorities for AI tools to improve physician satisfaction and patient outcomes. "Combining AI methods and systems with an irreplaceable human clinician can advance the delivery of care in a way that outperforms what either can do alone," said AMA board member Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld.
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