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.
Data breach notification legislation signed into law by Ariz. Gov. Doug Ducey this month now covers data breaches within the health care sector and considers an individual's medical or health information as personal information. The legislation requires affected entities to notify victims within 45 days and to include in the notice the date of the breach, contact information for the Federal Trade Commission and the three biggest consumer credit reporting agencies, and a short description of the disclosed information.
Supply chain risks and medical device security should be priorities for health care providers because many devices and systems are viewable online, according to a report from HITRUST and Trend Micro. The report recommends implementing security measures such as anti-malware and anti-phishing software, firewalls and data encryption; conducting cybersecurity training for all employees; and using the National Institute for Standards and Technology's Cybersecurity Framework to prevent cyberattacks.
The American Medical Informatics Association said it opposes a proposed rule issued by 16 federal agencies, including HHS, that would delay for another six months most updates to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects, a research regulation also known as the Common Rule that contains several health IT provisions.
Using an automated mobile health messaging platform in an opioid abuse treatment program helped patients at St. Louis-based Preferred Family Healthcare to avoid opioid abuse. The platform sends automatic text messages or phone calls to monitor patients' use or urge to use opioids in the past day, with follow-up questions and a triage system triggered when an affirmative answer is given.
Geisinger Health System was able to significantly reduce opioid use among its patients by implementing a strategy recommended by its physician leadership that used e-prescribing solutions and EHRs to curb opioid exposure and prescriptions, Geisinger Health CIO John Kravitz said in testimony before the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Program components included identifying providers' prescribing patterns by linking a provider dashboard to Geisinger's EHR and integrating patient data collected by an app into the EHR.
Florida-based Rainbow Pediatric Center was able to improve one-month follow-up appointment compliance among children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder by 77%, as well as boost patient engagement after the introduction of a telehealth pilot program, said Rainbow Pediatric Center founder and CEO Dr. Prasanthi Reddy. The center intends to offer telemedicine services to all patients in the practice, but reimbursement challenges remain, Reddy said.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee is seeking comments from stakeholders on how medical devices, especially legacy products, should be protected from cybersecurity threats. The panel is accepting feedback through May 31.
Most cyberattacks take advantage of human vulnerabilities as opposed to software flaws, ProofPoint's 2018 Human Factor Report states. The report states that emails remain the top point of attack and that half of the clicks on malicious emails occur within one hour of them being received.
A data breach at Polk County Health Services in Des Moines, Iowa, resulted in the unintentional electronic release of the protected health information of 1,071 patients since June 2014, officials say. The incident exposed patients' names, Medicaid identification numbers, Social Security numbers, crisis center admission dates, discharge locations and home addresses.
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