Individuals with type 2 diabetes reported increased intentions to walk after using an interactive personalized simulation demonstrating the effect physical activity has on blood glucose, according to a study of 1,335 patients published in JMIR Diabetes. Researchers discussed how the results could be applied to mobile health intervention design.
The National Association of State Chief Information Officers has released its list of priorities for the year, and simplified cybersecurity and privacy regulations are at the top of the list. "It doesn't make a whole lot of sense to us that federal regulations are serving as a barrier to the goals that state CIOs want to achieve in state government," said Yejin Cooke, an association director.
The percentage of children with inflammatory bowel disease who received flu immunizations rose from 10% during the 2015-2016 season to 58% during the 2016-2017 season, after the implementation of a two-step quality improvement program, which included providing flu vaccines in the IBD clinic and having physicians record flu vaccine recommendations in EHRs, according to a study presented at the Crohn's and Colitis Congress. Researchers also found that the documentation rate of physician's vaccine recommendations increased from 46% to 82% during the same period.
A ransomware attack against Adams Health Network in Decatur, Ind., on Jan. 11 resulted in business interruption, but the incident did not affect patient care or compromise patient files, officials said. The cyberattack prevented access to patient histories and appointment schedules and affected up to 80 patients, said Susan Sefton, a spokeswoman for Adams Memorial Hospital.
A recently released update on the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities from the Healthcare Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center emphasizes the importance of installing risk management processes to ensure the security of protected health information within health care and public health entities. HCCIC also noted key differences between the two vulnerabilities and advised entities to follow up with their software vendor if a security update has not been offered.
Allscripts officials and users reported that on Thursday, a ransomware attack prevented some clients from accessing the Allscripts Professional EHR system and applications such as clinical decision support, direct messaging and regulatory reporting. Allscripts spokeswoman Concetta Rasiarmos said there was no evidence that data were removed from the company's systems.
Medical residents who received education and an electronic progress note template that included best practice guidelines wrote shorter, higher-quality clinical notes and completed them more quickly, a study in the Journal of Hospital Medicine found. The template had an inpatient checklist for patient concerns, quality measures and discharge planning, and it encouraged residents to enter only relevant information and limit the use of efficiency tools such as copying-forward and autofill.
Hospitals that want to move to a cloud model can begin by creating that culture, because "most IT departments are not thinking cloud-first," said David Chou, CIO at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. Children's Mercy has more than 600 apps, most of which are in the cloud, and it moved its EHR to a hosted model.
The Society for Vascular Ultrasound and other organizations are collaborating on a vascular ultrasound registry to help standardize vascular information related to treatment. The registry, which will supplement existing registries, will include actual patients' ultrasound images to facilitate future machine learning and analysis.
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