A Veracode study that examined the state of security of online and mobile solutions revealed health care lags behind other industries when it comes to addressing cryptographic issues and vulnerabilities remediation. Veracode found cryptographic problems including weak algorithms in 80% of health care solutions.
UnityPoint Health Accountable Care Organization has implemented a new care coordination model with Webster County Health Department in Iowa to boost care coordination among providers and increase the availability of care services to rural patients. The Tri-Navigational System, launched through a grant provided by the state, employs care navigators and implements Epic's integrated EHR platform to link mental health and primary care providers to public health authorities. Since the launch of the new model last year, the ACO reported more than 3,000 individuals from six counties had services from primary care and mental health providers.
A MarketsandMarkets report predicts the global cloud computing market for health care will hit $9.48 billion in 2020, with compound annual growth of 20.5%. The market is expected to be dominated by North America, which will also see the fastest growth. Increasing pressure on the cost of health care services, changes affecting health IT and implementation of the Affordable Care Act are among the drivers of growth, the report found.
The Senate HELP Health IT Working Group has received a letter from CHIME stating the group's views on how the industry could optimize certified EHR technology use to boost patient care. CHIME said the lack of a unique patient identifier is the most important challenge to establishing a nationwide health information exchange. In the letter, CHIME CEO Russell Branzell and Board Chair Charles Christian outlined nine areas in which Congress should drive standards identification and adoption to improve data exchange and interoperability.
The Department of Veterans Affairs will be evaluating the Patient Viewer application designed to enable providers to access Vista EHRs using mobile devices. The tool is expected to save providers time by eliminating the need for multiple log-ons when patients are seeing multiple providers in hospital and exam rooms. The app will be tested by around 100 care team members this summer and could be unveiled to the entire department this fall.
Health IT professionals can now compare their salaries against their peers through a tool designed by HealthITJobs.com. The solution uses several factors such as experience, function and type and location of organization when charting health IT pay levels.
A data breach affecting 1,029 patients was reported by Hagerstown, Md.-based Meritus Health after routine compliance and self-audit efforts showed that an employee of one of its vendors accessed patient information without authorization between July 2014 and April 2015. Compromised data included patient names, medical treatment information and some Social Security numbers.
Recommendations to help eliminate the financial and technical barriers to attaining EHR interoperability will be developed by a Health IT Policy Committee task force. At a virtual meeting held Tuesday, HITPC Vice Chairman Paul Tang said his group will review and summarize its previous discussions of health care interoperability issues and take a closer look at the financial factors hindering the interoperability of EHRs. Tang added that the task force will provide input on financial obstacles to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to be included in the ONC's report to Congress.
Secure health data sharing got a boost in Texas when Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a measure designed to link public health systems in the state. The measure is expected to align the flow of data with national standards and allow providers to better capitalize on health IT tools.
The state of New Jersey has authorized the Healthy Greater Newark Accountable Care Organization, the Trenton Health Team and the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers to establish Medicaid ACOs that will help patients in three of the largest cities in the state. A demonstration project for the ACOs will be launched by the health care groups today and run for three years.