A total of 63 universities and government agencies have been hacked by a Russian-speaking hacker known as Rasputin. In the US, 16 state and local agencies, four federal agencies and six cities were affected by the breaches, according to security firm Recorded Future.
Digital health entrepreneurs are developing interventions based on health, behavioral and contextual data for a variety of conditions, and they are launching tools to improve clinical workflow, data integration and analytics, and behavioral health care, writes Asset Management Ventures partner Skip Fleshman. Regardless of the target niche, technology developers should gain a deep understanding of the health care system, including who will pay, and must produce clinical evidence of better outcomes or lower costs, Fleshman writes.
Microsoft is partnering with UPMC Enterprises on Healthcare NExT, which will tap Microsoft AI and Microsoft Research to improve health care and streamline clinical workflows. Microsoft also introduced HealthVault Insights to improve patient engagement and help researchers mine data from patient records, and MDLive and Premera Blue Cross will deploy Microsoft's AI health chatbot technology to boost patient engagement.
Switzerland-based Leman Micro Devices is conducting trials of a smartphone-integrated sensor that reads blood pressure and may eventually provide heart and respiration rates, blood oxygenation level and body temperature. The technology is based on the same science as the blood-pressure cuff, said LMD CEO Mark-Eric Jones.
University of Oxford spinout OxSight is testing augmented-reality glasses for the visually impaired that mimic how the brain processes three-dimensional space. The glasses project an outline of a person, and users can enhance colors and zoom in and out.
Sam's Club will offer free health screenings at higi kiosks placed at 622 in-store pharmacies. Users can check blood pressure, pulse, body mass index and weight and can track and share the information on higi's online platform, which collects data from wearable monitors and health apps.
Telehealth company MDLive signed providers in Mississippi and Vermont, and it now offers telepsychiatry services in nearly all states, according to the company. Arkansas and a few other states allow licensed practitioners to offer therapy remotely, but they do not allow remote prescribing.
Geisinger Health System spinoff xG Health Solutions will embed care management content developed by Geisinger into Epic's EHR systems and population health management platform Healthy Planet. The clinical content includes evidence-based condition-specific and comprehensive assessments and care plans for the 60 most commonly addressed medical conditions in care management programs.
HealthNav, a mobile app from Clearwater, Fla.-based BayCare Health, helps patients locate a physician faster and allows them to make appointments online. The app, available for Apple and Google devices, also provides patients with the contact information and directions for provider locations and can connect them to telemedicine services and direct them to the nearest BayCare emergency room.
Health care organizations should develop a cohesive and integrated revenue cycle management strategy to bolster data transparency as well as consumer engagement and loyalty, writes Cerner President Zane Burke. "Helping individuals understand the financial side of health care will better enable them to fulfill their financial responsibilities and bring us closer to more proactive management of our populations," Burke writes.
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