A Frost & Sullivan analysis predicts the global market for health care wearable devices will reach $18.9 billion in 2020, at a 29.9% compound annual growth rate. The clinical-grade wearables market is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 32.9%, and the report predicts that wearables that monitor patients with chronic conditions, as well as those that perform other clinical applications, will transform how health care is provided.
A Precision Medicine Initiative supplement should be added to the ONC's Interoperability Roadmap, the agency's Precision Medicine Task Force recommended at a joint meeting of the Health IT Policy and Standards Committees. The task force also recommended promoting the use of standard application programming interfaces for collecting laboratory, claims and medication data and said the NIH should make education available to providers and patients about data access rights and uses.
Ransomware attacks, the increase in the number of connected devices and more Internet of Things options are the top security concerns in the health care industry, according to Peak 10's second annual National IT Trends in Healthcare study. Of the 157 C-level executives and IT professionals surveyed, 54% rated their security program at the B level and 32% gave their company's efforts a C rating, while 67% expected IT budgets to be increased in the next two years to address privacy and security concerns.
The Consortium of Independent Physician Associations has been created by the Medical Advantage Group to help small health care practices and independent physicians in Ohio make better use of EHR systems and transition to value-based care. The group would also prepare providers for necessary revenue cycle management changes, with the consortium providing practice assessments to help with improving physician workflows and curbing health care spending.
Current provider-facing telehealth programs will soon be replaced with mHealth tools that are more patient-focused, according to Avizia and Modern Healthcare's survey of almost 280 health care executives. Survey respondents identified computer workstations, telemedicine carts and "specialized telemedicine peripherals" as the most popular telemedicine devices they use. They said they anticipate using video visits through the EMR, consumer-facing apps, company-owned and personal mobile devices, FDA-approved biometric patient monitoring devices and consumer-grade monitoring devices in the future.
Google has updated its Android Wear platform with the launch of Android Wear 2.0, which includes automatic activity recognition and standalone apps. Users can now exchange data using the Google Fit application programming interface and won't need their phones to use watch-based apps.
The Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authority gave almost $3.5 million in funding to the HealthShare Exchange of Southeastern Pennsylvania, ClinicalConnect HIE and Mount Nittany Medical Center, as well as about $300,000 to long-term post-acute care centers, to connect to the Pennsylvania Patient & Provider Network, the state's health information exchange. The funding, which came from the CMS, aims to help providers participate more fully in the federal EHR incentive programs.
An amended version of Nebraska's data breach notification law, signed last month by Gov. Pete Ricketts, will take effect July 20. The amended legislation will not consider data to be encrypted "if the confidential process or key was or is reasonably believed to have been acquired as a result of the breach of the security of the system" and will now require notifying consumers if their personal information, such as their Social Security number, driver's license number or email address, in combination with their first name or first initial and last name, is compromised in a data breach incident.
Draft legislation that aims to remove the pass/fail approach of meaningful use is being supported by the American Hospital Association. AHA Executive Vice President Thomas Nickels said the approach is "unfair to hospitals that make good faith efforts to comply, may actually comply with a large percentage of the requirements, expend significant resources and funds in doing so, but still fall short." The group also supports allowing a 90-day reporting period for the first year of stage 3 and any following stages so providers can avoid Medicare payment adjustments.
Health care IT executives should create and manage three integrated business continuity phases, which include disaster recovery planning, business continuity planning and emergency operations planning, amid increasing cybersecurity threats, writes Frank Picarello, chief operating officer of TeamLogic IT. Having a solid business continuity plan allows health organizations to quickly resume normal operations and experience minimal impact in cost and quality of care in the event of data theft, Picarello writes.
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