Harvard Medical School's Sync for Science project, coordinated by the ONC, the NIH and the school's Department of Biomedical Informatics, will use Health Level Seven's Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources standard and OAuth 2.0 security profiles to allow individuals to electronically access their health data and make their EHR data available to researchers. EHR vendors, including Cerner, Epic, Allscripts and eClinicalWorks, will initiate the use of open, standardized applications.
Patient care organization leaders, CIOs, CMIOs and other health IT leaders should submit comments by Feb. 28 to the CMS regarding the Improvement Activities section of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, said CHIME Vice President of Federal Affairs Mari Savickis. CHIME has strongly recommended the inclusion of cybersecurity assessments as one of the activities, Savickis said.
CHIME is working on mentorship and focused professional development programs for women and minority health IT leaders amid growing diversity among patients and health care staffs. Increasing diversity in health IT "will create an environment that promotes unique perspectives, creative approaches and opportunities to better meet the needs of our customers and organization," said Liz Johnson, CHIME board chair and CIO for acute care hospitals at Tenet Healthcare.
A Pivot Point Consulting report said the number of health IT professionals who said they were extremely optimistic about their career opportunities rose by 47% between 2014 and 2016. The report also showed that job seekers are placing more importance on bonuses, commuting and interesting work over factors such as job security.
Deven McGraw, deputy director for health information privacy at HHS' Office for Civil Rights, said the agency is expecting to release the draft rule for health care privacy breaches by the end of this year. The rule aims to compensate individuals whose health records have been breached and provide guidance on text messaging and social media use.
A $5.5 million fine was imposed on Memorial Healthcare System in South Florida by the HHS Office for Civil Rights after the provider was cited for its failure to regularly audit employee access to protected health information from 2011 to 2012, which led to data breaches that affected 115,143 people. Memorial Healthcare will also implement a corrective action plan as part of its resolution agreement to settle HIPAA violations.
Kortex, a virtual reality headset accessory that is also designed to function independently, has been introduced by Fisher Wallace Laboratories for use in sleep and stress management. The device, which is being crowdfunded on an Indiegogo campaign with an initial funding target of $75,000, stimulates serotonin production in the brain while reducing cortisol, a hormone linked to stress.
Data from ICU Medical showed integration of its Plum infusion pumps and Hospira MedNet safety software into hospital electronic medical records systems reduced potentially catastrophic dosing errors by 52% and increased compliance with drug libraries by 156% on average. The study was conducted at three community hospitals in the US.
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.
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