A Texas Association of Business survey revealed that 70% of 600 Texans and 77% of 159 of TAB's member businesses are in favor of using telemedicine to diagnose common medical conditions. Sixty-six percent of TAB companies that offer telemedicine in employee benefits packages received positive feedback from employees who used telemedicine, and there were no reports of negative experiences.
Only two out of 15 drug-drug interactions tested were implemented across the EHR systems of 19 US health care institutions from which information was collected, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Researchers recommended that the alerting strategy for DDIs be retooled on a national basis and the knowledge base for DDIs be standardized for all institutions.
The CME Finder is a searchable, sortable web-based tool launched by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. The tool will allow physicians to search for activities registered for Maintenance of Certification credit and is based on the 2015 collaboration between the two groups that expanded physicians' MOC options.
An enhanced version of the American Medical Association's Health Workforce Mapper, a free geospatial mapping tool, allows providers to improve health care access among patients in underserved areas. This tool also provides population health data by geographic location and information on health care workforce trends, hospital locations and areas with shortages of health professionals.
The paper "Blockchain: Opportunities for Health Care" is among the 15 winners of the ONC's blockchain health IT challenge. The winners were selected based on several factors, such as the ability to inform and promote transformative change, creativity, potential to support multiple health and health information objectives, and market viability of a proposed solution or recommendation.
Federal authorities are investigating a data breach at Appalachian Regional Healthcare, which announced on Saturday that its computer systems were compromised by a virus but has not yet confirmed if patients' confidential records were stolen. The provider shut down all of its computers to prevent further damage and is handling registration, patient care, medication, and laboratory and imaging services manually.
A partnership between Emory Healthcare and Stratus Healthcare aims to improve the delivery of health care services through EMR coordination, clinically integrated network development, outpatient scheduling and provider relationships. The Georgia-based providers also intend to improve continuing medical education offerings and telemedicine services.
Trend Micro found that the number of new ransomware families increased from 29 in 2015 to 79 in the first half of this year, an increase of 172%, and 58% and 40% of the 80 million ransomware threats it has detected and blocked were distributed through spam email attachments and downloads from URLs, respectively. Experts continue to debate over the ethics of paying ransom, and Christopher Budd of Trend Micro says paying ransom "makes crime pay" and encourages future attacks.
Hackers may have accessed and obtained medical records, dates of birth and Social Security numbers of former and current Orleans Medical Clinic patients after its computer servers were hacked following an upgrade, according to the practice. The Southern Indiana-based practice will offer one year of identity theft protection to 6,890 patients.
Long Beach, Calif.-based SCAN Health Plan has notified affected individuals about a possible data breach incident after an unauthorized person gained access to contact sheets stored in a computer system used for sales. The incident may have compromised members' names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and limited health information, including physician names and health condition or medication, according to SCAN.
- Page 1