The National Institute of Standards and Technology has drafted a guide to help health IT teams secure mobile devices used in health care. The guidance discusses the most serious risks to patient data and strategies for dealing with security attacks, and it calls for balancing security with ease of use for health care teams.
Cerner has released a tool that can detect the fall risk of patients. The tool is compatible with multiple EHR platforms and is worn around the waist, using time series analysis and mathematical models to provide a personalized fall risk assessment of patients based on their movements, activities and speed.
Essentia Health and HealthPartners are collaborating on an effort to find patients who have prediabetes using a clinical decision support system. The five-year study, which has received a grant worth $3.7 million from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, will use HealthPartners' CDS platform to collect and analyze EHR data to help patients control or lower their blood glucose and blood pressure levels. The system is also being used to find factors that have an effect on the health of prediabetes patients, including aspirin use and smoking.
The Health Resources and Services Administration is asking Health Center Controlled Networks for reports about the progress of their EHR adoption efforts. The progress reports should describe HCCN efforts to meet EHR activity goals and state the challenges that the networks are experiencing, as well as best practices, needs and lessons they have learned, according to a notice in the Federal Register. HCCNs are groups that have received funding from HRSA to work with other safety net providers to boost care quality and care access in the U.S.
Colorado hopes to help lay the groundwork for a nationwide shift in the way health care is delivered. At a recent conference in Denver, experts discussed solutions to telemedicine implementation challenges, including new reimbursement strategies and cross-state licensing.
HITRUST and Willis Group have formed a partnership to provide cyber-risk assessment services to health care organizations starting at the end of the year. The groups will use the Common Security Framework to build risk profiles of providers and vendors seeking cyber-risk coverage. Also, the program will provide incentives to encourage organizations to enhance their cybersecurity.
Connecticut and nine other states require providers to check statewide patient databases before prescribing opioids, and advocates say that has helped to reduce abuse. Some states are sharing the information to prevent patients from crossing state lines to fill prescriptions, but a national database isn't likely, advocates say.
A three-phase study in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics showed that computerized physician order entry platforms helped cut medical errors in prescriptions in the hematology department of a hospital in Spain within a five-year period. Researchers revealed that almost all of the medical errors tied with the prescription of antineoplastic treatments were eliminated with the use of a CPOE system, and no new types of errors occurred once doctors were familiarized with the platform.
A study in the journal Ophthalmology found that EHR adoption could boost practices' financial returns and workflow efficiency after an initial period of adding time to the workflow. A five-year analysis of operations at Asheville Eye Associates in North Carolina showed that after an initial reduction in productivity of 0.41 patients per day in the first year, EHR familiarity and a rise in returning patients boosted the productivity of providers by 1.23 patients a day in the fifth year. A 41% internal rate of return on investment was also observed after two years and 10 months of using EHRs.
A 30-day, post-discharge telehealth initiative will be launched by AMC Health and Humana to cut emergency room visits and readmissions of Medicare Advantage patients. The Interactive Voice Response initiative will offer weekly follow-ups to around 1,000 recently discharged patients in 35 states to evaluate their symptoms as well as post-discharge and pain management needs. Patients will have the option to talk with AMC Health staff members for assistance or to schedule a provider appointment if needed.