Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's office reported Thursday that the state avoided paying $22 million worth of fraudulent benefit claims last fiscal year through the use of data analytics, and is projected to save $32 million this year. The Health Care Fraud Elimination Task Force used data analytics to identify around 6,000 residents who were ineligible for the state's group health plan coverage but were improperly receiving benefits.
A joint pilot program between Validic and Sutter Health will test how patient data generated via mobile applications, clinical in-home devices and wearables can be integrated into the EHR systems or clinical dashboards of care teams. This program, which will focus on type 2 diabetes patients at Sutter Health, is part of an ONC-funded project.
CryPy is a new ransomware that encrypts each file with a unique key, which makes it hard to break the code and decrypt files, according to security experts. Kaspersky Lab researchers said the ransomware came from a compromised web server in Israel that hackers use to perform phishing attacks and stream data to and from the virus.
Vice President Joe Biden's report to the president about the National Cancer Moonshot noted that an abundance of data, as well as supercomputing breakthroughs, could give the initiative a decade's worth of advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment in five years. However, challenges such as inadequate open access and rapid research data sharing, patient protections, and technological collaboration and utilization should prompt the development of a patient-centered network "that makes data accessible, shareable, and meaningful," Biden wrote.
The Congressional Budget Office received a letter from 11 private insurers, including Aetna, Anthem and Humana, asking the agency to consider insurer data and non-Medicare data sources when reviewing cost savings related to telemedicine. "Available data supports the value proposition of telehealth and shows that there are significant savings to be gained even as it increases access to care," according to the letter.
A low-cost, lightweight smartphone spectrometer that simultaneously detects cancer biomarkers in up to eight samples has been developed by a team of researchers from Washington State University. The portable optical biosensor was tested in the laboratory and was found to be approximately 99% accurate, researchers wrote in the journal Biosensors and Bioelectronics.
Kyoto University and Fujitsu are developing an artificial intelligence system capable of diagnosing patients, recommending the optimal treatment and possibly estimating the association between genetic mutations and diseases. The AI system will use databases of medical records and genetic information from around the world to analyze patients' genetic codes, and it is expected to be available for use by the end of fiscal 2020.
EHR systems may help health care professionals and public health officials identify patients who could be at risk of being infected with the Zika virus, said Laurie Garrett of the Council on Foreign Relations. Garrett stresses the importance of gathering and sharing travel information in EHRs to monitor and diagnose cases of Zika in the US.
Nonhuman primates are vital to biomedical research because their central nervous systems mirror the human CNS in ways other animals' systems do not, say neuroscientists Andrew Jackson and more than 600 scientists who signed a letter supporting nonhuman primate research. Animals that are unhappy or anxious do not make good test subjects, Jackson says, and researchers ensure the primates' living conditions are healthy.
Researchers report in Nature that they took fibroblasts from the tail of an adult mouse and reprogrammed the cells to develop into eggs, which grew into healthy mice after fertilization. The experiment might improve research and lead to treatments for infertility, the researchers said.
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