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8/21/2018

ResApp Health, an Australian digital health firm, will work with Lockheed Martin as well as provide its audio-based artificial intelligence algorithms for the Defense Department's health monitoring program for troops, known as Warfighter Analytics using Smartphones for Health.

8/21/2018

Oregon Health & Science University researchers are using liquid glucagon in a trial of a dual-hormone artificial pancreas to compare its efficacy in reducing hypoglycemia risk in type 1 diabetes with that of a single-hormone artificial pancreas. Results of the trial, which is backed by the nonprofit diabetes research group JDRF, are expected to be released next year.

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8/21/2018

Hospital CIOs and chief information security officers should keep data systems' security patches updated, be aware of all devices on their network to curb cyberattacks, and ensure they have a strong and tested cyberincident response plan, cyberinsurance and responders on retainer in the event of a cyberattack, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center CISO Chris Joerg said. They should also be wary of doxware that encrypts infected systems' data and withdraws data for extortion or public disclosure, Joerg said.

8/21/2018

Health IT vendor Epic Systems garnered 85.6 points out of 100 from clients in terms of business intelligence capabilities, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and natural language processing, but did not earn the highest score in client satisfaction, outcomes realized from the tool and solution usability, according to a KLAS Research report. Based on interviews of three clients of emerging and major health care business intelligence vendors, researchers found that the embedded business intelligence solution from Jvion earned 84.5 points, followed by Tableau at 84.8 and Qlik at 81.2.

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8/21/2018

Reaction Data polled 97 C-suite executives and directors from health care provider organizations and found that 29% cited telemedicine as the most promising emerging technology, followed by artificial intelligence, interoperability, data analytics and mobile data. Rounding out the top eight were information security, the cloud and blockchain.

8/20/2018

MedCrypt researchers evaluated alerts submitted by medical device vendors to the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team since 2013 and found 47 cybersecurity disclosures, with 70% of 122 vulnerabilities occurring after the FDA's December 2016 release of its Postmarket Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices guidance. Forty-two percent of the 85 cybersecurity vulnerabilities disclosed after December 2016 were caused by user authentication, followed by code defect, encryption, operating system, third-party library and system configuration.

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8/20/2018

A phishing attack against Augusta University Health in Georgia in September 2017 enabled hackers to steal the email account login credentials of 24 employees, potentially compromising the protected health information of 417,000 patients, while another phishing attack on July 11 may have exposed the personal information of more people. Last year's incident may have exposed patients' medical, surgical and treatment information; laboratory results; medical record numbers; diagnoses; dates of service; medications; personal and/or insurance information; and Social Security numbers and/or driver's license numbers.

8/20/2018

Practice managers can train physicians to know more about coding procedures and make sure claims are sent out regularly to ensure timely payments and avoid claim denials. Technology and automation can also help practices get claims right, one expert said.

8/17/2018

Setting up software to install patches automatically, using two-factor authentication, thinking every day about what could go wrong, approaching requests for personal information with suspicion, diligently backing up data and using a password manager are among the top defenses cited by cybersecurity experts at two recent conferences in Las Vegas.

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8/17/2018

Integrating Choosing Wisely clinical decision support alerts into the Epic EHR system at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center resulted in lower spending, shorter lengths of stay, a lower 30-day readmission rate and fewer complications when clinicians followed the recommendations, researchers reported in the American Journal of Managed Care. Health care providers received immediate notification if they deviated from recommendations and were given an option to justify, change or cancel the order.

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