The phone number for the HHS Office of Inspector General's fraud tip hotline has been spoofed, and thousands of calls have been made using the spoofed number, though the real number is used only for incoming calls, according to an HHS blog post. The caller tells victims they will receive a government grant if they pay their taxes on time and asks for personal or banking information, and some people have been asked to wire a payment for "processing fees," according to HHS.
Intermountain Healthcare Innovation Fund invested $1 million in Redox, which develops interoperability application programming interfaces for health care. Redox joined Intermountain's Healthbox Studio accelerator in 2015 and subsequently helped connect nearly 100 health systems and more than 30 EHR platforms with digital health applications.
A program to teach medical students about EHRs has been developed by the American Medical Association and the Regenstrief Institute of Indiana University School of Medicine. The program uses real, anonymized patient data to teach students how EHRs can be applied in population health, to improve patient safety and care quality and to address social determinants of health.
Enterprise video-conference platform developer Zoom has introduced Zoom for Telehealth, a cloud-based video telehealth service integrated with Epic EHRs. The platform can be integrated with point-of-care peripherals and includes virtual waiting rooms, remote camera control capabilities, encryption of meeting data, and open application programming interfaces and software development kits.
Cognitive Medical Systems and Motive Medical Intelligence will develop standards-based, EHR-integrated, evidence-based clinical decision support software and workflows for the Department of Veterans Affairs health system under a one-year contract with prime contractor B3 Group.
Deloitte is the subject of a federal investigation into possible false claims for payment the company made in developing Rhode Island's health insurance exchange and public benefits computer system, according to Gov. Gina Raimondo.
Joan Richards, an MDLive app user, filed a putative class-action lawsuit against the telehealth provider alleging it violated patients' privacy rights by sharing detailed health information with TestFairy, an Israel-based technology company, without consent. "MDLive fails to adequately restrict access to patients' medical information and instead grants unnecessary and broad permissions to its employees, agents and third parties," the lawsuit states.
Eligible clinicians participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System this year can get more information about MIPS reporting through three resources issued by the CMS. They include the MIPS improvement activities factsheet, which offers a better understanding of the MIPS clinical improvement activities performance category requirements; the MIPS 2017 qualified registries, which provide a list of CMS-approved qualified registries; and the MIPS participation factsheet, which presents an overview of which entities are expected to participate and what participation means.
A Government Accountability Office report on telehealth and remote patient monitoring use in Medicaid programs in six states found that Connecticut spent $89,053 in 2015 on 817 encounters involving provider-to-provider consultations via secure messaging, while Montana's Medicaid program used telehealth to let patients consult with in-state and out-of-state specialists remotely. Meanwhile, Kansas implemented a remote patient monitoring pilot project from September 2007 to June 2010 and called telehealth a "valuable" tool, the report stated.
Terbium Labs says that Matchlight, its fully private, fully automated data intelligence system, can locate stolen health care data on the dark web in a matter of hours. The company says Matchlight uses a one-way secure data signature to search for fingerprint matches that indicate when sensitive data appears on the dark web.
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