An analysis of over 500,000 patient records from University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospitals showed that using an EHR-based clinical decision support tool to monitor patients' blood creatinine levels helped detect acute kidney injury and led to a 0.8% reduction in deaths from the condition and a 2.7% drop in dialysis rates. The findings were published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Radware surveyed almost 200 health care security executives and found that the health care sector lags behind other industries in terms of mitigating cybersecurity risk, with 27% of respondents expressing confidence in their organizations' ability to protect patient records and 62% saying they had little or no confidence about their ability to quickly implement updates and security patches without affecting operations. Researchers also found that 37% of health care respondents have monitored the darknet for stolen data, compared with 56% and 48% in the financial services and retail sectors, respectively.
When filtering data for use in artificial intelligence tools aimed at delivering data-driven care, health care CIOs should identify a specific challenge or question, determine the data necessary for finding a solution, identify whether available data is usable, and ensure that data collected for the AI systems is accurate, properly labeled and unbiased, says Navin Gupta of PeerWell. SyTrue CEO Kyle Silvestro also urges CIOs not to assume data accuracy, to invest in data quality and make data accessible to multiple departments after it is processed.
The Next CHIME Healthcare CIO Boot Camp will take place April 8-11 in Chicago. It's an intense three-and-a-half days of learning, sharing and growing that will give you a new outlook on your profession and personal life. The program is taught by leading CIOs and combines presentations, small group discussions, case studies and interactive problem-solving, allowing participants to learn the real-world skills necessary to become a successful health care CIO. Learn more.
Mark your calendars. The 2018 CHIME-HIMSS CIO Forum is scheduled to take place March 4-5 in Las Vegas. The focus will be "Leading the Next Wave of Healthcare Transformation." A special block of rooms has been set aside for CHIME members at the Wynn Las Vegas hotel and the Venetian/Palazzo (the location for the CIO Forum and the HIMSS18 Conference). More details are available.
Recent cyberattacks making headlines have overshadowed another serious threat to cybersecurity -- data manipulation. This type of attack is used to change sensitive information and can go undetected, bringing serious risks to health care organizations, banks and government agencies, writes Betsy Cooper of the Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity.
UC San Diego Health is moving electronic health records to the cloud to improve security. One hospital has installed iPads in patient rooms to offer easy access to medical records, and the university has partnered with IBM to offer artificial intelligence at a senior living center.
The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions is scheduled to hold a hearing on Nov. 29 to discuss President Donald Trump's nomination of former Eli Lilly and Co. executive Alex Azar for HHS secretary. Azar, who previously served as HHS general counsel and then deputy secretary during President George W. Bush's administration, will likely face questions about his time as a pharmaceutical executive and his plans for the Affordable Care Act.
Playing a virtual reality game was as effective as participating in more physical therapy sessions in helping stroke patients recover motor function, researchers reported in Neurology. Study author Iris Brunner said VR games could be used as a supplement to -- not as a replacement for -- physical therapy and other stroke care.
Wearable biometric monitors that combine heart rate sensors with machine learning algorithms can detect hypertension and sleep apnea in the wearer, according to research from the University of California at San Francisco and startup Cardiogram.
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