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9/20/2017

Researchers found that patients with suspected obstructive sleep apnea who were assigned to continuous positive airway pressure therapy telemonitoring with automated patient feedback had higher 90-day adherence rates for CPAP average daily use than those in usual care and telemedicine-based education groups. The findings in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine found that clinic attendance for OSA evaluation rose with telemedicine-based education.

9/20/2017

Blaming EHR and health IT companies for interoperability problems and accusing them of profiting from owning patient protected health information is "inflammatory and inaccurate," the EHR Association Executive Committee said in response to a Health Affairs Blog post written by former ONC Chief Privacy Officer Lucia Savage. The group also stated that charging a fee for data integration, additional data collection and customization does not represent information blocking.

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EHR Intelligence
9/20/2017

Public outreach and education by institutions and companies with a stake in animal research varies from serious engagement to no outreach at all, despite a multitude of campaigns against scientific research, writes Allyson Bennett. Institutions and agencies that fail to defend animal research and researchers jeopardize not only the science and scientists, but also the public, which stands to lose in the absence of scientific discoveries that benefit society, other animals and the environment, Bennett writes.

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Speaking of Research
9/20/2017

Draft FDA guidance recommends best practices for animal studies used to evaluate certain organ preservation devices, including experiment setup, transportability and contamination control, and the public comment period on the document is open. The agency suggests that researchers contact the agency during the presubmission phase to obtain feedback on methods for proposed animal studies.

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Regulatory Focus
9/19/2017

Some of the country's top children's hospitals are shifting to value-based reimbursement not because of government mandates, but because they see it as the best model to improve the quality of care and financial performance of their organizations. The keys to the transition in a pediatric setting are tailored quality metrics, robust networks with shared access to patient records, physician engagement, and the ability to merge and make sense of data.

9/19/2017

Smiths Medical said it has not received reports of hacking involving its Medfusion 4000 drug infusion pumps that, according to a Department of Homeland Security advisory, contain cybervulnerabilities, but the company has already recommended immediate actions for the secure use of the devices. The company is looking to release new software for versions 1.1, 1.5 and 1.6 of the pumps in January and is resolving the issue in collaboration with the DHS and the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team.

9/19/2017

Officials at Augusta University Medical Center and Augusta University in Georgia announced that a phishing attack has potentially compromised the information of a limited number of patients. According to an investigation that ended July 18, hackers accessed two employees' email accounts between April 20 and 21 that contained patients' names, medical information, prescription details, medical record numbers, Social Security numbers and other personal data.

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Healthcare IT News
9/19/2017

A study in the journal Hepatology showed that Michigan Medicine increased its hepatitis C virus screening rates among baby boomers from 7.6% to 72% a year after implementing a prompt in its EHR system. Researchers found that the prompt also referred 100% of newly diagnosed patients to specialty care, and 67% were prescribed treatment.

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9/19/2017

Researchers from Health Catalyst found that 19% of more than 1,100 health care professionals surveyed rated the return on investment for EHRs as terrible, compared with 42% who rated it as poor and 1% who rated ROI as superb. Twenty-nine percent of respondents rated ROI for EHRs as mediocre, while 9% rated it as positive, the findings showed.

9/19/2017

There have been a total of 1,002 data breach incidents across various industries through Sept. 12 of this year, which is 23.7% higher than the same time in 2016, and more than 163 million records have been exposed since the beginning of this year, according to a report from the Identity Theft Resource Center. Researchers found that 26.3% of all data breaches were reported by the medical/health care sector, compromising more than 4.2 million records.

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