Deltek's Federal Health Information Technology Market report showed that the implementation of new EHR systems at the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs is a main IT-related factor contributing to an increase in federal health care spending, which is predicted to rise to $1.7 trillion in 2025 from $918 billion in 2015. Researchers also expect spending on federal health IT products and services provided by vendors to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 5.6% to $8.1 billion in 2023, compared with $6.1 billion in 2018.
Health IT leaders should carefully develop their organizations' network segmentation plan to ensure the plan will be beneficial to their IT systems, and they should be aware of the businesses that may be affected beforehand, said Thien Lam, vice president and CISO at BayCare Health System. IT leaders should also ready to determine network segmentation challenges, Lam said.
Alexa and other voice assistants can change internet exploration for people who have visual impairments, Ian Bogost writes. Bogost, whose father has been legally blind since age 18, details the value of these devices for people with disabilities, noting that they offer hands-free operation and new accessibility for individuals with limited dexterity or mobility.
Unauthorized users were able to access the electronic data of up to 63,551 patients on Jan. 29 due to a misconfigured security setting on a radiology interface at Middletown Medical in Orange County, N.Y. The incident may have exposed patient names, dates of radiology services, client identification numbers, birth dates, and in some cases, diagnoses, radiology images and patient radiology reports.
Medicare payments for telehealth claims rose from $61,302 in 2001 to $17.6 million in 2015, but an audit by the HHS Office of Inspector General found that nearly one-third of a sample of 100 distant-site telehealth claims from 2014 to 2015 failed to meet reporting requirements. "We estimated that Medicare could have saved approximately $3.7 million during our audit period if practitioners had provided telehealth services in accordance with Medicare requirements," OIG said.
HIMSS Analytics awarded Stage 7 designation to Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital in California in recognition of its efforts to use an EMR system to improve care quality and community health. The EMR system allowed the hospital to improve access to care and care coordination in its service area, which has a shortage of 1,200 doctors.
The myUnity platform, a cloud-based EHR from Netsmart designed primarily for senior living communities and for home health use, has launched. The EHR system includes consumer and family engagement capabilities and analytics and interoperability features to support post-acute facilities.
Inogen is notifying 30,000 current and former customers of a data breach that exposed names, contact information, Medicare identification numbers and insurance policy information but not medical records or payment card information. Inogen, which makes portable oxygen devices, said it is offering an insurance reimbursement policy and credit monitoring to affected customers.
Scientists developed a deep learning algorithm to recognize and analyze neuronal cells in culture without the need for fluorescent labels. The method, described in the journal Cell, could facilitate long-term monitoring of cellular health and could be used to analyze troves of biomedical data.
ECRI Institute and its stakeholder collaborative, the Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety, are asking health IT system developers to take a survey to help assess and improve the safe design and use of their systems. The tool can be tailored to specific organizations for evaluating project teams' considerations of patient safety when developing their products.