Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's proposal to repeal net neutrality and remove the ban on paid prioritization may prompt slower traffic in telemedicine, which could especially affect trauma and emergency care providers who need quick access to data, said Mark Gaynor of St. Louis University. The American Academy of Pediatrics expressed opposition to allowing paid fast lanes, which could result in higher fees, slower access to medical records and delays in care.
New York-Presbyterian is collaborating with Walgreens to offer its NYP OnDemand telemedicine kiosks at some Duane Reade drugstores in New York, enabling patients to access certified Weill Cornell emergency medicine physicians via high-definition video conferences. More kiosks are expected to open, and ColumbiaDoctors physicians are expected to begin participating next year.
Seventy-eight percent of IT professionals at health care provider organizations said they experienced a malware or ransomware attack in the previous 12 months, with 43% of larger organizations experiencing 16 or more attacks, according to a HIMSS Analytics/Mimecast survey. Researchers found that cybersecurity incidents are most likely to be caused by email, and 87% of respondents expect an increase or a significant increase in security threats related to email in the future.
Two University of Rochester neuroscientists reported in Neuron that they introduced information directly into two monkeys' premotor cortex, and the research could lead to a way to mitigate brain damage caused by stroke. The scientists implanted small electrode arrays into the brains of the monkeys, which had been taught to play a game involving visual cues, and the animals performed the functions as well using only signals transmitted by the electrodes as they did when prompted visually.
HHS issued a tool in 2000 for assessing quality of life in patient populations, and though the tool is freely available, it is seldom used, David Nash writes. Humana used the Healthy Days survey tool to measure progress toward its goal of improving health in the communities it serves by 20% by 2020, and the tool showed the company achieved a decrease in the number of unhealthy days among members, Nash notes.
New ransomware known as the "Spider Virus" was discovered Sunday by Netskope researchers. The campaign includes emails with Microsoft Office attachments that demand bitcoin payment within 96 hours, warning that if payment is not received within that time, files will be deleted permanently.
Health care providers seeking EHR optimization in their organizations should conduct initial and ongoing EHR training classes for newly hired physicians and staff, according to a KLAS best-practices list. Researchers found that personalization settings that allow quick data retrieval and chart reviews help improve clinician satisfaction, and a culture of user empowerment and IT service is typically found in successful organizations.
The American Medical Association and Accenture surveyed about 1,300 US physicians and found that 83% reported experiencing a cybersecurity attack, with phishing and computer viruses cited as the most common causes of cyberattacks. Just over half of respondents said they were very or extremely concerned about their organizations being affected by cyberattacks in the future, and about three-quarters said clinical practice interruption and security of patient records were their top concerns.
In the past three years, a provider dashboard linked to Geisinger's Epic EHR system helped the Danville, Pa.-based health system reduce the number of opioid prescriptions written in its community practice clinics, emergency departments and physician offices from an average of 60,000 per month to 31,000. Providers at Geisinger must document that they have reviewed data from the state's prescription drug monitoring program before they issue a prescription for controlled substances and note in the EHR if they change their decision to issue a prescription because of information in the database, according to Geisinger's Michael Evans.
Recent breaches show that the strategy many boards embrace for their cybersecurity efforts is falling short, Axio Global Chief Technology Officer Jason Christopher writes. Boards can implement a more effective strategy by looking at exposure in financial terms, focusing on a maturity-based cyberevaluation framework and having resources in place to recover from an attack.