Problems with EHR interoperability, such as the lack of a single patient identifier and of competition within the EHR market, hamper the health care industry's efforts to move to value-based care, said Dr. Nishant Anand, chief transformation officer and population health services CMO at Adventist Health, during a House subcommittee hearing last week. Anand recommended that the ONC establish an open API standard for EHR systems, ensure providers can use API and other industry standards to connect third-party applications to their EHR systems and require certified EHR vendors to divulge material limitations.
A team of researchers from Stanford University is working with the Vital Scout -- a digital health patch that monitors heart and respiratory rate, stress, activity, sleep and other functions via sensors and electrocardiogram measurement -- for a study involving teenagers. The patch enables monitoring of stress levels for up to 72 hours at a time.
CIOs should take the lead in deploying artificial intelligence governance initiatives to boost data management in their organizations, said Jean-Francois Gagne, CEO at Element AI. Success in AI governance can be achieved by developing a framework that prioritizes security, privacy, processes and transparency, Gagne said.
About 65% of health care executives have changed their definition of patient-centered care to include providing educational resources and access to coordinated care, according to a survey by Modern Healthcare. More than 94% of executives surveyed said they are investing in technology to provide better care.
Instead of not taking accountability for cybersecurity skills shortages and enabling lax security protocols, companies should focus on boosting in-house cybersecurity skills, writes Brian Ahern. A well-designed apprenticeship program can be launched for IT teams and staffers to develop key cybersecurity skills, Ahern writes.
Honolulu-based Fetal Diagnostic Institute of the Pacific notified 40,800 patients about a possible data breach after a June ransomware attack enabled hackers to access former and current patients' names, diagnoses, home addresses, dates of birth, account numbers or other types of information. The provider sought the help of a cybersecurity firm to remove the ransomware and restore its data and advised patients to inform it immediately if they discover other activities that may be related to the incident or receive suspicious communications.
Process automation via bots can be a big help to small- and medium-sized practices, assisting with appointments, insurance and accounting. Artificial intelligence is often less complex and less costly than many believe.
Health insurance plans could save some $4.8 billion a year by boosting subscribers' health literacy and simplifying plans, according to an Accenture report. People with low health literacy struggle to make informed decisions; manage referrals and medications; navigate health care provider networks; complete forms; and understand medical bills, benefits and their own financial responsibility, according to the report.
Warner Pacific's BigWave Systems will continue to power the HealthCare.gov Help on Demand system to help health insurance customers locate local agents and brokers during open-enrollment period for the 2019 plan year, according to the CMS. State-run exchanges in California and Colorado also use the BigWave lead-generation system.
Researchers polled more than 500 security professionals and executives from various industries, including health care, and found that 21% gave their organization's cybersecurity program an A for this year, while 42% gave a B rating, an improvement from the 2017 results of DomainTools' annual Cybersecurity Report Card Survey. Meanwhile, there was a 12% decline in malware analysis from 2017 and a 6% reduction in forensic analysis of compromised machines.