To create a more immersive virtual reality environment, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology has developed a new system that creates the sensation of being touched through transcranial magnetic stimulation. While the experiment was limited, researcher Michela Bassolino believes its future applications could go further than video games, including helping people reduce sensory deficits after strokes.
St. Jude Cloud is an online data-sharing platform launched for pediatric cancer researchers by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Hospital officials expect to host 10,000 whole-genome sequences on the platform, which will allow researchers to access RNA sequencing, whole-exome sequencing and whole-genome sequencing data sets from more than 5,000 pediatric cancer patients and survivors.
Among 5,487 registered US hospitals, 33.8% have achieved Stage 6 of HIMSS Analytics' EMR Adoption Model, while 32.9% and 12% have been awarded Stage 5 and Stage 3 designation, respectively, as of the fourth quarter of 2017, according to HIMSS Analytics. Only 6.4% of hospitals have achieved Stage 7 designation.
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.