GlaxoSmithKline is partnering with US government and academic researchers to use supercomputing power to identify biologic targets and develop a corresponding drug candidate in one year instead of the typical six years. GSK will use artificial intelligence to comb through thousands of abandoned compounds and match them with clinical and genomic data.
The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement and the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative will team up to advance policies in support of regional data sharing, share best practices and identify regional partnership opportunities. Ultimately, claims, clinical and demographic data in support of value-based care will be shared across the NRHI's regional health care improvement collaboratives and the SHIEC's health-information exchanges, says SHIEC chairman Dan Porreca.
Cloud content management company Box will help the FDA digitize and automate processes for internal and external collaboration. The FDA wants tools to improve business collaboration as well as an integrated platform for future capabilities and stakeholder-facing systems, says Sonny Hashmi, managing director of global government at Box.
Health care providers may use EHRs to reduce unnecessary medical testing, which could affect patient safety and satisfaction, researchers reported in JAMA Internal Medicine. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, a participant of the Choosing Wisely campaign, integrated an alert system into its physician EHR workflow that resulted in reduced test ordering.
A data breach that led to the encryption of protected health information on its file server prompted Namaste Healthcare in Ashland, Mo., to pay an undisclosed ransom to get the decryption key and restore the encrypted data. The incident compromised patient names, insurance information, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and other information.
The Protenus Breach Barometer report revealed that of the 46 data breach incidents reported in September, it took an average of 387 days for health care organizations to discover the incident and an average of 66 days from the time of discovery to its disclosure to the HHS, the state attorneys general or the media. Researchers also found that 40% of all data breaches were attributed to hacking, while insider-wrongdoing accounted for 33% of all incidents.
Artificial intelligence was developed to assist and not replace human jobs, says Kyu Rhee, chief health officer at IBM Watson Health, who added that increasing adoption of AI will require new skills to help health IT workers navigate in a "human+AI" environment. Vendors should be transparent about the information used in AI products as well as the process behind AI, machine learning and cognitive computing system training, Rhee said.
CVS Health will use Epic's Healthy Planet population health and analytics platform under a partnership that aims to help clinicians look for more options for prescribing less expensive drugs and simplify and improve patient access to medications. "This new relationship will help us further expand how we work with Epic and providers on their EHR system to develop meaningful tools and programs that will ultimately help us take even better care of the patients we support," said CVS Chief Medical Officer Dr. Troyen Brennan.
Health care organizations using Epic's EHR in the emergency department reported significantly higher rates of overall satisfaction but lower rates of workflow satisfaction and usability than users of other vendors' EHR systems, according to the September 2017 KLAS report. While users of Cerner and MEDITECH for the ED have expressed dissatisfaction with their system's usability, Wellsoft and MEDHOST have consistently performed well overall, the report stated.
An Epstein Becker Green report found that every state except Connecticut and Massachusetts have introduced new or modified regulations on telehealth delivery since last year, with some laws aimed at improving the definition of mental health-focused treatment. "The use of telehealth has really become mainstream and an integrated mode of treatment in most states, so in the future we expect to continue to see changes and refinements in these regulations," Brad Davidsen and James Tam of Epstein Becker Green said in an email.
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