Health care organizations must consider cybersecurity costs for mobile devices in their IT budget, choose appropriate mobile tools, train employees regularly and ensure all mobile devices remain HIPAA-compliant, writes Elizabeth Snell. She reviews four key considerations for an innovative, secure mobile strategy in health care.
The ONC is holding two stakeholder forums focused on health data exchange, the first of which is likely to occur next month, and intends to release a draft document on the trusted exchange framework and common agreement by the end of this year, says Genevieve Morris, ONC principal deputy national coordinator. Interoperability and the ability to exchange health data are vital as health care providers transition from a fee-for-service to a value-based payment system, Morris said.
Penn Medicine's centralized leadership of its health system and medical school optimized the institution's ability to deploy a common platform and implement precision medicine, says Chief Information Officer Michael Restuccia. The PennOmics database warehouses registry, clinical trial and other data; and caregivers at any Penn Medicine location can get access to data from the PennChart EMR system, which is deployed across inpatient, ambulatory and home care settings, Restuccia notes.
The FDA's Digital Health Innovation Action Plan is a shift in the agency's approach to digital health technologies, emphasizing postmarket instead of premarket review, and oversight by independent, non-government entities, write law professors Nathan Cortez, Nicolas Terry and Glenn Cohen. Questions remain about mechanisms for implementing the plan, how evidence will be generated prior to market introduction and the effectiveness of third-party certification, the professors write.
Many companies have had difficulties with cybersecurity because they have under-resourced the problem and aren't sure how to handle it properly, says Centurylink Chief Security Officer Dave Mahon. Companies must map IT assets against corporate strategies, including business objectives, as a first step to protecting against cyberthreats, Mahon says.
More than 800 ICD-10 code changes that were approved by the CMS and the CDC for fiscal 2017 will be implemented Oct. 1, according to a blog written by Jerris Heaton, marketing coordinator at ChartLogic. These code changes, which include 123 deleted codes, 273 revised codes and 419 added codes, will be in effect through the end of September 2018, according to Heaton.
C-suite executives from health care provider organizations cited disaster preparedness as the main reason for moving resources onto cloud platforms, according to an HIMSS Analytics survey. Respondents also mentioned disaster recovery, improved security and cost savings as factors that prompted them to migrate into a cloud environment.
CNBC reported that Aetna and Apple held private discussions with hospital chief medical information officers from across the US last week about providing free or discounted Apple Watches to Aetna insurance plan members to boost their diet tracking and encourage healthier lifestyles. The Apple Watch is currently available to 50,000 Aetna employees as part of the insurer's corporate wellness program.
A new guidance on strengthening passwords published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology suggests hospital IT personnel allow users to include space characters in their passwords and enable them to choose passwords that are as long as they want, making it easier for them to remember. NIST also recommends creating a blacklist of passwords that employees are prohibited to use, including any that have already been breached, dictionary words or those that are too obvious.
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