CHIME and the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security have sent a letter to the National Institute of Standards and Technology to compliment the proposed cybersecurity framework the agency unveiled in December. The organizations reminded the NIST that despite the importance of the framework to address cybersecurity problems, it is only part of a greater risk analysis and risk management effort that should be undertaken to address the issues faced by many providers in the country. The groups said that providers need to be more educated about the framework to ensure that it is implemented successfully.
An online open developer platform called the Cerner Open Developer Experience (code_) was launched by Cerner to help third-party developers design SMART on FHIR apps that allow providers to view and share patient data. Cerner has partnered with several vendors to develop 15 SMART on FHIR apps, including the VisualDx Clinical Decision Support App and the Meducation app that provides patient-specific health data.
A data breach affecting more than 91,000 Apple Health Medicaid patients was reported by the Washington State Health Care Authority after two staff members of different state agencies exchanged patient data in an improper manner that violated HIPAA regulations. Compromised data included patient birth dates, Apple Health ID numbers and Social Security numbers.
A partnership was formed between Cigna and Sequent Health Physician Partners to launch an accountable care initiative benefiting over 8,500 Cigna members in Georgia. The program was unveiled last month with the goal of addressing gaps in patient care, boosting follow-up and preventive health visits, and cutting unnecessary emergency room visits.
Genome editing technology could be used to create harmful biologic agents or products and thus presents a national security threat, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in a report to Congress.
Catalent Chief Financial Officer Matthew Walsh said the company's second-quarter revenues were reduced by about $21 million after French regulators halted operations of its softgel facility over misplaced capsules. Intentional human interference is suspected, and the firm anticipates full production to resume in March.
On Feb. 5, Greg Case, President and CEO, Aon plc, announced the firm's fourth-quarter and full-year 2015 results. Total revenue for the quarter was $3.3 billion, with organic revenue growth of 5%. Total revenue for the 2015 year was $11.7 billion, with organic revenue growth of 3%. For more information on the metrics and highlights, visit the Aon Media Room.
President Barack Obama's proposed budget for fiscal 2017 includes a 4% increase in funding for research and development across the US government, but advocates say there's an important catch. The increase relies heavily on mandatory spending, meaning it likely faces a tougher path through Congress, and the proposals are offset by flat or lower discretionary budgets. Under the proposal, the NIH budget would be $33.1 billion, 2.6% over the 2016 level, but $1.8 billion of the total would be mandatory spending that cuts into the agency's discretionary budget.
The American Hospital Association has issued a list of things it wants to the CMS, which is finalizing rules that will cover electronic quality reporting measures. Among the AHA's requests are that the CMS publish the outcomes of previous eCQM pilots and demonstrations and that it boost its eCQM outreach and education efforts.
The Defense Department has awarded Cerner a $50.7 million data hosting contract, denying appeals by several companies including IBM, Computer Sciences Corp. and General Dynamics. The DOD noted that Cerner, which won a $4.3 billion contract with its partner Leidos last year to deploy the new EHR for the military, has said it will allow no other commercial entity, even DOD, to connect to its managed services. The Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization program includes the implementation of Cerner's technologies to replace the IT platform that is being used by DOD staff members at military locations, hospitals and clinics.
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