ISACA surveyed 2,366 cybersecurity and information security professionals across various industries worldwide, including health care, and found that half reported an increase in cyberattacks this year, compared with last year, while ransomware attacks reportedly dropped by 17 percentage points from year to year. Ninety-six percent of respondents indicated that their organizations do not have a cryptocurrency supply for making ransom payments to hackers, and 92% said they don't think their organizations would pay a ransom, the report found.
ONC Authorized Certification Bodies Gaming Laboratories International and Drummond Group awarded the ONC 2015 Edition health IT certification to ChartLogic and Streamline. ChartLogic received the certification for its ambulatory EHR solution after all users taking part in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System successfully attested for federal incentive payments last year, while Streamline's SmartCare 5.0 health IT module was recognized for providing the functionality needed for eligible hospitals and providers to achieve meaningful use requirements.
A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Cardiovascular Imaging showed that machine learning models that use EHR information and image data produced "significantly higher" accuracy in predicting mortality among patients who underwent echocardiography, compared with a linear logistic regression method. Researchers used a cohort of 171,510 patients and found that machine learning models achieved 96% of the maximum prediction accuracy using just 10 variables, six of which were from echocardiography interpretations.
Artificial intelligence technology will play a vital role in the success of value-based care models, and it also promises to improve clinical care, writes attorney Pamela Hepp of Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney. However, the adoption of AI in health care raises legal and regulatory issues, including determination of responsibility for poor outcomes, data breaches, and guidelines for licensure and malpractice, Hepp writes.
In response to a House Energy and Commerce Committee request for ideas to reduce cybersecurity vulnerabilities in legacy medical devices and IT systems, groups representing health care providers said manufacturers of these products should provide better security support, and the FDA should require them to maintain that support. However, groups representing device makers said cybersecurity is a "shared responsibility," and supporting devices and systems beyond their expected life span would be cost-prohibitive and discourage innovation.
An artificial intelligence platform developed by Brazilian scientists is capable of detecting the Zika virus beyond the disease's 30-day acute phase. Using mass spectroscopy, the platform can identify metabolic markers from blood samples, including particles related to Zika infection, researchers said.
The repeal of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate penalty and the proposed expansion of short-term health plans and association health plans will lead to higher premiums for the 2019 plan year, according to a report from the American Academy of Actuaries. "The individual market, which had shown signs of stabilizing, now faces a potential deterioration of the risk pool due to policy changes that reduce incentives for healthy individuals to enroll," says senior health fellow Cori Uccello.
UK researchers found that ultrasound scores in diagnosing children and teens with inflammatory bowel disease were 2% lower than magnetic resonance enterography scores, but ultrasound scoring had substantial agreement, compared with poor repeatability with MRE scores. The findings in the journal Pediatric Radiology also showed that ultrasound and clinical consensus scores had a significant positive correlation with MRE and clinical consensus scores, prompting researchers to conclude that both modalities had similar detection of clinically significant pediatric IBD.
The Sequoia Project has revised its national framework that provides best practices for patient matching between health information exchange partners and health care organizations. "If we can standardize, in practice, how EMRs and [health information organizations] leverage existing standards, we will increase patient match rates dramatically even in the absence of having a national unique patient identifier," said Eric Heflin, lead author of the framework and CTO of The Sequoia Project.
HealthPay24's payment page, available through Epic's App Orchard marketplace, can now be incorporated into Epic EHR systems and accessed via MyChart, the EHR's patient portal. The payment page collects bank account and credit card information and provides a payment checkout service for patients.
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