Health care organizations must replace outdated security tools, including cloudless security, use of simple passwords and flat networks, and reliance solely on compliance for network security, said Intermountain Healthcare Chief Information Security Officer Karl West. He recommends using multi-factor authentication, creating a security perimeter for all devices connected to the internet, and using real-time and data analytics for security alerts.
The individual health insurance market will falter if Congress revokes funding that helps low-income Americans afford coverage, says AHIP President and CEO Marilyn Tavenner. "If insurance companies believe cost-sharing subsidies will not continue, they are going to pull out of the market during the next logical opportunity," Tavenner warned.
Studies in Caenorhabditis elegans, a short-lived species of roundworm whose genome is similar to humans', showed that manipulating the RNA splicing process might extend healthy human life spans. The researchers reported in Nature that dietary restriction and increasing levels of splicing factor 1 appeared to slow the worms' aging process.
Researchers detected a gene called blaIMP-27 at a swine farm that renders bacteria resistant to the last-resort class of antibiotics known as carbapenems, and they say the gene could be transmitted to bacteria that might colonize people. Because the gene is carried on plasmids, it readily moves between microbes.
Saudi Arabian researchers found that the mean length of hospital stay among children with diabetic ketoacidosis was reduced from 107.4 hours before the implementation of clinical practice guidelines to 68.6 hours after implementation. The findings in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice revealed that 63 DKA episodes were observed among 41 patients managed using CPG, while there were 40 episodes in 33 patients treated before CPG implementation.
The FDA has granted New York-based One Drop clearance to market its One Drop Chrome, a mobile blood glucose monitoring system that comes with the One Drop Premium monthly subscription service. The system, which includes a lancing device, a connected Bluetooth meter, standard test strips and lancets, has also received CE mark approval from regulators in Europe.
Studies presented at The Liver Meeting showed that BMS-986036, a novel pegylated recombinant human fibroblast growth factor 21 analog, could help improve health outcomes among patients with type 2 diabetes and those with obesity. One study revealed that type 2 diabetes patients who received once-daily subcutaneous BMS-986036 had improvements in N-terminal type III collagen propeptide and adiponectin, but no significant changes in A1C or body weight.
Adolescents with metabolic syndrome had a 0.89 point lower score in digit span examination and a 1.25 point lower mean score in reading examination, compared with those without metabolic syndrome, according to a study in Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders. Researchers found that high systolic blood pressure and increased waist circumference were associated with impaired attention and working memory and high fasting blood glucose and increased waist circumference were tied to lower reading scores.
In a letter to President-elect Donald Trump, ANA President Pamela Cipriano said the nation's 3.6 million registered nurses "care profoundly about the health and welfare of our nation" and that ANA will continue to call "for health care system reforms that would guarantee access to high-quality, affordable health care for all." The letter outlines ANA's principles for transforming health care, including ensuring universal access to essential services and taking steps to educate and train an adequate supply of registered nurses and other health care professionals.
HITECH federal funding is still available for health information exchanges aiding Medicaid providers in meeting stage 2 and stage 3 meaningful use requirements. "We now explain that State costs of facilitating connections between Eligible Providers and other Medicaid providers ... or costs of other activities that promote other Medicaid providers' use of EHR and HIE can also be matched at the 90 percent HITECH matching rate, but only if State expenditures on these activities help Eligible Providers meet the Meaningful Use objectives," wrote the CMS' Vikki Wachino.
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