Officials at AdventHealth in Florida have informed 42,161 patients about a data breach in August 2017 that may have compromised their personal and medical information, including names, birth dates, medical histories, health insurance information and Social Security numbers. The hospital investigated after discovering in late December that an unauthorized third party accessed AdventHealth Medical Group Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine's computer systems.
CHIME released a statement addressed to a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation subcommittee urging the group to commit to adopting 5G technology and pointing out its potential benefits to health care. CHIME said emerging technologies such as telehealth and big data stand to benefit from the removal of "today's bandwidth limitations."
Greater technology use, strong adoption of the internet of things and cyberregulation expansion are three of the eight major risks that businesses face this year, states Aon's 2019 Cyber Security Risk Report. Companies need to better share data and collaborate with each other on cyberthreats, says Aon Cyber Solutions CEO J. Hogg.
A report from the HHS Office of Inspector General urged the NIH to strengthen its information security controls for sharing data access and advised the agency to implement more security controls for the protection of sensitive data, perform a risk assessment and create a security framework. The OIG also recommended that the NIH "work with an organization with expertise and knowledge in scientific data misuse," the report said.
Poor communication is a common factor in negative healthcare provider reviews on Yelp, according to a study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Meanwhile, a friendly demeanor and attentiveness tend to yield positive reviews, the study found.
Artificial intelligence will have a great impact on healthcare and could help clinicians with decision-making, said attendees at the HIMSS 2019 conference. Other technologies expected to have a major impact include mobile devices and wearables.
Fifty-seven percent of health systems do not discuss costs with patients, and 29 percent of patients have delayed care due to costs, surveys show. Meanwhile, cost is a significant factor in patient satisfaction with their physicians.
HHS unveiled a payment model that will reimburse ambulance services for transporting patients to facilities such as urgent care centers or physician's offices instead of emergency departments, as well as enabling them to work with a health care provider to use telemedicine for onsite care. The model, called Emergency Triage, Treat and Transport, or ET3, is designed to reduce unnecessary hospitalizations and is expected to run for five years starting next year.
A study in Pediatrics showed that children who used a telehealth-based referral system had more than three times increased odds of completing an initial screening visit with community mental health systems, compared with those who used the traditional phone call referral process. Researchers also found higher parent-reported satisfaction with the telehealth referral process and with overall care compared with the traditional system.
Children's National Health System in Washington, D.C., sends Dr. Bear Bot to make the rounds in the cardiac ICU, allowing physicians to remotely monitor children. Dr. Alejandro Lopez-Magallon says the biggest benefit of Dr. Bear Bot, which was named by a vote of children and staff, is that it allows him to head off problems before they gain momentum.
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