Medical students, interns, residents and fellows; doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in biomedical research; graduate students in public health programs; and graduate students in other health profession programs are eligible to apply for the Lasker Foundation's 2019 Student Essay Contest. Applicants should write an essay of 800 words or less outlining an educational strategy that to increase interest in biomedical sciences among young men and women. Submissions are due by April 11. Learn more.
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.
US businesses and government agencies are experiencing increased cyberattacks by Iranian hackers, while China is focusing on the theft of US military and trade secrets, experts say. The Iranian hackers' attacks affected dozens of companies and led to a Department of Homeland Security emergency order during the government's recent partial shutdown.
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.