Health IT

As the Trump administration pushes forth plans to make electronic health records accessible through apps, medical organizations are pushing back, citing privacy concerns, according to The New York Times.

CMS is updating its Medicare Plan Finder for the first time in a decade.

Despite a high threat of cyber attacks, few healthcare workers are actually trained on how to protect themselves and their organizations, according to a report from FireEye.

 

 

A recent study published in JAMA Open Network found that using individual codes and present on admission designations instead of group codes can improve the predictability of patient total payment within 30 days of a hospitalization.

 

In the first six months of 2019, 32 million patient records have been breached in data security events, compared to roughly 15 million in all of 2018.

Nearly half of healthcare providers aren’t sure how to manage their reputation online, but more than 75% are worried about receiving negative reviews from patients, according to a recent survey.

Just a day after announcing three new payment proposals for 2020, CMS introduced a new pilot program for clinicians focusing on data.

Seemingly innocuous web browser extensions are actually a gateway for health and other data to be collected––and even put up for sale, according to Geoffrey Fowler, technology columnist for The Washington Post.

With healthcare being the largest employer in the U.S. and projected to reach 20% of national GDP in the coming years, the sector is ripe with startups looking to make a stake. However, digital health startups are struggling, even with an influx of investment cash, as a result of the current market, according to Justin Barad, MD, co-founder of surgical training platform Osso VR.

CVS Health has launched a new platform aimed at addressing social determinants of health, in collaboration with social care coordination platform Unite Us. The initiative is the first in a series of business programs to be announced by CVS Health targeting social determinants of health, which influence roughly 60% of a person’s life expectancy, the company said.

The financial impact of healthcare data breaches on organizations is nearly $6.5 million, according to a recent IBM study on data breach costs. Healthcare organizations had the highest cost of a breach than other industries for the ninth year in a row––about 60% more than other industries in the study.

Over the last few years, the number of physicians using telemedicine has doubled, according to a new report from Doximity, and the number continues to increase 20% annually. The new report underscores the growing emergence of the new technologies and the rising need for easy access to medical care among certain populations.