Health IT

HHS is pushing new interoperability rules to encourage better care coordination and empower patients to become stronger partners in their care through access to their digital health records––and the industry seems to be on board.

CVS Health is testing out a new store format in three Houston locations that aim to be a health hub for residents in those communities, with more of the store designated for healthcare services. The concept combines digital health offerings and community spaces with in-store services.

Healthcare organizations were targeted in 96 email fraud attacks on average in Q4 2018—an increase of 473 percent, compared to the Q1 of 2017, according to a new report issued by cybersecurity company Proofpoint.

Younger generations have different preferences when it comes to healthcare, with many rejecting some of the traditional aspects of care, according to a recent consumer survey from Accenture. These changing attitudes will help shape the future of healthcare as younger people age and have higher care needs.

Apple is working with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to make its Health Records on iPhone feature available to veterans, the company announced. Patients receiving care through the Veterans Health Administration will be able to view their aggregated health information on their iPhone in the Health app.

HHS is addressing one of the biggest issues in healthcare: interoperability. The agency, through CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), has proposed new rules to support electronic health record (EHR) interoperability.

Amid a major period of consolidation in the healthcare space, health systems have grown so large that using a patient’s name or date of birth isn’t a good identifier anymore. Instead, hospitals are turning to biometric systems, which use fingerprints or other physical characteristics to identify people, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Mayo Clinic has teamed up with Fortune 500 company Leidos in a strategic collaboration to develop and market tools, technologies and therapeutics to engage patients and families in their care.

Slack, a messaging app for business, could be on the brink of venturing into the healthcare space. The company recently filed confidential IPO papers with the SEC earlier this month and updated its security page to note HIPAA compliance, according to CNBC.

The use of electronic health records (EHRs) does not guarantee a higher quality of care, just a higher quality of reporting, according to a meta-analysis of articles published in the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology.

Emergency authorities found a bloody and unconscious 67-year-old Norwegian man on his bathroom floor in the nick of time. His savior was Apple Watch’s fall detection feature, which is available for users who are 65 and older.

Verily, the life sciences business of Google parent company Alphabet, has a new prototype for shoes enabled with sensors that can help track weight, falls and movement, according to CNBC.