As Memorial Day approaches, we honor the brave men, women, and service animals who have given their lives for our country. We also recognize the thousands of veterans and war dogs who have returned from the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan with physical and psychological injuries.
Read FBR's latest blog post to see how these wounded heroes have access to a better quality of life than those in decades past, thanks to medical advancements made possible by animal research. Looking to the future, learn about the latest science and exciting new discoveries that may, for example, one day allow paralyzed veterans and service animals to walk again.
The ONC is slated to receive $38 million under President Donald Trump's proposed budget for 2018, a 37% reduction from the $60 million it received in previous years. The budget document states the ONC's main priorities are EHR usability and health data interoperability, and it directs the agency to decrease support for the Consumer e-Health and National Learning Consortium programs.
The HHS received $387,200 from St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York as part of a settlement resolving alleged HIPAA violations, and the provider also agreed to a corrective action plan regarding its protected health information usage and disclosure procedures and policies. A staff member at the hospital's Spencer Cox Center for Health faxed a patient's PHI to the patient's employer, rather than sending it to the patient's personal post office box, according to an investigation by the HHS Office for Civil Rights.
Twenty-six percent of 100 health care CIOs surveyed said they are not certain how much protected health information is being shared via unsecured methods, and 30% think that more than 20% of hospital data is shared insecurely, according to a Spok survey administered by CHIME. Researchers also found that 69% of CIOs said mobile strategies are vital for boosting clinical and operational outcomes, but 63% reported that their hospital lacks a formal process to measure the success of these projects.
InterSystems and Epic were the two companies with the largest worldwide EMR market share in 2016, with InterSystems' lower cost structure appealing to many providers, compared with Epic or Cerner, according to a KLAS report. Meanwhile, Epic's strong usability and clinical functionality made it the most popular higher-cost technology, and Cerner was the top choice in new and add-on contracts among hospitals in the UK, Middle East and Australia, according to the report.
In "The Matter of the Heart," Thomas Morris describes how the now commonplace transcatheter aortic valve implantation procedure was once dismissed by scientists and investors alike even as strides were made in animal studies. Now, aided by advances in stem cell engineering and 3D printing, scientists are trying to generate entire hearts, and some have had success in animal studies such as growing heart tissue capable of pumping blood on a scaffold of extracellular matrix and connective fiber taken from a rat, as well as a 3D-printed hydrogel facsimile of a human heart.
University of California at Davis graduates Arshia Firouzi and Gurkern Sufi are lab testing a single-cell electroporator for creating transgenic organisms, and the device could accelerate the pace of animal and human research. The device sends electrical pulses into embryos, creating pores through which a gene-editing agent diffuses.
Animal welfare researchers led by the University of Bern's Michael Toscano attached tracking anklets to chickens at a commercial aviary to find out why some go outside and some do not, and how keel bone damage affects mobility and egg production. The research has shown that individual chickens have their own daily routines, and Toscano plans to expand the work to larger populations to validate the patterns his team has uncovered.
A report from the Ponemon Institute and Metalogix found that in the past two years, 49% of about 1,400 health care organizations surveyed have experienced one or more confirmed file-sharing data breaches. Fifty-eight percent of respondents reported that their organization does not do enough to see that users of Microsoft SharePoint handle confidential or sensitive data appropriately, and 79% questioned existing tools' ability to safeguard sensitive data from a targeted breach or unintentional exposure, the report found.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the CDC are developing a system to facilitate electronic sharing of Zika virus testing data between laboratories and health care providers. The project will use a web portal for providers and Health Level Seven's Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources standard, said Michelle Meigs of the Association of Public Health Laboratories, which is also a partner on the project.
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