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6/23/2017

A Stanford Medicine report on data in health care predicts that medical centers will increasingly provide FDA- and HIPAA-compliant devices to patients, robust predictive analytics will allow health care providers to anticipate illnesses in their patients and telehealth will continue to expand access to care, among other projections.

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6/23/2017

In a proof-of-concept study published in Science, biomechatronics researcher Katherine Poggensee and her colleagues at Carnegie Mellon University tested an algorithm that optimizes an exoskeleton to use the least amount of energy to walk based on feedback from sensors measuring the wearer's energy expenditure. The controller tests eight different tuning profiles and generates eight new profiles based on random guesses and how well the first eight worked, forcing the controller to evolve and adapt to the wearer.

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Wired online
6/23/2017

Philips' eICU critical care technology helped Emory Healthcare expand access to care during off hours, reduce readmissions by 2.1% and increase the discharge rate by 4.9%, saving an estimated $4.6 million over 15 months, according to a report. The EHR-linked system includes audio, video and data analytics capabilities.

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6/23/2017

President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced he will be adding a provision to his $1 trillion infrastructure plan that will expand broadband in rural areas. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai applauded the decision, saying, "Closing the digital divide needs to be a national priority, and the President's decision to include rural broadband in his infrastructure plan holds great promise for creating more jobs and prosperity in our nation's rural areas."

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Bloomberg, FierceTelecom
6/23/2017

A group called Endangered Bodies is circulating a petition asking Amazon, Apple and Google to remove from their stores plastic surgery apps and games aimed at young girls. An investigation in the UK by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics said the apps and games may encourage young people to seek cosmetic surgery, and the council called for banning "walk-in" cosmetic procedures for minors.

6/23/2017

Nine health insurance carriers submitted plans to sell individual policies in Colorado for 2018, including all seven that currently participate in the Connect for Health Colorado public exchange, state Insurance Commissioner Marguerite Salazar said. Every county in the state has at least one insurer offering plans, Salazar said.

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The Denver Post
6/22/2017

A centralized image warehouse at Mount Sinai Health Systems integrates clinical images with anonymized electronic health records for research. The system will provide opportunities for using integrated data for research, precision medicine and diagnosis in a variety of research areas, including mammography, cancer, neuro-degenerative diseases and genomics.

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Health IT Analytics
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Mount Sinai Health Systems
6/22/2017

Patients whose personal information may have been compromised in a phishing attack against California-based Torrance Memorial Medical Center in April were notified by hospital officials on Monday. The incident involved an unauthorized access of two of the medical center's email accounts that contained patient names, medical record numbers, health insurance data and other diagnostic information, addresses, dates of birth, phone numbers and Social Security numbers.

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Healthcare IT News
6/22/2017

While some mental health clinicians and nurses at the VA's Veterans Health Administration said using OpenNotes may boost patient collaboration and engagement, others said the program may change documentation and therapeutic relationships, according to a study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. The findings should prompt further studies aimed at boosting the program's benefits while minimizing its adverse effects in the mental health setting, researchers said.

6/22/2017

Thirty percent of respondents from the health care sector cited the need to increase their cybersecurity workforce by more than 20%, which is higher than other industries surveyed globally in an (ISC)2 report. Dan Waddell, (ISC)2's director of the North America region, stressed the importance of training users how to identify a spear phishing attempt and implementing a robust cybersecurity strategy.

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spear phishing, Dan Waddell, ISC