CHSPSC, a health information management company that works with hospitals and health clinics, will pay $2.3 million and take corrective action to settle allegations that the company allowed a breach to continue after being informed by the FBI that its network had been hacked. Protected health and financial information of more than 6 million patients across 237 covered entities was compromised from April through August 2014, authorities say.
Scientists at Monash University say they have developed an algorithm that automatically detects spikes on electroencephalograms that indicate epilepsy. The scientists trained a machine learning model on more than 400 EEGs of patients with and without epilepsy, and researcher Doug Nhu says the algorithm could result in significant time savings, and the university said it could also be a valuable training tool for new neurologists.
Radiology practices can address burnout among breast radiologists by assigning navigators or coordinators for patient counseling, hiring nurse practitioners or physician assistants to administer procedures, adopting artificial intelligence software, facilitating camaraderie between breast radiologists and other specialties, promoting work schedule flexibility, and being upfront about productivity expectations, researchers reported in Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology. "While both individual and organizational approaches to addressing burnout exist, it is essential for institutions to take an active role in embracing these concepts and encouraging their staff to have honest discussions about wellness, work-life balance, and burnout," researchers wrote.
A study in the American Journal of Roentgenology found that people with COVID-19 had increased odds of having thromboembolic findings on imaging scans, compared with those without COVID-19. The findings should prompt radiologists to "raise concern for COVID-19 when identifying thromboembolic abdominopelvic findings during this pandemic," researchers wrote.
Veterinary scientists at Kansas City Zoo are working with their colleagues at the Frozen Zoo in San Diego to bank skin cells from endangered and extinct species, such as the Western black rhinoceros, for cloning and species reintroduction in the future. "Participation in the Frozen Zoo gives us a future hope, and what better time to have hope than during the [COVID-19] pandemic?" said veterinarian Kirk Suedmeyer, Kansas City Zoo's director of animal health and conservation research.
Many, and possibly all, birds have a brain region comparable to the mammalian neocortex that enables advanced behaviors and abilities, according to two studies published in Science. The dorsal ventricular ridge and wulst in bird brains are constructed similarly to the neocortex, imparting advanced abilities, and activity in the nidopallium caudolaterale shows birds have the ability to remember sensory experiences.
Frank Purpera Jr., a doctor from Blacksburg, Va., was sentenced to 90 months in prison and was ordered to pay more than $2.3 million in restitution after being convicted of one count of health care fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, two counts of obstruction of justice and 56 counts of illegal distribution of a controlled substance. Court evidence showed Purpera unlawfully wrote Percocet and Adderall prescriptions in his wife's name without legitimate medical reason and then falsified medical records to justify fraudulent claims to Medicare and Anthem.
Vivian Letizia, a dentist from New York, was arrested and charged with illegally prescribing controlled substances without legitimate medical purpose and solely for her own personal consumption. Authorities said Letizia wrote prescriptions for oxycodone for four people but filled the prescriptions for herself at pharmacies, and also ordered 2,800 oxycodone tablets sent to her dental practice for her personal use.
People who live in low-income communities with high barriers to health care readily adopted an app designed specifically with their needs in mind, with resources in both Spanish and English, researchers reported in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. Community health workers guided the app's rollout, and participants were willing to share data collected on wearable devices, have their health records stored in a central location, access EHRs using a mobile device, and participate in research.
Lower levels of zinc were associated with greater inflammation and poorer outcomes in hospitalized COVID-19 patients, compared with more healthful levels, researchers reported at the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease's Conference on Coronavirus Disease. Pulmonologist Dr. Len Horovitz of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City commented that one potential explanation is that zinc may have a protective anti-inflammatory effect.
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