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.
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.
Some hospitals and health systems suspended or delayed plans to scale up new EHR systems when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, but others forged ahead, believing EHRs would enhance their response efforts. California-based Valley Children's Healthcare was among the latter and reworked their on-site command center into a virtual helpline, giving health care providers at newly acquired practices access to immediate assistance.
Draft HHS guidance directs hospitals to provide daily information on influenza and COVID-19 cases and remdesivir inventory to the federal data collection system or risk termination of Medicare provider agreements. Hospitals would have to report the number of patients admitted to the hospital with influenza, the number with both influenza and COVID-19, and the number of patients in intensive care with the flu.
A national data privacy law may have helped the government respond to the COVID-19 pandemic more easily through contact tracing, lawmakers argued during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing Wednesday. "If we don't pass a federal privacy law to deal with these issues, we will have a great deal of difficulty in the US in terms of dealing with pandemics like the COVID crisis, in terms of providing people with the trust that they need to allow companies, governments and other organizations to respectfully and responsibly use data to address these crises," former FTC Commissioner Julie Brill said.
Mount Carmel Health Systems and parent organization Trinity Health were affected by a cyberattack on fundraising associate Blackbaud that compromised unencrypted data, including personally identifiable information and protected health information. Blackbaud paid a ransom, and the cybercriminals claim to have destroyed stolen data.
The CMS expanded coverage of telehealth services and eased some restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and some of those policies are likely to be permanent, but others -- especially those related to HIPAA -- are not, say Fredrikson & Byron shareholders Ryan Johnson and Katherine Ilten. Health insurers can innovate faster than the CMS, but innovation may be impeded by a patchwork of state licensing laws, Johnson and Ilten say.
Bright Health raised $500 million in its latest venture capital fundraising round, bringing total venture investment to more than than $1.5 billion since 2016. The technology-powered health insurer offers individual and Medicare Advantage plans in 43 markets across 13 states, and plans to expand into new markets for 2021.
My Medical Neighborhood Coalition on Health has joined the Georgia Health Information Network statewide health information exchange. MMNCH is a non-profit health information exchange and care coordination organization developed by flooring company Mohawk Industries as part of its employee benefits program and is open to employers, health care providers, and health insurers in northwest Georgia and southeast Tennessee.
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