AHIMA and other health care organizations have long supported congressional action to allow HHS to fund the establishment of a national patient identification system. NPIs would facilitate the matching of patients to their medical records, thus improving efficiency and reducing the risk for medical errors, and it would improve the security of Social Security numbers, though cost and patient privacy are issues that must be addressed.
A 2017 cyberattack on Merck shut down production for weeks, causing $1.3 billion in damage and leading to litigation when most of Merck's 30 insurers and reinsurers denied coverage. This in-depth look at the attack and its aftermath explores how the dispute, in which the insurers claim the Russia-linked attack constituted an act of war, could have far-reaching consequences for companies and insurers.
A blockchain-based app by Atana automates the process of disputing medical bills, and if beta testing is successful, the app will be offered to employers as an employee benefit. The app analyzes photos of medical bills uploaded by patients; checks for errors, duplicate charges and consistency of the charges; identifies potential savings; and, if authorized, negotiates on the patient's behalf with health care providers or debt collectors.
The most recent data collected for Microsoft's interactive Security Intelligence Report reveals that detection of malware, ransomware and cryptominers fell in 2019 when compared with the same period last year. The change appears to indicate that many hackers have been targeting consumers less and focusing more of their attention on enterprise networks.
The Michigan Health Endowment Fund issued a two-year, $500,000 grant to Wayne State University for a health information exchange that collects data on household income, crime, grocery store access and other social determinants of health and combines that data with local residents' demographic and health data to improve population health. The grant will fund technological infrastructure development and partnerships with governments, businesses, community organizations, foundations and academic bodies.
Forty-two states and the District of Columbia have laws regarding telehealth reimbursement, but the laws vary, and four of those states do not require reimbursement, according to a report from legal firm Foley & Lardner. Thirteen states require coverage of remote patient monitoring, and 34 require coverage of store-and-forward telehealth services.
Stanford and doc.ai are conducting a clinical trial of a predictive analytics platform that incorporates real-world variables to help physicians choose the optimal treatment for patients with epilepsy. More than 25 drugs are approved to treat seizure disorders, and their tolerability, side effects and mechanisms of action are different.
Jon Russell, former CIO of John Muir Health, discussed the potential benefits of John Muir's partnership with Optum, particularly in improving care quality and patient experience, and the importance of managing costs for health care organizations. When deciding which new technologies and platforms to invest in while trying to keep costs down, Russell said it's important to have a "successful data and analytics strategy" to ensure the solutions provide the data the health system needs.
A panel of health IT leaders offered advice on how to deal with security challenges posed by the internet of medical things and how to maintain data safety without interrupting clinicians' workflow. During a panel discussion in the recent CHIME19 Fall CIO Forum, Imprivata Chief Technology Officer Wes Wright urged health IT leaders to move biomedical devices to their own network and create firewalls to control traffic, while Cara Babachicos of South Shore Health System said CIOs should ensure that devices are certified before starting a purchase order and "make sure the vendor is willing to cooperate and do patches and work with you through the life of the equipment."
Amazon has begun offering Transcribe Medical to Amazon Web Services customers, and the company says the virtual medical scribe will allow health care providers to devote more time to patients. The software transcribes conversations between health care providers and patients and inputs the information into EHRs, and it is compatible with Amazon's Comprehend Medical language processing program.