June, 2023

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15-Year Employee Privacy Breach Discovered by Metro Health System

HIPAA Journal

Metro Health System in Cleveland, OH, has discovered an employee has accessed patient records without a valid work reason. The unauthorized access was discovered on April 27, 2023, and the subsequent investigation confirmed that patient records had been accessed without authorization at various times over the past 15 years. The earliest incident occurred in 2008.

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HCA Healthcare accused of pushing patients toward end-of-life care to boost performance metrics

Fierce Healthcare

A pair of new reports released this week allege that HCA Healthcare policies are encouraging staff to transition more patients to palliative and end-of-life care, thereby increasing churn and boost | Two reports, one based on dozens of employee interviews and the other on policies and discharge statistics, paint a picture of internal policies encouraging transfers to boost quality metrics and free up hospital beds.

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‘Below the Belt’ Exposes the Silent Crisis of Endometriosis Care

Bill of Health

By Timothy Bonis Premiering tonight on PBS , the film Below the Belt sheds light on endometriosis by documenting four women’s experiences with the disease. Endometriosis is a silent crisis. One in ten women have it, yet, on average, people with the condition see seven doctors before they get diagnosed. Many experience severe pain, and the disease costs the American economy $80 billion annually in lost productivity, but the standard treatments are outdated and ineffectual.

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Survey: 1 in 3 patients comfortable with AI-led primary care

Healthcare It News

Nearly one-third (32%) of people already say they would be comfortable with artificial intelligence leading a primary care appointment, according to a new survey from Outbreaks Near Me – although fewer (25%) would be comfortable with AI-led therapy Twelve percent of adults in the U.S. say their healthcare providers currently use AI to help diagnose, treat or communicate with patients, but 66% expect AI to play a bigger role in healthcare in the next five years, the survey found.

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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New survey sheds light on providers' embrace of telemedicine

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Eighty percent of providers using telehealth in Virginia have seen improvements in their patients’ continuity of care, and 87% feel confident in the quality of care they’re able to offer patients via telehealth, according to a new survey conducted by the Virginia Telehealth Network of more than 10,500 active license healthcare professionals throughout the state.

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Nevada Consumer Health Data Bill Signed into Law

HIPAA Journal

The governor of Nevada recently signed a new consumer health data privacy bill into law that strengthens consumer health data privacy and gives Nevada residents new rights over their health data. Senate Bill (SB) 370 was modeled on Washington’s recently enacted “My Health, My Data (MHMD) bill, although is less comprehensive in scope. The new law applies to entities that conduct business in Nevada or produce or provide products or services that are targeted at consumers in Nevada and, either alo

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5 healthcare consumer trends to prepare for

Healthcare Dive

What consumers expect from their healthcare experiences is quickly evolving. View the latest consumerism trends and insights and how they’re influencing healthcare.

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Connected Medical Devices—the Next Target for Ransomware Attacks

Healthcare IT Today

The following is a guest article by Ryan Witt, Healthcare Cybersecurity Leader at Proofpoint The Internet of Medical Things, or IoMT, is a deep web of interconnected devices that increasingly plays a vital role in care delivery. Unfortunately, these devices have also significantly enhanced healthcare’s cyber risk, and security researchers have raised alarms about the vulnerabilities of these devices for more than a decade.

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European Skew in Genetic Research Databases Won’t Abate Without More Concerted Effort

Bill of Health

By Robert I. Field, Anthony W. Orlando and Arnold J. Rosoff The “pangenome” project that is mapping the genetic sequences of 47 diverse human beings from around the world is a much-needed step forward for science and humanity. The lack of racial diversity in genetic databases used in research has been noted for some time, and it has raised growing concerns about the development of clinical applications based on research results.

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How RPM can solve many patient and provider problems in rural areas

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Rural communities across the U.S. are facing an increasing healthcare crisis due to shortages in healthcare providers and facilities, especially as the nursing shortage continues throughout the country. One way people in these rural areas still can receive access to high-quality healthcare in a convenient and cost-effective way is through telemedicine and remote patient monitoring options.

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Everything You Wanted to Know About FACIS, but Didn’t Know to Ask

Speaker: Amy Anderson

FACIS® helps organizations mitigate patient and organizational risk. Maintaining compliance and safeguarding against fraud and abuse in today’s changing healthcare landscape can be challenging. Most healthcare organizations screen and monitor providers against the OIG but that’s only ONE of FACIS®’ primary sources. FACIS® pulls data for every taxonomy from the lowest level employee to the highest level licensed professional.

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Not covering emerging Alzheimer's drugs could cost Medicare billions: study

Fierce Healthcare

Emerging Alzheimer’s disease medications come with high price tags, but researchers with the University of Chicago calculate that in the long run, it’s much less costly to cover these therapies for | Emerging Alzheimer’s medications come with high price tags, but researchers with the University of Chicago calculate that in the long run, it’s much less costly to cover these therapies for Medicare beneficiaries.

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UNC Health's CIO talks generative AI work with Epic and Microsoft

Healthcare It News

Brent Lamm is CIO at UNC Health, based in Morrisville, North Carolina. He has quite the seat for the artificial intelligence explosion in healthcare – he's sitting right in the middle of it. Lamm and peers at Stanford, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of California at San Diego are part of a pilot project by electronic health records giant Epic, testing Epic's large language model AI capabilities to enhance the provider experience.

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Nonprofit hospitals have decreased charity care spending even as operating profits, cash pools grow

Healthcare Dive

The new study is the latest in a string of research suggesting nonprofit hospitals’ balance sheets benefit from the latitude they have regarding charity care spending.

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The State of Healthcare in America, State-By-State

Health Populi

If you live in Massachusetts, Hawaii, and New Hampshire, you win a kind of state lottery for public health and well-being, based on this year’s read of the 2023 Scorecard on State Health System Performance from The Commonwealth Fund. Here’s a picture of the annual study’s top-line findings, a roster of the fifty U.S. states ranked by a mash-up of health system indicators.

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Ensure Continuous Patient Care: How to Avoid Disruptions Due to Ransomware

The industry has seen an increasing pace of ransomware, zero-day, and remote-code execution attacks. Learn how to defend against these against these attacks in this eBook.

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Equitable and Ethical Access to Care: The Case of Pre-Hospital Blood Administration

Bill of Health

By Stephen Wood The State of Massachusetts is currently reviewing a new protocol for the pre-hospital (i.e., ambulance) administration of blood products to patients with acute hemorrhagic shock. In the pre-hospital setting, hemorrhagic shock, which is characterized by rapid blood loss that results in potentially fatal oxygen depletion of the vital organs, is traditionally managed by the administration of intravenous fluids.

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Why telehealth is so critical for marginalized patient populations

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

A 2019 survey by the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation’s Office of Health Policy found that the highest rates of telehealth visits happened among people with Medicaid (29.3%) and Medicare (27.4%), Black individuals (26.8%), and those earning less than $25,000 (26.7%). With so many of the nation's underserved patients using telehealth services, practitioners and medical organizations must work to understand what these patients need in order to improve the quality of care.

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Pharma giant Bayer moves deeper into digital health with new business unit

Fierce Healthcare

Pharma giant Bayer is launching a precision health unit as it ramps up its investment in consumer-facing digital health tools. | Pharma giant Bayer is launching a precision health unit as it ramps up its investment in consumer-facing digital health tools.

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How heightening patient engagement can reap financial rewards

Healthcare It News

Patient engagement is a hot topic among healthcare provider organization executives. Especially as people have begun approaching providers more as consumers than patients, it is critical that providers be able to engage with their patients as effectively as possible. Florian Otto is CEO and cofounder of Cedar, vendor of a financial engagement platform.

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Generative AI for Contracts Is Here: New Tools to Accelerate Drafting and Editing

The emergence of generative AI is reshaping the landscape of contract management, enabling businesses to generate and negotiate legal agreements with greater ease and speed. In this on-demand webinar, Hal Marcus, VP of Product Marketing at Evisort discusses how Evisort's generative AI transforms contract creation and negotiation, empowering legal teams to streamline processes while reducing risk.

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Healthcare costs will grow 7% next year, PwC finds

Healthcare Dive

Providers are expected to seek rate increases from payers as they struggle with labor costs, while health plans will face pressure from increased pharmaceutical expenses.

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TEFCA Real Talk

Healthcare IT Today

As someone who has covered the health IT industry for 17 years, I’m always fascinated when I see something really grab the attention of the health IT community. That’s a hard thing to do when there are so many people pining for attention. Certainly AI us currently doing that in health IT, but in the world of interoperability TEFCA and QHINs are grabbing all of the attention.

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Highlights from Petrie-Flom Center Discussion on Neuroscience and Cannabis

Bill of Health

By Minsoo Kwon The legalization of cannabis has raised ethical, regulatory, and scientific questions. Panelists discussed these topics during a recent webinar hosted by the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics. This article highlights key points made during the conversation. First, Stephanie Tabashneck, Senior Fellow in Law and Applied Neuroscience at the Center for Law, Brain & Behavior at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Petrie-Flom Center, began by

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Generation Z is in mental health crisis – telehealth can help

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

It's a challenging time to be a young person. Study after study has shown that stressors such as social media, bullying, loneliness and the pandemic are causing and exacerbating a wide array of mental health challenges among high school and college kids. And healthcare resources are not always readily available to help them. Among some recent stats: There are never-before-seen levels of hopelessness and suicidal thoughts among teens, according to a report from the CDC. 71% of college student

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Best Practices for Sharing Protected Health Information (PHI)

In this ebook, you will learn about the 18 PHI indicators, the legal requirements and penalties surrounding PHI, and how your healthcare teams should securely exchange this data. Key takeaways from this ebook: Gain confidence in identifying PHI. Acquire practical implementation strategies for exchanging PHI within your organization. Emphasize the importance of using compliant communication tools within healthcare teams.

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Medicare to broaden coverage of Alzheimer’s drugs after full FDA approval, but with some restrictions

Fierce Healthcare

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services outlined plans Thursday to broadly cover a new class of Alzheimer’s drugs once the medications get full approval from the Food and Drug Administration | CMS outlined plans Thursday to broadly cover a new class of Alzheimer’s drugs once the medications get full approval from the Food and Drug Administration.

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Penn Medicine uses AI chatbot 'Penny' to improve cancer care

Healthcare It News

Over the past 25 years, the field of oncology has witnessed a dramatic shift in cancer care delivery with the development of new therapeutics, a desire to shift care from inpatient and clinic settings to the home and widespread implementation of electronic health records. THE PROBLEM One area of innovation has been the development of oral anti-cancer drugs, including cytotoxic chemotherapies that patients can self-administer at home.

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State Medicaid spending fell below pre-pandemic levels during continuous enrollment

Healthcare Dive

An analysis by KFF found state spending on Medicaid fell during the COVID-19 pandemic even as enrollment soared. But spending will likely increase as the federal government begins to pare back its increased contribution.

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XRHealth receives patent for closed loop biofeedback in VR, AR

Mobi Health News

The company will first use the patent to combine the Apple Watch with Apple's new augmented reality headset Apple Vision Pro for closed loop AI-enabled treatment.

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HIPAA: Why It Matters to Your Practice

85% of practices are not complying with the government’s HIPAA standards. The large majority of practices are likely trying to protect patients’ information, but they may not be doing all that they need to meet government requirements. Not complying with HIPAA has definite drawbacks, with one major one being massive fines. The government can fine up to 1.5 million dollars for a single HIPAA breach incident - an amount that would put most small practices out of business.

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Surescripts Makes Interoperability Official

Healthcare IT Today

Surecripts is a company that is synonymous with e-prescribing. Increasingly, healthcare organizations are using the company’s platform to exchange more than prescription information. Vaccination status, demographic information and notes are increasingly shared. Surescripts recently announced its intention to become a QHIN , firmly positioning the company a player in the interoperability space.

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Telemedicine, Medicare Advantage and star ratings: What you need to know

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Over the last few years, Medicare Advantage plans have dramatically increased their deployment of telehealth systems for seniors. While some in the healthcare industry may be skeptical of telehealth’s utilization, particularly within the Medicare population, these plans continue to move full steam ahead. There is growth in the number of plans offering virtual care services and expansion in the varieties of services offered.

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Apple rolls out mental health tracking, vision assessment as new health app features

Fierce Healthcare

The roughly half of American smartphone users with iPhones will notice new health and pri | Apple brings its Health app to the iPad while offering new vision and mental health features to its suite of devices.

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Talkdesk talks about the benefits of being an early adopter of ChatGPT

Healthcare It News

Before COVID-19, healthcare worker burnout had reached crisis levels , research from the National Academies of Medicine shows. More than 330,000 U.S. healthcare professionals left the industry in 2021, with many remaining workers considering leaving, reported commercial intelligence company Definitive Healthcare. For healthcare organizations, burnout leads to decreased productivity, with increased recruitment and training costs.

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Monetizing Analytics Features

Think your customers will pay more for data visualizations in your application? Five years ago, they may have. But today, dashboards and visualizations have become table stakes. Turning analytics into a source of revenue means integrating advanced features in unique, hard-to-steal ways. Download this white paper to discover which features will differentiate your application and maximize the ROI of your analytics.