October, 2022

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The International Weaponization of Health Data

Bill of Health

By Matthew Chun. International collaboration through the sharing of health data is crucial for advancing human health. But it also comes with risks — risks that countries around the world seem increasingly unwilling to take. On the one hand, the international sharing of health-related data sets has paved the way for important advances such as mapping the human genome , tracking global health outcomes , and fighting the rise of multidrug-resistant superbugs.

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Mid-Year Report Shows Healthcare Cyberattacks Have Increased by 69%

HIPAA Journal

Check Point’s 2022 Mid-Year Report has revealed the healthcare industry has seen the biggest percentage rise in cyberattacks out of all industry sectors, increasing by 69% in 1H 2022, compared to 2021. Healthcare now ranks fifth highest in the number of weekly attacks, behind education, government/military, ISP/MSP, and communications. Check Point explains in the report that 2022 has demonstrated that cyberattacks have become firmly entrenched as a state-level weapon, with the first half of the

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Nearly half of consumers are in debt due to medical bills, survey finds

Healthcare Dive

Many are struggling to afford their private health insurance and are unprepared for a medical emergency, a poll conducted for telehealth provider Babylon showed.

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CommonSpirit still working to restore EHR systems after ransomware attack confirmed

Healthcare It News

A major ransomware attack at CommonSpirit Health has been disrupting medical operations across several states for nearly two weeks , leaving the Chicago-based health system scrambling to maintain patient care while it conducts a forensics investigation and works to bring its electronic health record systems back online. WHY IT MATTERS. After several days of cancellations and outage reports at CommonSpirit hospitals and medical facilities across several states, the country's biggest Catholic

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Navigating the Future: Generative AI, Application Analytics, and Data

Generative AI is upending the way product developers & end-users alike are interacting with data. Despite the potential of AI, many are left with questions about the future of product development: How will AI impact my business and contribute to its success? What can product managers and developers expect in the future with the widespread adoption of AI?

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Telemedicine boosts access, decreases inequities in Montana

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Montana has unique challenges in providing healthcare to its widely dispersed population of just over 1 million people. THE PROBLEM. Out of 56 counties in Montana, 55 are designated as Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), limiting access to both urgent and routine medical visits. The cost of travel and long distances between healthcare providers and patients are commonly cited reasons for patients to delay or avoid medical care.

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Liability for COVID-19 Vaccine Harms: We Need to Do Better

Bill of Health

By Dorit Reiss. COVID-19 vaccines are extremely safe , and serious harms are rare. But rare does not mean the risk is zero; thus, we need a way to determine which people have plausible claims of harm from the vaccines, and we must then compensate them quickly and generously. However, the regular torts system is not a good option for adjudicating these claims.

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Scientists Studying Health – “Evidence Based Medicine”

Healthcare IT Today

When someone new comes to healthcare, it’s always amazing to see how many things they think happen that just don’t. For patients, that’s the realization that doctors often don’t collaborate together on their care and they often don’t share information. That’s on the patient and their caregiver to ensure the records get where they need to go and care is coordinated.

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Hospitals are hiding prices from patients, advocacy report says

Healthcare Dive

Patient Rights Advocate concluded that some hospitals owned by Ascension and HCA Healthcare are omitting rates for medical services from files made public under new federal rules.

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Allina Health spinoff to help health systems build hospital-at-home programs

Healthcare It News

Minneapolis-based Allina Health, working with Flare Capital Partners, has launched a new company, Inbound Health, designed to help health systems and payers design and build hospital-at-home and home-based skilled nursing programs. WHY IT MATTERS. The goal with Inbound Health is to offer the full stack of capabilities needed to scale at-home care models, according to Allina Health – such as engagement and workflow technologies, analytics, virtual care teams, home-based care pathways, suppl

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Optimizing Medical Waste Management: A Guide to Best Practices

Feeling overwhelmed by medical waste regulations? This comprehensive guide unravels the complexities of medical waste disposal, ensuring you stay compliant and prioritize safety. Inside you'll find: Clear categorization: Learn to precisely classify medical waste for proper handling and disposal. Labeling & Storage: Discover best practices for clear labeling and secure storage of medical waste.

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Using telemedicine when it makes sense

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

During the pandemic, organisations across private and public healthcare systems have been rethinking their care delivery models. This is one of the major trends Ronald L. Emerson, Global Healthcare Lead at Zoom, shared virtually in the keynote session, "The Rise of Digital First and Decentralized Healthcare," at the HIMSS22 APAC conference.

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Study: Few randomized clinical trials have been conducted for healthcare machine learning tools

Mobi Health News

A review published in JAMA Network Open evaluated 41 RCTs of machine learning interventions. None of the studies fully followed CONSORT-AI standards, a set of guidelines developed for clinical trials evaluating medical interventions that include AI.

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Sweet Land of Immunity

Bill of Health

By Teneille Brown. We opened up. On the backs of our workers. The country’s gravel, its highways. Paved with dead bodies. That kept the cars and trucks moving. products. Don’t cry for the risks we were asked to take. swaddled in lies. they hushed us like babies. ignoring people of science. when the bough was breaking—broke. Instead, cry, the beloved companies, the nervous CEOs who demanded immunity. not just protection to make reasonable mistakes. in the face of uncertainty, but a Monopoly pass

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Big Tech in Healthcare with Capital One Healthcare

Healthcare IT Today

Naturally as healthcare moves into a more digital space, more tech is needed to accomplish every day tasks. This opens up a new market that is largely attractive to Big Tech. However, the success of this move varies from company to company. Some companies were able to organically integrate into the world of healthcare while others forced their way in.

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HIPAA Compliance: Can Your Organization Avoid Costly Government Penalties and Fines?

Colington Consulting was established in 2013 and helps organizations achieve HIPAA compliance and ensures clients stay current with the latest enforcement trends. We provide a full range of HIPAA compliance services and consulting. What separates us from our competitors is our knowledge of HIPAA compliance regulations and their application to each of our client’s particular scenarios and requirements.

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Physicians are experiencing delayed COVID-19 burnout

Healthcare Dive

Physician burnout has risen during the most recent phase of the pandemic, resulting in exacerbated retention challenges among healthcare workers, an MGMA survey and other recent reports have found.

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Digital health cannot deliver on its promise without patient activation

Healthcare It News

When it comes to changing patients’ health behaviour, simply providing them with information is not enough. "There’s a big gap between knowledge and intention," said Dr Praveen Deorani, senior data scientist at the Singapore Ministry of Health in his session " Data-driven Approach for Patient Activation and Behaviour Change.

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Australia to restore video telehealth subsidy for rural mental health

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The Australian government is restoring its subsidy for bulk-billed video telehealth psychiatry consultations through a A$47.7 million ($30 million) investment in the October budget. Starting this November, people living in rural and regional areas and other eligible patients can once again access free video consultations for mental health. This comes as the latest funding will restore 50% fee loading to bulk billed Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) psychiatry services delivered by video telehealt

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Q&A: The FDA's challenge in regulating evolving digital health tools

Mobi Health News

David Rosen, a partner and public policy lawyer at Foley & Lardner, discusses the agency's recently wrapped Software Precertification (Pre-Cert) Pilot Program and what it means for the future of digital health regulation.

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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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Tort Liability is a Potentially Powerful Tool for Pandemic Response

Bill of Health

By Timothy D. Lytton. When pandemic response efforts are hampered by inadequate enforcement resources and political polarization, tort liability could, potentially, be a powerful public health tool. However, starting in the initial stages of the pandemic, tort reform advocates quickly secured for businesses sweeping immunity from negligence, thereby sidelining the tort system.

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Revenue and Workforce Challenges Top of Mind at #MPE22

Healthcare IT Today

Two topics were top of mind for attendees at MGMA’s 2022 Medical Practice Excellence: Leaders Conference (#MPE22) – workforce challenges and revenue pressure. Sessions dealing with either topic were jammed packed and exhibitors that focus in either of these two areas were consistently busy. The consensus at #MPE22 was that there were no short-term solutions and that revenue both revenue and workforce challenges would continue deep into 2023.

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Teladoc shares on upswing as it sets up for ‘achievable’ growth

Healthcare Dive

The vendor lowered its fourth-quarter and full-year outlooks on Wednesday. But industry watchers cheered Teladoc for setting up obtainable Q4 growth coming out of pandemic highs.

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EHNAC and CARIN Alliance launch new accreditation program

Healthcare It News

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission and The CARIN Alliance have partnered to bring both the CARIN Code of Conduct and EHNAC’s criteria review process to health plans, health systems, EHR vendors and others for reporting to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on their data practices and privacy protections. WHY IT MATTERS.

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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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Where telehealth can help curb the mental health staffing shortage

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

It should not be news to anyone in the healthcare industry that the nation is suffering a profound shortage of mental health professionals, which was exacerbated by the pandemic. What is news to many is the different ways various telemedicine technologies are being used to help chip away at the mental health-staffing problem. As Iris Telehealth's chief medical officer, Dr.

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25% of Healthcare Organizations Said a Ransomware Attack Forced Them to Completely Halt Operations

HIPAA Journal

Ransomware attacks continue to plague the healthcare industry. The attacks disrupt operations due to essential IT systems being taken offline, the lack of access to electronic health records causes patient safety issues, and it is common for emergency patients to be redirected to other facilities immediately after attacks and for appointments to be postponed.

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The Struggle to Survive in the Pandemic Prison

Bill of Health

By Jamal Spencer and Monik C. Jiménez. Prisons, jails, and other carceral facilities have been core sites of the COVID-19 pandemic, from initial outbreaks in Chinese prisons to some of the largest outbreaks in the U.S. The uniquely dangerous physical conditions within carceral facilities (i.e., overcrowding, poor ventilation, and lack of sanitation); a high prevalence of chronic diseases among incarcerated people; and high levels of physical movement through facilities, resulted in environmental

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Eliminating Trachoma with the Help of GIS Technology

Healthcare IT Today

Trachoma is the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness, yet for decades we have had the antibiotics to treat it. Sightsavers is an international charity dedicated to preventing avoidable blindness and is working in Africa and Asia to eliminate this disease. Their programs are having a significant positive impact. A key to their success is effective use of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology to track and manage both the disease and treatment coverage.

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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.