Drugmakers are focusing more attention and money on digital health technology as software developers create methods for using video games, smartphone apps and sensors to help patients manage chronic conditions and illnesses. Instead of being sold directly to consumers from an online store, digital therapeutics are being submitted for FDA approval and, increasingly, covered by insurance.
The 2018 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey of 239 health information security professionals found that 45.5% reported conducting annual security risk assessments to check for cybersecurity vulnerabilities, compared with 9.6% who indicated conducting daily assessments. Lack of appropriate cybersecurity personnel and financial resources and excessive application vulnerabilities were cited as the top barriers to cybersecurity incident mitigation and remediation.
A total of 33,420 patients at BJC HealthCare in St. Louis were notified about a data server configuration error that exposed scanned documents online from May 9, 2017, to Jan. 23, 2018. The incident may have compromised copies of patients' treatment-related documents, insurance cards and driver's licenses as well as other personal information.
The CHIME-HIMSS CIO Forum gave insights on the evolving role of CIOs, the continued focus on improving customer experience, the concept of health care being a data science, and currently available technologies that could transform health care delivery over the next few years, said Health Lyrics Founder and CEO Bill Russell. Health IT experts at the forum also stressed the importance of moving health systems to the cloud, Russell said.
A poll of 800 US patients found almost 62.8% reported not knowing who has access to their medical data or where it is stored, and more than 90% indicated they don't know if their data is being sold for a profit by the software their doctor's office uses, according to a survey released by Australia-based health technology firm ScalaMed. Almost 80% of reported that they should be the owners of their health data, and nearly half indicated feeling "sidelined" when it comes to managing their medical records.
1upHealth and RAIN Live Oak Technology were the Phase 2 winners of the ONC's Health Data Provenance Innovation Challenge. 1upHealth's solution utilizes its partner's provider application for provenance information and uses HL7's Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources standard to aid providers in locating aggregate data from multiple sources, while RAIN Live Oak's software toolkit allows smooth health data provenance integration in health systems' data flow.
HHS has improved its enterprisewide information security program by updating policies and procedures and following security training procedures, in compliance with Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014, according to an audit by the HHS Office of the Inspector General. However, the report showed that weaknesses remain in configuration management, identity and access management, risk management, security training, information security continuous monitoring, contingency planning and incident response.
Median vaccination rates among Indian children ages 2 and younger in a rural community rose from 33% at baseline to 50% among those whose caregivers received mobile alerts with a compliance-linked incentive, compared with 40.1% of those whose caregivers received mobile alerts alone and 41.7% of those in the control group, according to a study in Pediatrics. Researchers also found that compliance-linked incentives were tied to a modest increase in vaccination timeliness.
The FDA placed a clinical trial for Solid Biosciences' Duchenne muscular dystrophy gene therapy on hold after the first patient in the trial had an adverse reaction. The patient experienced decreased platelet and red blood cell counts and showed evidence of complement activation, according to a Solid Biosciences statement.
Accenture polled 7,905 US adults and found that the use of wearables increased from 9% in 2014 to 33% this year, and the use of health care apps rose from 16% in 2014 to 46% in 2018. Researchers also found a slight increase in telemedicine use, from 21% last year to 25% this year, with 73% of respondents saying they would use the technology for after-hours care and 28% saying they would use it for their annual physical.
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