AHIP sent a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, reinforcing calls for swift action to ensure continued funding of cost-sharing reduction payments and emphasizing the need for clarity on individual market provisions to keep insurers in markets and premiums down. AHIP President and CEO Marilyn Tavenner also called on Senate Republicans to guard against disruptions in Medicaid funding and retain protections for those with pre-existing conditions "including guaranteed issue, community rating, and barring pre-existing condition exclusions."
OWL Cybersecurity on Wednesday shared its 2017 darknet index, a ranking of companies based on data found on the darknet, which OWL says can help the companies gauge their cybersecurity efforts over time. Amazon ranked as having the biggest presence on the darknet, while tech and telecommunication companies were the most targeted, the index showed.
The cancer research community "galvanized around" former Vice President Joe Biden's National Cancer Moonshot initiative, including basic researchers, the private sector and advocates, says Dinah Singer, acting deputy director of the National Cancer Institute. Since the program's inception, three large data-sharing initiatives have been launched and a new platform was developed to facilitate clinical trial enrollment, but budget cuts, continuing EHR interoperability challenges and soaring drug prices threaten progress.
IBM and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have launched the Center for Health Empowerment by Analytics, Learning, and Semantics -- a five-year collaborative effort using cognitive computing and artificial intelligence to better understand and treat chronic diseases. Researchers will develop predictive and educational tools, collect and integrate data from multiple sources, and explore new communication and clinical decision support methods for delivering lifestyle and personalized health recommendations.
A round of seed funding has pulled in $7.5 million for Viz, an artificial intelligence medical imaging startup. The proceeds will be used to support the company's technology for streamlining stroke treatment through the combination of artificial intelligence and medical images.
A study in the Journal of Personalized Medicine showed six of seven wearable tracking devices tested had a median heart rate error below 5%, which is the acceptable limit, but none had an error rate less than 20% for energy expenditure. Researchers suggested the higher error rates for energy expenditure may be because proprietary algorithms used in the devices do not work well on an individual basis.
The numbers of certified genetic counselors and geneticists are too low to meet demand, but Invitai alums Lisa Alderson and Randy Scott and Harvard Medical School's Robert Green aim to facilitate access and shorten wait times with their new venture, Genome Medical. The telehealth platform offers online scheduling of next-day appointments for genetic counseling via video link or telephone.
Since Apple launched its ResearchKit a little more than two years ago, the software was mostly used for patient-facing apps and studies on the feasibility of using such apps in medical research. But scientists have recently published results of studies that used the platform to collect data on epilepsy, asthma attacks and heart disease, and they are investigating ways to use the technology to turn mobile devices into medical monitors.
Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Bill Cassidy, R-La., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Republican leadership staff and committee staff will be drafting health care legislation while the Senate is on break, and Johnson said a discussion draft should be ready for distribution among Republican senators after the recess. The staff will only be working on base language as senators have yet to reach final agreement, Cornyn noted.
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