CBO: 32M Americans would lose insurance under repeal without replacement | Researchers: IoT security flaw may leave devices vulnerable | Rush to cloud left data security gaps at top companies
July 21, 2017
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CBO: 32M Americans would lose insurance under repeal without replacement
CBO: 32M Americans would lose insurance under repeal without replacement
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The Congressional Budget Office estimated that repealing the Affordable Care Act without replacing it would cause 32 million Americans to lose insurance coverage within 10 years, compared with 23 million under the House-passed American Health Care Act and 22 million under the Senate-proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act. Simple repeal would also cause insurance premiums to nearly double by 2026 and compel insurers to exit individual markets as soon as next year, the CBO found.
Reuters (7/19),  The Hill (7/19),  HuffPost (7/20) 
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Researchers: IoT security flaw may leave devices vulnerable
Security cameras using the open source code gSOAP are vulnerable to remote hacking that allows the hacker to send commands to the devices, per research from Senrio. The flaw was detected across cameras from 35 companies, including 249 models from Axis.
CNET (7/19) 
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Rush to cloud left data security gaps at top companies
A recent security breach in which Dow Jones accounts were exposed within the Amazon Web Services S3 data drive has highlighted the risk of poor security where S3 storage is used. The Verizon and GOP leaks also featured data stored within these S3 banks, causing experts to speculate that a rush to join the cloud led to failings in security.
TechRepublic (7/18) 
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Powerful malware a multipronged threat to Android devices
Many Android device functions can be hijacked and used by a powerful new malware known as GhostCtrl. A third, more-advanced version of the malware can monitor phone data in real time, steal data and collect other device and user information.
ZDNet (7/18) 
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Overcoming the Challenges of Population Health Management
Population health management is rapidly becoming the next frontier in health care, but challenges stand in the way of delivering on the promise it brings. With the right insights and partnerships, this promise will be realized, and payers, providers and patients themselves will reap the benefits. Read more.
Technology Trends
Hospitals offer mHealth developers in-house accelerators
Some hospitals, including Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, have launched digital health accelerators that allow them to outsource technology development while maintaining some control over the final product. Cedars-Sinai and partner Techstars offer startups mentoring, pilot project opportunities and $20,000 up front plus an optional $100,000 grant in exchange for a 6% equity stake.
MobiHealthNews (7/20) 
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Telemedicine helps connect students, doctors
Students in a growing number of schools have access to telemedicine. Dr. Steve North, a specialist in adolescent medicine and the medical director of the Health-e-Schools program, says the model helps expands the reach of school nurses, but it does not replace them.
STAT (tiered subscription model) (7/19) 
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Advancing Care with IT
Study: PROSPECT reduces adverse events in ICU patients
The web-based Promoting Respect and Ongoing Safety through Patient Engagement Communication and Technology program at Brigham and Women's Hospital reduced adverse events in ICU patients by 29% and increased patient and clinician satisfaction, according to a study in Critical Care Medicine. Clinicians are trained to use a toolkit that includes care collaboration and patient messaging tools and an online ICU safety checklist that is continuously updated with patient data through electronic health records.
Clinical Innovation + Technology online (7/18) 
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Pediatric telehealth service for urgent care launched at NewYork-Presbyterian
NewYork-Presbyterian introduced its Pediatric Urgent Care telehealth service, which will be facilitated by a board-certified pediatric emergency doctor, aimed at boosting diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as cough, fever, pink eye, vomiting and skin rashes, said Dr. Rahul Sharma of NewYork-Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center. The hospital intends to deploy the service, which will cover New York state patients, in Florida, New Jersey and Connecticut eventually.
MobiHealthNews (7/18) 
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Government and Regulatory
Administration ends ACA enrollment assistance contracts in 18 cities
Americans will have fewer places to ask for help when signing up for coverage through public insurance exchanges after the Trump administration terminated contracts that provided Affordable Care Act enrollment assistance in libraries, businesses and neighborhoods in 18 cities. The move will make it more difficult for the uninsured and those already enrolled to shop for a new policy amid consumer confusion arising from the debate in Washington, D.C., and a shorter enrollment period, consumer groups say.
Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (7/21) 
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Health Insurance Exchanges
Political uncertainty sets insurance exchange officials on edge
Uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act is leaving insurance exchange officials unable to inform the public about how many insurers will offer plans and at what levels they will set premiums for next year. "The only thing right now keeping everyone on edge is what's going to happen in Washington, D.C.," said Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller.
Kaiser Health News (7/19) 
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