A laptop-like medical device containing limited information on 836 patients, including names, chief medical complaints, medical record numbers and birth dates, was stolen from DePaul Hospital in Bridgeton, Mo., on April 12 or April 13, according to hospital owner SSM Health. Affected individuals and the police have been notified about the incident, SSM said in a statement.
A Bipartisan Policy Center report outlines progress made and recommends several methods for the health care industry to improve patient safety related to health IT. Recommendations include advancing safety standards development and adoption, launching a coordinated effort to establish health IT safety priorities, and disseminating existing best practices related to health IT safety issues.
Cyberattacks have continued to grow in recent years, despite increasing amounts spent on cybersecurity, because businesses are putting more data online, are not being creative with passwords and have a lack of regulations governing security, Grant Elliott writes. However, companies need to categorize data by sensitivity and know which employees have access to what information and what level of protection business data requires.
A survey of executives at a dozen large health systems and academic medical centers revealed that most expect to continue transitioning to value-based care models regardless of what Congress does with the Affordable Care Act.
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Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization's new population health management platform uses Arcadia Healthcare Solutions' EHR data aggregation and analytics technology for real-time integration of clinical and claims data. The platform provides a "trajectory of where we're going in terms of closing quality care gaps" within certain patient populations and across the network, said BIDCO CIO Bill Gillis.
Screening rates for diabetic retinopathy increased from about 25% to 40% among rural and underserved patients of primary care clinics that added a telehealth program, according to a study in JAMA Ophthalmology. Researchers followed 1,661 adults participating in the North Carolina Diabetic Retinopathy Telemedicine Network.
Scientists and engineers are using advanced fabrication techniques and state-of-the-art sensors to create responsive prosthetic arms and hands, but a lack of sensory feedback capabilities and underpowered electromagnetic actuators remain limiting factors, says roboticist Jason Wheeler. Robotics startup Syntouch has created software for reflexive subroutines that work with tactile sensors to control aspects of grip and have put them in prosthetic hands being tested by veterans.
The first phase of health information exchange Rush Health Connect has been launched successfully by Chicago-based health care network Rush Health. The HIE will allow more than 300 clinicians and 1,100 physicians to share data from various EHR systems and provides customized patient alerts, aggregated clinical information and a framework for more advanced analytics.