Kristina Tot, who is in charge of the estate of deceased cancer patient Stjepan Tot, filed a class-action lawsuit against EHR vendor eClinicalWorks that asks for $999 million in monetary damages for breach of fiduciary duty and gross negligence. The suit says the patient "was unable to determine reliably when his first symptoms of cancer appeared [as] his medical records failed to accurately display his medical history on progress notes" and alleges that patients cannot trust the "accuracy and veracity" of their medical records due to flaws in the vendor's software.
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Recent cyberattacks making headlines have overshadowed another serious threat to cybersecurity -- data manipulation. This type of attack is used to change sensitive information and can go undetected, bringing serious risks to health care organizations, banks and government agencies, writes Betsy Cooper of the Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity.
The Domain Name System could be a way that attackers mine data, and every organization should have a cybersecurity strategy that protects this network, writes Herve Dhelin. He offers three tips for being proactive against these threats: examine and analyze payloads and traffic, know how data is exfiltrated and design a plan to stop and mitigate attacks.
CHIME has suspended its $1 million National Patient ID Challenge after falling short of achieving the desired results in addressing accuracy in patient identification and patient matching, despite making good progress in the effort, CHIME President and CEO Russell Branzell said. Branzell also said that CHIME will be refocusing its efforts on another strategy aimed at tackling the patient safety hazard.
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UC San Diego Health is moving electronic health records to the cloud to improve security. One hospital has installed iPads in patient rooms to offer easy access to medical records, and the university has partnered with IBM to offer artificial intelligence at a senior living center.
This year's Medicare extenders package includes the Increasing Telehealth Access to Medicare Act, a proposed bill set for passage that aims to expand telehealth coverage under Medicare Advantage plans. The bill calls for reimbursement of telehealth services at rates similar to in-person services starting in 2020 and access parity for such services in Medicare Advantage and Medicare part A and B programs.
A development and original equipment manufacturer deal has been reached by DNAmito and Varian Medical Systems to enable integration of DNAmito's Prodecis clinical-grade multifactor decision support system into Varian's 360 Oncology care management software. Prodecis, which enables personalized cancer treatment by integrating currently available patient data, is expected to allow for genomics-based evidence delivery by 360 Oncology for optimizing decisions on cancer radiation treatment.