There were 551 data breaches at organizations in the US in 2017, with more than 1.9 billion files leaked and 819 million files exposed, according to an analysis from Citrix ShareFile, in partnership with IBM Security. Health care, which reported 328 leaks at an estimated cost of nearly $1.2 billion, was the most targeted and susceptible industry, with 46% of the incidents caused by malware or hacking, 33% due to unintended disclosure, 18% from physical loss and a combined 4% from portable devices and insider leaks.
Researchers found that at least 500 people were affected in each of 215 data breaches reported by 185 nonfederal acute care hospitals from 2009 to 2016, and 30 hospitals experienced multiple breaches during the study period. The findings in the American Journal of Managed Care showed that while network servers were the most infrequent site of data breaches, the most patients were affected by these incidents overall.
Just 19% of executives in a survey by Marsh and Microsoft reported high confidence in their organizations' ability to respond effectively to a cyberattack, while only 30% said their organizations have a response plan for such incidents. That stands in contrast with two-thirds of respondents viewing cybersecurity as a risk-management priority.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar is committed to removing reimbursement barriers that telemedicine proponents say have crimped the rise of the technology. "I do suspect there's significant statutory barriers around reimbursement there, given that most of our constructs were set up in the 1960s for our payment regimes," he told a House committee.
The CMS changed evaluation and management rules so that while teaching physicians still will have to perform or reperform physical exams and handle evaluation and management decision-making, they can just verify a medical student's EHR documentation of them instead of doing redocumentation. The agency said the decision is part of its effort to reduce administrative burdens facing physicians.
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said a national e-prescribing system is needed for controlled substances. Legislation -- the Every Prescription Conveyed Securely Act -- introduced by Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., could help reduce prescription drug abuse and improve efforts to reduce the risk of certain prescription drugs, Gottlieb said.
Data from a 105-patient at-home pediatric study of Medtronic's MiniMed 670G hybrid closed-loop diabetes management system showed that compared with baseline data, less glycemic variability, hypo- and hyperglycemia was experienced by patients, with more time spent in the target blood glucose range. Medtronic included the data in its FDA submission to expand indication of the device for use in kids ages 7 to 13.
A Class II recall involving Roche's Accu-Chek connected diabetes management app has been issued by the FDA following reports of a software bug in the app's Bolus Advisor calculator feature, an error that could cause unexpected changes in the unit of measurement. The company updated the app and recommended that users of the feature track active insulin and insulin bolus amounts carefully for a minimum of eight hours after updating.
The fetal medicine department at a London hospital is testing an artificial intelligence system for analyzing ultrasound images in real time, which would enable sonographers to take more images immediately if necessary. The system uses algorithms that learn to evaluate images based on data from earlier scans.
The FDA has granted Arterys clearance for its Arterys Oncology AI suite, which allows for measurement and monitoring of tumors or potential cancers and application of radiological standards when used along with the company's web-based offering. The technology is intended for lung CT scans and liver MR and CT scans and runs on the Arterys Medical Imaging Cloud AI platform.