Study shows dangers of patient data manipulation via cyberattacks | Abbott reaches diabetes-management partnership with Bigfoot Biomedical | System glitch potentially exposes PHI of 822 patients in Colo. Medicaid program
July 17, 2017
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Study shows dangers of patient data manipulation via cyberattacks
Manipulation of patient and medical device data through a cyberattack could be "even more damaging" because hackers could access a health information system and change data that could potentially harm patients, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers also found that almost 90% of health care organizations reported having suffered from a data breach over the last two years, while 64% experienced a successful cyberattack that targeted medical files in 2016, a 9% increase from 2015.
MassDevice (Boston) (7/14) 
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Abbott reaches diabetes-management partnership with Bigfoot Biomedical
A partnership has been reached by Abbott Laboratories and Bigfoot Biomedical to integrate Bigfoot's insulin delivery solutions with Abbott's FreeStyle Libre glucose-sensing technology for the development of diabetes-management systems. The collaboration aims to provide a platform that will lower the cost for providers and patients and boost accessibility using personalized technology and delivery.
Clinical Innovation + Technology online (7/14) 
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System glitch potentially exposes PHI of 822 patients in Colo. Medicaid program
Technology company DXC Technology reported that a system glitch, creating an internet hyperlink to 12 Medicaid billing reports, might have accidentally exposed the protected health information of 822 patients in the Colorado Medicaid program from March 1 to May 10. The incident compromised patients' names, Medicaid numbers, medical service codes, cost of services and doctors' names and addresses but did not involve patients' addresses, birth dates or Social Security numbers.
The Denver Post (7/13) 
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Don't get fooled by these phishing emails
KnowBe4 launched an online phishing test to see just how savvy people were at identifying bogus messages. More than 22,000 people were fooled by 10 different email subject lines, with 21% opening an email marked as a security alert, 9% opening an email about updating health care information and 6% opening an email marked as an unusual sign-in activity.
Fortune (7/13) 
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EHRs and MU
Senators urge CMS to recover EHR overpayments
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma received a letter from Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, seeking the recovery of an estimated $729.4 million in improper electronic health records incentive payments awarded to physicians, hospitals and other health care professionals. While the CMS has not committed to doing it, the senators have asked to be updated on the actions the agency has taken to reclaim the amount by the end of this month.
Becker's Health IT & CIO Review (7/14) 
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mHealth
Integrated diabetes management app debuted by Novo Nordisk, Glooko
The Cornerstones4Care App has been launched by Novo Nordisk and Glooko for use in diabetes management. The mobile app, which is an integration of Glooko's digital platform and data analytics with Novo Nordisk's diabetes and personalized patient support knowledge, enables syncing of blood glucose and activity data from most exercise and diabetes devices, identifies trends and offers resources and content for users.
HIT Consultant (7/13) 
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Advancing Care With IT
Johns Hopkins leverages technology to advance public health research
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health used technology from Persistent Systems to create a cloud-based portal for global research programs for HIV and tuberculosis. The portal allows researchers to host all gathered data from health care centers across Pune, India, enabling them to remotely access the information and conduct clinical investigations to benefit high-risk populations.
Health Data Management (7/14) 
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DARPA's $65M brain interface research could aid prosthetics
DARPA is providing $65 million in funding for research into a new neural network that would allow human brains to interface directly with computer systems by using a bandwidth of more than 1 million neurons. The Neural Engineering System Design, by delivering unprecedented levels of sensory information to the brain, could open new opportunities for control of prosthetic limbs.
HuffPost UK (7/12) 
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