Some health care delivery organizations and vendors said between 100 and 1,000 patients experienced adverse events from compromised medical devices, according to a University of California Cyber Team survey. Researchers also found that 80% of respondents reported risks associated with hacked medical devices, a higher number than reported by the FDA.
A HIPAA Journal report said that in the first quarter of this year, paper or films containing protected health information were the main location of PHI breached by hackers, followed by emails, network servers and laptops. EMRs, desktop computers and other portable electronic devices were also among hackers' top targets.
A fifth provider has applied to offer plans on New Mexico's individual health exchange next year, according to the Office of the Superintendent of Insurance. Presbyterian Health Services participates in small business plans but last participated in the individual exchange in 2016.
Dexcom's G6 System has been granted CE mark approval by European regulators for use in patients age 2 and older with diabetes. The continuous glucose monitoring system does not require fingersticks for diabetes treatment decisions or calibration and comes with an auto-applicator for simplifying sensor insertion.
Researchers found that an automated system developed to detect ventilator-associated events among mechanically ventilated patients produced accuracies of 85%, 99% and 100% in identifying ventilator-associated condition, infection-related ventilator-associated complication and possible ventilator-associated pneumonia, respectively, compared with accuracies of 71%, 98% and 87% for manual surveillance. The findings, published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology and based on 1,234 intensive care unit patients, showed that the automated system uses EHR data for antibiotic initiation, leukocytosis or leukopenia to analyze physiologic data.
Spok researchers polled more than 300 health care professionals and found that 57% reported having a mobile strategy implemented within their organization, 21% of whom cited having the strategy in place for more than five years. Pagers are still a common mode of communication, particularly among non-clinical care staff, but smartphones and Wi-Fi phones also have support and 57% of respondents said smartphones are a reliable tool for sharing clinical information.
A study published in Hepatology showed that veterans with liver disease who were treated by a primary care physician participating in SCAN-ECHO, a videoconferencing program, had a 54% higher survival rate than those whose doctors did not participate in the program. Researchers analyzed five years of clinical data from 62,237 veterans and found that primary care physicians who participated in the program were more likely to conduct screening for liver cancer and esophageal varicose veins and follow cirrhosis guidelines, compared with those who did not participate.
Ambry Genetics and collaborator Akcea Therapeutics have launched hATTR Compass, a novel genetic testing program that will help people with suspected hereditary transthyretin amyloidosis through free, confidential analyses and genetic counseling. Ambry will provide testing services for people age 18 and older living in the US or Canada; the mobile app Backpack Health will allow for symptom tracking; and confidential genetic counseling will be provided through program partner PWNHealth, a virtual care company.
Prescient Imaging's new low-cost portable PET scanner is poised to make PET into a theranostic system that can promptly provide physiological imaging in interventions such as Y-90 embolization and percutaneous thermal ablation, writes Prescient President and Chief Scientist Farhad Daghighian. "By reconfiguring PET design, we are afforded new windows into the future of patient theranostics never achieved before in medicine," Daghighian writes.
The FDA has granted Fremont, Calif.-based Optovue 510(k) clearance for its optical coherence tomography angiography blood vessel measurement technology called Angioanalytics, which facilitates management of progressive blindness-causing diseases. The agency has also cleared the company's 3D projection artifact removal software, which is intended for improving optical coherence tomography angiography image quality.