A Tripwire survey revealed that 96% of IT security professionals expect an increase in industrial internet of things cybersecurity attacks this year as health care and other industries continue adding connected devices to their infrastructures. Meanwhile, the health care sector experienced a 320% increase in cybersecurity attacks from 2015 to 2016, and the rate of cyberattacks is likely to continue to grow this year, according to a Redspin report.
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Presbyterian Healthcare Services President and CEO Dale Maxwell said his organization's patient navigation model uses medical screenings when patients arrive at the emergency department to determine whether the ED is the appropriate place to meet their needs, with an eye toward reducing costs and improving care coordination, and patient satisfaction has improved as a result. The organization has also prioritized data sharing and telehealth programs to reach more rural areas of New Mexico with critical health services, recognizing that health care is local but some lessons should be widely adopted.
A Protenus Breach Barometer report said 58% of the total hacking incidents within the health care industry in February were caused by insiders, affecting 146,162 patient records. Nine of the 18 insider incidents, which compromised 133,418 patient records, resulted from insider error, while eight were from insider wrongdoing that affected 12,020 patient records, according to the report.
Epic and Acumen Physician Solutions will develop Acumen 2.0, an upgraded EHR system for nephrologists. The next-generation EHR aims to improve care coordination, data sharing and interoperability among nephrology practices using the platform.
Health care organizations should increase investments in cybersecurity to protect health IT infrastructure against cybercriminals, according to a white paper released by the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange. The white paper also includes best practices for mitigating potential cybersecurity problems and information on the types of health IT vulnerabilities and attacks, and stresses the importance of developing practices and flexible frameworks that can adapt to emerging cyberthreats.
Patients are not optimizing use of their health data because their information is not aggregated into a single EHR, highlighting the need for an interoperable, streamlined system, according to the Government Accountability Office. Patient records are still siloed with separate login information for each health care provider's portal, technology to collect and aggregate disparate data is not widely used, and records often lack data not legally required to be included, such as clinicians' notes and radiology images.
The CMS has updated its electronic clinical quality measure specifications for eligible professionals for the 2017 reporting period and released an advance notice about what providers can expect on the upcoming changes for the 2018 reporting period. Each of the eCQM standards were based on the six priorities of the National Quality Strategy, including patient safety, effective clinical care, and person and caregiver-centered experience and outcomes.
Video service provider SimpleVisit surveyed 100 physicians in small health practices in the US and found that although a majority of generalists view telehealth as essential to caring for elderly patients, less than 20% of providers offer video visit services. Reimbursement, the limited number of patients who would benefit from virtual care and perception of reduced quality of care were cited as the barriers of telemedicine adoption, the survey found.
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