MAP Health Management is partnering with IBM Watson Health to leverage its cognitive computing engine to identify patients most likely to relapse into substance abuse and provide treatment and intervention to boost care outcomes. Personalized care management programs will be delivered to at least 50,000 new people over the next year, MAP Health executives said.
Ed Marx comments on using HIT to fight opioid addiction
Ed Marx, NYC HHC IT leadership team (Submitted photo)
According to the NIH, more people die annually from opioid addiction then either tobacco or alcohol abuse. It is a significant health care crisis that undoubtedly has hit your organization in one way or another. We need to collaborate with our clinicians and administration and get busy solving this epidemic with tools we may already possess.
First, we need the ability to identify patients at risk and apply our data analytics capabilities. We already have the frameworks in place. Granted, some are more advanced than others, depending on previous levels of investment and strategy, but by this time we should all have the basic core data sets to start with. Once we have identified our at-risk pool of patients, we need to apply the same predictive analytic capabilities that we should be using today to manage our other captured populations (diabetes, 30-day remits, routine visits, etc.).
The point is this: We need to tackle opioid addiction, but we don't have to wait for a nirvana-like tool we may not be able to afford. Start small. Start where you are and initially leverage your current tools from which you can transition toward artificial intelligence. AI is a newer term, but it's truly an extension of what we have been working toward for some time now -- moving from descriptive to predictive to prescriptive medicine.
The global WannaCry ransomware attack should prompt health care CIOs, CISOs and other health IT leaders to conduct basic IT hygiene, ensure that systems are updated, and discard unpatchable systems and devices within their organizations, said CynergisTek CEO Mac McMillan. Organizations should also have a risk mitigation plan in place and back up their data, because "organizations that had a good plan in place saw less impact than those who did not have a good risk mitigation and preparedness plan in place," said Lee Barrett, executive director of the Electronic Health Network Accreditation Commission.
CHIME has named four finalists for the Prototype Testing Round of its National Patient ID Challenge, a $1 million crowdsourcing competition that attracted hundreds of entrants. The finalists include a national patient ID proposal using multiple biometric technologies; a solution combining behavioral and biometric information; a proposal combining blockchain, FHIR, encryption/hashing technologies and public ledger; and a solution employing photos, biometric third-party and other data.
A Neustar report found that the global health care industry experienced a 13% increase in distributed denial-of-service attacks since 2016, with the US experiencing 14% more attacks than other countries. Meanwhile, 14% of breached health care organizations were attacked by a combination of ransomware and DDoS this year, almost three times the number of incidents last year.
Health care organizations should follow the HHS Office for Civil Rights' ransomware guidance and implement necessary data security measures following the global WannaCry ransomware attack, according to HHS. A HIPAA-covered entity "must determine whether such a breach is a reportable breach no later than 60 days after the entity knew or should have known of the breach," HHS said.
A study in Diabetes Care showed that patients with advanced-stage type 2 diabetes had a -1.1 ± 1.2% reduction in A1C 12 weeks after receiving telemedical coaching along with weighing scales, step counters and routine care, compared with those who didn't receive telemedical coaching. German researchers used a cohort of 202 patients and found similar results for secondary outcomes including body mass index, eating behavior, antidiabetes medication, quality of life, weight, systolic blood pressure and 10-year cardiovascular risk.
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