The final draft on the development process for cryptographic standards and guidelines has been issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology to help health care providers comply with NIST's data encryption standards. The development guidelines were based on balance, continuous improvement, global acceptability, innovation and intellectual property, integrity, openness, technical merit, transparency and usability.
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A Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report showed that miscellaneous errors, privilege misuse and stolen credentials were the three biggest causes for data breaches in the health care industry last year. Almost 32% of the 166 health care data breaches studied were caused by stolen assets, while 23% were caused by privilege misuse, and 115 organizations confirmed data loss from the breach.
The American Medical Association and IDEA Labs will collaborate on the promotion of health IT innovation and encourage student entrepreneurs to pursue other medical technology developments. The AMA aims to help innovators develop their ideas into patient care solutions and expects this new venture to help it boost communication between inventors and physicians.
Memphis, Tenn.-based Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has achieved Stage 6 in the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model. Methodist Le Bonheur's six hospitals are now among the 1,589 that have reached Stage 6 nationwide.
More software engineers are developing application programming interfaces to facilitate access to EMR systems, which will increase interoperability and usability, writes Mana Health CEO Chris Bradley. The result will be faster development and deployment of life-saving technologies, he writes.
Washington, D.C., and 47 states have some form of Medicaid reimbursement policies for telehealth, with live video consultations being the most frequently reimbursed, according to a report from the Center for Connected Health Policy. Remote patient monitoring services are reimbursed in 16 states, an increase from six states in 2013, while special licenses or certificates related to telehealth are offered by nine state medical boards.
A study in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice showed that Dignity Health's Propeller Health Asthma Platform can be effective in improving asthma control. The platform uses analytics, mobile apps and sensors to monitor use of short-acting beta-agonist and inhaled corticosteroids in real time, and it delivers information to caregivers about patterns of medication use and when patients are having difficulty controlling their conditions.
Healthix, a public health information exchange in New York state, will deploy HBI Solutions' predictive analytics and performance analysis tools. The HIE's database will be used by HBI's analytics engine in order to improve patient outcomes by providing preventive identification of those patients who are at risk and reducing hospital admissions.