San Mateo, Calif.-based cybersecurity firm TrapX Security found malware affecting an oncology center's MRI machine, a provider's PACS system and a surgical center's blood gas analyzer as part of its efforts to investigate global cyberbreaches in health care. Medical devices that are infected with malware create a backdoor security gap that compromises patients' medical records and could endanger their lives, according to the company's MEDJACK.3 report being unveiled at a cybersecurity conference this week.
Geisinger Health System spinoff xG Health Solutions will embed care management content developed by Geisinger into Epic's EHR systems and population health management platform Healthy Planet. The clinical content includes evidence-based condition-specific and comprehensive assessments and care plans for the 60 most commonly addressed medical conditions in care management programs.
A study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society showed that the mention of advance directives was more likely in visits to a primary care clinic that had quality improvement interventions than in visits to non-intervention primary care clinics. Researchers also found that visits to intervention oncology clinics were eight times more likely to mention ADs in the EMR, while visits to the intervention nephrology clinics were 2.5 times more likely to mention ADs in EMRs.
The Florida House Health Quality Subcommittee advanced a telehealth bill that would allow advanced registered nurse practitioners to practice independently without a doctor's supervision when treating patients remotely. To qualify, ARNPs would have to complete a graduate-level course in pharmacology, as well as a certain number of supervised practice hours, and not be the subject of any disciplinary action during the past five years.
HealthNav, a mobile app from Clearwater, Fla.-based BayCare Health, helps patients locate a physician faster and allows them to make appointments online. The app, available for Apple and Google devices, also provides patients with the contact information and directions for provider locations and can connect them to telemedicine services and direct them to the nearest BayCare emergency room.