Exec: Kansas Heart Hospital didn't pay 2nd ransom demanded by attackers | CHIME, AEHIS call on lawmakers to boost hospital cybersecurity measures | Machine-learning chips progress to health care, other applications
May 24, 2016
News for professionals interested in health care information technology
Wichita-based Kansas Heart Hospital didn't pay the second ransom demanded by ransomware attackers after it paid the initial ransom, said hospital President Greg Duick. He confirmed that patient information and routine operations were not affected by the attack.
Patient care is shifting from fee-for-service to a value-based model. By 2018, 50% of healthcare payments will be based on healthy outcomes rather than services provided. Those navigating the transition need to consider the different viewpoints of payers, providers as well as today's empowered consumer.
CHIME and the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security have issued a joint statement calling for legislators to consider the use of a health care-specific identification solution, include security as a reimbursement factor, lessen regulatory complexity, create security incentives and implement workforce development programs amid increasing cybersecurity threats in health care organizations. "A more proactive policy management process is vital for healthcare organizations to keep pace with these variable threats," the groups wrote.
The graphics processing unit chips developed by Nvidia, originally designed to make video games more realistic, are being used for machine-learning applications in health care and other fields. Tractica forecasts spending on deep-learning GPUs will increase to $4.1 billion by 2024, compared with $43.6 million last year.
St. Louis-based SSM Health launched the National Record Locator Service, a tool that allows clinicians to acquire patient records through EHR systems, to improve care coordination across its network. The tool allows EHR systems to communicate patient data among health care providers through the Carequality Interoperability Framework and Epic's Care Everywhere interoperability platform.
Baltimore-based CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield will award about $3 million in grant money to 10 nonprofits and public health programs to help begin or increase telehealth services to underserved populations in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Programs selected to receive funding include George Washington University Medical Faculty Practice, Queen Anne's County Department of Health, the Virginia Hospital Center Foundation and the Children's Hospital Foundation.
The Intermountain Connect Care telehealth service was launched by Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare for patients in Idaho and Utah. The service is available through the provider's website and its Connect Care mobile app.
Health care providers and insurers increasingly use geographic information system technology to improve population health initiatives, according to Danny Patel, an account executive at GIS software maker Esri. Accountable care organizations and other providers have used claims and demographic data to map high-risk populations, allowing early interventions that have reduced emergency room use and hospital stays. Researchers at the Children's National Health System are using GIS and predictive analytics to focus resources on areas that need them the most, CNHS business manager Jefferson McMillan said.
Dr. Arun Villivalam, a California family physician, cited three major barriers to the adoption of wearables in clinical practice at the Health Technology Forum's Innovation Conference. Barriers include the need for these devices to generate accurate, actionable health data that can be interpreted easily; resistance from clinicians about extra work, such as extra clicks within EHRs; and the issue of payment to doctors for time spent studying data from wearables.