Health IT industry stakeholders comment on EHR Reporting Program | IBM on tour with mobile cybersecurity training center | Pharmacological AI system overcomes privacy, confidentiality issues
October 19, 2018
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Health IT industry stakeholders comment on EHR Reporting Program
The American Medical Informatics Association, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, the American Health Information Management Association, Pew Charitable Trusts, KLAS Research and the Medical Group Management Association were among the stakeholders that submitted comments in response to an ONC request for information on the EHR Reporting Program. Suggestions included using the program to monitor progress toward interoperability and cybersecurity, disclosing costs and fees, improving patient safety and improving clinicians' access to data.
Healthcare Informatics online (10/18),  Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (10/18) 
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Cybersecurity
IBM on tour with mobile cybersecurity training center
IBM on tour with mobile cybersecurity training center
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IBM has unveiled a new traveling educational facility designed to help companies learn how to respond in the event of a cyberattack. IBM built the mobile range because an on-site facility proved so popular that it generated an eight-month waiting list.
The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/15) 
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Pharmacological AI system overcomes privacy, confidentiality issues
An artificial intelligence platform based on modern cryptographic tools allows secure, open sharing of pharmacological data among drug developers, according to an article published in Science. Researchers say they developed a computational protocol for training a predictive model of drug-target interactions that ensures the confidentiality of underlying drugs, targets and observed interactions and lays a foundation for more collaboration in biomedical research.
Science News (10/18) 
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Researchers identify barriers to using EHR data to train deep learning models
Poor data quality and variability in data elements impede the use of EHRs to train deep learning models, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Among the impediments the researchers identified were temporal irregularities and a lack of labels on records indicating the target, and a lack of transparency and interpretability in deep learning models.
Health IT Analytics (10/18) 
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Advancing Care with IT
Scientists develop largest AML database yet
Research led by Oregon Health & Science University scientists has yielded the largest acute myeloid leukemia dataset yet, consisting of 672 samples from 562 patients, and they hope the work will lead to new advances in AML care. The team developed a novel data visualization system known as Vizome to organize the information, and the work is described in the journal Nature.
United Press International (10/17) 
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Tool may help identify smoking initiation risk in adolescents
Canadian researchers found that a prognostic tool with 12 variables, including age, alcohol- or tobacco-related items and worry- or stress-related items, yielded a 0.77 c-statistic and showed good calibration in determining teens likely to initiate cigarette smoking. The findings were published in Pediatrics.
Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (10/18) 
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Beddr introduces sleep monitoring wearable
Mountain View, Calif.-based Beddr has announced the release of its FDA-registered consumer wearable, SleepTuner, which monitors a user's blood oxygen, heart rate, stopped breathing events, position, movement and awakenings during sleep using optical sensors and a three-axis accelerometer. The Bluetooth-enabled device, which is designed to be worn on the forehead, provides insights on how sleep quality can be improved and stores data in the Beddr Cloud until it syncs with the Beddr iOS mobile app.
VentureBeat (10/18),  MobiHealthNews (10/18) 
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Health Insurance Exchanges
Nev. encourages residents to use health insurance exchange
An ad campaign for Nevada's Silver State Health Insurance Exchange focuses on the consequences of forgoing health insurance, and officials are encouraging residents to find free enrollment assistance. The average premium on plans sold through the exchange for 2019 will be slightly lower than for this plan year, Executive Director Heather Korbulic said.
KTNV-TV (Las Vegas) (10/18) 
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Ark. legislative panel delays decision on insurance exchange fees
The legislative committee that oversees Arkansas' health insurance exchange delayed approving an increase in fees charged to insurers for 2020 and asked for more information on why the fee is scheduled to increase, what other state exchanges charge and how the fee affects the agency's finances. The committee is also reviewing Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr's assertion that a state-run exchange would be less expensive than relying on HealthCare.gov for enrollment.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock) (free registration) (10/19) 
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