NRC Health's "entire environment" was shut down this month by a ransomware attack, but the company says no patient data was compromised. NRC administers patient satisfaction surveys and collects data on more than 25 million patients every year in the US and Canada, on which Medicare reimbursements and physician bonuses are based.
Overlake Medical Center & Clinics in Washington state is notifying 109,000 patients that their records might have been exposed to an unauthorized third party who gained access to email accounts through a phishing scam discovered in December. The community hospital says additional cybersecurity measures have been implemented and no evidence suggests that patient information has been misused.
An artificial intelligence program beat human beings by about 30 minutes in flagging the novel coronavirus outbreak, and the AI-generated report was less detailed than the human-generated version. Algorithms are only as accurate or complete as the data they scour, and they can be tripped up by inconsistency in how data is reported by different agencies, meaning real people must still be involved in reviewing conclusions, say Metabiota CEO Nita Madhav and epidemiologist Andrew Beam.
Health insurers are leveraging data and technology as they focus on improving socioeconimic factors that affect members' health. Examples include Cigna's virtual mental health care platform connecting members with a network of mental health professionals providing private convenient care, and UPMC Health Plan's use of health care utilization and patient outcomes data to identify social and economic needs for their members and the larger community.
An artificial intelligence platform, created to help health care providers care and triage stroke patients, has been launched by Viz.ai. The platform offers electronic health records system integration and the ability to alert hospital personnel of an incoming stroke patient.
The ONC's proposed data interoperability rules would lead to open, standardized interfaces that will help patients and health care providers manage care more effectively, three UCSF Health executives told HHS Secretary Alex Azar in a recent letter. Critics of the proposed rules, including Epic CEO Judy Faulkner, say the rules do not do enough to protect patients and would lead to higher health care costs and loss of privacy.
National Health IT Coordinator Don Rucker said the interoperability rule is "coming out relatively soon." Developing the rule has been complicated because of the need to "draw the right balance on protecting privacy, yet address what is ultimately the biggest issue, which is simply the vast amount of health care costs that are out there and the lack of patients having agency," he said.
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New York's health insurance exchange notched a record 4.9 million enrollees when open enrollment ended Feb. 7, marking an increase of more than 150,000 over last year's enrollment. About 3.4 million New Yorkers used the exchange to enroll in Medicaid coverage and about 273,000 enrolled in a qualified private plan.
Covered California saw enrollment in exchange-sold health plans climb by 1.6% to 1.54 million for the 2020 plan year, fueled by a 41% increase in new customers. Exchange officials attributed the increase to the state's penalty for residents who fail to enroll in health insurance and a program that augments the Affordable Care Act's federal premium assistance.