Cybersecurity experts say hospitals could see a wave of cyberattacks during a fall COVID-19 surge after attacks earlier this year significantly disrupted patient services. Government agencies and industry groups have formed to help prevent attacks and defend health care organizations.
Health systems are partnering with health tech startups that focus less on COVID-19 and more on solving major health challenges that existed before the onset of the pandemic. According to a recent survey, 64% of respondents said their health systems are most interested in platforms that target patient experience or communication, virtual health or telehealth and operational efficiency.
An AI platform pinpointed Alzheimer's disease with 70% accuracy by analyzing misspellings, repeated words and simple phrases instead of grammatically complex sentences, according to a report in EClinicalMedicine. IBM and Pfizer used historical information from the Framingham Heart Study to develop an artificial intelligence program for detecting early signs of Alzheimer's disease based on a person's linguistic patterns in their writing.
Primary care physicians spend an hour each day just managing EHR inbox messages, oftentimes outside of scheduled work hours, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. The researchers analyzed time spent on various inbox tasks and found that redesigning EHR interfaces to reduce the need for switching between windows could improve efficiency.
More than 80 organizations signed a letter to the Drug Enforcement Administration asking for a national registration process that will allow providers to prescribe substance abuse drugs using telehealth. Some members of Congress have written bills that would establish the registry, but none of the bills has passed.
Health care leaders at the 2020 North Texas State of Reform Virtual Health Policy Conference agreed that advances in telehealth seen during the COVID-19 pandemic are here to stay, but workflow and payment issues remain. Data analytics has become more important, and Dr. Andrew Masica, senior vice president of Texas Health Resources, said digital tools and innovation can help health systems use data in real time and move closer to patient-centered care.