The worldwide electronic health record market is expected to hit $33.41 billion by 2025, driven by government initiatives in multiple countries that support EHR adoption, according to a Research and Markets report. Among the key players in the market are Allscripts, Cerner, Epic Systems, GE Healthcare and McKesson.
HHS' third update of its "International Cyber Threat to Healthcare Organizations" guidance details how health IT personnel can receive intelligence from InfraGard, an FBI-affiliated nonprofit group, and contains links to other resources on cybersecurity. The guidance also reiterates how health care organizations can obtain a scan of their public IP address from the National Cybersecurity Assessment & Technical Services.
The CMS said it will select up to 1,000 primary care physician practices in Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota and the Buffalo, Erie and Niagara areas of New York to participate in the second round of the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus model that runs from 2018 to 2022. Applications for the program can be made through July 13.
An agreement has been reached by Siemens Healthineers and Relaymed to integrate Relaymed's cloud services with Siemens DCA Vantage analyzer and Clinitek Status point-of-care instruments. The integration will enable automatic delivery of test results from point-of-care instruments to EHRs in the physician's office, eliminating the need for manual input and lowering the risk for errors.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology is drafting a federal cybersecurity framework that will be backward compatible, making the higher levels less flexible in terms of the key functions, but allowing 1.0 users to transition seamlessly to the new tech. Marilyn Zigmund Luke, vice president for special projects at America's Health Insurance Plans, voiced support for the framework and cautioned against focusing on metrics at the expense of flexibility.
Document Storage Systems was awarded a $19.6 million contract from the Department of Veterans Affairs for an online patient self-scheduling system and companion mobile app. DSS will integrate its ForSite2020 scheduling software with VistA for a veterans' portal with a configurable back-end module.
Physical therapists are making space in their toolkits for virtual reality devices, which can improve in-home therapy and accelerate recovery time. In VR, an avatar serves as an extension of the physical therapist to guide patients through exercises at home, and remote monitoring allows the physical therapist to analyze the patient's movement, adherence and progress.
Consumers shopping for health insurance coverage through exchanges that use HealthCare.gov will be able to enroll via web brokers or an insurer's own website using a new "proxy direct enrollment pathway" in 2018, meaning they will be able to enter personal and financial information and receive an eligibility determination without being redirected to HealthCare.gov. The new process will only be available for straightforward enrollments and will require consumers to set up their own HealthCare.gov accounts, according to the CMS.
Health care organizations should follow the HHS Office for Civil Rights' ransomware guidance and implement necessary data security measures following the global WannaCry ransomware attack, according to HHS. A HIPAA-covered entity "must determine whether such a breach is a reportable breach no later than 60 days after the entity knew or should have known of the breach," HHS said.
The Ponemon Institute surveyed 549 consumers and found that although 34% of all data breaches and 44% of breached records were in health care organizations, approximately 80% of respondents reported trusting providers to protect their personal information. Researchers also interviewed IT personnel and found that only 39% gave a high ranking to their organization's ability to prevent a data breach and 47% ranked their organization high in detection ability.
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