Researchers conducted a systematic review of 26 research articles and found that issues pertaining to interoperability, cost and productivity are main reasons that providers change EHR vendors. The findings, published in Perspectives in Health Information Management, also showed that data exchange was an important functionality that providers look for in a replacement EHR system.
Performance improvement company Vizient launched a task force, made up of information security leaders from 25 member delivery systems, to create new cybersecurity and safety standards for medical devices. The task force aims to promote cybersecurity across the health care sector, evaluate the costs of addressing cyberrisks and facilitate collaboration throughout the industry.
Installing software and security updates, being vigilant about other health care vendors and segmenting vulnerable computer networks could help health care organizations avoid falling victim to hackers such as the Orangeworm group, says John Nye of CynergisTek. Nye also advises collaborating with industry stakeholders to prevent cyberattacks on medical devices and reviewing contracts with device manufacturers, particularly those related to medical imaging.
A survey conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research revealed that only one-third of US adults younger than 45 use unique passwords for all or most of their online accounts, compared with 41% of all Americans. Researchers polled 1,047 individuals and found that 56% of those ages 60 and older write their passwords on paper, compared with 20% of those younger than 30.
The Department of Veterans Affairs' planned EHR modernization project will receive $1.2 billion for fiscal 2019, with the funds available through 2021, after a House subcommittee approved the funding. The bill requires the VA to adopt the same EHR system being developed for the Defense Department to "ensure our veterans get proper care, with timely and accurate medical data transferred between the VA, DOD and the private sector."
Health IT executives looking to invest in artificial intelligence for their organizations' cybersecurity systems should understand the risk they are managing and be aware of other risks that may come with AI, said GreyCastle Security founder Reg Harnish. IT leaders should also realize that AI doesn't reduce human accountability and understand the importance of behavioral analytics and biases in cybersecurity programs, Harnish said.
CHIME and other health care organizations expressed support for the CMS' proposed rule that would rename the meaningful use program Promoting Interoperability, require providers to use 2015 edition certified EHR technology next year to avoid Medicare reimbursement reductions and eliminate old and redundant federal reporting program regulations. However, health care providers should continue to be careful "as CMS moves ahead with changes to ensure that they facilitate quality care and lead to measurable improvements," said CHIME Board of Trustees Chair Cletis Earle.
In a 7-2 vote, the Supreme Court ruled that the inter partes review system for patents is constitutional and will remain in place. Drugmakers say the process puts patents covering drug franchises at risk.
A proposed CMS rule that would modernize the EHR Incentive Programs includes a plan to rename the meaningful use program "Promoting Interoperability" and rename the Merit-based Incentive Payment System's Advancing Care Information performance category the "Promoting Interoperability" performance category. The rule would also require providers to use 2015 Edition certified EHR technology next year to qualify for federal incentive payments and comply with MU requirements.
The Department of Veterans Affairs' proposed EHR contract with Cerner will go ahead even with the agency's recent leadership changes, said Scott Blackburn, who recently resigned as acting VA CIO. Blackburn's resignation and the firing of VA Secretary David Shulkin "should not have much impact" on plans to proceed with modernizing the VA EHR system, Blackburn said.
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