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10/16/2017

A study in JAMA Ophthalmology showed that 27% of the 11.2 minutes spent on an average patient encounter by ophthalmologists was spent on EHR use, while 42% and 31% were spent on conversation and examination, respectively. Researchers found that EHR use was positively associated with billing level, while EHR use per encounter was negatively associated with clinical volume in a mixed-effects model.

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10/13/2017

Researchers estimate that social media scams have climbed to 437,165, almost double the number from last year. Three techniques are typically used by attackers in campaigns designed to steal financial information and other sensitive data, distribute malware and take over accounts.

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10/13/2017

The Joint Commission abandoned proposed amendments to its accreditation standards that would have required health care systems to obtain patient consent, confirm patient location and predict patient costs before providing telehealth services. Critics said the standards were more stringent than state or federal guidelines.

10/13/2017

Trends in genetic sequencing will be driven not by innovative technology but by innovative applications, write three experts in the field of genetics and genomics. A lack of analysis and interpretation tools impedes the progress of genomics, but "just as new informatics approaches and massive data sets have dramatically improved language translation and image recognition, we predict that massive DNA-sequence data sets coupled with phenotypic information will enable researchers to deduce the biological functions encoded within genome sequences," they write.

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Nature (free content)
10/13/2017

Most patients at a federally qualified health center quickly stopped participating in mobile hypertension and diabetes management programs, and staff indicated that they were unhappy with the program, too, researchers reported in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Follow-up interviews with patients and staff revealed possible reasons why the program failed, including inadequate time spent educating patients, a lack of integration with EHRs, a lack of app functionality and a complex user interface.

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mHealth Intelligence
10/13/2017

The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation, which protects individual privacy rights and freedoms, goes into effect May 25 and applies beyond EU member states to any company or organization that controls or processes data on EU citizens, says attorney and privacy rights expert Debra Diener. The GDPR prohibits tracking of individuals online to create profiles for predictive analytics and gives individuals the right to control and transfer data as well as the right to know when their data have been compromised, among other provisions.

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Bio-IT World
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10/12/2017

The CMS warned that as of Oct. 1, eligible hospitals that are not meaningful EHR users during the fiscal year 2018 reporting period will receive Medicare payment reductions for that year. "This payment adjustment is applied as a reduction to the applicable percentage increase to the Inpatient Prospective Payment system rate, thus reducing the update to the IPPS standardized amount for these hospitals," the CMS said.

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10/12/2017

AHIMA surveyed 167 consumers and found that 82% used their providers' patient portals to access their EHRs in 2016, up from less than 5% in 2013, and 90% of those users expressed satisfaction with their experience. Findings also showed that 35% of users employed portals for viewing laboratory results, 22% for making appointments and 19% each for requesting medication renewals and sending secure messages.

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10/12/2017

A domino-size ultrasound scanner can detect abnormal brain activity and seizures through the anterior fontanelles in real time and could be used to monitor infants' brain function. Researchers reported in Science Translational Medicine that the probe distinguished active and quiet sleep, and, when combined with EEG, not only detected seizures in two at-risk infants but also identified where in the brain the seizures originated.

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Science online
10/12/2017

Health care organizations can strengthen cybersecurity measures by conducting risk assessments and educating all employees on cybersecurity and its threats, Theresa Meadows, senior vice president and CIO at Cook Children's Health Care System and chair of the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force, wrote in a CHIME blog post. Lee Kim of HIMSS also wrote that improving cybersecurity literacy and awareness can reduce risks related to human factors, and information sharing will enable organizations to remain ahead of threats within and outside the health care industry.

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