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Ethicists from the University of Basel have developed a biosecurity framework specific to neurotechnology while calling for a ban on dual-use technology with the aim of regulating mental privacy and integrity of humans. Findings were published in Neuron.

As cyberattack become increasingly common incidents, healthcare professionals must push security to the forefront. In a presentation given at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago, Jim Whitfill, CMO of innovation Health Partners and president of Lumetis, described the current cybersecurity environment and detailed how professionals can take steps toward improving privacy.

Despite increased prevention efforts and longer lifespans, heart failure rates are at a high in the United Kingdom and are continuing to climb, according to new research published in The Lancet.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a remote feature allowing programming sessions given through telehealth platforms to patients who have had at least six months of experience with their cochlear implant sound processor.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first digital pill with an ingestion tracking system to tell physicians whether patients have taken their medication.

 

Recent Headlines

Study claims high drug prices lead to more long-term savings

A study released by Frank R. Lichtenberg of the Montreal Economic Institute said while the price of prescription drugs remains high, the implementation of medical innovation leads to more savings in the long run.

White House announces $200M in organ donation research investments

In an effort to reduce the waiting list for organ donation, the administration of President Barack Obama announced several new actions at a White House summit June 13

Senate blocks restrictions on medical research funding in defense budget

The Senate voted 66-32 in favor a budget amendment to nullify a proposal to place restrictions on the more than $1 billion in medical research funded annually through the defense budget.

AMIA asks for new approach on ONC interoperability standards

Measuring interoperability as required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) calls for a “patient-centric” and flexible strategy, wrote the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA).

FDA approves first implant to treat opioid dependence

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first buprenorphine implant, Probuphine, to treat addiction to both prescription and illegal opioids.

Data security framework released for Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative

The final version of the policy principles governing data security efforts within President Barack Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) has been released.

 
Experts weigh in on elevating CISO within HHS to improve cybersecurity

Several data security experts testified before a congressional panel in favor of a House proposal to elevate HHS’s chief information security officer (CISO) to a separate office, while one expressed concerns about making the office a presidential appointment.

Minn. county complains about cost of 'ineffective' IT system

Hennepin County, the most populous county in Minnesota, said it will be forced to hire 92 new employees because of new requirements involving the MNSure health insurance exchange, which the county labels “an ineffective system,” reported the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Telemedicine may take advantage of Supreme Court ruling on med boards

Individual members of state medical boards can be sued for antitrust violations thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission, which has now led to at least five such suits against health licensing boards across the country,

CMS: Small, rural practices can ‘soon’ apply for $100M in technical MACRA assistance

Seeking to ease the fears for small and rural practices of being penalized under the new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), CMS plans to soon release its request for proposals for the $100 million in technical assistance provided for those practices.

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