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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

Data liberation an ONC focus moving forward

Patients for far too long have been left out of the healthcare loop. The Office of the National Coordinator is trying to change that through not just Meaningful Use regulations, but also by working to build a coalition of stakeholders better equipped to engage patients, according to the speakers of a Jan. 17 webinar hosted by the National eHealth Collaborative.

NYC provider organizations enter pay-for-performance arrangement

The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation entered a pay-for-performance agreement with two medical schools and one private provider organization that will award up to $59 million to providers for meeting quality and efficiency targets.

Walmart joins Arkansas initiative to transform care delivery

Walmart has committed $670,000 to underwrite the Arkansas Payment Improvement Initiative, a statewide effort to transform healthcare delivery with the hopes of containing costs and improving quality.

106 ACOs join Medicare Shared Savings Program

The Department of Health and Human Services announced that an additional 106 accountable care organizations are participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program, bringing the total to more than 250.

In their infancy, ACOs come in all shapes and sizes

As healthcare reform takes root and accountable care organizations (ACOs) make their mark on the map, the healthcare landscape grows more complex, according to a January report from CSC.

CMS calls for comments on reporting programs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a request for information regarding the collection and reporting of clinical quality measures.

ONC issues IT safety plan

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has published a health IT patient safety plan that builds off of the Institute of Medicine's recommendations to more fully describe the role of health IT in terms of patient safety and to identify ways multiple stakeholders can work to use health IT to strengthen patient safety efforts.

GAO reveals pay-for-performance lessons from private initiatives

With several pay-for-performance initiatives set to expand in the near future, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) examined private sector initiatives that base or adjust physician payment rates on care quality and efficiency, and assessed their applicability to the Medicare program.

ICD-10 planning is not a sprint, but 'get started'

“Get planning,” said Sira Cormier, MBA, principal of CSC, which operates the New England Healthcare Exchange Network. “ICD-10 is not just an IT problem. Everybody needs to be involved in the planning.” Cormier and her coworker spoke during the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium’s forum on ICD-10 on Dec. 13.

Study: Shorter hospital stays don't increase readmission rates

On the surface, efforts to simultaneously improve healthcare quality and efficiency may appear at odds, but research published Dec. 18 in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggest that reduced hospital lengths of stay correlate with lower readmission rates.

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