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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

ICD-10 causing "shock, awe, fear'

The healthcare industry is in a “state of shock and awe and fear” over ICD-10, said Annie Boynton, director of provider regulatory compliance (ICD-10) communication, adoption and training for UnitedHealth Group, speaking at the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium’s Dec. 13 program on the topic.

Start preparing for ICD-10 now

Establishing structured timelines and plans for software upgrades, training and testing are essential elements of a good plan for transitioning to ICD-10, said Renee Richard, health insurance specialist and ICD-10 lead at the Boston regional office of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, speaking at the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium’s Dec. 13 program on the topic.

Two Mass. providers discuss ICD-10 prep

FRAMINGHAM, MASS.--Baystate Health has created four workgroups to manage the ICD-10 transition. Walter Houlihan, corporate director of health information management of the Springfield, Mass.-headquartered organization, spoke at the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium’s Dec. 13 program on ICD-10.

Mass. providers share concerns about ICD-10

FRAMINGHAM, MASS.—The looming shift to ICD-10 is “monumental” and requires collaboration in every aspect, according to speakers at the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium’s Dec. 13 program on the subject. There was a clear sense of urgency if not outright panic from some speakers about the enormity of the transition.

Tenn Gov. on the fence about state insurance exchange

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) announced the state will not operate a state-based healthcare exchange under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

KLAS: Use of BI tools increasing

Providers are experiencing increased knowledge dissemination and end-user adoption within their organizations as a result of work with their business intelligence (BI) tools. According to the KLAS report, Business Intelligence: Influencing Change?, measuring and improving performance and outcomes are at the forefront of the 381 surveyed providers' BI efforts today and will continue to be so in the near future.

Calif. market reports show gaps in health reform prep

New market studies of the San Francisco and Fresno areas conducted by the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC) offer a stark contrast—particularly in preparations for health reform—between one of the most affluent and poorest regions of the state.

Medical device tax late payments to be waived for most of 2013

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will waive late payment penalties on the medical device tax for the first nine months of 2013, according to new regulations. However, late payment penalties will only be waived in situations where a company has reasonable cause.

CMS seeks comments on patient experience data

To drive the collection and availability of performance data on the fledgling Physician Compare consumer website, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking provider feedback about the use of patient experience measures.

Proposed rule impacts health insurer operations

A proposed rule would implement several changes in how health insurers operate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the rule will be published in the Federal Register on Dec. 7.

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