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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

Maryland P4P programs paying off

Two pay-for-performance (P4P) programs implemented in Maryland are showing how state-level efforts to set payment rates are influencing provider behavior and improving patient outcomes, according to research published in the December issue of Health Affairs

FDA looks to speed device approval with new partnership

The FDA is entering a public-private partnership with the Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC) to help speed the development, assessment and review of new medical devices.

70% of voters have strong appetite for cutting federal health spending

Approximately 70 percent of voters believe reining in high healthcare costs should be a top post-election priority, according to an online survey of 1,200 conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

ACOs are 'far from proving their value'

Accountable care organizations taking on a variety of forms are becoming more active in the healthcare landscape, but they’re far from proving their value, according to a report published by market researcher KLAS and consulting firm Leavitt Partners.

Report: ACOs grow, covering 10% of U.S. patients

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) appear to be gaining traction in the healthcare system, covering up to 10 percent of patients, and some early adopters are successfully transforming themselves into more efficient health networks, according to a Nov. 29 report published by Oliver Wyman. 

OIG: Flawed procedures for detecting inaccurate MU payments

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) doubts the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) ability to oversee the Meaningful Use (MU) program and offered recommendations to strengthen the program’s integrity in a November report.

FDA exec talks agency's role in disaster relief post-Sandy

When storms like Hurricane Sandy hit, the Federal Emergency Management Agency assumes the center stage in disaster relief, but it’s not the only federal agency providing emergency support. When natural disasters strike, the FDA works behind the scenes to address the harmful effects.

More of PPACA enacted: No discrimination against pre-existing, chronic conditions

As expected, the Obama administration moved forward to implement provisions in the healthcare reform law that would make it illegal for insurance companies to discriminate against those with pre-existing conditions. The provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) also would make it easier for consumers to compare health plans and employers to promote and encourage employee wellness.

Congressional hearing on MU highlights usability, costs, standards (Part 2 of 2) Witnesses attending the Congressional Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation’s hearing on Meaningful Use on Nov. 14 overwhelmingly testified in favor of the program and called for ongoing support from the government. This article is the second installment in a two-part series about this week's hearing on Capitol Hill.
Professional societies should address conflicts of interest with social media Existing professional medical guidelines mistakenly fail to address the disclosure of conflicts of interest on social media, according to commentary published online Nov. 6 by the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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