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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

Will ACOs succeed? There's cause for concern The performance of accountable care organizations in terms of costs and of care delivered should be monitored closely by policymakers to help them avoid the failures of earlier integrated delivery networks, according to an opinion piece published in the November issue of Health Affairs.
ONC establishes database to build workgroup membership The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has established an online database to recruit participants for and publicize its health IT advisory committee workgroup.
ONC publishes wave six of 2014 draft test procedures The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has released wave six of the draft test procedures for the 2014 edition of EHR certification criteria and is inviting the public to comment.
FDA seeks to speed up 510(k) process The FDA has issued guidance regarding the Medical Device User Fee Amendment of 2012 and the agency’s intention to use additional revenues from fees to reduce turnaround time for 510(k) submissions.
Connected Health: Preventive health in the workplace BOSTON—As healthcare costs rise for employees and employers alike, businesses are finding new ways to engage patients in the workplace, according to the panelists of an Oct. 26 presentation at the ninth annual Connected Health Symposium.
Connected Health: FDA inaction may do more harm than good BOSTON—Pharmaceutical companies don’t make drugs like they used to. The FDA should let them, according to Juan Enriquez, MBA, managing director of Excel Venture Management and former founding director of the Harvard Business School Life Sciences Project, who spoke Oct. 25 at the ninth annual Connected Health Symposium, hosted by Partners HealthCare.
Connected Health: Can accountable care reverse healthcare spending trends? BOSTON—Spending more does not equal better care. Accountable care can reverse that trend, Elliot S. Fisher, MD, MPH, said during an Oct. 25 presentation at the ninth annual Connected Health Symposium, hosted by Partners HealthCare in Boston.
Stringent quality measures fail to measure care provided

Broadly defined clinical quality measures could fail to accurately capture the true volume and quality of care provided, according to research published in the September/October issue of the Journal of the

ONC releases wave five of 2014 draft test procedures The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) published wave five of the draft test procedures for the 2014 edition of EHR certification criteria and is inviting the public to comment.
Professional associations suggest guiding principles for SGR replacement Dozens of professional healthcare associations are listed on an Oct. 15 letter to Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), both members of the Senate Committee on Finance, calling for an end to the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and offering suggestions for alternatives.

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