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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

Employers possess 'unique opportunity to contribute to health goals' BOSTON—Companies that cultivate an exercise-friendly environment are doing themselves and society a favor, according to two behavioral health specialists speaking at the Oct. 1 Future of Health Technology Institute Summit hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Which components of health IT will drive financial value?
A framework that describes the ability of specific health information exchange and EHR functionalities to drive financial savings could help efforts to develop meaningful use measures and measure the financial impact of health IT, according to research published in the August issue of the American Journal of Managed Care.
Blue Shield of California enters accountable care agreement
Blue Shield of California will enter a partnership with Dominican Hospital and Physicians Medical Group of Santa Cruz County on a three-year accountable care initiative.
ICD-10: CMIOs Can Aid Process Despite the recent one-year implementation delay to October 2014, ICD-10 should be a top priority for CMIOs over the next two years. G. Daniel Martich, MD, CMIO and VP of physician services at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), discusses his role in the facilitys progress on ICD-10.
Another 89 ACOs join federal cost-sharing programs
Eighty-nine new accountable care organizations (ACOs) serving 1.2 million Medicare patients in 40 states and Washington, D.C. officially entered into agreements with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as of July 1.
Cleveland system keeps up with computer-assisted coding, documentation improvement The Cleveland Clinic Health System (CCHS) is successfully evolving, using computer-assisted coding (CAC) to address clinical documentation improvement, ICD-10 implementation and more, according to an article published in the July issue of Journal of AHIMA.
Geisinger, Merck collaborate for patient adherence Geisinger Health System and pharmaceutical company Merck will enter into a new multi-year collaboration designed to improve patient health outcomes by focusing on shared decision making between patients and physicians and improved patient adherence.
NEJM: Release your inner health IT productivity
A perspective article published in the June 14 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine set out to explain the IT productivity paradox and its relation to the rise of health IT implementations.
PwC: Healthcare spending growth slow for 4th year
Growth in healthcare spending in the U.S. has slowed considerably since 2009, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers's Health Research Institute. The organization projects medical costs will increase 7.5 percent for 2013, the fourth year in a row of relatively flat growth.
South Shore Hospital's security mistake results in $750K settlement
South Shore Hospital in Boston has agreed to pay $750,000 to resolve allegations because the provider failed to protect the personal and confidential health information of more than 800,000 consumers, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced. The investigation and settlement resulted from a data breach reported to the AGs office in July 2010 that included individuals names, Social Security numbers, financial account numbers and medical diagnoses.

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