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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

Milliman offers ACO cheat sheet Actuarial firm Milliman has released an accountable care organization (ACO) cheat sheet to guide stakeholders through the ins and outs of Medicare Shared Savings Program and the Pioneer ACOs.
Health Affairs: EHR adoption programs should look beyond PCPs
To achieve EHR adoption nationwide, federal policies also may have to focus on encouraging adoption among non-primary care specialists, as well as addressing persistent gaps in the use of EHR systems by practice size, physician age and ownership status, according to an article published in the April edition of Health Affairs.
Data breach in S.C. affects 228K Medicaid beneficiaries
The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services discovered this month that a Medicaid employee inappropriately transferred personal information for 228,435 Medicaid beneficiaries to their personal email account, constituting a violation of agency policy.
Humana Cares goes online with chronic care workshops The National Council on Aging and Humanas Humana Cares complex and chronic care management division are partnering to pilot Stanford Universitys online Chronic Disease Self-Management Program.
Grassley stirs up CMS pot, presses for Sunshine Act
Sens. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Herb Kohl, D-Wis., authors of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, have outlined substantive points to guide federal implementation of the act. Grassley and Kohl wrote to the Acting Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner with their points and also asked questions about when CMS will begin data collection.
Study: Online team management could be effective in ambulatory settings Web-based team resource management (TRM) demonstrates potential for effectiveness in various ambulatory settings, according to research published in the March edition of The American Journal of Managed Care.
ACC: Cost-benefit of remote monitoring depends on players
CHICAGOCalculating the cost-benefit ratio of remote monitoring patients who have implantable cardioverter-defibrillators depends on many variables, and the answer hinges on who pays and who benefits, said Mark H. Schoenfeld, MD, of Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn., in a March 24 presentation at the 61st annual American College of Cardiology (ACC) scientific session.
N.Y. groups kickstart ACO initiative WestMed Medical Group is collaborating with UnitedHealthcare and Optum businesses to launch an accountable care organization (ACO) for its more than 220 physicians in Westchester County, N.Y.
Stolen laptop affects 513 Georgia patients
Georgia Health Sciences University has notified 513 patients about the theft of a laptop computer that may have contained some of their personal information.
Health Affairs: Diagnostic imaging orders increase with health IT capabilities
Widespread belief that modern technology will drive cost-saving efforts has rationalized recent federal investments to increase health IT adoption, but research published in the March issue of Health Affairs contradicts that belief, revealing that the ability to view imaging results electronically correlated with more orders for diagnostic imaging.

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