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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

ONC outlines plans for data standards, big data analytics in budget request

Four legislative proposals aimed at improving the exchange of electronic health information have been included in the 2017 budget request by the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).

NH, AZ join interstate licensing compact

The two states have enacted legislation adopting the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact and another three may soon be joining.

Patients use ProPublica database to find painkiller prescriptions

The investigative news outlet announced its database to track the prescribing habits of doctors has been used by some to find addictive painkillers.

Cybersecurity experts conduct hacker test on medical devices

Cybersecurity experts tested the vulnerability of software and medical devices at a group of hospitals, and they found hacking into the healthcare system is a lot easier than expected, reports WUSA9.   
 

Missouri governor vetoes $500K bill for HIT

Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed a $500,000 bill that would’ve gone to a health information exchange program because he believes it would have favored one vendor over another.

GAO appoints three new members to Health IT Policy Committee

Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), Gene L. Dodaro, has announced James S. Ferguson, Carolyn Petersen and Karen L. Caulil as the newest members on the Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy Committee. 

Senate bill aims to improve rural care through telehealth

New legislation introduced by Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, would direct HHS to analyze a model of using telehealth to improve care in rural areas

Google given access to healthcare data of 1.6M patients

Artificial intelligence company DeepMind, owned by Google, has been given access to the healthcare data of 1.6 million patients from three hospitals, reports The Guardian.

Joint Commission reverses course, OKs secure clinician texting

The commission's update allows for clinician texting and messaging for “care, treatment, and services…across all accreditation programs.”

5,500+ new, revised ICD-10 codes in the works for 2017

More than 5,500 diagnosis and procedures codes will be added to the ICD-10 coding system for fiscal year 2017.

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