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Today’s Rundown

  1. 3 lessons for direct-to-consumer telehealth
  2. Wireless device manufacturer pays $2.5M HIPAA settlement
  3. FCC requests input on advancing broadband-enabled IT solutions in healthcare
  4. 3 steps practices can take to protect patient data

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3 lessons for direct-to-consumer telehealth

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 As more healthcare providers are launching telehealth programs, hospital executives and vendors have a few words of wisdom—namely, exercise patience. Telemedicine executives at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Intermountain Healthcare and Cleveland Clinic shared the lessons learned from their own direct-to-consumer programs at the ATA’s conference in Orlando.

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Wireless device manufacturer pays $2.5M HIPAA settlement

Monday, April 24, 2017 In the first HIPAA settlement involving a wireless health services provider, a cardiac monitoring device manufacturer agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle violations that traced back to a stolen employee laptop. CardioNet agreed to the settlement five years after the company reported a laptop stolen from an employee’s car that contained health data for more than 1,300 individuals.

FCC requests input on advancing broadband-enabled IT solutions in healthcare

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 The Federal Communications Commission is seeking input from a wide range of healthcare and IT stakeholders to identify the barriers to broadband-enabled advancements in healthcare. As healthcare becomes more interconnected and reliant on mobile technologies to improve care and reduce costs, the FCC wants to better understand what role it plays in facilitating access to those technologies.

3 steps practices can take to protect patient data

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 Most of the security breaches that make headlines happen in big provider or payer organizations, but that doesn’t mean physician practices aren’t vulnerable to attack. In fact, most practices don’t properly safeguard protected health information and their electronic medical records are easy pickings for criminals.

News of Note

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration want to conduct a survey of behavioral health providers to understand how the industry is using health IT and what more needs to be done to improve interoperability. Federal Register notice Physicians are often stuck between the benefits of sharing the medical records of elderly patients with their adult children and the privacy concerns that can go along with that approach. FiercePracticeManagement article The FDA plans to hold a public workshop on medical device cybersecurity on May 18 and 19 to “catalyze collaboration" between healthcare stakeholders, understand best practices and discuss innovative strategies. Federal Register notice A Boston-based startup called Whoop has been officially licensed by the NFL Players Association to provide wearable devices to NFL players that will track health and recovery data. The company will co-own player data and can sell it to interested parties with the athletes’ consent. Boston Business Journal article


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