Medical Devices and the Ransomware Menace
The first ransomware attack on a medical device was reported on a precision appliance during the 2017 WannaCry attacks. Since then, cybercriminals haven’t slowed down. Over the past 12 months, ransomware perpetuators have been relentless in their efforts to solicit payments from unsuspecting victims, even going as far as threatening to publish data if the ransom is not paid. This new tactic, in addition to the emergence of newer and prolific ransomware variants like Ryuk and Sodinokibi, has proven to be successful, too. In Q4 2019, the average ransomware payment increased by 104 percent from the previous ...
Source: MDDI - February 24, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sam Roguine Tags: Software Source Type: news

MouthWatch Debuts Significant Upgrades to TeleDent ™ its Provider-Focused Teledentistry Platform During CDS 2020
 Newest Enhancements Designed to Keep the Dentist in TeledentistryWhile Delivering Improved Case Acceptance and Patient ConvenienceMetuchen, NJ – February 17, 2020 – MouthWatch, LLC a leader in innovative teledentistry solutions, digital case presentation tools and intraoral imaging devices, will debut the latest upgrades to its TeleDent™ all-in-one teledentistry platform at booth #4318 during the 2020 Chicago Midwinter Meeting.According to MouthWatch Founder and CEO Brant Herman, “Our latest upgrades firmly establish TeleDent as the clinician-focused teledentistry platform that also provides the convenience a...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - February 20, 2020 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

IncludeHealth launches equipment-agnostic digital musculoskeletal platform
(CincyTech) IncludeHealth, an internationally awarded digital health and performance company, announces the launch of IncludeConnect, a revolutionary musculoskeletal technology that brings digital capabilities to any equipment used for rehabilitation, performance training or general health. The platform connects, digitizes and integrates any piece of strength or cardio equipment into a HIPAA compliant, medical-grade software called the IncludeCloud ™ , allowing quantitative and qualitative measurement with feedback to drive better outcomes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) Privacy and Novel Coronavirus
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Published: 2/2020. In light of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak, the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is providing this four-page bulletin to ensure that Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) covered entities and their business associates are aware of the ways that patient information may be shared under the HIPAA Privacy Rule in an outbreak of infectious disease or other emergency situation, and to serve as a reminder that the protections of the Privacy Rule are not set aside during ...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

MobiHealthNews' predictions for 2020: Big tech's here to stay, digital health moves through Gardner hype cycle and more
The MobiHealthNews staff shares its thoughts on how HIPAA, investor funding,  digital health commercialization and other focus areas will be changing over the course of the new year. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - January 28, 2020 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

MobiHealthNews' predictions for 2020: Big tech's here to stay, digital health moves through Gartner hype cycle and more
The MobiHealthNews staff shares its thoughts on how HIPAA, investor funding,  digital health commercialization and other focus areas will be changing over the course of the new year. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - January 28, 2020 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

HHS: Administrative Simplification: Modification of the Requirements for the Use of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) D.0 Standard
Notice of final rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to adopt a modification to the requirements of the Telecommunication Standard Implementation Guide, Version D, Release 0 (Version D.0), August 2007. This modification allows covered entities to clearly distinguish whether a prescription is a partial fill, or a refill in the HIPAA transactions and may help prevent impermissible refills of Schedule II drugs. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 24, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following items: 1) Medicaid Managed Care Regulations; 2) Testing Experience and Functional Tools: Functional Assessment Standardized Items (FASI) Based on the CARE Tool; 3) Review and Approval Process for Waivers for State Innovation; 4) Medicaid Program Face-to-Face Requirements for Home Health Services and Supporting Regulations; 5) Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN); and 6) Administrative Simplification HIPAA Compliance Review. Comments are due by January 17, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 18, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Clinical supervision platform gets $2M seed funding
Atlanta-based Motivo is a HIPAA-compliant platform that connects pre-licensed therapists with clinical supervisors for the 200-hour licensing process. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - December 11, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jessica Saunders Source Type: news

Cox Enterprises leads $2M seed funding for clinical supervision platform Motivo
Atlanta-based Motivo is a HIPAA-compliant platform that connects pre-licensed therapists with clinical supervisors for the 200-hour licensing process. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - December 4, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jessica Saunders Source Type: news

AWS launches Amazon Transcribe Medical
The new HIPAA-compliant tool will be able to capture physician dictation or doctor-patient conversations.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - December 2, 2019 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

UK ’s NHS Will Use Amazon Alexa to Deliver Official Health Advice to Patients in the United Kingdom
Since Alexa is now programed to be compliant with HIPAA privacy rules, it’s likely similar voice assistance technologies will soon become available in US healthcare as well Shortages of physicians and other types of caregivers—including histopathologists and pathology laboratory workers—in the United Kingdom (UK) has the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) seeking alternate ways to […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - December 2, 2019 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations AI Alexa Alexa Skills Kit Source Type: news

Patients still facing big obstacles getting their own health data
Despite HIPAA ' s right of access rule, and CMS and ONC prioritizing consumer access in their forthcoming 21st Century Cures regs, a new scorecard shows that providers have work to do. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - November 14, 2019 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Ascension's health-data partnership with Google sparks federal inquiry
News of St. Louis-based Ascension Health's partnership with Google, in which it is sharing health data for millions of patients, has sparked a federal inquiry. The Office for Civil Rights in the Department of Health and Human Services "will seek to learn more information about this mass collection of individuals' medical records to ensure that HIPAA protections were fully implemented," the office's director, Roger Severino, told the Wall Street Journal T uesday. The Wall Street Journal reported… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - November 13, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jacob Kirn Source Type: news

Ascension's health-data partnership with Google sparks federal inquiry
News of St. Louis-based Ascension Health's partnership with Google, in which it is sharing health data for millions of patients, has sparked a federal inquiry. The Office for Civil Rights in the Department of Health and Human Services "will seek to learn more information about this mass collection of individuals' medical records to ensure that HIPAA protections were fully implemented," the office's director, Roger Severino, told the Wall Street Journal T uesday. The Wall Street Journal reported… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 13, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jacob Kirn Source Type: news