Machine learning can make it easier to track security issues, but the new technology can pose challenges for security pros, writes Macy Bayern. Lack of transparency, data of insufficient quality and a shortage of tech talent are among the things that can cause machine learning problems for security experts.
Juniper Research predicts that in 2023 alone, cybercriminals will steal over 33 billion records, a 175% increase over the number of records expected to be compromised this year, and the trend will lead to cumulative losses of over 146 billion records during the next five years. Researchers also expect that by 2023, more than half of all data breaches worldwide will occur in the US.
New York-based Rochester RHIO is providing EHR patient data from 2008 to 2014 that will be used for the CDC-sponsored HPV Vaccine Impact Monitoring Project. "By knowing how much screening rates have decreased, we can determine what portion of the drop in disease we see is due to less screening and what part is due to the increase in HPV vaccination," said Dr. Nancy Bennett, director of the Center for Community Health and Prevention at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
The CMS has proposed overhauling Medicare's Accountable Care Organization program, with proposed changes that include limiting from six years to two years the amount of time an ACO can remain in an upside-risk arrangement, authorizing termination of ACOs with multiple years of weak financial performance and allowing certain ACOs under performance-based risk to offer incentives to patients for taking steps to improve their health. The CMS expects the proposal, estimated to save Medicare $2.2 billion over 10 years, to result in the dropping out of about 107 ACOs.
Seven electronic clinical quality measures were removed from the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program under the CMS' final rule for the 2019 Inpatient Prospective Payment System because the costs outweighed the benefits of their continued use. Among the eCQMs that were removed include assessed for rehabilitation, hearing screening prior to hospital discharge and stroke education.
There are nearly 350,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs in the US, according to the Commerce Department, and experts predict 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs will remain open globally by 2021. People with strong backgrounds in analytics, data science, project management, law, policy or the military could have many of the skills needed to pursue a career in cybersecurity, says DHR International's Pete Metzger.
Boston Children's Hospital was an early user of Amazon Alexa and is testing it in clinical pilot projects, including a surgical checklist, a voice-conducted organ verification process for transplant teams and an ICU application allowing staff to quickly determine which practitioners are assigned to a specific bed. Devin Nadar of the hospital's Innovation and Digital Health Accelerator said 70% of interactions with the ICU pilot produced what the physician wanted.
Health insurers in the US could save $7 billion in 18 months by using artificial intelligence to automate some administrative functions, according to an Accenture study. Accenture's Richard Birhanzel said AI would augment and not replace human work.
Health care is the second-largest US industry but the biggest target for hackers, with the industry spending only half as much as others on cybersecurity. This calls for immediate action, writes Bob Ackerman, beginning with speeding up software patching and doing a more thorough job of it.
A HealthMine survey of almost 800 Medicare Advantage beneficiaries found 46% did not know what telehealth and virtual care services were covered by their health plans. The CMS is expanding telehealth payments in Medicare, and HealthMine CEO Bryce Williams said it's the right time for health plans to add telehealth options and educate members about their coverage.