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November 2017

By the Numbers
For The Record
Vol. 29 No. 11 P. 34

According to ICD-10 data collected by Amino, a San Francisco-based health care transparency company, in 2016, this number of patients were struck by cows. Also, 529,000 patients were bitten or stung by nonvenomous insects and other nonvenomous arthropods (eg, bee stings); 162,100 were bitten by dogs; 700 were bitten by horses; 300 were bitten by pigs; and 200 were struck by chickens.

23 Million
Cybersecurity company AppRiver observed more than this number of e-mails delivering ransomware in only 24 hours, according to the company's August 28 blog post.

A Quest Diagnostics/Inovalon study found this percentage of health plan executives said EHRs have everything physicians need, while only 54% of physicians agreed. Additionally, 70% of physicians said they do not see a clear link between their EHRs and better patient outcomes, but 71% would be willing to spend more time with their EHRs if the technology could yield insights unique to their patients.

This percentage of health plan executives said coinvestment in HIT by payers and providers would accelerate the adoption of value-based care, according to a Quest Diagnostics/Inovalon study. While 82% of physicians and health plan executives agreed the transition to value-based care will continue regardless of legislative changes to health care in Washington, only 29% said they believe health care in the United States is value based.

$4 Billion
According to a Mercom Capital Group report on funding and mergers and acquisitions activity for the HIT/Digital Health sector, global venture capital funding in the first half of 2017 was 36% higher year over year, with this record amount raised in 359 deals compared with the $3 billion raised from 286 deals in the first half of 2016. The top-funded areas in the first half of 2017 were patient engagement solutions ($684 million), data analytics ($458 million), mHealth apps ($399 million), booking ($391 million), telemedicine ($297 million), mobile wireless ($275 million), and EMRs ($237 million).

The majority of patients (this percentage) rely on their physicians to track their health records, according to a Salesforce report. Twenty-eight percent of consumers keep their health data in a folder, shoebox, or another home-based physical storage system. Roughly 9% say no one keeps track of their health records.

According to preliminary results from Phase 2 of the HIPAA Audit Program, the Office for Civil Rights rated covered entities' (CEs) compliance with the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification standards as largely "inadequate," with more than this percentage of the CEs failing to demonstrate appropriate risk management plans.