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Editor's e-Note
In the battle to keep cyberthieves at bay, smaller health care organizations typically have fewer defenses than their larger brethren. Despite there being less data available to hijack, attackers may view this situation as too tempting to pass up.

As a result, smaller facilities need a strong but affordable tool to successfully protect patient information. This month’s E-News Exclusive spotlights a solution from the Health Information Trust Alliance that fits the bill.

Lee DeOrio, editor
e-News Exclusive
HITRUST to Launch Cybersecurity Solution
By Ed Cabrera

In an effort to curb cybersecurity breaches in the health care industry, the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) has implemented a new security solution, CyberAid, with the assistance of a globally recognized cybersecurity company.

Smaller health care organizations with limited technical and financial resources might find cybersecurity a daunting challenge. CyberAid is an initiative specifically designed to help health care practices comprising fewer than 75 employees protect themselves from ransomware, data breaches, and other malicious threats. Originally launched with pediatric provider Children’s Health, CyberAid provides a much-anticipated solution to the security needs of smaller health care providers seeking an easy-to-use, affordable, and effective security program.

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AHIMA Preivew
HIM Conference Blasts Off in Baltimore
By Heather Hogstrom

AHIMA’s 88th Annual Convention and Exhibit, featuring the theme “Inspire Big Thinking to Launch Our Future,” will be held October 15 to 19 in Baltimore. While in the city, AHIMA attendees can enjoy Fleet Week, as the US Navy’s Blue Angels will perform an air show during the opening weekend of the convention.

The conference’s daily General Sessions will offer thought-provoking presentations from a variety of speakers. Captain Mark Kelly, a retired astronaut and US Navy Captain who commanded Space Shuttle Endeavour’s final mission, and Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who survived an assassination attempt, have written an inspirational memoir, Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope, and will expound on their experiences and their courageous response to adversity.

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Chief Medical Information Officer Andrew Gettinger, MD, will give a 2016 Government Update, and Laurie Garrett, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, will enhance attendees’ understanding of the Zika virus. World Champion Boxer Laila Ali, daughter of the late Muhammad Ali, will impart her perspectives on chronic illness affecting loved ones. Those familiar with the recent movie Concussion, starring Will Smith, will be particularly interested to hear from Bennet Omalu, MD, the first doctor to diagnose chronic brain damage in NFL players.

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On High Alert for Hackers
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The 411 on Subpoenas
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Aren’t Solving the Right Problems

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MGMA Preview
MGMA Celebrates 90th Anniversary at Annual Conference
By Heather Hogstrom

The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) is holding its annual conference October 30 to November 2 in San Francisco, where it’s celebrating its 90th anniversary. The conference offers education for professional practice administrators, health system executives, medical practice group leaders, attorneys, and others involved in practice management. While in San Francisco, attendees may wish to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, ride on a trolley or cable car, taste the seafood at Fisherman’s Wharf, or tour Alcatraz Island’s notorious prison. Those who want to celebrate Halloween can don black and white clothing to attend MGMA’s Black and White Masquerade, which will offer festive masks, dancing, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres.

MGMA is offering a Product Sneak Peak on Sunday afternoon for attendees to browse the Exhibit Hall’s products and services. The Exhibit Hall Trail Map serves as a guide to the more than 275 exhibiting companies as well as an opportunity for attendees to win a gift certificate by collecting signatures at the highlighted booths. Before the grand opening of the exhibit hall, comedian Jim Gaffigan will perform for conference attendees. Author Daniel H. Pink will give a presentation, “The Cascade Effect: How Small Wins Can Transform Your Organization,” which details how change occurs within an organization. Pink also will hold a book signing.

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Tech & Tools
HealthBot Automates Health Care Information
TigerText announced the availability of HealthBot, an encrypted, custom-branded, HIPAA-compliant messaging application that can be embedded into a webpage or mobile app to help automate a range of tasks. HealthBot leverages the TigerConnect secure messaging platform, structured conversations, and natural language processing. Patients can schedule appointments, inquire about a drug’s side effects, receive reminders to take their medication, send photos or videos of their condition to help with a virtual diagnosis, determine the cost of a procedure and the associated billing code, get tips on maximizing their coverage benefits, inquire about an outstanding balance, get clarification as to why a claim was denied, inquire about supplemental coverage through Medicare or Medicaid, or locate a list of eligible primary care physicians. Learn more »

Family-Based Social Platform Transforms Health Care
ICmed has released a family-centric, social media platform aimed at empowering families to control their own health care information. ICmed is a secure, mobile, cloud-based platform that enables collaboration around managing family health (eg, parents caring for kids or adult children caring for elderly relatives); aids discovery and accurate documentation of family medical history; continuously educates users from individual and family health data through a virtual health assistant, proactively providing personalized, actionable, evidence-based information; helps users keep track of family members’ health status regardless of geography; and empowers caregivers and health-minded individuals to more meaningfully engage doctors about health risks. The ICmed solution is free to consumers and available in iOS and web versions, with an Android version to come. Learn more »

PEPID for Windows, Android Helps Improve Patient Outcomes
PEPID, a provider of clinical and drug information resources, has released PEPID for Windows as well as its updated Android app, which has been completely redesigned using feedback from users and keeping health care professionals’ workflow in mind. PEPID for Windows provides clinical decision support at the patient point of care on all devices running Windows 8 or 10, without needing an internet connection. It supports clinical specialty information for emergency medicine, pediatric medicine, primary medicine, ambulatory care, pharmacy, nursing, education, and more. The PEPID for Android app provides information such as disease profiles, medical conditions, treatment options, multidrug interactions, and dosing; hundreds of reference videos for clinical procedures and physical examinations; and alerts with timely updates on topics such as new research, drug approvals, and black box warnings. Both versions allow clinicians to earn CME credits while treating patients. Learn more about PEPID for Windows and PEPID for Android.
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Industry Insight
Survey Reveals Strong Demand for Telehealth Despite Access and Cost Confusion

A joint survey of active health care users conducted by the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) and WEGO Health shows that consumers are interested in using telehealth as a replacement or complement to in-person care, citing convenience as the top motivator. Confusion persists, however, largely on whether their health provider offers telehealth options or if telehealth is covered by their insurer.

These results were released recently at the ATA’s Fall Forum event in New Orleans in a panel discussion with WEGO Health. Survey respondents were polled on their use of video-conferencing to interact with their health care provider. Of the 429 respondents, 22% had used video conferencing to meet with a provider, with the majority interacting with their provider while at home. Among these users, telehealth was requested by the patients as much as it was suggested with 50% of users having asked their provider for a video appointment and 50% reporting that their provider had offered telehealth as an appointment option.

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