US life expectancy has been declining. Here’s why
KEY POINTS A baby born in the U.S. in 2017 is expected to live to be 78.6 years old, which is down from 78.7 from the year before. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified three primary causes for the decline in life …
Despite millions spent, ‘crucial’ DSHS electronic records system years behind schedule
A multi-million dollar project to bring electronic health records to Western State Hospital and other buildings overseen by the state Department of Social and Health Services is several years behind schedule, and the state says it doesn’t k…
Ransomware attack causes California health group to turn to paper records
Novato, Calif.-based Marin Community Clinics was hit with a ransomware attack on June 19, which forced physicians to use paper documentation that would later be transferred to the EHR, according to the HIPAA Journal.
Restrictive Approach to Blood Cell Transfusions Safe for Heart Surgery Patients
Highlights A restrictive approach to blood cell transfusions in patients undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass surgery led to fewer transfusions than a more liberal approach, without any increased risk of acute kidney injury. The results we…
American Heart Association launches registry to share medical data with emergency responders
The American Heart Association announced a collaboration with New York City-based RapidSOS to establish a voluntary registry providing digital health data to 911 dispatchers and emergency medical responders.
Sutter Health sued for allegedly sharing patients' health data with Facebook, Google
Sacramento, Calif.-based Sutter Health patients filed a lawsuit against the health system for allegedly sharing patients' private information, attained through the health system's website, with technology giants such as Facebook and Google,…
AI technique helps produce high quality CT images at lower dosages
A team of bioengineers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), with funding from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) technique that uses image post-proce…
Quest Diagnostics says data breach could have hit nearly 12 million patients
Quest Diagnostics Inc said on Monday it was notified by a billing collections vendor that an unauthorized user gained access to information on nearly 11.9 million patients, including credit card numbers and bank account information.