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HIPAA, everyone’s favorite scapegoat for all (OK, most) of the ills of the modern healthcare-industrial complex, is perpetually called out as being in dire need of a rewrite. Well, that moment has arrived (maybe). There’s an RFI out right now, published as part of the federales’ “Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care,” announced by HHS Secretary Alex Azar in mid-2018. (Remember, this is the federal government, so getting almost halfway through the throat-clearing phase…
I recently spoke with Dara Richardson-Heron M.D., chief engagement officer of the All of Us Research Program (@AllofUsResearch) at the National Institutes of Health. Dara is leading efforts to engage a million volunteers or more from diverse communities across the country in building one of the largest biomedical datasets in the world, and is seeking to reach out to populations historically underrepresented in research. Everyone in the U.S. is invited to join
Sitting with me by my virtual hearth is Anand Oswal, Senior Vice President for Cisco’s enterprise networking business. He is responsible for building the complete set of platforms and solutions for the Cisco enterprise networking portfolio across routing, access switching, IoT connectivity, wireless and network cloud services deployed at customers worldwide. We discussed the need for security as the foundation for networking in healthcare and other industries, and the development of security as a function…
My guest for this edition of Harlow on Healthcare is Peter Neumann. Peter is the Director of the Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health (@TuftsCEVR) at the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies at Tufts Medical Center (@TuftsMedicalCtr), and is a professor of medicine at the Tufts University School of Medicine. Peter’s quick definition of cost effectiveness analysis is a tool that helps us…
Joining me by my virtual hearth this week is Omri Shor (@OmriShor), CEO and co-founder of Medisafe (@MedisafeApp). Omri was inspired to create Medisafe after his father accidentally double-dosed on insulin. He describes Medisafe as a medication management platform providing personalized support. He and his team have grown the user base of Medisafe’s medication adherence application to over 4 million users worldwide. I challenged Omri, suggesting that the fundamental problem around…
A survey of C-level healthcare execs conducted by OptumIQ finds that the overwhelming majority of those surveyed believe that there will be a positive ROI on artificial intelligence investments in healthcare. Even allowing for the fact that OptumIQ sells AI solutions to those same healthcare organizations, the survey is worth mining for insight into the expectations that healthcare leaders have when it comes to AI. Employers and health plans expect their AI investments to…
Joyce Lee MD MPH brings design thinking to academic medicine, and is making a difference in the lives of patients and clinicians by bringing them together in a learning health system. Joyce is a pediatric endocrinologist on the faculty at the University of Michigan. As a clinical and health services researcher, she is very interested in the notion that human-centered design and design thinking — combined with emerging technologies such as mobile technology, data visualization,…
At the close of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a number of cybersecurity tips were published by OCR (the office within HHS that enforces HIPAA). These are timely and important reminders, relevant to everyone in the regulated community of covered entities and business associates, particularly in light of OCR’s recent settlement agreement with Anthem in connection with its major breach of a couple years ago (see more on my thoughts about the Anthem breach here), as…
My guest for this edition is Dave Ryan, Intel GM for Health and Life Sciences at its Internet of Things Group. We spoke at the Connected Health conference in Boston, an annual get-together of innovators in digital health and healthcare transformation which has long been on my list of regular stops on the conference circuit. Kicking things off, I asked Dave to define the Internet of Things, or IoT (noting that I had recently nearly…