It’s almost time for the weekend, but first make sure you catch up on some of this week’s most important articles. The topics include big data and customized healthcare, data security, advice from a recognized health system for reducing readmissions, a possible halt in ICD-10 implementation, and radiology’s role in precision medicine. Enjoy!
1) How Big Data Will Customize Our Health Care– Wall Street Journal
This article discusses the growth in data use in healthcare. The author says that though health systems have been adopting technologies that can collect, consolidate and share data about patients, they haven’t fully learned what to do next. Furthermore, he notes that electronic health systems will collect data, but there may be challenges when it comes to figuring out how to use it.
2) Healthcare Security: Adapt or Die– Healthcare IT News
In this article, the author talks about the growing concern for data security in healthcare. Medical records sell for nearly three times as much on the black market as credit card information. In 2013, 40 million people had personal information stolen. Having said this, the article goes on to discuss new security priorities. Disgruntled employees and hackers pose a security threat, if health systems do not adapt, they could be at risk for data breaches.
3) No One-Size-Fits-All Strategy for Readmission Reduction– FierceHealth
Ascension Health, the nation’s largest non-profit health system, has been working to reduce readmissions by individualizing care to specific patients. The organization seeks to meet the needs of an individual before they need hospitalization. The system promotes education and looks at factors that each person may face such as socioeconomic status, family support and community resources.
4) House Bill Proposes Halt to ICD-10 Implementation– Healthcare Informatics
With the ICD-10 deadline for implementation coming in October, a new bill has been introduced. If passed, this bill would prevent the Department of Health and Human Services from replacing ICD-10 with ICD-9. The dispute comes due to issues with the new coding in the bill. The bill has not yet made it to the House floor for a vote.
5) Radiology’s Role in Precision Medicine– Diagnostic Imaging
Government initiatives have emphasized precision medicine. Precision medicine can lead to more effective treatment of patients. This article discusses how radiology can be used to phenotype by following tracers to determine the presence of cancer cells after chemotherapy. With medicine shifting from a one-size-fits-all model, using imaging to personalize medicine can be used to diagnose and prevent in different ways.