Our Healthcare Hot Topics of the Week




Life is hectic, we know, so here’s a recap of the Healthcare Weekly Hot Topics you can’t afford to miss:

  1. Google and University of Chicago Among Others Charged with Misuse of Patient Data. Healthcare IT News, July 1, 2019.

The federal complaint states that even though the patient data was de-identified, Google’s data mining makes it uniquely able to determine a patient’s identity through the records it shares with the University of Chicago.

2) Pelosi and Other Democrats Aim for Government to Negotiate Drug Prices. KHN, June 28, 2019.

Pelosi and other House Democrats aim to ensure that prices negotiated on the most expensive drugs would apply not only to the government but to all payers, including employers and insurers.

3) Big Health Systems Implement Stronger Cybersecurity Practices. Healthcare IT News, June 28, 2019.

A majority of health systems are following recommendations released by a federal task group, including: email and endpoint protection systems, data protection and loss prevention, network and vulnerability management, incident response, and medical device security.

4) Court Orders Delay of Federal Healthcare “Conscience Rights Rule.” NPR, July 1, 2019.

The government’s rule designed to support health professionals who opt out of providing care that violates their moral or religious beliefs will not go into effect this July, as had previously been scheduled.

5) FDA Issues Alert on Medtronic Insulin Pump Security. Healthcare IT News, July 1, 2019.

The FDA warns that some insulin pumps from Medtronic are vulnerable to hackers, who could remotely gain access to and control them.

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