US healthcare industry data breaches
are more costly than those in other
industries, costing organizations more
than $6 million on average, according
to an annual report from IBM Security
and the Ponemon Institute.
Cybercrime group FIN8 is distributing
new malware called Badhatch via
phishing emails to penetrate networks.
A new report from the Department
of Health and Human Services’
Office of Inspector General found
deficiencies in Indian Health Service
hospitals’ use of state-run prescription
drug monitoring databases.
Eighty-eight percent of respondents
to a Black Book Research survey
of members of hospital and health
system boards admitted to a lack
of knowledge about healthcare
cybersecurity risks. ¢
HEALTHCARE CODE SETS, CLINICAL
TERMINOLOGIES, AND CLASSIFICATION
SYSTEMS, FOURTH EDITION
This new text from AHIMA Press features up-to-date content to familiarize
readers with healthcare’s vast and
complex structure of vocabularies.
With content that includes ICD-
10-CM/PCS, CPT, HCPCS, CDT,
SNOMED CT, LOINC, RxNorm, and
ICD- 11, this text provides students
and practitioners in health information
management and informatics with an
overview of each system.
SOFTWARE INFORMS NEONATAL INTENSIVE
CARE UNIT DECISION-MAKING
Developed to address the challenges
of early infant nutrition, NICUtrition
Analytics from Astarte Medical is an
enteral feeding protocol audit and
monitoring tool that measures adherence to hospital protocol and correlates it to preterm infant outcomes.
The tool helps clinicians make care
decisions based on real-time data. ¢
Which of these describes the CDI team where you work?
0% 25% 50% 75% 100%
29% RNs Only
57% Coders and RNs
14% Coders Only
Lawsuit: Google, University of Chicago
Misuse Patient EHR Data
An information-sharing partnership
between Google and the University
of Chicago Medical Center is now the
subject of a class action lawsuit alleging HIPAA violations.
As the Journal of AHIMA reported
in 2017, Google and the University of
Chicago Medical Center teamed up
to use machine learning and artificial
intelligence (AI) to extract predictive
capabilities from electronic health
records (EHRs) supplied by the medical center. The lawsuit alleges that
even though Google and the University of Chicago Medical Center say
they de-identified the patient information being shared, Google’s data
mining tools can too easily reidentify
the patients whose records are being used.
According to the lawsuit, “Google
and the university claimed the medical
records were de-identified. But that’s
incredibly misleading. The records the
University provided Google included
detailed datestamps and copious free-
The lawsuit itself provides no evi-
dence that Google or the medical cen-
ter has misused the collected data.
Jay Edelson, founder of Edelson PC,
a law firm specializing in class action
privacy violations against tech companies, however, remains alarmed.
“We believe that not only is this
the most significant health care data
breach case in our nation’s history,
but it is the most egregious given our
allegations that the data was voluntarily handed over,” Edelson told the
New York Times.
The lawsuit also argues that Deep-Mind, Google’s AI initiative—which was
subject to complaints by England's National Health Service in 2016 for patient
privacy violations—could further compromise Google’s promise to preserve
patient identities. ¢
This reader poll, posted to AHIMA’s Twitter account (@AHIMAResources), was inspired by the cover story
from the July-August 2019 issue of Journal of AHIMA, “Coders or Nurses for CDI Teams: Why Hiring Both
to Collaborate Works Best.” Watch AHIMA’s social media accounts for the chance to weigh in on discussions and polls about articles in this and future issues of Journal of AHIMA.