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Breaking: Hospitals sending sensitive patient information to Facebook through website ‘Meta Pixel’ ad tracker–study

...that when linked to other personal information, can constitute data as protected health information. Ad trackers like the Meta Pixel are used to target website visitors and also to track ads placed on Facebook and Instagram. Developers routinely permit these snippets of code as trackers for better performance and website tracking. For 33 hospitals, the Pixel tracker is picking up and sending back to Facebook information from users of the hospital’s online appointment scheduler: the user’s IP, the text of the button, the doctor’s name, and the search term. In testing the sites using a team approach facilitated by a... Continue Reading

Thursday news roundup: FTC now investigating Cerebral, Balwani’s Theranos trial rests at last, Proscia pathology AI $37M Series C, health data breaches pile up

...enforcement. Becker’s, Healthcare Dive UChicago Medicine had its employee accounts hacked in March by an unauthorized user. It exposed about 2,500 patient records that included patient first and last names, social security numbers, health information, legacy Medicare beneficiary identification numbers, health insurance policy numbers, and driver’s license numbers. Becker’s And Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington had about 70,000 patient PHIs exposed on 5 April when an unauthorized user gained access to one employee’s emails with information on patient first and last names, dates of service, laboratory test information, and medical record numbers. Short, but certainly not sweet, and expensive.... Continue Reading

Oracle’s Big Healthcare Transformation: it’s all about ‘better information’ (sigh) (updated)

...national data exchange framework as part of the Cures Act. So what about that? Updated. Lest this Editor be considered an outlier, a skeptic, and a general killjoy, there are other smart people far better grounded in IT Reality who are equally skeptical. Patrick Murta, who is now with BehaVR but formerly was co-chief architect for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s FHIR at Scale Taskforce (FAST), is quoted in FierceHealthcare. “Saying that you’re going to build a national database and bringing that to fruition is a different story. This particular model is going to face the... Continue Reading

Thursday news roundup: dimming SPACs, hospital-at-home pilots in DFW, Connected Health debuts bespoke home care services configurator in NIR

...pilots in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area. Biofourmis is piloting an initiative with Wise Health System for its Hospital@Home end-to-end solution that combines artificial intelligence (AI)-based remote patient monitoring (RPM) technology and clinical support services. This is to qualify for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Acute Hospital Care at Home program. Select patients can choose to be admitted to home versus the hospital, then monitored by the Biofourmis Virtual Bed Kit based on a wearable biosensor feeding into a digital tablet pre-loaded with the patient-facing Biovitals Hospital@Home app. Wise’s staff will visit the patient at least twice daily... Continue Reading

Wednesday AM roundup all about money: $28B Oracle-Cerner closes today, 9 June strategy talk; Teladoc class-action lawsuits begin; Cigna’s look at loneliness

...is being sued in US District Court for the Southern District of New York by a shareholder, Jeremy Schneider. This is a Federal securities class-action lawsuit (text here) with Mr. Schneider representing shareholders who purchased Teladoc shares between 28 October 2021 and 27 April 2022 (the date of announcing Q1 2022 results). The charges involve materially false statements that Teladoc made on its business, operations, and prospects including minimizing competition leading to increased advertising costs, unrealistic projections for revenue made in the period, and the impact of the Livongo writeoff announced Q1–a noncash goodwill impairment charge of $6.6 billion, or... Continue Reading

CVS, Walmart refuse Cerebral, Done Health controlled substance prescriptions via telehealth; Cerebral CEO replaced

...president Dave Mou, MD is effective immediately. According to reports, Robertson is fighting their action, calling it illegal and accusing the board of making him the scapegoat for the company’s problems. FierceHealthcare Companies like Cerebral and Done grew quickly in 2020-21 due to the pandemic-driven loosening of psychiatric patient evaluations, eliminating the usual initial in-person initial visit and permitting online treatment. Restrictions were also loosened for diagnoses permitting the prescription of Schedule 2 drugs (those judged to have potential for abuse) with solely a video visit and follow up. With fast growth came more need to maintain that growth, according... Continue Reading

Thursday’s short takes: Walmart’s delivery drones expand, AWS lands Geisinger for AI and cloud, UHG-Kaia Health partner for virtual MSK therapy

Look, up in the sky! If you live in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Texas, Utah, and Virginia, you might be seeing a Walmart delivery drone sooner than you think. By end of 2022, the DroneUp delivery service will be expanding to 34 sites in six states, including Orlando and Tampa, covering 4 million households. What stores in those states will fill these orders between 8am and 8pm haven’t been disclosed, but Walmart estimates that delivery may reach 1 million packages. They will be limited in weight to 10 lbs, promise a 30-minute turnaround, and the delivery fee will be a modest... Continue Reading

ElliQ companion robot, NYSOFA partner for NY older adult assistance

In a step to move robotics more widely into the home, the recently launched ElliQ voice-controlled small-size companion robot from Intuition Robotics will be offered in a pilot program to about 800 seniors in a NYSOFA (New York State Office for the Aging) program. NYSOFA and Intuition Robotics will work with over 830+ case managers to nominate the best candidates for the program. The NY state office is the company’s first state government partner. This is the second initiative in robotics for NYSOFA, the first being an animatronic pet program from Ageless Innovations/Joy for All that reportedly reduces self-reported loneliness... Continue Reading

Wednesday news roundup: Oracle-Cerner reportedly OK’d by EU, VitalTech RPM raises $14.1 M, Aging 2.0 interoperability challenge, what do rough times mean for investors and startups, employees cause 39% of healthcare IT breaches

One regulatory hurdle down for Oracle’s $28 billion Cerner acquisition? The EU has reportedly given an unconditional EU antitrust clearance to Cerner, three sources informed Reuters. The formal announcement will be made 1 June. In the US, the long and winding road of Federal antitrust scrutiny and review began in February by the usual alphabet agencies–DOJ, FTC, and SEC–that show no sign of wrapping up [TTA 11 Feb]. Cerner continues to run into headwinds in its VA EHR implementation including spotty interoperability with the Military Health Service DOD version [TTA 18 May]. In a small confirmation that RPM is on... Continue Reading

Thursday legal news roundup: Oscar Health accused of IPO securities fraud; Venezuelan cardiologist moonlights as cybercriminal, faces slammer; Change Healthcare sues former employee now at Olive AI

To use a cliché, what a difference a year makes. In March 2021, insurtech Oscar Health successfully raised $1,4 billion in its IPO with shares at $39. Heady times didn’t last long, with shares tumbling to $5.67 as of this writing. Now the shareholder lawsuits have begun, with the complaint stating that negative effects of COVID-19 on Oscar’s business were not disclosed, specifically the growing cost of the pandemic on testing and treatment costs they would cover, and “Oscar would be negatively impacted by an unfavorable prior year Risk Adjustment Data Validation (RADV) result relating to 2019 and 2020 [and]... Continue Reading