Krebs on Security: 110 Nursing Homes Cut Off from Health Records in Ransomware Attack

Krebs on Security: 110 Nursing Homes Cut Off from Health Records in Ransomware Attack. “A ransomware outbreak has besieged a Wisconsin based IT company that provides cloud data hosting, security and access management to more than 100 nursing homes across the United States. The ongoing attack is preventing these care centers from accessing crucial patient medical records, and the IT company’s owner says she fears this incident could soon lead not only to the closure of her business, but also to the untimely demise of some patients.”

Harvard Business Review: 3 Myths About Machine Learning in Health Care

Harvard Business Review: 3 Myths About Machine Learning in Health Care. “Machine learning will dramatically improve health care. There are already a myriad impactful ML health care applications from imaging to predicting readmissions to the back office. But there are also high-profile, expensive efforts that have not achieved their goals.”

Study: Ransomware, Data Breaches at Hospitals tied to Uptick in Fatal Heart Attacks (Krebs on Security)

Krebs on Security: Study: Ransomware, Data Breaches at Hospitals tied to Uptick in Fatal Heart Attacks. “Hospitals that have been hit by a data breach or ransomware attack can expect to see an increase in the death rate among heart patients in the following months or years because of cybersecurity remediation efforts, a new study posits. Health industry experts say the findings should prompt a larger review of how security — or the lack thereof — may be impacting patient outcomes.”

SF Gate: Wyoming lawmakers approve database showing high health costs

SF Gate: Wyoming lawmakers approve database showing high health costs. “Wyoming lawmakers have voted to approve the continued use of a database tracking insurance claims to provide insight into the cost of health care in the state. The Star-Tribune reported Wednesday that the Labor, Health and Social Services Committee approved a bill to continue the multi-payer claims database, despite not having a funding source.”

Bay News 9: Florida Launches New Tool to Make Health Care Prices Transparent

Bay News 9: Florida Launches New Tool to Make Health Care Prices Transparent. “Governor Ron DeSantis announced a new initiative Monday morning to make health care prices in Florida more transparent. The state has launched a new website called Florida Health Price Finder which shows you the price of medical procedures in the state.”

Hartford Courant: New tool aims to remove the mystery of health care costs at Connecticut hospitals

Hartford Courant: New tool aims to remove the mystery of health care costs at Connecticut hospitals. “A new cost estimator tool launched by the Office of Health Strategy reveals how much medical treatment costs vary across Connecticut’s health care facilities. Standard procedures, like knee replacements, can cost nearly three times as much at certain hospitals than they do at others.”

The Guardian: AI equal with human experts in medical diagnosis, study finds

The Guardian: AI equal with human experts in medical diagnosis, study finds. “One burgeoning application is the use of AI in interpreting medical images – a field that relies on deep learning, a sophisticated form of machine learning in which a series of labelled images are fed into algorithms that pick out features within them and learn how to classify similar images. This approach has shown promise in diagnosis of diseases from cancers to eye conditions. However questions remain about how such deep learning systems measure up to human skills.”