Walmart has a deal with insurer, Anthem, one of the largest insurers in the nation, to encourage those on Medicare to purchase over-the-counter medication and health supplies at Walmart. Experts say Walmart may soon be looking into providing health services including basic medical care. Read more…
In the health insurance business, high deductibles were originally meant to help lower costs for patients while giving them more responsibility to pay, avoiding un-needed procedures and doctor’s visits. However, studies are finding that instead, high deductibles keep people who need medical attention from going to get it—and employers are beginning to question how effective these plans are for their employees. Read more.
A year After WannaCry and NotPetya ransomware created massive breaches for health care organizations, cyberattacks are only increasing—meaning health care facilities must be even more vigilant about their cybersecurity. In just the first six months of 2018, cyberattacks were up 13%. Information breached in an attack can be sold on the dark web and hackers are always looking to profit from stolen data. Read more.
(Source: Modern Healthcare)
A malware called “Nigelthorn” is spreading through “socially engineered links on Facebook and is infecting systems with Chrome extensions that are stealing social media credentials, installing cryptocurrency miners” and engaging the user in “click fraud”. Read more about potential infection here.
Telemedicine has developed into a standard of care rather than a novelty and to keep pace, hospitals must recognize the opportunities to engage patients in everyday management of their health conditions. Big data presents opportunities to the cancer field in particular as it can help create precision medicine needed to treat disease.