Hackers Access MRI and X-Ray Imaging Machines for Corporate Espionage

Security experts have recently uncovered a hacking group called “Orangeworm” that have been installing a “wormable trojan” on machines hosting software used for high-tech imaging and for storing patient information. The hack can allow attackers to steal personal information. Learn more here.


Are some health care costs just not worth it? Experts say yes.

According to an article on the Journal of American Medical Association, the entire health care system is burdened by low-value health care services which may provide only marginal positive health outcomes and simply are not worth the cost. Read more.

Looser Regulations for the ACA? Maybe.

Health and Human Services Secretary, Alex Azar, told insurers the Trump administration could loosen the regulations for ACA compliance.
These regulations limit the kinds of products insurers are able to offer their customers, but the federal government would like customers to have more choices. Azar said the administration would work with insurers to “open up new affordable and flexible options.” Read more.


Ask Alexa, for Health Care?

As many of us use Artificial Intelligence (AI) more and more through devices such as our smartphones and other wireless devices and that trend is flowing over into health care. AI voice assistants are being considered for use in hospitals to answer questions nurses are typically called to answer (such as, “What time is lunch?” or “Call a nurse”).
Additionally, questions such as wait times and other information could be answered with data from hospitals. Right now, none of the applications for AI in health care deal with HIPPA-required information, but that could change as technology and medicine continue to evolve. Read the full story.

New Rules Could Make Room for Insurance Associations

In the proposed rule, small businesses could pool resources to provide health care for their employees as “association health plans”. Proponents say these associations open access up for cheaper insurance plans while opponents argue that the small market may become more unstable and some association plans have a history of not providing adequate coverage.
(Source: Kaiser Health News)