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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and The Rockefeller Foundation Partner to Accelerate the Adoption of Food is Medicine in Health Systems

WASHINGTON | January 31, 2024 ― The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and The Rockefeller Foundation announced a new partnership to accelerate the adoption of Food is Medicine in health systems. Through this partnership, HHS and The Rockefeller Foundation aim to improve health outcomes and health equity by engaging a broader public audience in understanding nutrition, accelerating collective understanding of Food is Medicine interventions and their impacts, and exploring strategies to scale successful Food Is Medicine programs to more eligible Americans.

“We know good food is the foundation of good health, and study after study has found Food is Medicine interventions can make people healthier while reducing health care costs,” said Dr. Rajiv J. Shah, President of The Rockefeller Foundation. “I am proud The Rockefeller Foundation will be collaborating with HHS to help improve health outcomes and advance health equity by ensuring Food is Medicine interventions reach those who stand to benefit from them most.”

While Food is Medicine programs are widely recognized as powerful interventions, they only reach a fraction of those who could benefit. Through a public-private partnership, HHS and The Rockefeller Foundation will exchange information and ideas to:

  • Advance and leverage research design and findings through knowledge to produce definitive evidence on clinical health outcomes, cost effectiveness, and optimal program design.
  • Engage a broader public audience in the meaning and value of FIM interventions and resources.
  • Support Food is Medicine adoption by identifying opportunities and barriers to support greater uptake and scaling.
  • Ensure Food is Medicine supports diverse individuals and communities with a focus on health equity.

“HHS and The Rockefeller Foundation are working together to accelerate food as medicine adoption in various health systems and communities. We are eager to build on this dynamic opportunity and we anticipate powerful outcomes through collaborative

New Name For UMBC’s Emergency Health Services Department Reflects Broadened Scope Of Disaster Health Systems

The increasing impact of global disasters on health systems has created a growing need for experts to help manage disaster risks and reduce their impact. In keeping with that demand, UMBC’s emergency health services (EHS) department has changed its name to the Department of Emergency and Disaster Health Systems (EDHS) to reflect the scope of research, teaching, and learning of emergency and disaster health systems covered in its programs. The new name also acknowledges the scholarship happening at the graduate level.

headshot of a woman with greenery behind her. She's the department chair of Department of Emergency and Disaster Health Systems
Lauren Clay, EDHS associate professor and department chair

“Our new department name signifies our commitment to emergency and disaster health education,” says Lauren Clay, associate professor of emergency and disaster health systems and department chair, who has received several grants from the National Science Foundation in recent years to specifically address the understanding and monitoring of food availability, acceptability, and accessibility during disasters. “We prepare leaders that are ready to tackle the complex and evolving hazards facing communities across the United States and the world,” explains Clay. 

UMBC’s EDHS department is rising to the challenge by equipping students with the skills needed to pursue careers as emergency preparedness coordinators, community engagement specialists, emergency communications supervisors, or analysts. Undergraduate students can now enroll in classes that focus on disaster management in healthcare, public health, and emergency management organizations, in addition to emergency health services classes.

UMBC’s EHS department has a long history of preparing students to enter careers where they are ready to respond to local disasters like Ellicott City’s most recent floods and international disasters, like the Philippines’s Typhoon Haiyan. The EHS baccalaureate program began in 1980 with the goal of producing the most comprehensively educated individuals capable of performing tasks within the broad scope of the emergency healthcare field as leaders, managers, and providers.

The graduate program for

European Commission and WHO/Europe sign €12 million agreement to strengthen health information systems and boost health data governance and interoperability in Europe

WHO/Europe and the European Commission have embarked on an ambitious new partnership to strengthen health information systems and boost health data governance and interoperability in the WHO European Region. The €12 million project, funded by the European Commission, will support health-care services for the nearly 1 billion people living across the 53 countries in the Region.

Harnessing health data

This 4-year project aims to improve the use and reuse of health data by health-care providers, policy-makers and patients, and to enhance the quality and interoperability of health information systems. 

For these purposes, WHO/Europe and the European Commission will develop and deliver capacity-building activities and assistance aimed at addressing gaps, needs and areas of expertise within supported countries’ health information systems and health data governance and capabilities, with a view to potentially expanding successful practices at country or regional levels.  

“Using the full potential of health data effectively, safely and securely means that health-care providers, policy-makers and digital health innovators can fast-track the adoption of new products and treatments, getting these tools into the hands of those who need them most,” said Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe. 

“This new data and digital health partnership between the European Commission and WHO/Europe will align our efforts further, building upon the best European practices to foster safe, reliable and resilient health information systems.”

Ms Sandra Gallina, Director-General for Health and Food Safety at the European Commission, explained, “The importance of health data cannot be overstated. Having robust health information systems and accessible health data can improve the efficiency, safety and personalization of health care, transforming public health as we know it. This is why the European Commission has developed the proposal for a European Health Data Space, part of a strong European Health Union, whose principles can benefit public

Indiana systems falling prey to increasing hacks into medical records

Over the past six months the Community Health Network has had multiple cybersecurity breaches, informing patients that some of their private information had been exposed. Nor is the regional health system alone in its vulnerability; in recent years almost all of central Indiana’s hospital systems have at some point warned patients their information may have been compromised.

Cyber attacks on hospitals have increased by nearly 50% since 2020, making the industry the biggest target, according to U.S. government data and a 2022 analysis from credit rating agency S&P.

Small private practices and independent hospitals have given way to regional and national health networks that hold data for millions of patients, making them a lucrative target for cyber criminals looking for big payouts. So much so that nearly half of hospitals have had to disconnect their networks at some point due to escalating ransomware attacks, according to a Philips/ Cyber MDX study.

The most recent example of that here occurred on Nov. 17 when Community Health Network posted that an email account had been hacked, exposing patient information.

The regional health system posted a notice of another breach over the summer, informing some patients that personal data, such as address, birthday, health insurance data, diagnosis and medical record data were exposed.

When asked for specifics regarding the breach, the health system referred to its published statements. It’s unclear how many patients were impacted.

Over the summer, IU Health posted a similar warning to patients about a breach. In the last five years, Ascension, Franciscan and Eskenazi health systems all suffered from data hacks.

“We remind individuals to remain vigilant in reviewing financial account statements on a regular basis for any fraudulent activity,” Community Health Network wrote to patients on its website Nov. 17. “We also recommend that our patients and

Cyberattacks Challenge Canadian Health Information Systems

As Canadian health systems add new technologies such as electronic medical records (EMR), care coordination platforms, wearables, remote patient monitors, and -internet-of-things devices, cyberattacks pose new privacy and financial risks for patients, providers, and institutions, according to a new analysis.

Canadian physicians, whether in large hospitals or individual clinics, can improve their ability to prevent and respond to a cybersecurity attack through a four-stage plan, the authors wrote.

Vinyas Harish

“We have worked hard to write this piece in a way that clinicians, whether they work at a large academic institution with dedicated cybersecurity expertise or by themselves in a rural, private practice, can take away tangible and practical measures to improve their cybersecurity posture,” author Vinyas Harish, an MD/PhD student at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, told Medscape Medical News.

The analysis was published online November 20 in CMAJ.

Four-Stage Plan

Since 2015, Canadian health information systems have faced at least 14 major cyberattacks, including nine with ransomware or malware threats and six data breaches that compromised personal health information. These types of attacks are increasing, and even if no ransom is paid, cyberattacks can lead to health system downtime, patient safety concerns, and technology vulnerabilities.

Cybersecurity practices vary widely across public sector institutions within the provinces and territories, and smaller private organizations often lack financial and human resources to train employees and mitigate risks. Although some shared services models are being tested, such as an Ontario Health pilot with six regional security operation centers, clinicians and health systems must be aware and create their own cybersecurity plans that are appropriate for their devices and information systems.

Harish and colleagues suggested focusing on the following four stages of cybersecurity: prevention, detection, response, and recovery. During the initial stage

Cyberattacks on Canadian health information systems

  • Cyberattacks can incur privacy breaches and financial harm, as well as directly threaten patient safety and health system functioning.

  • Reducing the risk of cyberattacks and managing those that do occur happens in 4 stages: prevention, detection, response and recovery.

  • As novel areas of cyberthreats emerge (e.g., Internet-connected devices), clinicians and health organizations should be vigilant for recalls, keep software up to date and discuss possible risks with patients.

  • Keeping workflows efficient and maintaining a strong cybersecurity posture has trade-offs; however, the minor inconveniences of security measures such as 2-factor authentication are far preferable to recovering from an attack.

Canadian health systems have digitized considerably. In 2019, 86% of surveyed Canadian family physicians reported using electronic medical records (EMRs).1 Digital tools for virtual care and remote patient monitoring, wearables, care coordination platforms, and Internet-of-things (IoT) devices are all permeating practice.2 The digitization and integration of disparate health information systems on shared networks promises greater convenience, access and quality of care, but also introduces risk for patients, providers and health systems. Although some clinicians have dedicated information technology (IT) training, most do not, and navigating increasingly complex health information systems can create considerable stress.

Cyberattacks can incur privacy breaches and financial harm, as well as compromise patient safety and health system functioning. Personal health information (PHI) can fetch much higher prices on the dark Web than other personal information (e.g., credit card details).3 In a 2021 international survey of health IT decision-makers, the average cost of a ransomware attack was US$1.27 million. 4 Cyberattacks against health information systems have been associated with delays in care, diversion of patients to other sites and increased mortality.5 Cyberattacks against Canadian health information systems are increasingly common, with 48% of all reported 2019 Canadian breaches occurring in the health sector.

How health systems can better protect patient privacy

Dr. Eric Liederman, director of medical informatics for The Permanente Medical Group, says good communications with patients about cybersecurity protection is essential – even as risks to protected health information are on the rise, from external bad actors and insider threats.

Growing patient discomfort in sharing health information

Beyond health system disruptions such as ransomware that can compromise patient data, cybercriminals are increasingly going after individual patients. Some know they have a “target” on their backs and remain tight-lipped with their healthcare providers, said Liederman. 

Before what he referred to as the major ramp up in attacks against healthcare that began in 2015, there was “an appreciable minority of patients who were uncomfortable providing all their information to their doctors,” he told attendees at the HIMSS Healthcare Cybersecurity Forum in Boston earlier this month.

According to one 2014 survey, 10% of patients distrusted health technology, Liederman said, but another recent survey found 87% of patients are unwilling to divulge all their medical information.

It’s not only “a sense of psychic harm” they seek to control in holding back health information, a sense of distrust that their health system can protect them has them seeking care elsewhere. 

“How do we impress upon our patients and our workforce that we’re protecting them?”

Implementing mechanisms to ensure the safety of data – from the inside of organizations out – and communicating about cyber protection efforts has resulted in better outcomes, Liederman said. 

Joint governance leads to better patient protection

Liederman credited joint governance for helping to facilitate a higher sense of trust among patients and the workforce.

With joint governance, there’s increased dialogue that says, “We’re all together on this – all the way to the top of the organization,” he said. 

At Kaiser Permanente, members from all parts of the organization play

AI is saving lives and improving health care systems

Future direction should focus on developing robust and reliable AI models.

(Seth Wenig | The Associated Press) In this file photo from May 2, 2019, Cadet Cheyenne Quilter works with a virtual reality character named “Ellie” at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Artificial intelligence is spreading into health care, often as software or a computer program capable of learning from large amounts of data and making predictions to guide care or help patients.

Artificial intelligence (AI) has gained significant attention worldwide due to its potential to revolutionize healthcare. During the past decade, AI has already been applied rapidly to numerous areas in healthcare, including medical imaging analysis, health information management, real-time decision support monitoring and disease diagnosis and treatment.

For example, AI has been integrated in cataract management to serve as a telemedicine platform for screening, diagnosing and classifying patients with cataracts, and to augment cataract surgical skill training as well as predict the duration of surgical procedures and disease progression.

AI has also shown promise in:

These and many other advancements in AI applications are very exciting. Scientific studies have demonstrated the efficient use of AI algorithms in analyzing electrocardiograms for the detection of cardiovascular diseases, and these algorithms have shown improved performance in identifying patterns and predicting events, leading to more accurate diagnoses and treatment decisions.

Additionally, AI has been utilized in precision oncology to analyze genomic sequencing data and medical imaging, and its algorithms can identify biomarkers, predict disease risk and aid in the development of targeted therapies.

It can also be used to address issues facing medical education, such as judicious information and knowledge management, and improve customer relationship management capability in healthcare by enhancing service innovation

Workflow Management Systems Boost Efficiency in US Healthcare Information Exchange Market 2023-2028

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United States Healthcare Information Exchange Market Adoption Of Electronic Health Records By Percentage By Hospita

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United States Healthcare Information Exchange Market Adoption Of Electronic Health Records By Percentage By Hospita

Dublin, July 28, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The “United States Healthcare Information Exchange Market – Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023 – 2028)” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

The United States healthcare information exchange market is set to achieve a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 9.2% during the forecast period.

The market was significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, with a surge in demand for electronic medical records and health information systems to track the rising number of Covid-affected patients and diagnostics. Market players responded to the urgent need by developing and introducing advanced healthcare information exchange systems, fueling market growth.

Notably, the introduction of various innovative systems for COVID-19 data management contributed notably to the market’s expansion. With the emergence of various mutant strains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the demand for healthcare information exchange is expected to remain intact, further boosting market growth in the coming years.

Main Factors Driving Market Growth:

  1. Increasing Investment in Healthcare Technology Advancements: The healthcare sector’s growing investment in technology advancements has paved the way for sophisticated healthcare information exchange systems. Organizations are keen on adopting digital solutions to streamline processes and enhance patient care, driving market growth.

  2. Government Support via Programs and Incentives: Government support through various programs and incentives has encouraged the adoption of healthcare information exchange systems. Significant investments have been directed towards modernizing public health infrastructure and ensuring readiness for ongoing and emerging public health emergencies, further boosting the market.

  3. Reduction in Healthcare Costs and Improved Efficacy: Healthcare information exchange systems offer improved efficiency in data sharing, resulting in reduced healthcare costs. By facilitating

Is Veeva Systems Inc (VEEV) Stock at the Top of the Health Information Services Industry?

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Wednesday, June 28, 2023 09:59 AM | InvestorsObserver Analysts

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Is Veeva Systems Inc (VEEV) Stock at the Top of the Health Information Services Industry?

The 53 rating InvestorsObserver gives to Veeva Systems Inc (VEEV) stock puts it near the top of the Health Information Services industry. In addition to scoring higher than 80 percent of stocks in the Health Information Services industry, VEEV’s 53 overall rating means the stock scores better than 53 percent of all stocks.

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These scores are not only easy to understand, but it is easy to compare stocks to each other. You can find the best stock in an industry, or look for the sector that has the highest average score. The overall score is a combination of technical and fundamental factors that serves as a good starting point when analyzing a stock. Traders and investors with different goals may have different goals and will want to consider other factors than just the headline number before making any investment decisions.

What’s Happening With Veeva Systems Inc Stock Today?

Veeva Systems Inc (VEEV) stock is trading at $196.16 as of 9:56 AM on Wednesday, Jun 28, a loss of -$5.60, or -2.78% from the previous closing price of $201.76. The stock has traded between $192.16 and $197.65 so far today. Volume today is low. So far 206,492 shares have traded compared to

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