This week's highlights: New York Governor plans to have insurers waive copayments related to COVID-19 testing, an acquisition made by the mental health app developer Ginger, and MIT announces 10 breakthrough technologies for 2020.
• The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider a politically charged legal challenge brought by the Trump administration and Republican attorneys general that could take down the Affordable Care Act.
• Indiana lawmakers rolled back a proposal that could cut how much insurance companies pay for medical services performed at offices located away from a hospital's main campus.
• New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to require insurers to waive copayments for all medical expenses related to COVID-19 testing.
• Google said on Wednesday it would invest more than $10 billion in new offices and data centers across the United States this year.
• U.S. hospital finances experienced a comparatively strong 2019, according to Kaufman Hall’s 2019 Year in Review Flash Hospital Report, which labeled the performance as “cautiously optimistic.”
• Mental health app developer Ginger acquires competitor LiveBetter’s technology. In an interesting twist, LiveBetter is converting to a nonprofit and, through an arrangement with Ginger, will offer its app for free to those in need.
• Firefox is switching on DNS-over-HTTPS to encrypt lookups and stymie tracking. Mozilla hopes the change will stop criminals from intercepting traffic between its browser and a DNS server and then inserting bogus addresses pointing to a malicious site.
• The Hypertension Management Toolkit has been added to MEDITECH Expanse Ambulatory.
• Microsoft announced new features in its Edge browser last week to prevent the download of potentially unwanted applications (PUA). It requires Microsoft Defender SmartScreen to be enabled.
• Clearview AI's entire client list and other account details were stolen in a data breach affecting all of the facial recognition company's customers, many of which are law enforcement agencies.
• Cybersecurity firm Checkpoint has created an encyclopedia of the various techniques used by malware to evade analysis.
• New scanning capabilities that Google rolled out to Gmail have resulted in an increased overall detection rate of malicious documents, increasing the daily detection of Office documents containing malicious scripts by 10% since the end of 2019.
• Jezebel digs into the data-sharing details of mental health apps like Talk Space and Better Help, both of which send user data to dozens of third parties including Facebook, Pinterest, Google, and Snapchat.
• Researchers found a serious vulnerability affecting Apache Tomcat can be exploited to read files from a server and in some cases even to achieve remote code execution.
• HIMSS 2020 is officially canceled due to the coronavirus.
• KLAS surveys 300 people about the patient engagement technologies they use and the changes they would like to see.
• MIT Technology Review announces its 10 breakthrough technologies for 2020.
• A small Reaction Data survey of health system clinicians and C-suite leaders finds that most respondents expect HHS’s proposed interoperability rules to have a positive impact.
• Physician anesthesiologists are being forced out of network as insurance companies terminate their contracts, often with little or no notice, according to a new national survey from the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
• Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School have made a potentially groundbreaking discovery. For the first time ever, two distinct neuroanatomical variations of schizophrenia have been identified.