This week's highlights: the CDC recommends significant changes to U.S. office settings, Blue Shield of California debutes its Health Reimagined initiative, and Gartner identifies the top 10 data and analytics technology trends for 2020.
• The American Hospital Association is asking the HHS to extend the public health emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic until multiple criteria are met. It is set to expire in five weeks.
• The CDC has recommended significant changes to U.S. office settings as employees return to work.
• The HHS Office of Inspector General publishes its oversight strategy for COVID-19 response and recovery, which includes protecting the integrity and security of IT systems and health technology.
• A federal judge ruled against the AHA and other hospital groups that challenged the Department of Health and Human Services’ new price transparency rules. The AHA said it would appeal the decision.
• Apple has acquired Fleetsmith, a startup that helps IT organizations manage Apple devices remotely.
• American Airlines said it expects to raise about $2 billion through a stock-and-notes offering in an effort to bolster its balance sheet to better deal with a slowdown in travel due to the COVID-19 crisis.
• Mastercard will buy technology firm Finicity in a $825 million deal to strengthen its open banking services, which allow customers to determine how and where third parties can access information to initiate payments on their behalf or provide money management services.
• Digital health clinic company Ro will offer its telemedicine patients access to in-person providers via provider directory software from Ribbon Health.
• Twitter launched a new feature that allows users to tweet out voice notes in place of traditional texts.
• Acmeware announced the launch of live online training classes on MEDITECH Data Repository topics. Classes are hosted via Microsoft Teams and including lecture, real-time demonstrations with SQL tools, and time for participants to work on learning exercises on a SQL server instance.
• Salesforce is making a number of announcements coming out of the virtual TrailheaDX conference taking place later this week, starting with some new developer tools.
• Malicious Chrome extensions employed in a massive global surveillance campaign abetted by Internet domain registrar CommuniGal Communication Ltd. have been downloaded by millions before removal, Awake Security revealed.
• The Kroger Co., based in Ohio, reported a hacking incident to the HHS on June 18th impacting its network server and affecting 10,974 individuals who used its clinics, pharmacies and telemedicine services.
• Massachusetts General Hospital researchers have found a way to leverage patient information in EHRs to predict likelihood of developing diseases.
• KLAS publishes a blog post saying only Epic and MEDITECH had a net gain in hospitals in 2019. Epic has won most of the new big-hospital decisions over several years, but Cerner bagged the DoD/VA project.
• A Sony study reinforces the importance of remote monitoring for patients with chronic conditions. The study reported that nearly 90% of respondents feel they could better manage their conditions with remote monitoring. It included responses from 2,005 people age 18 to 65-plus with chronic conditions.
• Gartner identified the top 10 data and analytics technology trends for 2020 that can help business leaders navigate their COVID-19 response and recovery and prepare for a post-pandemic reset.
• Healthgrades has identified 456 hospitals as the recipients of its 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award and 424 hospitals as recipients of its Outstanding Patient Experience Award.
• Scientific American explains the accuracy rates of COVID-19 antibody tests, which are particularly important since the results are often considered reliable without verification. The authors explain that false-positive results, which are the most impactful, are more likely with low infection rates.