Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:
• Revisions were introduced this week to the latest version of the 21st Century Cure Act legislation, which was developed by the House Energy & Commerce Committee to kick-start biomedical innovation. One of the additions requires that electronic health records (EHRs) be interoperable by Jan. 1, 2018 or face stiff penalties, such as decertification. The bill also states that health care providers do not need patients' consent to share data for their care. Source
• The federal government announced the development of a new DNA standard to ensure the accuracy of DNA tests used to tailor treatments for patient care. The DNA 'reference material' will be used by laboratories to determine whether their machines and software are properly analyzing a person’s genetic blueprint, or genome. An inaccurate genome-sequencing test can lead to patients receiving the wrong diagnosis, the wrong treatment, or no treatment at all. Source
• The World Health Organization was heavily criticized in a report this week, which states that the WHO's slow response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa exacerbated the problem and exemplifies a need for significant reform within the organization. The report recommends a change in the organization's culture and leadership, as well as deep structural reform to its finance and funding. Source
On The Front Lines:
Apple lost net 0.03 percent this week, making this two weeks in a row now that Apple has lost share to Android in the mobile device wars among pMD's charge capture physician users. Apple also confirmed today that the first HomeKit-enabled devices will ship as early as next month. HomeKit is the software platform that will allow Apple devices to wirelessly control home appliances, such as light switches, garage clickers, and thermostat dials.
Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care alongside the front lines of the iOS-Android wars among pMD's physician charge capture users. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news.