1. Most people are unaware that they are leaving their personal data behind and that some of this information is not protected by HIPAA. Data brokers are able to build dossiers on individuals to sell to marketers, while consumers lack recourse to obtain or correct their information.
2. Clinical researchers, health plans, and others use the information to enhance individuals' health as well as to benefit public health. Larger and speedier clinical trials are made possible by the quantity of data available.
3. Different types of information — such as historical claims data and consumer-generated data — can be combined and used for statistical modeling for health or financial risk-profiling. Such information is purchased by hedge funds, hospitals, large provider networks, payers, pharmaceutical companies, and others.
I recently spoke with Jon Schumacher and Michael Bloom on Health Jams -- a Google HOA series on marketing for health care entrepreneurs. This installment is a primer on health care social media, online marketing and use of online tools (including telehealth) by folks in the healthcare space and just over the line in other domains as well.
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Warhol's Heinz 57 works insisted upon being included as part of the visual theme for the current edition. And of course a more up-to-date artistic appropriation of the meaning of ketchup may be found in the work of Garrison Keillor, on A Prairie Home Companion -- one of the show's "sponsors" is the Ketchup Advisory Board, which touts the benefits of ketchup's "natural mellowing agents." Both Warhol and Keillor latched on to ketchup to make very different points -- Warhol, to highlight the commodification of our existence by rendering the mundane with the care ordinarily reserved for the transcendent; Keillor, to give us an odd but warm feeling inside.
What do these opposing treatments of ketchup have to teach us about health care social media? Gather round as we explore recent #hcsm posts from the blogosphere and see if you can't answer that yourself by the time you finish reading this post.
Publication was prompted by a statutory deadline in the FDASIA, and there is a 90-day comment period now open. It's a little disappointing that it literally took an act of Congress to get the agency to focus and act on this issue, and that despite the focus all we're getting here is nonbinding sub-regulatory guidance.
Since issuing its mobile medical applications guidance, the FDA has offered a number of clarifying statements, intended to give the regulated community a clearer idea of whether and when to expect any particular mHealth application to be considered a device.
Mobile apps that allows a user to collect, log, track and trend data such as blood glucose, blood pressure, heart rate, weight or other data from a device to eventually share with a heath care provider, or upload it to an online (cloud) database, personal or electronic health record. [Added June 11, 2014].
I had the opportunity to speak with Roy Schoenberg about the model policy recently adopted by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB): Model Policy for the Appropriate Use of Telemedicine Technologies in the Practice of Medicine. The model policy is offered as a means for state medical boards to get up to speed quickly and to access standards of care that are both protective of patients' interests and, frankly, are baselines against which physician behavior may be judged by an individual board. Roy distinguishes between telemedicine (doc-to-doc communication) and telehealth (patient-to-doc communication). The latter, particularly using a secure live video platform is a disruptive innovation in a way that the former is not: it allows patients to access medical advice at their convenience, without the need for an office visit or a trip to a specialist.
The Affordable Care Act has triggered many changes in the health care delivery system. Learn about the health reform-inspired approaches to redesigning care that work (or don't work) for management of chronic conditions, including diabetes -- from ACOs to bundled payments to patient centered medical homes.
I spoke at the HxRefactored conference in Brooklyn this week. The title of my talk was Dancing with HIPAA and it was intended as an introduction to health care data privacy and security regulations, practical concerns and -- most important -- practical solutions to privacy and security issues whether subject to HIPAA or not. Many issues for this audience will be triggered by data not gleaned from a health record maintained by a health care provider or payor. Instead, such data may be released by an individual (and therefore no longer covered by HIPAA) and mashed up with data feeds from personal trackers and manually inputted data, put through a health behavior modification recommendation engine, and -- voila! -- behavior change recommendations are delivered to an individual. In this context, the health data is being held in a special-purpose PHR, not an EHR, so HIPAA rules don't apply and therefore OCR enforcement should not be of concern -- though the FTC breach notification rules apply and, as we know, the FTC asserts broad parallel jurisdiction to enforce HIPAA as well.
#H2NYC Meetup - May 12, 2014. Thirteen demos and a whole lot of conversation with the health tech innovation community in NYC Monday evening. I enjoyed dropping in on the H2NYC meetup preceding the HxRefactored conference. Tweets from the event after the jump.
Why is it time for a HIPAA reality check? Because (1) Data breaches are a constant threat; (2) OCR audits reveal many health care providers are not in compliance; (3) Workforce members pose a significant risk for HIPAA liability; (4) Patients are aware of their right to file a complaint; (5) OCR is increasing its focus on HIPAA enforcement; and (6) HIPAA compliance is not an option, it’s the law. Read this white paper to learn the facts and understand if you are doing enough to mitigate the risk of a breach or HIPAA violation.