Health care providers enter into dozens of contracts with outside companies, like medical record disposal or storage entities, that have access to patients' medical information. Dan Mulholland, senior partner at the health law firm Horty Springer, said these contracts come and go so frequently that they're not always reviewed by a lawyer because of cost and time constraints. But even tiny errors in the documents can create huge liabilities if patient information is mishandled. "There have been some fines for privacy breaches, imposed under HIPAA, that have been in the millions of dollars," said Mulholland. Mulholland said AI software created by local start-up LegalSifter could provide a sort of advanced spell check to clients.
Health care providers enter into dozens of contracts with outside companies, like medical record disposal or storage entities, that have access to patients' medical information. Dan Mulholland, senior partner at the health law firm Horty Springer, said these contracts come and go so frequently that they're …
Today, we're pleased to announce the private preview of a new AI-powered project from Microsoft's Healthcare NExT initiative which is designed to enable our healthcare partners to easily create intelligent and compliant healthcare virtual assistants and chatbots. These bots are powered by cognitive services and enriched with authoritative medical content, allowing our partners to empower their customers with self-service access to health information, with the goal of improving outcomes and reducing costs. So, if you're using a health bot built by one of our partners as part of our project, you can interact in a personal way, typing or talking in natural language and receiving information to help answer your health-related questions. Our partners, including Aurora Health Care, with 15 hospitals, over 150 clinics and 70 pharmacies throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, Premera Blue Cross, the largest health plan in the Pacific Northwest, and UPMC, one of the largest integrated health care delivery networks in the United States, are working with us to build out bots that address a wide range of healthcare-specific questions and use cases. For instance, insurers can build bots that give their customers an easy way to look up the status of a claim and ask questions about benefits and services.
Artificial intelligence or AI as it is called in cyber parlance, and believed to be the next big thing in information and technology, can play a key role in good governance, a senior Microsoft official has said. "We are seeing that governments are benefitting through Artificial Intelligence and are able to bring (governance) closer to people in their countries," Dave Forstrom, director of communications for the Artificial Intelligence (AI) group at Microsoft, told PTI. "In terms of helping create good governance we're seeing an approach industry--wide right now where it's focused on ethical design and those principles that will help to really govern that," he said on the sidelines of the Microsoft's annual developers conference Build 2017. The senior Microsoft official said AI could be of great usage in various fields, including public health, law and order, education and even city sanitation and cleanliness.
President Trump suggested tonight that it's not fair to compare the Republican health care plan to the Affordable Care Act, because the law is "dying, dying, dying" and won't be around anyway. "They always like to compare -- well, what about [Obamacare]? Obamacare's dead," Trump said at a rally in Harrisburg, PA. "It's gone ... Pass the "damn thing": "I'll be so angry at Congressman [Mike] Kelly and Congressman [Tom] Marino and all of our congressmen in this room if we don't get that damn thing passed quickly."
A new website that predicts congressional bills' success foresaw the Affordable Care Act replacement bill would be shelved instead of passed – awarding it only a 15 percent chance of being enacted. Users can look up any pending bill on PredictGov or find predictions through its partner, legislation tracker GovTrack, which now includes a "prognosis" line in its overview of each bill. Vanderbilt University law Professor J.B. Ruhl is a co-founder in bill forecasting site PredictGov. PredictGov, which uses big data and artificial intelligence to reach its conclusions, is the invention of Vanderbilt University law Professor J.B. Ruhl; computer scientist and doctoral candidate John Nay, and their team. It pulls from decades of congressional data plus hundreds of variables, including the bill's sponsor, amendments, economic trends and political shifts.
In 1996 the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted. The Accountability portion of the law requires that healthcare providers protect the privacy of patient health information and includes security measures that must be followed. Provider success has been mixed and has recently come under intense scrutiny due to the number and size of reportable breaches of health information.
Employer wellness programs can gather medical information from employees and spouses -- so long as financial incentives or penalties don't exceed 30 percent of the annual cost for an individual in the company's group health plan, according to final rules issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Monday. Although such penalties or incentives could run into the hundreds or even thousands of dollars, the programs are considered voluntary -- and therefore legal, the commission said. The rules seek to ensure "wellness programs actually promote good health and are not just used to collect or sell sensitive medical information about employees and family members or to impermissibly shift health insurance costs to them," the EEOC said. But the final rules drew immediate concern from some groups. Jennifer Mathis, director of programs for the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, says the new rule rolls back protections in existing law.