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Health Management Technology News
December 20, 2013

In this issue:

9 Statistics on Vendor, Provider, Insurer ICD-10 Readiness

Bill would require ‘kill switch’ for smartphones

Healthcare data of 840,000 at risk after laptop theft

6 Creative Hacks for Your Smartphone


9 Statistics on Vendor, Provider, Insurer ICD-10 Readiness

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange has sent HHS the results of its latest survey on ICD-10 readiness among healthcare stakeholders. The most recent survey results are based on responses gathered in October from 196 providers, 59 vendors and 98 health plans. Key takeaways include:

  • Just 25 percent of vendors reported having completed product development for ICD-10 compatibility. However, the number of vendors who reported being halfway or less than halfway done was about 20 percent, down from about 50 percent in the February 2013 survey.
  • About three-fifths of vendors are currently beta-testing their products or plan to do so before the end of 2013.
  • About three-fifths of health plans have completed their impact assessment, and one-fifth reported their assessment is almost complete. In February, one-half of health plans had completed their assessment.
  • About two-thirds of health plans have started or expect to start internal testing by the year's end, down from the 75 percent that reported expecting to do so in February.
  • One-third of health plans have already begun or expect to begin external testing by the end of 2013, down from one-half in the February 2013 survey. About 60 percent expect to begin in the first half of 2014.

Read the full Becker’s Hospital Review article here

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Bill would require ‘kill switch’ for smartphones

Two California officials have announced plans to introduce legislation requiring smartphones to have a “kill switch” that would render stolen or lost devices inoperable. State Sen. Mark Leno and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon announced Thursday that the bill they believe will be the first of its kind in the United States will be formally introduced in January at the start of the 2014 legislative session.

Leno, a San Francisco Democrat, joins Gascon, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and other law enforcement officials nationwide who have been demanding that manufacturers create kill switches to combat surging smartphone theft across the country.

“One of the top catalysts for street crime in many California cities is smartphone theft, and these crimes are becoming increasingly violent,” Leno said. “We cannot continue to ignore our ability to utilize existing technology to stop cellphone thieves in their tracks. It is time to act on this serious public safety threat to our communities.”

Read the full Washington Post article here

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Healthcare data of 840,000 at risk after laptop theft

Thieves stole two laptops that may contain the unprotected personal data of around 840,000 customers from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield after breaking into the company's Newark, N.J. headquarters on Nov. 1. One month later, the company began sending letters to its subscribers notifying them of the breach.

Horizon issued a statement on Dec. 6 saying the stolen laptops were password protected, but the internal data was not encrypted: “Due to the way the stolen laptops were configured, we are not certain that all of the member information contained on the laptops is accessible. We have no reason to believe that the laptops were stolen for the information they contained or that the information has been accessed or used in any way.”

The two stolen laptops, which reportedly were MacBook Pros, were cable-locked to the employees' workstations, but the thieves somehow broke the locks.

The company believes the laptops could have contained the personal information, including names, dates of birth, "limited clinical information" and social security numbers, according to The Star-Ledger.

Company employers discovered the theft on Nov. 4 and immediately notified the police. There have been no arrests, and the thieves have not been identified.

Thomas Vincz, a Horizon spokesperson, told SC Magazine that the company will provide free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to the affected subscribers.

Read the full Denver Post article here

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6 Creative Hacks for Your Smartphone

Ever since the iPhone found its way into the hands of consumers, people have figured out how to make the most of their devices, coming up with clever methods to access its full potential.

Now, users of all types of smartphones have discovered fun and creative ways to alter, modify and customize their phones to best fit their specific needs.

However, with technology advancing at such breakneck speed, keeping up with all the increasingly intricate updates and modifications can be difficult. But not to worry — some of the most interesting things you can do with a smartphone are simple tricks that require only a basic knowledge of smartphones.

If you're looking for easy ways to customize your phone without jailbreaking or rooting it, try these hacks and tricks on your mobile device.

1. Trap Someone Inside Your Phone

One of the oldest — and funniest — smartphone "hacks" is making it seem as though someone were stuck behind the screen. The easiest way to create this image is to have a friend press up against a glass panel in front of a solid background. Have him or her come in as close as possible before snapping the picture.

If you need to edit the photo, you can do so directly on an iPhone, or you can use any number of apps if you have an Android. From there, simply set the image as your lock screen and let the hilarity ensue.

You can also find apps for both iOS and Android that can flip, stretch or otherwise alter images to create additional funny lock screens and backgrounds.

2. Create Contact-Specific Vibrations

It's easy enough to make custom ringtones, but iPhone users can also customize specific vibrations per user.

For those with iOS 7, it's as simple as modifying a person's contact information. Choose the contact, hit Edit, and scroll down to Ringtone or Text Tone — whichever you'd like to customize. For each of those options, you'll find the Vibration setting. Tap it, and choose from different vibrations or create your own. For older iPhones, the same option is under Accessibility in Settings.

This built-in option is sadly not available for Android, but that doesn't mean it's outside the realm of possibility. Vybe is an app that will create custom vibration for you to assign to contacts.

Read the full Mashable article here

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