March 14, 2023 | Volume XII | Issue 11

Cerebral says 3M affected by a patient data breach

Andrea Fox reports for Healthcare IT News:

Cerebral is a consumer-facing telehealth platform providing mental and behavioral health services for patients with or without insurance. 

Like many technology companies and healthcare providers, between October 2019 to January 2023 Cerebral used pixel tracking technologies, according to the company's Notice of HIPAA Privacy Breach.

In the notice, Cerebral said it discovered on January 3 that it "had disclosed certain information that may be regulated as protected health information under HIPAA to certain third-party platforms and some subcontractors without…

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Virtual or In Person: Which Kind of Doctor’s Visit Is Better, and When It Matters

Michelle Andrews 

When the covid-19 pandemic swept the country in early 2020 and emptied doctors’ offices nationwide, telemedicine was suddenly thrust into the spotlight. Patients and their physicians turned to virtual visits by video or phone rather than risk meeting face-to-face.

During the early months of the pandemic, telehealth visits for care exploded.

“It was a dramatic shift in one or two weeks that we would expect to happen in a decade,” said Dr. Ateev Mehrotra, a professor at Harvard Medical School whose research focuses on telemedicine and other health care delivery innovations. “It’s great that we served patients, but we did not accumulate the norms and [research] papers that we would normally accumulate so that we can know what works and what doesn’t work.”

Now, three years after the start of the pandemic, we’re still figuring that out. Although telehealth use has moderated, it has found a role in many physician practices, and it is popular with patients.

More than any other field, behavioral health has embraced telehealth. Mental health conditions accounted for just under two-thirds of telehealth claims in November 2022, according to FairHealth, a nonprofit that manages a large database of private and Medicare insurance claims.

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CDC's new opioid guidelines are too little, too late for chronic pain patients, experts say

Sam Whitehead and Andy Miller report for Kaiser Health News via NBC:

Jessica Layman estimates she has called more than 150 doctors in the past few years in her search for someone to prescribe opioids for her chronic pain.

“A lot of them are straight-up insulting,” said the 40-year-old, who lives in Dallas. “They say things like ‘We don’t treat drug addicts.’”

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World Health Organization says 'massive effort' needed to reduce salt intake

CBC News

A new report from the World Health Organization is sounding the alarm about high-sodium diets and says the world is off pace for reducing our consumption by 30 per cent by 2025. Epidemiologist and cardiologist Dr. Christopher Labos says "now that we eat a lot of preprocessed foods, we consume a lot of salt. Far more than we need for basic biological functions."

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