“Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) HIBC for Product Identification” (also known as ANSI/HIBC 4.0) has been given final approval by ANSI.
In ANSI/HIBC 4.0, the Health Industry Business Communications Council (HIBCC, Phoenix) recommends that 13.56 Mhz High Frequency (HF) be adopted for healthcare item-level tagging, specifically because its smaller read range is less likely to result in electromagnetic interference (EMI) with medical devices.
The RFID standard was already in early development phases when, in 2008, the “Journal of the American Medical Association” (JAMA) published the results of a study in 2008 with medical equipment and devices in critical care environments from RFID technologies. The study concluded that ultra high frequency (UHF) from RFID and UHF interfered with medical devices in 63 percent of the tests conducted.
The new standard was developed by HIBCC, an accredited global standards development organization that was founded to promote patient safety by creating industry-supported non-proprietary standards for healthcare product identification.
While stolen financial data still has a higher market value than stolen medical records, as financial data can be monetized faster, there are indications that there is ongoing development of a market for stolen medical data, according to an Intel Security McAfee Labs report.
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Eleven private insurers, including Aetna, Humana and Anthem, are urging the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to consider the experience of commercial insurers when evaluating the impact of telemedicine coverage in Medicare.
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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is awarding $210 million to Seattle-based University of Washington’s Population Health Initiative, with the funds going toward the construction of a new building to serve as the initiative’s hub.