HHS OCR takes steps forward on HIPAA guidance for mHealth; Social apps may help users suffering from depression;

News From Around the Web

> The Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights is taking the next step in its efforts to gather information on mHealth when it comes to HIPAA, reviewing information it gathered via HIPAAQsPortal.hhs.gov to understand concerns and opinions of industry players. Article

> A study has found that social networking apps have helped reduce depression severity by 50 percent, according to a CNN report. The apps provide patients with real-time support, via coaches, as well as allow them to map out goals. Article

Health Insurance News

> A project at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan offers valuable lessons for the healthcare industry's transition to electronic prior authorization. Article

> Cigna's investment in employee education has paid off for the insurer in the form of tangible cost savings, according to a new study from the Lumina Foundation. The study analyzed Cigna's Educational Reimbursement Program from 2012 to 2014, during which time more than 2,200 participants pursued an associate, bachelor's or master's degree, or a certification. Article

Health IT News

> No person is perfect, and human error is cause for concern when it comes to security across most sectors--the healthcare industry being no exception, a Verizon Enterprise Solutions report finds. In healthcare, insider and privilege misuse, employee error and physical theft or loss have been top factors leading to security incidents. Article

And Finally… Impending telescope will put Hubble to shame. Article

Suggested Articles

The newly launched Center for Connected Health will be largest telehealth hub in the Philadelphia region, according to Penn Medicine.

The FDA commissioner wants to use additional funding under Trump's budget to advance digital health initiatives and integrate real-world data.

The FDA's approval of an app that uses AI to notify specialists of a potential stroke offers new possibilities for triage software that uses CDS.