Weekend update

The 115th Congress enters its second week of life this coming week. Here’s a link to the Week in Congress’s report on last week’s activities on Capitol Hill. The Hill reports that the Senate will be holding Trump administration confirmation hearings this week. 

Health IT Security reports that 57% of surveyed consumers in a recent Black Book study are unwilling to use health care provider data portals, etc. due a fear of having their records hacked and a perceived lack of privacy. That’s not good news.

“Incomplete medical histories and undisclosed conditions, treatment or medications raises obvious concerns on the reliability and usefulness of patient health data in application of risk based analytics, care plans, modeling, payment reforms, and population health programming,” Black Book Managing Partner Doug Brown said in a statement. “This revelation should force cybersecurity solutions to the top of the technology priorities in 2017 to achieve tangible trust in big data dependability.”

Drug Channels is back from a holiday vacation with a report on merger and acquisition activity in the specialty pharmacy sector. It’s quite active.  Drug Channels “estimate[s] that total prescription dispensing revenues from specialty drugs at retail, mail, long-term care, and specialty pharmacies hit a record $115 billion.” Woo hoo!

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