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VIDEO—Beyond the Password: The State of Healthcare Cybersecurity, Strong Authentication, and Digital Identity

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$40 BILLION. That could be the total cost if a hospital that houses 1,000,000 patient records experiences a data breach. Data breaches and cyberattacks in modern healthcare are not a matter of if, but when. According to a recent research study conducted by...

In New York, Making it Easier for Patients to Say “Yes” to Sharing Their Health Data

July 26, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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For HealthlinkNY, a “Just Say Yes” campaign is increasing patient education—and consent

Survey: Majority of Hospitals Face Challenges, Lack of Readiness for eCQM Data Reporting

July 26, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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More than three-fourths of hospitals, or 78 percent, still have work ahead of them in order to successfully submit electronic clinical quality measures (eCQM) data as part of the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program by the Feb. 28, 2017 deadline.

HHS to Fund Cybersecurity Information Sharing Organization

July 26, 2016  |  David Raths
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services plans to fund a cybersecurity information sharing and analysis organization for the healthcare and public health sector.

Study: Medical Students Use EHRs to Track Former Patients

July 26, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Medical students are continually using electronic health records (EHRs) in training, using the technology to track former patients after they have left one’s direct care, according to new research published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

NewYork-Presbyterian Launches Enterprise-Wide Digital Health Services Platform

July 26, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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NewYork-Presbyterian, a New York City-based integrated healthcare delivery system comprised of nine hospitals, is rolling out a new suite of digital health services, NYP OnDemand, with a particular focus on expanded telehealth services.

Imaging Informatics: The Keys to Launching Vendor-Neutral Data

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As healthcare organizations see their troves of imaging data grow exponentially, many are concerned about how to leverage that data to their best advantage. The restructuring of processes and image metadata practices are a must as healthcare providers...

Protecting Information Assets with Data Loss Prevention

July 26, 2016  |  Mac McMillan, CEO of CynergisTek
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The modern healthcare ecosystem is all about data and what we can do with it, which is why Data Loss Prevention (DLP) tools should be on everyone’s list of priority solutions to implement.

The “Father of OpenNotes” Shares His Perspectives on the Movement’s Forward March

July 26, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Tom Delbanco, M.D., the “Father of OpenNotes,” shares his perspectives on the phenomenon—and on its fascinating future

athenahealth Says it will Cover MIPS Payment Penalties for Customers

July 25, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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athenahealth has said that if customers using the company’s athenaOne services get hit with Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) payment penalties, it will cover the financial consequences for those unsuccessful practices.

OIG Study Finds 60 Percent of Hospitals Experienced EHR Disruptions, Highlights Importance of Contingency Plans

July 25, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Close to 60 percent of hospitals have experienced an unplanned disruption to their EHR systems and a quarter of those hospitals experienced delays in patient care as a result, according to a study released by the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG).

Washington Debrief: HHS Cybersecurity Task Force Has Another In-Person Meeting

July 25, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
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The healthcare industry cybersecurity task force mandated by the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 held its second in-person meeting last week.

Revamping Radiology Workflows for Improved Billing Accuracy: A Large Hospital’s Experience

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After multiple delays, healthcare organizations across the country are now required to code diagnoses and procedures using the 10th revision of International Statistical Classification of Disease and Related Health Problems, better known as ICD-10.

Blogs

Let’s Talk Really, Really Big Numbers: How About $5.631 Trillion, For Example?

July 23, 2016     Mark Hagland
As the U.S. healthcare system moves ever closer to a gargantuan cost cliff, healthcare IT leaders are going to be called on as never before to help leverage IT to transform care delivery

Information Security Professionals in Hot Demand

July 22, 2016     Tim Tolan
IT security professionals are in great demand thanks in part to ransomware and data breaches across the industry.

Can SOLOR (SnOmed LOinc, Rxnorm) Project Create Terminology Foundation for Interoperability?

July 22, 2016     David Raths
The nonprofit Healthcare Services Platform Consortium supports the existing effort to integrate SNOMED CT and Laboratory LOINC and will seek to expand that effort to include Clinical LOINC and selected components of RxNorm.

Editor’s Notes: The Role of Emotion in Good Decision-Making: Science Is Catching Up to Society

July 21, 2016     Mark Hagland
It's been fascinating to read Jonah Lehrer's 2009 book "How We Decide," and to ponder scientists' recent discoveries around emotion in decisionmaking--and to consider the physician-patient relationship

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