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Legislators Urge OCR to Treat Ransomware Attacks as Breaches under HITECH Regulations

July 1, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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At least two lawmakers are calling on federal regulators to treat ransomware attacks as breaches under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), and recommend guidance that “aggressively requires reporting of ransomware...

White House Grants $150M to Develop Tech Talent through IT Training, Placement Models

June 30, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The Department of Labor this week announced $150 million in grant funding to 39 partnerships across the country to launch innovative technology training and placement models to develop tech talent, with a focus on high-growth sectors like IT and healthcare.

Data Breach of Mass General Vendor Exposes Info of 4,300 Dental Patients

June 30, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has acknowledged a data breach in which an unauthorized individual gained access to a third-party vendor's electronic files containing patient information.

In New Hampshire, Fighting Through Public HIE Barriers (Part 1)

June 30, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Jeff Loughlin, executive director of the New Hampshire Health Information Organization, recently spoke with Healthcare Informatics about the pubic HIE’s challenges and what’s new with the organization, now in its third year of operations.

A Clinical Informaticist Shares Why FHIR Won’t Extinguish HL7, At Least Not in the Near-Term

June 30, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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There is much discussion about the promise of FHIR in healthcare, yet for the foreseeable future, healthcare providers will need to translate between different standards, essentially operating in a hybrid world of standards.

Study Finds Healthcare Workers Frequently Circumvent Computer Security Controls

June 30, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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A university study has found that it's common practice for healthcare workers to workaround cyber security controls, which leaves healthcare organizations vulnerable to cyberattacks. Yet, the study finds, clinicians are doing so because information security...

Mount Sinai Launches One-Stop Shop Mobile App for Patients

June 30, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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New York City-based Mount Sinai Health System has launched a new mobile application for patients featuring centralized information and services as part of the health system’s attempt to provide greater access to and utilization of health services offered.

Research Indicates EHR, CPOE Use Linked to Physician Burnout, Dissatisfaction

June 29, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Many in the healthcare industry have been saying for years that the use of health IT plays a role in physician burnout, now a new study from The Mayo Clinic supports that theory. According to a national study of physicians led by Mayo Clinic, the use of...

Survey: Patients Want More Digital Health Tools from Primary Care Physicians

June 29, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Patient adoption of digital health tools remains low, but interest in virtual care services is high, as a new survey report finds that the majority of consumers say they are choosing their primary care provider, in part, based on how well they use technology to...

The Healthcare Informatics 100 Product Breakouts: Data Security

June 29, 2016  |  the Editors of Healthcare Informatics
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As a supplement to the Healthcare Informatics 100, Healthcare Informatics will be revealing its top 5 companies—based on percentage of total health IT revenue—within seven different product categories. Next up is Data Security.

At iHT2 Boston, Micky Tripathi's Refreshing Take on Interoperability

June 28, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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During a closing keynote presentation last week at the iHT2 Boston Health IT Summit, Micky Tripathi, Ph.D., president and CEO of MAeHC, debunked certain healthcare interoperability “myths” while offering a positive outlook on the future of data exchange.

Hacker Claims to be Selling 655,000 Patient Records from Three Hacked Hospitals, Media Reports Say

June 28, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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A hacker claims to have 655,000 patient records allegedly obtained by hacking into three separate healthcare databases and is selling those patient records on the dark web marketplace, according to a report originally published by news site DeepDotWeb.
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