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

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. Implementing this new coding system has been a pain point for many hospitals. With more than 68000 codes (up from ICD-9’s 14000), ICD-10 brings a variety of mapping and other technology issues that can hinder provider workflows and interfere with timely reimbursements. But with the October 15, 2015 deadline now passed, the onus is on hospitals, both in the business office and in the treatment room, to find creative ways to make it work. 

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Kansas Heart Hospital Hit With Ransomware; Hackers Do Not Unlock Files After Receiving Ransom Payment

May 23, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Wichita, Kan.-based Kansas Heart Hospital was hit with a ransomware attack last Wednesday, but after the hospital paid an undisclosed ransom, the hackers demanded more, according to local news reports.

Guest Blog: Same Old, Same Old: Why Are Providers So Far Behind on IT Security?

May 17, 2016  |  Mac McMillan
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Mac McMillan, CEO of the Austin, Tex.-based CygergisTek consulting firm, notes the regrettable lack of forward progress among many U.S. hospital-based organizations in the data security arena

Looking at the Ransomware Crisis from a Multi-Industry Perspective

May 13, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Ron Schlecht, founder and CEO of the BTB Security consulting firm, shares his perspectives on the rising wave of ransomware and malware threats in healthcare—and what CIOs and CISOs need to do right now to protect their organizations

Sixth Annual Ponemon Survey: Criminal Attacks Cause 50% of Breaches

May 12, 2016  |  David Raths
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Despite an increase in awareness about threats to patient data, the sixth annual survey of healthcare organizations by the Ponemon Institute suggests that the number and impact of data breaches are not declining.

FBI: Do Not Pay Ransom in Ransomware Attacks; Focus on Prevention Efforts, Contingency Plans

May 6, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The FBI does not support paying a ransom in a ransomware attack, as it doesn’t guarantee that organizations will get their data back. Instead, organizations should focus on prevention efforts and developing a business continuity plan in the event of an attack,...

Report: Privilege Misuse and End User Errors Leading Threats to Healthcare Security

April 28, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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End users are often the weakest link in an organization’s cyber defense as cyber criminals exploit human nature to execute attack patterns such as phishing, according to Verizon Enterprise’s 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report.

Facing Up to the Ransomware Crisis: What Healthcare IT Leaders Need to Do Right Now

April 23, 2016  |  Mark Hagland, Rajiv Leventhal, and Heather Landi
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Despite the sense of crisis in many quarters, industry experts say there are some very concrete, practical things that healthcare IT leaders can and should be doing right now to address the ransomware threat

2015 Was a Year of Serious Data Breaches, Major Attacks and New Vulnerabilities, Report Says

April 21, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Healthcare was the most frequently targeted industry for cyber attacks in 2015, with the highest security incident rate, surpassing financial services and manufacturing, according to a new IBM Security Services report.

Report: Healthcare Organizations Must Use Layered Endpoint Security to Combat Ransomware “Blitzkrieg”

April 20, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Securing vulnerable endpoints in an organization’s network is the first step in the battle against ransomware and is one part of a layered defense, according to a new report from the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology.

Time to Face the Ransomware Crisis in U.S. Healthcare: Industry Experts Speak Out

April 18, 2016  |  Mark Hagland, Rajiv Leventhal, and Heather Landi
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With ransomware attacks hitting more and more U.S. patient care organizations, industry experts agree: it’s past time for healthcare IT leaders to think and act strategically to meet the crisis head-on

At the Cleveland CHIME LEAD Forum, an FBI Special Agent Urges Healthcare Leaders to Proactively Engage with his Agency

April 18, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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At the Cleveland CHIME LEAD Forum, Supervisory Special Agent Bryan P. Smith told healthcare IT leaders that the FBI wants to engage proactively with patient care organization leaders in order to fight cybercrime

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