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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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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

Survey: 96% of Health IT Leaders Feel Vulnerable to Data Threats, Yet Focus Remains on Compliance

April 14, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Many healthcare organizations seem to be taking a “business as usual” approach with regard to security spending, as a survey of senior healthcare IT professionals found meeting compliance requirements was a higher spending priority than preventing data breaches.

Report: Ignored Warnings about Software Flaws Could Have Played Role in MedStar Health Hack

April 6, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The Associated Press released a story yesterday quoting an anonymous source stating that ransomware hackers were able to break into a MedStar Health computer server left vulnerable due to a design flaw, which could be fixed with a simple update. MedStar Health...

Hospitals in California, Indiana Report Malware, Ransomware Attacks

April 4, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Alvarado Hospital Medical Center in San Diego and Kings Daughters Health in southeast Indiana last week reported malware attacks to hospital computers and said swift response times may have minimized any damage, according to local news reports.

So It WAS Ransomware: The Implications of the Attack on MedStar Health

April 4, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Now that it has been revealed that the cyberattack on the 10-hospital MedStar Health system was in fact a ransomware attack, what are patient care organization leaders nationwide actually going to do to address this frightening new trend?

Healthcare Leads Data Breaches in 2015, Human Error Still Leading Cause, Report Says

April 1, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Given the recent high-profile ransomware and malware attacks on healthcare organizations, such as Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center and MedStar Health, it is perhaps not surprising that a recent report found that the healthcare industry saw the highest number...

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