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Research of mHealth Apps Reveals Significant Gaps in Quality

December 7, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
An evaluation of 137 patient-facing mobile health apps revealed that few apps address the needs of the patients who could benefit the most, according to research in December’s issue of Health Affairs.

Report: Ransomware Attacks on IoT Medical Devices Will Likely Increase

November 29, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Cyber attackers are increasingly breaching Internet-enabled medical devices using ransomware and this is likely to continue for the next two to four years, according to Intel Security’s recent McAfee Labs 2017 Threats Predictions Report.

Study: 8 in 10 Consumers Prefer Mobile Communication to Office Visit

November 29, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Consumers are overwhelmingly gravitating toward digital channels like online portals and mobile apps to connect with their healthcare providers when offered, according to a new study.

UMass Will Pay $650,000 to Settle Potential HIPAA Violations

November 22, 2016  |  Heather Landi
The University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) has agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules stemming from a malware infection back in 2013.

October Cybersecurity Report: 35 PHI Incidents, 776K Records Breached

November 18, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The number of reported healthcare data breaches is down for the second straight month, but October still did see 35 protected health information (PHI) security incidents, totaling 776,533 records breached.

During Congressional Hearing, Security Experts Cite Need for IoT Security Regulations

November 17, 2016  |  Heather Landi
The lack of adequate security standards for connected devices poses significant risks to the country’s digital infrastructure and could result in serious consequences if cyberattacks target medical devices in particular, according to several security experts...

AMA Adopts Principles to Support Use of mHealth Apps

November 17, 2016  |  Heather Landi
During its interim meeting in Orlando this week, the American Medical Association (AMA) approved a list of principles guiding coverage and payment policies concerning mobile health apps and devices.

Survey: 82 Percent of Healthcare Orgs Have Comprehensive Mobile Strategy

November 14, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Some 82 percent of respondent healthcare organizations have a fully implemented mobile strategy, indicating a greater level of maturity compared to commercial enterprises, according to a survey from software provider Red H

ONC Delivers Annual Health IT Report to Congress

November 10, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
In its annual health IT report to Congress, ONC said that the healthcare system is seeing “unprecedented levels of electronic health information exchange” while acknowledging there is more work to do to achieve truly seamless and secure flow of electronic data.

Infusion Errors, Poor Software Management among Top 10 Health Technology Hazards

November 8, 2016  |  Heather Landi
The ECRI Institute rated infusion errors, missed ventilator alarms and poor software management as some of the top health technology safety hazards for 2017.

Two Separate Hacking Incidents Affect 45,000 Patients

November 7, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Officials at Denton, Texas-based Integrity Transitional Hospital reported that approximately 29,500 patient records were affected by a hacking incident on a network server.

UK Health System Shut Down IT Systems, Cancelled Operations Due to Computer Virus

November 3, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust had shut down almost all of its IT systems this past week, resulting in a mass cancellation of operations and outpatient appointments, following the discovery of a computer virus on Sunday, according to media...


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