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Imaging Informatics: The Keys to Launching Vendor-Neutral Data

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 redefine their enterprise imaging informatics strategy—however, understanding the importance of having access to vendor-neutral data is the key to getting the most out of imaging data sets. Mark Watts, Associate Vice President of Enterprise Imaging at Novarad and a top 25 innovator in health imaging and IT, talks with Healthcare Informatics about the power of imaging informatics, the challenge of having truly vendor-neutral data, and why the right IT partnerships are crucial to thriving in a value-based care world.

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At Boston CHIME LEAD Forum, the Cybersecurity Message is Loud and Clear: Good Defense is the Best Offense

June 22, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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At the Boston CHIME LEAD forum, held on Wednesday, June 22 at the Aloft Boston Seaport Hotel, a plethora of IT security leaders hammered home several core points about cybersecurity preparation, defense, strategy, and response.

Study: 77 Percent of Healthcare Organizations Will Use Public Cloud This Year, But Security Concerns Persist

June 21, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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More than half of surveyed healthcare executives have reported moving “Tier 1” applications to the cloud or software-defined data centers and 77 percent said they plan to move additional systems to the public cloud this year, according to a report from HyTrust.

Washington Debrief: House Committee Examines Implementation of Cyber Threat Sharing Law

June 20, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
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The House Committee on Homeland Security heard from a variety of industry stakeholders on the status of implementation of the Cybersecurity Act of 2015, which seeks to improve cyber threat information sharing.

Close to 150,000 Patient Medical Records Potentially Affected by Bizmatics Data Breach

June 17, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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A healthcare provider in Colorado, Vincent Vein Center, is the latest organization to notify the HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) about a breach of protected health information stemming from a malicious hacker attacking Bizmatics’ data servers.

Report: Healthcare Data Breach Costs Remain Highest Among Industries

June 16, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The average global cost of a data breach in the healthcare industry is $355 per stolen or lost record, more than twice the average global cost across all other industries, according to the Ponemon 2016 Cost of Data Breach study.

Practice Fusion Settles with FTC Over Patient Privacy Complaint

June 10, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The complaint against cloud-based electronic health records (EHR) vendor Practice Fusion provides important lessons about consumer health privacy for vendors in the health IT industry, according to a Federal Trade Commission blog post.

Survey: How Hospitals are Meeting the Demand for Wireless Networking

June 9, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Healthcare delivery organizations are faced with growing technology demands in today’s connected healthcare environment, and many hospitals view wireless connectivity as critical to improving the overall patient experience, as well as enhancing hospital...

Dr. Peter Tippett on How Healthcare Has Lost its Human Element

June 9, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Dr. Peter Tippett, former presidential advisor to George W. Bush on health IT, shares his unique vantage point on where healthcare is today and what needs to happen to get to the IT usage in healthcare that is seen in other industries.

HITRUST Pilot Project Advances Cyber Threat Information Sharing

June 8, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) announced that it’s latest industry pilot project to improve the collection and sharing of cyber threat information is helping aid organizations in reducing their cyber risk.

Laptop Theft May Have Exposed PHI of 400,000 Current or Former California Inmates

June 7, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The theft of a non-encrypted laptop belonging to a staff member of California Correctional Health Care Services may have exposed the protected health information (PHI) of up to 400,000 patients who served time in California prisons during an 18-year period.

HealthlinkNY Becomes First N.Y. HIE to Let Patients Download Online Consent Forms

June 7, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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HealthlinkNY, which operates the HIE in the southern tier of New York and the Hudson Valley, is now giving patients the go ahead to download and print customized consent forms for every provider they see.

Washington Debrief: Congressional Leaders Query GAO on VA’s EHR Modernization Efforts

June 6, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
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Congress remains concerned about the status of efforts underway at the Department of Veterans Affairs to modernize their electronic health record system, the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA).

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