Benjamin Williams has joined San Francisco-based Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), the nation's eighth largest hospital system, as senior vice president/CIO.
According to CHW, Williams will lead the consolidated technology efforts of the organization's 42 hospitals across California, Arizona and Nevada. He will oversee the organization's business intelligence, information technology and clinical information systems, including the ongoing rollout of CareConnect, CHW's electronic health record and computerized physician order entry system.
Managing a team of approximately 1,000 professionals, Williams is based at the CHW corporate offices in Phoenix and also maintains an office at CHW's headquarters in San Francisco.
Officials from Carequality have stated that there are now more than 150,000 clinicians across 11,000 clinics and 500 hospitals live on its network. These participants are also able to share health data records with one another, regardless of technology vendor.
While stolen financial data still has a higher market value than stolen medical records, as financial data can be monetized faster, there are indications that there is ongoing development of a market for stolen medical data, according to an Intel Security McAfee Labs report.
A phishing scam at Baystate Health in Springfield, Mass. has potentially exposed the personal data of 13,000 patients, according to a privacy statement from the patient care organization and a report from MassLive.
In an update, DirectTrust reported significant growth in Direct exchange of health information and the number of trusted Direct addressed enabled to share personal health information (PHI) in the third quarter of 2016.