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ECRI Institute Publishes Guidance for Protecting Medical Devices from Ransomware Attacks

The ECRI Institute has released a new guidance article, "Ransomware Attacks: How to Protect Your Medical Device Systems, with recommendations to help hospitals identify and protect against ransomware attacks.

Survey: Stakeholders Predict More Medical Device Attacks as Security Lags

Some 67 percent of medical device manufacturers and 56 percent of healthcare delivery organizations (HDOs) believe an attack on a medical device built or in use by their organizations is likely to occur over the next 12 months.

AMIA Urges FCC to Consider Access to Broadband a Social Determinant of Health

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) is calling on the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) to b support broadband-enabled health care delivery by bolstering its efforts to better target those with chronic conditions, and ensure that those populations have access to affordable broadband and broadband-enabled health technologies.

Reports: VA Secretary Won’t Ask for IT Funding with Uncertainty Surrounding VistA

While many federal agencies saw cuts across the board in President Trump’s 2018 budget request this week, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) got a spending boost, albeit not related to information technology.

Mount Sinai Creates Imaging Research Warehouse

The Mount Sinai Health System in New York has created a database that integrates clinical imaging with electronic health records to allow researchers to identify new patterns in the data.

CBO Analysis Estimates House-Passed AHCA Would Leave 23 Million More Uninsured by 2026

If enacted, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) would reduce the federal deficit over the 2017-2026 period by $119 billion and increase the number of people who are uninsured by 23 million in 2026, relative to current law, according to a cost estimate by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT).

Caradigm Carves Out a Niche in Rapidly Developing Sector

May 26, 2017  |  Heather Landi
For our market scan on the population health market in the May issue, Healthcare Informatics profiles Caradigm, a company providing data analytics solutions with an eye towards meeting customers’ changing needs in a time of accelerating change.

Up-and-Comers 2017: SA Ignite’s Laser Focus on Regulatory Optimization

May 26, 2017  |  David Raths
Tom Lee, Ph.D. has built a solid company around creating software nicknamed the “TurboTax for Meaningful Use,” because it makes regulatory compliance easier for health systems.

Up-and-Comers 2017: Quartet’s Venture into Behavioral Health

May 25, 2017  |  David Raths
Quartet’s CEO and chairman found early on that they shared a passion for solving some of the healthcare sector’s challenges involving behavioral health.

HHS’ New Health IT Lead Speaks Out on EHR Usability, Interoperability

May 25, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
HHS deputy assistant secretary for health technology reform, John Fleming, M.D., spoke at an event on May 24 where he reaffirmed the government’s two core health IT priorities—better electronic health record (EHR) usability and interoperability.

Former ONC Coordinator Karen DeSalvo: A New World is Emerging with Consumer-Mediated Data Exchange

May 24, 2017  |  Heather Landi
During a Bipartisan Policy Center event Tuesday, several health IT policy experts shared their thoughts on the role of government and the private sector in improving IT’s role in providing safer care as well as industry progress on interoperability.

Up-and-Comers 2017: PatientPing: Bridging Silos between Unaffiliated Providers

May 24, 2017  |  David Raths
In September 2013 Jay Desai co-founded Boston-based PatientPing, which offers providers real-time clinical event notifications. PatientPing’s technology bridges the silos between unaffiliated providers.

Up-and-Comers 2017: Augmedix: Freeing Up MDs from Charting

May 24, 2017  |  David Raths
Augmedix says its service frees doctors from charting, allowing them to focus on patient needs. The number of health systems partnering with the company continues to grow.

Chartis Group Leaders: It’s Time to Talk about IT Cost Rationalization

May 23, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
Parrish Aharam and Greg McGovern, principals in The Chartis Group, share their perspectives on some of the important—and challenging and complex—discussions taking place these days in c-suites around the topic of IT cost rationalization

Trump’s Budget Request for 2018 Includes $22M Cut for ONC

May 23, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for 2018, unveiled to the public on May 23, includes significant cuts to various departments that touch health IT, including the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and the National Institutes of...

Up-and-Comers 2017: Audacious Inquiry’s Bold Goals for Health Information Exchange

May 23, 2017  |  David Raths
Maryland’s Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP) is widely considered one of the most successful statewide HIEs in the U.S. Perhaps less well known is the technology partner behind CRISP.