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IBM Security: Healthcare Cyber Attacks Prevalent, but Less Records Breached in ’16

A new report from IBM Security found that healthcare—not too long ago the most attacked industry by cyber criminals—fell out of the top five of most breached industries.

FBI Notification: Cyber Criminals Targeting FTP Servers to Compromise PHI

The Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a warning that cyber criminals are actively targeting File Transfer Protocol (FTP) servers operating in “anonymous” mode and associated with medical and dental facilities to access protected health information (PHI).

Texas HIE Approved as CMS Qualified Registry

Healthcare Access San Antonio (HASA), a health information exchange (HIE) organization in San Antonio and surrounding Texas counties, has received clearance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to become a qualified registry.

Media Report: Evolent Health Exploring Merger with Advisory Board

Evolent Health, an Arlington, Va.-based healthcare technology provider, is exploring a potential combination with The Advisory Board, a Washington, D.C.-based healthcare consulting firm, according to a report from Reuters published on Friday.

Urology Austin Falls Victim to Ransomware Attack, Alerts 200K Patients

The Texas-based Urology Austin has acknowledged that it fell victim to a ransomware attack in January, and has since notified some 200,000 patients that their information might have been breached.

University of Maryland Medical System Earns HIMSS Stage 6 Recognition

The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), based in Baltimore, has achieved Stage 6 on HIMSS Analytics’ Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) for the ambulatory environment.

Advanced Analytics Drives Health System’s Value-Based Care Success

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Advanced analytics makes it much easier for health systems and hospitals to succeed in value-based care contracts. This article details how a health system used advanced analytics to reduce out-of-network referrals, emergency department visits, and hospital...

HIT Summit: A Learning Experience

March 29, 2017  |  Joe Marion
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Last week I had the honor to attend and present at the HIT Summit in Cleveland, Ohio. What I found intriguing about the Summit was the diversity of topics addressed by the various speakers.

The “Most Influential Women in Health IT” Share Words of Wisdom and Issue a Call to Action

March 29, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Receiving an award is often a recognition of past accomplishments, but several leading women in the health IT industry see their recent award recognition as a call to action to continue their work solving big problems in healthcare through technology.

Investing in the Interview

March 29, 2017  |  Tim Tolan
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There are simple steps to follow to increase your odds of landing a job

Healthcare Informatics Report Confirms MDs’ Lack of Preparedness for MACRA

March 29, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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A survey cosponsored by Healthcare Informatics and physician social network SERMO uncovers a significant lack of preparation by most practicing physicians for the data reporting requirements under the MACRA law

In the Wake of the ACA Repeal Failure, What’s Next for Federal Healthcare Policy?

March 27, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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In the wake of the collapse of the House Republicans’ effort to replace the ACA last week, CHIME’s Leslie Krigstein spoke with Healthcare Informatics about what might be next for federal healthcare policy

In a Top-Heavy EHR Market, Optimization Becomes the Focus

March 27, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Hospitals and health systems are becoming increasingly focused on getting benefits from the EHR products that they have invested so much money into.

Top Ten Tech Trends 2017: Blockchain’s Promise Has Healthcare Innovators Eager

March 24, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Although the healthcare industry is behind most other sectors when it comes to interoperability and security, newfound optimism has emerged in the form of a technology that potentially can help solve both of these challenges—blockchain.

Top Ten Tech Trends 2017: For Imaging Informatics, Focus on Value Puts Emphasis on Analytics, Interoperability

March 24, 2017  |  David Raths
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Imaging informatics has traditionally been siloed from other areas of healthcare IT, but many of the exciting developments today promise to link imaging more closely to the heart of the health system.

At the Health IT Summit in Cleveland, Framing MACRA As an Opportunity

March 23, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Robert Schwartz, M.D., a principal with The Chartis Group, told attendees at the Health IT Summit in Cleveland on Thursday that the requirements under the MACRA law offer both challenges and opportunities for hospital organization leaders

Top Ten Tech Trends 2017: Machine Learning Gets Serious

March 23, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Machine learning is proving its value in the clinical quality improvement sphere. What are its next applications?