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Delaware Oncology Practice Acknowledges Ransomware Attack that Went Unnoticed for a Month

Medical Oncology Hematology Consultants, a Newark, Del.-based oncology practice, has notified patients that it discovered a ransomware attack that targeted certain electronic files in the organization.

Report: PACS Vendor Market Changing as Providers Consider Enterprise Imaging Approach

The PACS (picture archiving and communications system software) market has changed significantly over the past few years—performance from historical PACS leaders has dropped, and newer entrants have begun to stand out and steadily expand into larger provider organizations, according to a new report from Orem, Utah-based consulting firm KLAS.

Cleveland Clinic Names Tomislav Mihaljevic, M.D., as CEO, President

Cleveland Clinic has selected Tomislav “Tom” Mihaljevic, M.D., as the hospital system’s next CEO and president, succeeding Toby Cosgrove, M.D., effective Jan. 1, 2018.

Cerner Family Mourns Jeanne Lillig-Patterson

Less than two months after Kansas City-based Cerner Corp. lost co-founder and CEO Neal Patterson to cancer, his widow, Jeanne Lillig-Patterson, died Monday at 59.

Utah Researchers Get $3.8M to Develop Cancer Screening Tool

Researchers from the University of Utah Health, Intermountain Healthcare, and Huntsman Cancer Institute have received a $3.8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to develop an advanced cancer screening tool.

Rosenberg Named CIO for Michigan Medicine

Andrew Rosenberg, M.D., has been named the first system-wide chief information officer for three-hospital Michigan Medicine. Rosenberg has served in a series of IT leadership roles over the past decade, including chief medical information officer and interim CIO since January 2016.

Survey: Wait Times Down, Patient Portal Use Up at Medical Practices

U.S. medical practices report that wait times have improved by five minutes from last year, down to an average of 20 minutes total between the waiting area and the exam room. For hospital-owned practices specifically, that number goes down to an average of 17 minutes, according to a survey from the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

CMS Announces Efforts to Help Texas and Louisiana with Hurricane Harvey Recovery

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma has announced efforts that are underway to support Texas and Louisiana in response to Hurricane Harvey.

NIH’s “All of Us” Program Expands National Network of Medical Centers

The National Institute of Health’s (NIH) All of Us Research Program, previously called the Precision Medicine Initiative, added three sets of healthcare provider organizations to its network and the organizations will help enroll participants in long-term precision medicine research efforts.

Carolinas HealthCare System, UNC Health Care Announce Plans to Merge

Two North Carolina health systems, Charlotte-based Carolinas HealthCare System and Chapel Hill-based UNC Health Care, on Thursday announced that they are negotiating a merger that would combine their clinical, medical education and research resources.

AHA Urges Congress to Take Steps to Reduce Regulatory Burden on Hospitals

In a letter (PDF) to Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, who serves as chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means’ Subcommittee on Health, the American Hospital Association (AHA) listed numerous areas in which lawmakers could take action to ease legislative and regulatory burdens on hospitals and health systems.

Major Health IT Groups Push for Proposed Rule on Information Blocking

Health IT Now and various other industry organizations have sent a letter to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) pushing for more details on information blocking.

Medicare Shared Savings ACOs Saved $1 Billion Over Three Years

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) participating in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) Medicare Shared Savings Program reduced spending by nearly $1 billion in the first three years of the program, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Inspector General.

CHIME, DirectTrust Partner with Goal of Universal HIE Network

CHIME and DirectTrust have announced they are collaborating to promote the universal deployment of the DirectTrust framework and health information exchange (HIE) network as the common electronic interface for health data exchange across the U.S.

Milstein named CIO at UT Southwestern Medical Center

Veteran chief information officer Marc Milstein has returned to healthcare from higher education by joining UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas as vice president of information resources and CIO.