Experian's 2015 Data Breach Industry Forecast called healthcare "a vulnerable and attractive target for cybercriminals," predicting more breaches are headed the industry's way. The recent breach at Sony Pictures Entertainment provides three lessons for healthcare, according to Michael Bruemmer, VP with Experian's Data Breach Resolution group.
Mobile devices and apps increasingly are being used in healthcare settings, and with that comes greater risk to the security of patient information. To that end, hospitals and healthcare organizations are implementing a variety of systems and safe guards to ward off hackers and ensure the privacy of patient data.
"My team is constantly looking at 'what are the new threats?' and 'what's going on out there?'" Cris Ewell, chief information security officer at Seattle Children's Hospital, recently told FierceMobileHealthcare.
For this special report, Ewell and two other health IT leaders--Joseph Kvedar, director of the Partners HealthCare Center For Connected Health in Boston, and Rick Follett, CIO at Good Samaritan Health System in Lebanon, Pennsylvania--spoke with FierceMobileHealthcare about their mHealth security efforts. Full Report
Colleges across the country now offer a wide variety of courses in healthcare information technology and healthcare information security. These courses, which range from certificate programs to graduate degrees, focus on the most current trends in healthcare IT--from health IT policy to data analytics. Special Report
From chief nursing informatics officers to chief information officers, nurses increasingly are taking on new leadership roles in health IT and having a major impact on healthcare innovation and delivery.
FierceHealthIT spoke to three nurses who also are leaders in healthcare IT about the challenges and rewards of their work. Special Report
When it comes to ICD-10, a feeling of déjà vu is beginning to creep over me. Not only are interest groups both for and against the implementation out in full force, apparently another delay could be attached to a "must-pass" $157 billion spending bill for the departments of Labor, Education and Health and Human Services that expires next week.
Implementation, of course, was delayed in a similar fashion just eight months ago, when a provision was attached to a 12-month patch to the sustainable growth rate payment formula that prevented deep Medicare payment cuts to providers. That bill overwhelmingly passed through Congress before being immediately signed by President Obama. Read more...
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A new ICD-10 end-to-end testing period for providers, as well as associated guidance for testing, was revealed this week by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
It's hard to deny the influence patients as consumers are having on the healthcare industry, and many predict that 2015 will be the year of the consumer.
Secondary use of health information exchange data could be even more valuable than its primary use of giving providers a complete picture of a patient's care history, but there are issues to be worked out.
Nearly half of patients participating in a trial looking at patient control of the medical records withheld clinically sensitive information from some or all of their care team.
A grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will help fund a study into how telemedicine affects clinical outcomes in emergency departments.
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