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When it comes to cybersecurity, don't overlook staff education

In April 2014, the FBI issued warnings about the healthcare industry's vulnerability to cyberattacks. In particular, the agency called the possibility of increased cyberintrusions likely, given the combination of the shift to online systems and a lack of preparation by most organizations.

 

HIMSS16: Tackling the impossible task of cybersecurity

While attendees at this year's Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society conference in Las Vegas no doubt will be interested in hearing about how providers, payers and innovative...

Request for 'booth girl' perpetuates view of HIT as a man's world

The face of health IT is changing. What used to be an industry where men held most of the executive positions, women are breaking through that glass ceiling and taking seats at the leadership table.

Come March, tens of thousands of women will be in Las Vegas to attend HIMSS 2016.

However, despite the progress women have made in the industry, there's still an undercurrent of sexism.

For HIT execs, improving value is the bottom line

In interviews this week with members of FierceHealthIT's Editorial Advisory Board--which is comprised of hospital IT executives and other industry leaders--about their goals and subsequent...

Healthcare IT and the lack of security hygiene

By Aaron Miri We've all been there. It's a bright and muggy day and you've been outside playing kickball with your elementary school friends. Suddenly you notice something particularly...

Congress between a rock and a hard place when it comes to enforcing VA-DoD interoperability

At a recent congressional hearing focusing on electronic health record interoperability--or lack, thereof--between the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) said to officials from both agencies that after nearly two decades of failed efforts to play nicely together, and billions of dollars spent, perhaps it's time to punish noncompliance of federal requests. In theory, that idea makes sense. But it will be difficult to achieve.

Health data interoperability: An urgent matter in need of a more active government

By Mitzi G. Cardenas A level one trauma center in Kansas City, Missouri, Truman Medical Centers (TMC) treats nearly 113,000 individual patients each year. More than 30 percent of our patients have a...

Early Meaningful Use reactions a mixed bag; where do you stand?

The Department of Health and Human Services, at long last, has published its final rule for Meaningful Use, combining the modifications to the incentive program for 2015 through 2017 with Stage 3....

Patient-centric strategy a shift in the right direction for ONC

Listening back to testimony delivered by Intel's Eric Dishman and others last week at a Senate committee hearing on improving consumer access to electronic health records, it's clear that the Office of the National Coordinator's decision to focus more on the patient in its updated federal health IT strategy is the right one.