HITRUST issues alert on operating system vulnerability

An alert has been issued by HITRUST C3 that a vulnerability--Shellshock--has been discovered in UNIX-based operating systems that could put them at risk to being attacked; and the organization is asking that healthcare organizations take steps to safeguard their systems from the threat.

ICD-10 struggles continue to plague providers

Provider progress in transitioning to ICD-10 has been hampered by the most recent delay--enforced via the passage of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act last spring--according to survey results released this week by the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange.

OCR officials mum on HIPAA audit program launch

The healthcare industry should expect to see ramped up enforcement of HIPAA as security breaches of electronic and even paper patient protected health information continue to plague covered entities and business associates, according to Iliana Peters, senior adviser at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights for compliance and enforcement.

Poor interoperability a significant barrier for ACOs

Though designed to improve care by sharing data from various sources, poor interoperability remains a huge barrier to accountable care organizations (ACOs), according to a survey from Premier and the eHealth Initiative.

Public health surveillance core element for DC HIE

An evaluation of the District of Columbia Health Information Exchange (HIE) program found a core value in its use for public health reporting, according to a report published at eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes).

Electronic med packaging that records dosing boosts patient adherence more than similar tools

The use of electronic medication packaging devices that are integrated into the care delivery system and designed to record dosing events are more frequently linked to improved medication adherence than other such devices, according to new research published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Cedars-Sinai CIO: Patient expectations will drive data protection efforts

Healthcare organizations facing new and greater threats to patients' electronic health information need to take more steps to keep that data secure, according to Darren Dworkin, senior vice president of enterprise information systems and CIO of Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles.

New UCSF hospital to focus on patient engagement

At the University of California, San Francisco's soon-to-open Mission Bay Hospital, patient engagement will be one of the main focuses, according to Seth Bokser, medical director of IT at UCSF's Center for Digital Health.

WEDI survey finds little backing for health plan identifier

Health plans and other stakeholders see little value in using a unique health plan identifier (HPID) within electronic transactions, according to a recent survey from The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI).

Initiative between schools, hospital in Maryland brings telemedicine to students

A new initiative between five schools in Howard County, Maryland, and the University of Maryland Children's Hospital in Baltimore will use telemedicine technology to improve care for students.

VanRoekel leaves White House to help USAID counter Ebola with tech

As the global Ebola epidemic continues to grow, the role of technology in quelling the spread of the disease will only increase. To that end, Steve VanRoekel announced recently that he is leaving the White House administration, where he served as the federal chief information officer since 2011, to head up the U.S. Agency for International Development's technology efforts in fighting Ebola.

Dartmouth researchers design bracelet to secure health IT systems

A bracelet designed by Dartmouth University researchers could be a breakthrough when it comes to securing information systems--notably for medical records in healthcare settings.

Digital health funding expected to reach $6.5B by 2017

Funding for digital healthcare startups in the U.S. is expected to double to $6.5 billion by the end of 2017, according to research from Accenture.

3 keys for hospitals to build a successful security program

CIOs and CISOs should be given the right levels of authority and be positioned so they can have the greatest impact when it comes to security matters at a hospital or healthcare system, according to Ed Marx, CIO of Texas Health Resources.

Health analytics market to reach $20.8 billion by 2020

Federal mandates and chronic ailments will be key drivers of growth in the global health analytics market, which is expected to reach $20.8 billion by 2020, according to a report published this month by IQ4I Research & Consultancy.

Fridsma to leave ONC for AMIA

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will lose its third official since July when current Office of the Chief Scientist head Doug Fridsma steps down at the end of October.

Break down cultural barriers to improve information systems process

Improving the information systems provisioning process at Partners Healthcare has been about knocking down walls between teams as much as breaking down silos of information, Scott MacLean, deputy CIO and director of IS operations, writes at

Healthcare organizations, BAs slow to become HIPAA compliant

With the first year of enforcement of the final HIPAA Omnibus rule coming to a close, there has been little to impact because of a lack of interest to become compliant, security consultant Andrew Hicks tells

Governance key to a robust health IT system

When it comes to growth of information technology at healthcare organizations, advanced governance is one of the key pieces to have a robust HIT system--but there are many that lack this element, according to Dick Taylor, managing director and CMO of the advisory services division of MedSys Group.

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