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Health organizations team up to thwart cyberattacks

Hospitals and medical schools across the U.S. are teaming up in their quest to thwart cyberattacks.

Docs in Brazil turn to telehealth to treat Zika cases

The challenge of Zika in Brazil is a complicated one: the country is large, infrastructure is poor and many people who need care live far from the specialists who can help them. But doctors are turning to health IT to meet those challenges head on. 

IT security education: A must for hospital board members

Education is important in order for hospital board members to make the best cybersecurity decisions, according to Gerard Nussbaum, director of technology at consulting firm Kurt Salmon.

Einstein Healthcare Network website leaves patient info accessible on Internet

A website databased containing information for patients at Einstein Healthcare Network had been left accessible on the Internet, the Pennsylvania health system announced last week.

Focused ultrasound gets attention in cancer moonshot initiative

Focused ultrasound, a rarely used technology to treat uterine fibroids, prostate cancer and other medical problems, may soon have a larger role to play in healthcare.

Technology plays part in diabetes care, prevention

Prevention and treatment of diabtetes is growing in importance in the healthcare community, and according to panelists at an event late last week, technology may have a big role to play in helping in the effort.

Penn Medicine to share predictive analytics with state

Based on Penn Medicine's predictive "Penn Signals" platform, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has given it a four-year, $5 million grant to develop and test algorithms that predict adverse health events in real time in the hospital, the home, and the community.

Poll: Most hospitals have been targets of ransomware attacks

A majority of hospitals in the U.S. have been the target of a ransomware attack or could potentially become a victim, according to a poll by Healthcare IT News and HIMSS Analytics.

Health IT Now: Health regulatory framework must be more 'trusting of IT'

Patients would benefit from a health regulatory framework that is less rigid and more "trusting of IT," according to a new white paper published this week by Health IT Now, in conjunction with health analytics firm Apervita.

New York health system sees few issues with e-prescribing efforts

One health system in the upper reaches of New York State is seeing very few issues with its e-prescribing efforts, even as some providers continue to struggle despite a March 27 deadline to have such services available.

Planning board makes recommendations for medical device evaluation system

A new paper from the planning board for a national medical device evaluation system describes how the nation can implement a coordinated network to gather evidence on the safety and effectiveness of medical devices.

Henry Ford shifts engineering department into IT to improve IoT security

Henry Ford Health System is taking major steps to shore up security of Internet of Things devices, including closely looking at how its departments are positioned.

Hospitals, informatics professionals: Proposed updates to 42 CFR Part 2 don't go far enough

Both the American Hospital Association and the American Medical Informatics Association, weighing in on a February proposal by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to revise 42 CFR Part 2, say the rule does not do enough to remove current barriers impeding the exchange of substance use disorder information between providers.

FDA releases notice on adverse events tied to med devices worn during CT scans

Medical devices and wearables worn by patients during CT scans may cause adverse events, according to a safety notices from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Digital prescription systems miss potential drug errors

While dangerous drug errors are down significantly for hospitals that use digital medication orders, more than 10 percent of potentially fatal mistakes still slip through the cracks, according to a new report from the Leapfrog Group.

Karen DeSalvo: Tech can improve patients' access to health data

Changing the business model for healthcare requires changing the information model, National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo told The Wall Street Journal in an interview.

OCR releases protocol for phase 2 of HIPAA audits

A new HIPAA audit protocol has been posted by the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights, reflecting the Omnibus Final Rule.

MedStar: JBoss updates 'not contributing factors' to cyberattack

An AP report that hackers placed ransomware on MedStar Health's corporate network by exploiting a known server flaw are incorrect, according to the organization. 

Varying data-access policies may pose barriers to researchers

Access policies for government-funded data sets vary widely and may pose indirect barriers to researchers trying to effectively use the data, according a study published at eGEMS (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes).

Doc: Telehealth could be a boon for primary care

Telehealth is a good solution for off-hours primary care, writes Lan Nguyen, M.D., a primary care physician practicing in Olympia, Washington.