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Hospital hackers exploiting a flaw experts warned about in 2007

Hackers are exploiting flaws on computer servers that the government and security experts red flagged as early as 2007. 

Telemedicine: Indiana law sets prescribing criteria; Mississippi bill dies in Senate committee

Indiana's new telemedicine law, which Gov. Mike Pence signed last month, allows providers to write prescriptions only after first examining the patient in person, reports The National Law Review.

University of Utah Health Care cites strong leadership for myriad IT improvements

The University of Utah Health Care over the past eight years has made many improvements when it comes to IT, from hiring its first chief medical informatics officer to creating grate engagement between the IT team and clinicians.

American Medical Association increases role in health IT

Participation in Carequality illustrates the American Medical Association's increasing role in health IT, AMA Chief Medical Information Officer Michael Hodgkins, M.D., tells Health Data Management.

Study: Quality of urgent care by commercial telehealth providers varies widely

The quality of urgent healthcare varies widely among commercial providers of virtual doctor visits, according to research published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Digital health funding sees record-setting start to 2016

This year is shaping up to be a big one for digital health funding after the sector receieved a record-setting amount for the firstt quarter, according to a StartUp Health report.

Law professor: Ransomware hitting 'critical mass;' healthcare orgs must prepare

From coast to coast, U.S. hospitals are falling victim to ransomware, with some coming away unscathed and others ultimately paying the price requested. This type of attack will not slow down anytime soon, law professor Shaun Jamison, J.D., Ph.D., tells FierceHealthIT, and as the problem hits critical mass, organizations must be prepared.

Health IT Now, others call for use of common data standards in PMI research

Health IT Now and seven other organizations call for common data standards for Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) research and for the National Institutes of Health to "define an enterprise-wide approach to data sharing" within the PMI as part of the recently introduced Advancing Precision Medicine Act of 2016, in a recent letter to Senate health committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and committee ranking member Patty Murray (D-Wash.).

States continue push to regulate telemedicine

Legislatures in West Virginia, Missouri and Washington state continue to work to help regulation catch up with telemedicine.

Memorial Sloan Kettering goes high-tech with new surgery center

A surgery center opened this year by New York City's Memorial Sloan Kettering Center relies on technology and innovation to help out patient cancer surgery patients.

Why providers should gather details on patients' data sharing preferences

Gathering details on patient preferences when it comes to their personal data is the first step providers must take to ensuring they build "the relationship needed to support lifelong data use and sharing," Carolyn Peterson, senior regulatory specialist at Mayo Clinic, writes in a viewpoint at eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes).

Department of Homeland Security singles out hospitals in ransomware alert

The Department of Homeland Security is taking action in the wake of myriad recent cyberattacks against hospitals, issuing a ransomware alert to provide more information about the attack type.

3 HIT factors that help improve hospital productivity, patient care

Three factors in health IT can boost hospital employee productivity, which in turn can improve patient care, according to research from the University of Missouri School of Medicine.

Doctor: To ensure accuracy, motivate patients to read medical records

When it comes to gaining a complete view of a patient's health, story gathering and storytelling is key, according to Dhruv Khullar, M.D., and one way to facilitate that is by letting patients read their medical records.

Boston Children's CIO focused on building culture of innovation

As chief innovation officer of Boston Children's Hospital, John Brownstein is building partnerships with health IT companies, as well as working internally to usher in greater innovation in the healthcare space.

21st Century Oncology breach prompts bevy of class-action lawsuits

Cancer center chain 21st Century Oncology faces at least seven class-action lawsuits related to a cyberattack that compromised the data of 2.2 million people.

CMS guidance clarifies fed matching rates for state Medicaid IT systems

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released guidance on federal matching rates for activities related to state Medicaid IT systems.

Elements of MedStar Health attack mirror ransomware warned about by FBI

The attack paralyzing MedStar Health's computer systems is the result of ransomware, both the Baltimore Sun and CBS Baltimore are reporting.

CHIME teams with Canadian Health Informatics Association

The United States and Canada are teaming up on health informatics and the development of leadership exchange, best practices and more.

HHS cybersecurity task force focus will extend beyond individual 'backyards'

The Department of Health and Human Services' cybersecurity task force will take a higher-level view of healthcare security, drawing on the input of a range of stakeholders, according to one of its members, David Finn, a former healthcare CIO who's now health IT officer at security vendor Symantec.