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Computer bug 'Heartbleed' likely source of Community Health Systems data breach

Hackers likely used the computer bug Heartbleed to gain access to the data of about 4.5 million patients at Community Health Systems--and the FBI is warning other hospitals they could be at risk, too, Reuters reports.

How to cut time spent on queries as ICD-10 approaches

The official compliance date for ICD-10 is a little more than a year away and as healthcare organizations work toward implementation they have many concerns--especially the toll it will take on costs and productivity.

Mac McMillan: Health IT security compliance does not equal safety

FierceHealthIT recently spoke with Mac McMillan, chair of the HIMSS Privacy & Security Policy Task Force and CEO of IT security consulting firm CynergisTek, about the current state of healthcare security. In part 1 of this two-part interview, McMillan discusses what he thinks hospital CIOs need to focus on.

How Mass General uses predictive analytics to bolster patient care

The use of predictive analytics has helped to improve the efficiency of care delivered by providers at Massachusetts General Hospital. In particular, a search-engine tool developed in 2007 known as the Queriable Patient Interface Dossier (QPID) has been key to those efforts.

Judge upholds ban on telemedicine abortions

A ban on the practice of telemedicine abortions in Iowa, approved by the state's board of medicine last summer, has been upheld by a district judge.

Using the Facebook model to spur HIE adoption

Health information exchanges are like Facebook for doctors, according to a Brookings article: They want to be where their friends are.

Emotional, behavioral intelligence key to hospital CIO success

When it comes to leading a healthcare organization, success lies in the "ability to demonstrate emotional and behavioral intelligence," says David Miller, CIO at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

FDA's latest API focuses on medical device adverse events

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released an Application Programming Interface to make data on medical device adverse events more accessible to the public.

The tall task of patient engagement

Government leaders, healthcare providers and patient advocates alike have made it clear that engaging patients in their own care will continue to a top priority in the health industry going forward, particularly as payment models shift to reward improved outcomes over volume. Not everyone in the health industry, however, believes that more engagement equals better results.

Net neutrality and healthcare: Providers must take a stand

Healthcare needs leaders in the network neutrality debate who can bridge the needs of clinical practice and technology to ensure the Internet continues to serve the public good, according to a blog post at Health Affairs.

How providers use telemedicine to expand care delivery

For people who live in rural areas, getting needed access to healthcare can be a hassle, but facilities across the U.S. and Canada are using telemedicine to solve that problem.

Data to be withheld from Open Payments database at launch

About a third of data won't be published when the Open Payments database, meant to disclose potential conflicts of interest among doctors, first launches to the public.

Why 'prevention security' isn't enough in healthcare

Data security is one of the healthcare industry's biggest obstacles, and the key to addressing that is understanding and identifying areas of risk, says Blair Smith, Ph.D., dean of Informatics-Management-Technology at American Sentinel University.

LabMD alleges 'secretive relationship' between FTC, security firm

Atlanta-based cancer screening laboratory LabMD is calling on a Federal Trade Commission administrative judge to sanction FTC for an alleged "secretive relationship" with Tiversa, a peer-to-peer intelligence and security services firm.

Survey: Healthcare lagging in information governance

Healthcare organizations must improve their information governance (IG) practices, which are an "undeniable imperative," according to an American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) white paper.

CIO Edward Marx: Data security is every employee's responsibility

When it comes to security at Texas Health Resources, a 25-hospital organization, CIO Ed Marx says it is every employee's responsibility.

Connect technology to patients' daily lives to boost engagement

Just as technology vendors have learned the importance of integrating systems such as computerized physician order entry into healthcare employees' workflow, new research advocates similar attention to patients' needs in gaining--and maintaining--their engagement in self-care technology.

Community Health Systems hack compromises info for 4.5 million patients

Personal information for about 4.5 million patients of Franklin, Tennessee-based Community Health Systems--which operates 206 hospitals in 29 states--was compromised likely in April and June when hackers gained access to its computer network.

Providers, vendors share interoperability concerns, solution ideas

Provider and vendor representatives discussed looming healthcare interoperability issues at Friday's meeting of the governance subgroup for the Health IT Policy Committee's Interoperability and Health Information Exchange Workgroup.

Health groups continue to call for better interoperability, data transparency

In additional comments to Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on healthcare data transparency, the West Health Institute and the Pacific Business Group of Health (PBGH) also have also composed letters to the two officials.