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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: Addressing gender gaps in wages and access to management, C-suite roles

LAS VEGAS-- Although gender disparity is a problem across all industries, the gaps seem especially pronounced in the health IT field. But the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society says it will work to level the playing field for women when it comes to wages and access to upper management and executive positions. 

HIMSS16 leadership survey: Clinicians have a positive influence on organizations' IT attitudes

LAS VEGAS-- Adding a doctor or nurse to the IT leadership team changes how a healthcare organization views its technology efforts. That's one takeaway from the 27th annual HIMSS leadership survey, released today at its annual meeting in Las Vegas.

CHIME, HIMSS, Cerner, Allscripts among health IT orgs jumping into precision medicine

A summit held on President Barack Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative on Thursday covered myriad aspects of the project, including a partnership between the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and OpenNotes, as well as many health IT vendors announcing their support for the initiative.

HIMSS16: Connected health track offers diverse array of sessions, events

Tales from two Los Angeles healthcare organizations--one a technology-rich start-up hospital with an eye on community health, the other a venerable academic medical center doing research on cloud analytics and machine learning--illustrate the diversity of topics that will be covered in the connected health track at HIMSS 2016.  

HIMSS, CHIME praise NIST cybersecurity framework, but highlight areas for improvement

Comments are trickling in for the request for information proposed in December by the National Institute of Standards and Technology focusing on use of its cybersecurity framework, with organizations both praising the updates to the framework and offering suggestions on how to make it even stronger.

Survey: Health informatics professionals confident in state of the industry

A majority of health informatics professionals responding to a recently published survey say they are confident in the stability of the field and their individual careers.

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.

Loss of life, liability top cybersecurity fears for health IT leaders

Losing patients due to malicious actors gaining access to systems or hacking medical devices is the top fear for healthcare leaders when it comes to cybersecurity, according to the results of a new survey.

HIMSS' survey of EHR value seems a bit misleading

I've lamented before about the sometimes self serving, misleading or simply unhelpful studies that have been propagated about electronic health records. But these beauties keep on appearing. The latest one is from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), which released a survey this week about how EHRs are proving their worth.