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8/17/2017

Many companies have had difficulties with cybersecurity because they have under-resourced the problem and aren't sure how to handle it properly, says Centurylink Chief Security Officer Dave Mahon. Companies must map IT assets against corporate strategies, including business objectives, as a first step to protecting against cyberthreats, Mahon says.

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8/17/2017

More than 800 ICD-10 code changes that were approved by the CMS and the CDC for fiscal 2017 will be implemented Oct. 1, according to a blog written by Jerris Heaton, marketing coordinator at ChartLogic. These code changes, which include 123 deleted codes, 273 revised codes and 419 added codes, will be in effect through the end of September 2018, according to Heaton.

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CDC, CMS
8/17/2017

C-suite executives from health care provider organizations cited disaster preparedness as the main reason for moving resources onto cloud platforms, according to an HIMSS Analytics survey. Respondents also mentioned disaster recovery, improved security and cost savings as factors that prompted them to migrate into a cloud environment.

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8/17/2017

CNBC reported that Aetna and Apple held private discussions with hospital chief medical information officers from across the US last week about providing free or discounted Apple Watches to Aetna insurance plan members to boost their diet tracking and encourage healthier lifestyles. The Apple Watch is currently available to 50,000 Aetna employees as part of the insurer's corporate wellness program.

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Apple, Aetna, Aetna
8/17/2017

A new guidance on strengthening passwords published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology suggests hospital IT personnel allow users to include space characters in their passwords and enable them to choose passwords that are as long as they want, making it easier for them to remember. NIST also recommends creating a blacklist of passwords that employees are prohibited to use, including any that have already been breached, dictionary words or those that are too obvious.

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8/17/2017

A Chilmark Research report that evaluated the top health IT companies named Cerner the best for its health data analytics-based EHR capabilities and gave Epic the highest marks for market execution, while eClinicalWorks received the lowest ranking in all areas. Researchers also analyzed the relationship between EHRs and health data analytics in the value-based care environment and found that because these companies are familiar with the CMS and private accountable care organizations, they act as an authority and help guide providers on EHR data analytics.

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EHR Intelligence
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Cerner, eClinicalWorks
8/17/2017

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin found a 6% increase in office visits among providers that have adopted electronic visit programs because many doctors feel the need to see telemedicine patients in person, causing them to spend an additional 45 minutes on those visits. The study, based on health care encounters between 90 providers and more than 140,000 patients over five years, said e-visit programs also reduced the number of new patients seen by providers each month by 15% and did not contribute any "observable improvement in patient health" between users and nonusers.

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University of Wisconsin
8/17/2017

The Hill has been a busy place this summer, with many potential public policy changes that could affect your hospital or health system's IT programs. CHIME's public policy team updated the CHIME Policy Playbook to keep you informed and help you get involved. The document outlines CHIME's policy priorities and details how members can engage with Congress and key federal agencies. CHIME's D.C. team, Leslie Krigstein and Mari Savickis, is ready to assist if you want to become more active in public policy and advocacy.

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chimecentral.org
8/17/2017

The CHIME17 Fall CIO Forum will bring together more than 800 health IT executives from around the globe to discuss current issues and solutions in health care IT and tap into the latest training and tools in the industry. Don't miss keynote speakers Abraham Verghese and Don Tapscott at the Oct. 31-Nov. 1 event in San Antonio, Texas. Other presentations include patient identification, cybersecurity, data analytics, clinical workflow, public policy and cutting-edge innovations that are transforming health care.

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8/17/2017

Companies manufacturing pharmaceuticals are often vulnerable sources of liability exposure, with ever increasingly complex risk profiles. James Walters, Managing Director, Life Sciences and Chemical Group at Aon Risk Solutions, cited the ongoing litigation over low testosterone medications. There is pending multidistrict litigation against several pharmaceutical manufacturers that allege testosterone replacement therapy can cause cardiovascular injuries. Read more.

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