A ransomware attack against Pacific Alliance Medical Center in Los Angeles prompted officials to shut down the hospital's computer systems to prevent the virus from spreading. Hospital officials said the virus encrypted files and compromised servers containing patient data, and while there was no evidence of stolen data, the possibility that data were viewed or stolen could not be ruled out.
Chicago-based specialty investment bank Ziegler surveyed 143 chief financial officers and financial professionals at senior living providers across the US and found that 35.4% who have implemented EMR/EHR platforms within their organizations use MatrixCareAOD/SigmaCare, while 29.9% use PointClickCare and 15.7% use Netsmart/HealthMEDX. The poll showed that almost 90% of respondents use EMR/EHR platforms.
Researchers analyzed data from the Cancer Genome Atlas to map dependencies between some 500 tumor alterations and create a framework to predict co-occurrences of alterations and their expected response to more than 200 cancer drugs. The cancer evolution study in the journal Cancer Cell shows some co-occurrences between alterations could confer tumor cell resistance against some drugs, while making them sensitive to others.
Hospitals and medical practices could improve the exchange of health information by using HL7's Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources standard in combination with the Direct protocol, according to a DirectTrust report coauthored by FHIR architect Grahame Grieve of HL7, DirectTrust CEO Dr. David Kibbe and members of the DirectTrust Policy Committee. "No single standard ... can do everything that is needed by providers and patients wanting to securely share and exchange health information using various tools and technologies," Kibbe said.
Health care executives who are believed to be most qualified to navigate toward value-based care -- such as chief strategy officers, top clinical research executives, top facilities executives and chief operating officers -- received the highest pay hikes from 2016 to 2017, according to Modern Healthcare's 37th annual Executive Compensation Survey. The poll also showed lower year-over-year median total compensation only among top medical informatics executives and chief technology officers at health systems and CEOs at independent hospitals.
Metronome Software will use a grant worth $749,930 from the Department of Homeland Security's Small Business Innovation Research program to develop a security overlay to enhance the cybersecurity of mobile device-based sensor networks used by first responders. "The security enhancements developed through this project will be designed to ensure the system can be accessed and used only by approved devices and operators," said William Bryan, the department's acting undersecretary for science and technology.
A Park Associates report said 60% of US broadband households expressed interest in remote care options online or via telephone. In addition, nearly 50% of respondents said they were interested in remote follow-up care as well as virtual care for ongoing chronic health condition treatment, the report said.
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The HHS Office for Civil Rights' "wall of shame" has received a total of 2,018 reports of health care data breaches affecting 500 or more individuals since 2009. The agency is currently investigating 349 breaches reported in the past two years, with 145 involving hacking/IT incidents, 125 unauthorized access/disclosure and 71 stolen or lost computing devices that were unencrypted.
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