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12/15/2017

More than 90% of cybersecurity professionals in the US and Japan responding to a Webroot survey said they are concerned by the threat of hackers using artificial intelligence in cyberattacks, and 87% of respondents in the US said AI is a component of their cybersecurity strategy. Nearly all respondents said AI has the potential to improve cybersecurity within their organization, and 97% said their organization's budget for AI and machine learning tools will expand in the next three years.

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12/15/2017

A 31-year-old man with inherited hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is helping researchers test an implantable, Bluetooth-enabled heart monitor to determine whether he needs to have a defibrillator implanted. The paper-clip-size monitor implanted under the skin in the chest communicates with a smartphone app that sends cardiovascular data to the patient's doctor.

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12/15/2017

A baby harp seal stuffed toy enabled with robotics and artificial intelligence seemed to improve social interaction and engagement in people with early- to mid-stage dementia, compared with a nonrobotic plush toy, researchers reported in The Gerontologist. The robotic toy has 12 sensors embedded in its fur and whiskers, moves its tail and paws and responds to touch, and patients engaged with and talked to it as if it were a pet, study leader Wendy Moyle said.

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12/15/2017

Open enrollment in the federal health insurance marketplace ends tonight in most states, but enrollment has been extended in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island, Washington state and Washington, D.C., which have their own marketplaces. Though premiums are generally higher for 2018 than they were for this year's plans, subsidies have also risen, and consumers who shop can find price breaks.

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12/14/2017

The Immunization Integration Program, an alternative testing and recognition program for EHRs developed by HIMSS, Chickasaw Health Consulting and ICSA Labs with support from the CDC, aims to integrate vaccination data with patients' EHRs to help reduce the administrative burden associated with charting immunizations. Collaborators hope the program will improve vaccine coverage and compliance and clinical practice related to immunizations, according to Joyce Sensmeier, vice president of informatics at HIMSS.

12/14/2017

The World Privacy Forum's "The Geography of Medical Identity Theft" report showed that the high number of medical identity theft complaints in states such as California, Texas, Florida and New York could be due to higher populations there. The report also found trends of aggressive debt collection and a regional medical identity theft hotspot including a number of Southeastern states.

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12/14/2017

The teamplay Cardio dashboard application was unveiled by Siemens Healthineers within the Digital Ecosystem platform. The application provides insight into the cardiology department's resources, performance and status by analyzing data from non-DICOM and DICOM sources.

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12/14/2017

An undisclosed number of individuals were affected by a ransomware attack against the National Capital Poison Center in Washington, D.C., in October. An investigation found that an unauthorized third party accessed the center's database server, which contained caller names, names of those possibly exposed to a poisonous substance, information on exposures, medical record numbers, recommendations given to the caller and other information.

12/14/2017

An unauthorized user accessed the personal information of 47,000 clients of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, including names, dates of birth, addresses and Social Security numbers. Officials did not find evidence that any data was downloaded from the computer server at Carl Albert State College in Poteau, Okla., where a computer that had been used in a state assessment was accessed in April 2016.

12/14/2017

The Department of Defense named Essye Miller as its acting CIO, replacing John Zangardi, who was tapped as CIO at the Department of Homeland Security in October. Miller will also continue serving as the agency's deputy CIO for cybersecurity.

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Federal News Radio