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Community Data Sharing: Eight Recommendations From San Diego

December 12th, 2017 by David Raths

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A learning guide focuses on San Diego’s experience in building a community health information exchange and the realities of embarking on a broad community collaboration to achieve better data sharing.

HealthlinkNY’s Galanis to Step Down as CEO

December 12th, 2017 by Rajiv Leventhal

Rajiv LeventhalChristina Galanis, who has served as president and CEO of HealthlinkNY for the past 13 years, will leave her position at the end of the year.

Future Proofing: Take Your Cybersecurity Confidence to the Next Level

December 12th, 2017 by jfinison

A HIMSS Analytics survey, Future Proofing Healthcare: Cybersecurity, October 2017, revealed that many of the more than 100 respondents from healthcare provider organizations are not confident in their cybersecurity strategies in the areas of, IT securi…

Market Profile: San Diego’s Leaders Manage Parallel Trajectories When It Comes to Population Health

December 12th, 2017 by Mark Hagland

Mark HaglandSan Diego is one of the more advanced metro healthcare markets, with a long history of risk-based contracting; yet providers must manage both risk-based and FFS contracting, in parallel environments, to be successful

Healthcare Phishing, Computer Viruses Top Cyber Attack Methods

December 12th, 2017 by HealthITSecurity

Healthcare organizations should consider increasing their cybersecurity measures as 83 percent of physicians report they have experienced a cybersecurity attack, according to research from Accenture and the American Medical Association… read more

Helping Healthcare Organizations Discover, Control, and Secure Connected Devices

December 12th, 2017 by aulm

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Internet of Things (IoT) is vastly changing the way that healthcare organizations look at security. The IoT healthcare landscape is comprised of multitudes of devices connected to healthcare networks, being accessed by thousands of patients, employees, clinicians, and contractors. 

When tackling device security, you first need complete discovery of your infrastructure – physical and virtual, managed and unmanaged. Then you need to classify all devices, determine their security posture and continuously monitor them, which is no small task. Join us to find out how the largest integrated healthcare delivery organization and the largest federal government healthcare agency are accomplishing this.

During this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • How to gain real-time visibility and inventory of every device connected to your healthcare networks
  • How to automate enterprise-wide endpoint discovery, classification and remediation
  • How to streamline asset inventory and reporting for device management and regulatory compliance
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Internet of Things (IoT) is vastly changing the way that healthcare organizations look at security. The IoT healthcare landscape is comprised of multitudes of devices connected to healthcare networks, being accessed by thousands of patients, employees, clinicians, and contractors.

When tackling device security, you first need complete discovery of your infrastructure – physical and virtual, managed and unmanaged. Then you need to classify all devices, determine their security posture and continuously monitor them, which is no small task. Join us to find out how the largest integrated healthcare delivery organization and the largest federal government healthcare agency are accomplishing this.

During this webinar, you’ll learn:

How to gain real-time visibility and inventory of every device connected to your healthcare networks
How to automate enterprise-wide endpoint discovery, classification and remediation
How to streamline asset inventory and reporting for device management and regulatory compliance

85% of physician practices weathered cyberattacks, disrupting care, risking safety

December 12th, 2017 by walmeida

Hospital IT and security executives should know that hackers are by no means finished with slicing and dicing healthcare. Ransomware strains such as WannaCry, Petya and NotPetya were only shots across the bow — there are sure to be many more such cyberattacks to come.

If hospitals have become used to this new reality, the healthcare industry may need to start paying more attention to protecting physician group practices. A colossal 83 percent of U.S. physicians have suffered some form of cybersecurity attack, according to new research from Accenture and the American Medical Association.

[Also: 2018 is primed for blockchain, big data and cloud computing advancements, all with a better security plan]

Fifty-five percent of the 1,300 physicians surveyed said they were very or extremely concerned about future cyberattacks against their practice. Further, 74 percent of physicians were most concerned that future attacks could interrupt their clinical practices and the same percentage worried about the compromise of patient records. Fifty-three percent worried cyberattacks’ impact on patient safety.

The most common type of attack against physician practices is phishing, cited by 55 percent of those who experienced an attack. Phishing is followed by viruses at 48 percent. Physicians from medium and large practices are twice as likely as those in small practices to suffer these types of attacks, the survey found.

Sixty-four percent of all physicians who suffered a cyberattack experienced up to four hours of downtime before they resumed operations, and 29 percent of physicians in medium-sized practices that suffered a cyberattack said they experienced nearly a full day of downtime, the survey said.

In this era of non-stop cyberattacks on healthcare organizations, 85 percent of physicians believe it is very or extremely important to share personal health data outside of their health system – they just want to do it safely, the Accenture/AMA survey found.

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Why cybersecurity is top of mind for forward-looking healthcare orgs.

Two-thirds believe that greater access to patient data both inside (67 percent) and outside (65 percent) their health system would help them provide quality patient care more efficiently. However, the vast majority (83 percent) of physicians said that HIPAA compliance alone is insufficient and that a more holistic approach to assessing and prioritizing risks is needed, the survey found.

“The important role of information sharing within clinical care makes healthcare a uniquely attractive target for cyber criminals through computer viruses and phishing scams that, if successful, can threaten care delivery and patient safety,” said AMA President David Barbe, MD, in a statement. “More support from the government, technology and medical sectors would help physicians with a proactive cybersecurity defense to better ensure the availability, confidentiality and integrity of healthcare data.”

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The Many Layers of Healthcare’s EHR Gender Identity Problem

December 12th, 2017 by Rajiv Leventhal

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As healthcare providers have shifted from paper records to EHRs over the years, one ongoing challenge has been meeting the needs of transgender patients—specifically being able to properly record their gender identity.

AHA calls for more oversight of medical device cybersecurity as FDA outlines plans to modernize approvals

December 12th, 2017 by Evan Sweeney

Replying to a request for information, the AHA called on the FDA to improve its oversight of medical device cybersecurity, noting that the industry has yet to resolve concerns associated with legacy devices. Meanwhile, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, …

Email-Related Cyber Attacks a Top Concern for Providers

December 12th, 2017 by Rajiv Leventhal

Rajiv LeventhalU.S. healthcare providers overwhelmingly rank email as the top source of a potential data breach, according to new research from email and data security company Mimecast and conducted by HIMSS Analytics.