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Reducing funding to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) from $60 million to $38 million, as the Trump administration has proposed, may hamper advancements in interoperability and the goals of 21st Century Cures Act, according to several leading health IT groups.

When it comes to tracking calories, wearables like Apple Watch and Fitbit often provide very inaccurate information, according to Stanford University researchers.

The worldwide ransomware attack using software known as “WannaCry” temporarily disrupted computers at the United Kingdom’s National Health Service, while U.S. healthcare organizations were largely spared, but CIOs and CISOs can still use this incident as a learning opportunity. 

The May 12 cyberattack that hit the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS), FedEx and other companies around the globe could have been limited if computers had been regularly applying security patches. John Christly, chief information security officer (CISO) at Netsurion and EventTracker, spoke to HealthExec about what made this ransomware attack unique and how healthcare CISOs can point to it to get others in the C-suite to prioritize cybersecurity.

NYC Health + Hospitals, the operator of public hospitals and clinic in New York, announced it will “implement new, advanced revenue cycle technology” from Epic at a cost of $289 million over the next five years.

 

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Automated calls to patients produce uneven results

Using automated calling services to help patients manage their own health can produce some benefits, according to a review by Cochrane, but it doesn’t appear to be a replacement for follow-up calls between healthcare professionals and patients. 

RSNA 2016: How a guest wi-fi network creates security vulnerability

What if hackers of health systems’ computer networks weren’t looking to make money off ransomware attacks or identity theft, but they were instead aiming to harm patients? They might be to pull it off, according to one cybersecurity expert, if facilities fail to separate their networks.

CMS releases API to smooth transition to MACRA reporting

Developers now have an application program interface (API) tool to help write software for the quality measures practices will need to use as part of the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

Using social data to help value-based care begins with ICD-10 codes

The transition to value-based care may require making it simpler for information on social determinants of health to be pulled from electronic health records.

Mobile data security guidelines on agenda at AMA meeting

The interim meeting of the American Medical Association in Orlando will consider several recommendations aimed at strengthening data security of mobile health applications and devices.

CIOs expecting IT spending to grow in 2017

Chief information officers (CIOs) in healthcare said they’re more likely than IT professionals in other industries to increase their budgets in 2017, according to a new Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO survey.

Mind games: Real physicians more accurate than symptom checker apps

Patients relying on symptom checker apps and websites aren’t getting as accurate of a diagnosis as they would by visiting a real physician, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Oracle reaches $100 million settlement with Oregon over failed exchange site

The state of Oregon paid $240 million for software giant Oracle to create the state’s Cover Oregon insurance exchange site, but the company will settle several lawsuits related to the site’s failure for just $100 million.

Health IT firm develops system to track, share info on hackers

Ransomware has developed into a growing infection for the medical industry, except that healthcare providers can’t treat these problems so easily. In an effort to fight data-stealing hackers, MedCrypt has recently raised $750,000 to develop new means of protection.

What sectors of the market are embracing telehealth?

Telehealth has the ability to bring patients and doctors who are miles apart face-to-face through the use of technology, but exactly what kind of facilities actually take advantage of the advancements of telehealth?

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