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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.

 

Recent Headlines

Healthcare industry accounts for 88 percent of all ransomware attacks

In the newly released Security Engineering Research Team (SERT) Quarterly Threat Report for Q2 2016, Solutionary analyzed the rates of ransomware attacks in all industries. Unsurprisingly, the healthcare industry topped the list.

HHS releases guidelines for healthcare facilities facing ransomware attacks

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have released its newest guidelines for healthcare facilities when faced with a ransomware attack in response to insufficient security of data, reports Fedscoop.

CMS finalizes rules allowing sale of claims data to providers, employers

Medicare and private sector claims data will be permitted to be sold or shared to organizations which will use the information to improve care, as long as those recipients follow privacy and security requirements laid out in newly finalized CMS rules.

AT&T strategy chief lays out plans to improve healthcare IT

AT&T’s chief strategy officer announced the company’s plans to improve healthcare technology by opening its sixth innovation center in Houston’s medical district, reports Healthcare Daily.

Zimmer Biomet to acquire LDR to enhance innovation and growth of spine business

Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc., a global provider of musculoskeletal healthcare, and LDR Holding Corporation, a global medical device company, have announced that both boards of directors have approved a definitive agreement under which Zimmer Biomet acquire all the outstanding shares of LDR for $37 per share in cash, a value of approximately $1 billion. 

Going live: ONC unveils website with cost, quality info for health IT products

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology unveiled a website offering more detailed and easier-to-understand information about certified health IT products.

Change Healthcare, SourceMed to partner on billing for outpatient healthcare providers

Change Healthcare, a provider of software and analytics and technology-enabled services, has announced a partnership with SourceMed, a provider of outpatient software solutions and revenue cycle management services for surgery centers.

Digital aide may increase patient control of asthma

A study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice showed the use of a new digital health technology may improve patients’ ability to control asthma symptoms.

CHIME, AEHIS weigh in on FDA's medical device cybersecurity guidance

CHIME and AEHIS believe the solution begins with more cooperation between healthcare organizations and device manufacturers.

19,000 patients at risk after Bizmatic hack

Patient Treatment Centers of America and the Interventional Surgery Institute are notifying over 19,000 patients of a security breach suffered by third party vendor Bizmatics.

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