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A Wisconsin district court judge has dismissed the $16 million lawsuit filed by Fond du Lac, Wisconsin-based Agnesian Healthcare against health IT giant Cerner, leaving the door open to the dispute being settled through arbitration in Cerner's home state of Missouri.

A survey of senior information technology and security professionals in healthcare found the most likely source of a data breach to be email—which the vast majority of respondents admitted to using frequently to transfer protected health information and consider critical to their organization.

The protected health information of 18,470 patients at Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) may have compromised by a data breach the system first discovered in October.

Optum, the consulting and services arm of health insurance giant UnitedHealth Group, announced at the launch of a $250 million venture capital fund investing in data analytics and digital health firms.

David Shulkin, MD, secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, asked a House committee to redirect $782 million of his agency’s budget to begin the switch from the VA’s legacy electronic health record system to a new Cerner platform.

 

Recent Headlines

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?

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.

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