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Why an Indiana hospital chose to pay its ransomware attackers

When a ransomware attack hit Greenfield, Indiana-based Hancock Health Jan. 11, the hospital decided to pay the hackers to regain access to their files—which federal investigators have urged targets of these attacks not to do. Hancock president and CEO Steve Long, however, said it was the right decision because backup files had been compromised.

Blockchain named most overhyped IT trend by CIOs

While applications of blockchain technology for healthcare have become a hot topic among health IT professionals, especially at conferences, a survey of chief information officers (CIOs) said they believe it’s the most overhyped trend in the field in terms of making an impact within the next two years.

Fairview CEO: Epic 'one of the biggest impediments to innovation' in healthcare

James Hereford, president CEO of Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services had some harsh words for electronic health records giant Epic, calling for his fellow healthcare executives to band together to counter Epic’s clout in the industry.

AI funding topped $1B in 2017 among digital health companies

Private equity and venture capital raised nearly $7.2 billion globally in digital health in 2017, led by $1.1 billion in funding for artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics, according to Mercom Capital Group.

Randy McCleese named CHIME-HIMSS CIO of the Year

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) have chosen Randy McCleese, MSIS, MBA, former CHIME board chair and chief information officer at Methodist Hospital in Henderson, Ky., as the recipient of the 2017 John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year award.

Cerner names Brent Shafer of Philips North America as new CEO

Brent Shafer, new CEO and chairman of Cerner, has served as CEO of Philips North America since Feb. 2014 after previously holding the title of CEO for the company’s global home healthcare business between 2010 and 2014.

Allscripts buys Practice Fusion for $100M

Once expected to be valued at $1.5 billion, cloud-based electronic health records vendor Practice Fusion will be acquired by larger EHR provider Allscripts for $100 million in cash.

10 future jobs in healthcare

Managing a hospital without any beds and advising customers on what kind of health insurance plans fits their needs will be tasks assigned to new jobs in healthcare, according to Frost & Sullivan partner Reenita Das.

FDA chief: ‘Pleased to see’ interest from big tech in healthcare

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, isn’t surprised tech giants like Apple and Google seem to be jumping into the healthcare space. He’s only surprised it took them so long to do so.

CMS: Secure texting OK, but not for patient orders

In response to a report that CMS had banned all text messaging between members of a healthcare team, even on secure platforms, the agency reaffirmed its stance that secure texting of patient information is allowed.

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