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Sutter Health to assist small hospitals by Using virtual PCs

Sutter Health to assist small hospitals by Using virtual PCs
Sutter Health is in the initial stages of providing smaller hospitals a virtual personal computer infrastructure that will enabling an agency’s users to move from one machine to another throughout a facility, or access data from a mobile device of their choice, like a tablet. The program, likely to be named Healthcare Workspace, is envisioned to make information more secure...

Tewksbury Hospital in Massachusetts terminates worker after long-term snooping

Tewksbury Hospital in Massachusetts terminates worker after long-term snooping
A worker at Tewksbury Hospital in Massachusetts was discovered to be occasionally snooping in sufferers’ electronic medical records without clinical justification. The inappropriate access of medical records occurred from the year of 2003 until it was discovered this past spring. Now, the facility—one of four hospitals in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health serving complex chronically ill adult sufferers and...

Information Technology confidence, spending up across various industries

Information Technology confidence, spending up across various industries
Improvements and stability in business information technology confidence across a range of industries involving healthcare, will drive stronger IT spending growth this year, in accordance to a new study by International Data Corp. Professional services firms, involving cloud service providers, will increase their information technology confidence spending by 6% in the year of 2017, while IT budgets in the financial...

Survey: Physicians are not ready for Quality Payment Program

Survey: Physicians are not ready for Quality Payment Program
A recent survey of 1,000 physicians discovered that most respondents aren’t ready for the Quality Payment Program (QPP). The survey, conducted by the American Medical Association and KPMG, indicates that respondents give mixed views on their comfort level with the program, the proposed rules of which were recently issued for review by the industry. Physicians this year are measuring and reporting...

Hacking of Medical devices increasing as a next huge threat

Hacking of Medical devices increasing as a next huge threat
Medical devices, involving those that are implanted within patients, are increasingly likely to be targeted by hackers and could pose a nightmare scenario if providers do not take measures to improve their defenses. “The issue with security is that hackers always follow the path of least resistance,” claims Sam Rehman, the chief technology officer at security vendor Arxan, which serves...

Seven Regional HIEs complete data exchange contracts

Seven Regional HIEs complete data exchange contracts
Seven regional HIEs or health information exchanges in the upper Midwest are increasing the number of patient records they are sharing through a collaborative that spans 5 states. Since last fall, the HIEs have been working to complete technical connections, as well as settling on suitable legal agreements to permit data exchange, executives claim. Additionally, the participating agencies are working to...

The use of electronic health records interrupts the doctor-patient connection

The use of electronic health records interrupts the doctor-patient connection
The utilization of electronic health records during the patient encounters has the potential to negatively affect the doctor-patient connection, in accordance with a study that used a qualitative analysis of comments from hospital- and office-based physicians. Researchers at the institute of Brown University and Healthcentric Advisors conducted the analysis of comments, which were submitted in response to a Rhode Island...

CHIME provides new certification program for industry executives

CHIME provides new certification program for industry executives
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is launching a new certification program that seeks to appreciate the expertise of executives who work for companies that give products or services to the healthcare industry. The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based professional organization has initiated the CHIME Foundation Certified Healthcare Executive program (CFCHE) for information technology experts who are not CIOs, but...

A Creative Tool assists cystic fibrosis patients to actively engage in their own care

A Creative Tool assists cystic fibrosis patients to actively engage in their own care
A computerized decision-making tool has been demonstrated to be effective in assisting cystic fibrosis patients engage with clinicians as active participants in their own care. Established by researchers at the University of Cincinnati, the shared decision-making tool takes into account sufferers’ preferences for measures of lung function and health, as well as evidence-based treatment to help cystic fibrosis patients in...

Ransomware attacks Cleveland Medical, affects info of 22,000 sufferers

Ransomware attacks Cleveland Medical, affects info of 22,000 sufferers
Cleveland Medical Associates is providing about 22,000 sufferers identity protection services after a ransomware attack against the practice. The five-clinician practice is giving a year of protective services through Equifax to both current and former sufferers whose information may have been affected. Cleveland Medical Associates refused to give more details about the tragedy and also did not provide any extra statements...

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