A federal jury ruled that Johnson & Johnson must pay $247 million to settle claims that it failed to warn doctors and patients about possible defects with its Pinnacle artificial hips. J&J plans to appeal the ruling.
Auxilium, a unit of Endo International, is not liable for a heart attack suffered by a man who was taking the company's testosterone replacement drug Testim, a federal jury ruled last week. Endo is facing more than 1,200 other lawsuits involving Testim.
Radware surveyed almost 200 health care security executives and found that the health care sector lags behind other industries in terms of mitigating cybersecurity risk, with 27% of respondents expressing confidence in their organizations' ability to protect patient records and 62% saying they had little or no confidence about their ability to quickly implement updates and security patches without affecting operations. Researchers also found that 37% of health care respondents have monitored the darknet for stolen data, compared with 56% and 48% in the financial services and retail sectors, respectively.
Businesses that have employees use their own devices or corporate mobile devices have an average of 54 mobile malware attempts each year, according to a Check Point report. Every business studied was exposed to mobile malware, and 94% of security professionals expect the number of attacks to increase.
An analysis of over 500,000 patient records from University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospitals showed that using an EHR-based clinical decision support tool to monitor patients' blood creatinine levels helped detect acute kidney injury and led to a 0.8% reduction in deaths from the condition and a 2.7% drop in dialysis rates. The findings were published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
When filtering data for use in artificial intelligence tools aimed at delivering data-driven care, health care CIOs should identify a specific challenge or question, determine the data necessary for finding a solution, identify whether available data is usable, and ensure that data collected for the AI systems is accurate, properly labeled and unbiased, says Navin Gupta of PeerWell. SyTrue CEO Kyle Silvestro also urges CIOs not to assume data accuracy, to invest in data quality and make data accessible to multiple departments after it is processed.
The Next CHIME Healthcare CIO Boot Camp will take place April 8-11 in Chicago. It's an intense three-and-a-half days of learning, sharing and growing that will give you a new outlook on your profession and personal life. The program is taught by leading CIOs and combines presentations, small group discussions, case studies and interactive problem-solving, allowing participants to learn the real-world skills necessary to become a successful health care CIO. Learn more.
Mark your calendars. The 2018 CHIME-HIMSS CIO Forum is scheduled to take place March 4-5 in Las Vegas. The focus will be "Leading the Next Wave of Healthcare Transformation." A special block of rooms has been set aside for CHIME members at the Wynn Las Vegas hotel and the Venetian/Palazzo (the location for the CIO Forum and the HIMSS18 Conference). More details are available.
Recent cyberattacks making headlines have overshadowed another serious threat to cybersecurity -- data manipulation. This type of attack is used to change sensitive information and can go undetected, bringing serious risks to health care organizations, banks and government agencies, writes Betsy Cooper of the Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity.
UC San Diego Health is moving electronic health records to the cloud to improve security. One hospital has installed iPads in patient rooms to offer easy access to medical records, and the university has partnered with IBM to offer artificial intelligence at a senior living center.
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