Keylogging malware installed on the San Antonio Institute for Women's Health's computer network enabled hackers to steal patient data, including names, medical procedures, dates of birth and Social Security numbers, as well as the financial information of those who used credit or debit cards to pay for services. The malware was installed on the practice's network on June 5, and officials said they discovered it on July 6 and removed it by July 11.
Kelly Hoover Thompson, former deputy secretary at the Pennsylvania Department of Health, has been appointed as the new CEO of the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative, a national HIE trade association, succeeding interim leader Pam Matthews. Thompson also led the development of Pennsylvania's HIE, the eHealth Partnership, which developed a patient care alert system and achieved statewide connectivity in July of last year.
Health care CIOs can keep pace with evolving technologies by looking outside of health care at other industries, said incoming Cleveland Clinic CIO Ed Marx. "Really explore what's going on in other industries, and the technology industry itself, because only then can you start putting things together and thinking proactively about solutions," Marx said.
The American Medical Association applauded the improvements the CMS has made to the Quality Payment Program under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act but outlined further steps that would give doctors more time to adopt practices to cut costs and enhance patient care as they transition to the new system. The American Hospital Association called on the CMS to align clinician and hospital EHR requirements, while Premier opposed the proposal to raise the low-volume threshold, saying it would reduce the number of clinicians participating in value-based payment programs.
CHIME will host the next Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO) examinations on Oct. 30 and Oct. 31 following the CHIME Healthcare CIO Boot Camp in San Antonio. Boot camp attendees who enroll in the CHCIO program are eligible for an instant $100 savings. Register for both events. To date, more than 300 CHIME members have taken the challenge to become a CHCIO, demonstrating their dedication to the profession and pledge to continue to lead the health care industry. Learn more about CHCIO.
The Hill has been a busy place this summer, with many potential public policy changes that could affect your hospital or health system's IT programs. CHIME's public policy team updated the CHIME Policy Playbook to keep you informed and help you get involved. The document outlines CHIME's policy priorities and details how members can engage with Congress and key federal agencies. CHIME's D.C. team, Leslie Krigstein and Mari Savickis, is ready to assist if you want to become more active in public policy and advocacy.
According to a study in Neurology, quality of care, quality of life and burden on caregivers were similar for patients with Parkinson's disease who engaged in in-person doctor visits versus those who received virtual visits with a neurologist; however, each virtual visit saved patients an average of nearly 100 miles of driving and more than two hours. Researchers also found that 86% of neurologists and 97% of patients expressed satisfaction with virtual visits, with 55% of patients preferring virtual visits over in-person visits.
The latest Protenus Breach Barometer report revealed that the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights received 36 data breach reports from the health care industry last month, affecting 575,142 patient records in 29 of the incidents. For the first time this year, a vast majority of the breaches were attributed to hacking, affecting more than 516,000 records, followed by just eight incidents caused by insiders, five of which were attributed to insider misconduct.
Dr. Jeffrey Cleveland, a pediatrician at Carolinas HealthCare System, is among a small number of physicians who say that using EHRs made them better doctors, noting that a Cerner EHR installed in 2008 immediately improved his ability to deliver patient care. EHRs allow doctors to code visits quickly and enable them to display patient records on a large screen, making it easier to advise and engage patients, according to Dr. James Legan, an internal medicine physician in Great Falls, Mont.
Physicians using Allscripts EHRs will be able to help their patients connect with clinical trials under a partnership with Elligo Health Research. "Through our partnership with Allscripts, health care providers can identify patients for potential clinical research opportunities directly through their EHR," Elligo Health Research President Chad Moore said, adding that the EHR system will allow patients to gain access to new treatments "from the comfort of their own physician's office."
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