An employee email account at Plattsburgh, N.Y.-based Adirondacks Accountable Care Organization was accessed by an unauthorized third party between March 2 and March 4, possibly exposing the information of around 25,000 patients. The compromised email account contained a "gap in care" spreadsheet, some of which had the patients' Medicare or health insurance numbers, birth dates or Social Security numbers.
An additional four hospitals under Florence, S.C.-based McLeod Health will implement a Cerner EHR system in September. A single EHR system could help reduce the risk of prescription contraindications or errors, enable better health care decisions, and prevent redundant diagnostics or procedures, according to Dr. Bryon Frost, an emergency medicine physician.
The shortage of data scientists has restricted the implementation of big data analytics in healthcare facilities. A Perspectives in HIM study explores big data tool and technology usage, examines the gap between the supply and the demand for data scientists, and recommends adoption of curriculum-building models.
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A list of recommendations submitted by members of the Health IT Advisory Committee regarding the final draft of the ONC's Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement included expressing the broad policy aims of "enabling better treatment, quality of care, and a more efficient health system." The committee urged that TEFCA be designed to ensure new requirements coexist with existing frameworks and networks, and HITAC members also urged the ONC to align TEFCA with its Interoperability Rule as well as applicable law.
More than 8 in 10 respondents to a recent survey said their small companies were at risk of cyberattack, but the companies' IT professionals said competing priorities make it difficult to prevent or secure against threats. Among the competing priorities are securing new technology, upgrading identity access and securing data.
The Pacific Northwest's largest health insurer, Premera Blue Cross, will pay $10 million to 30 states for a breach that exposed the data of more than 10 million people, in an agreement with the state of Washington. The company also recently agreed to pay $74 million to settle a federal class-action lawsuit by affected customers.
Utica, N.Y.-based Mohawk Valley Health System shifted from five different EHRs into a single Epic EHR system across its two hospitals and physician practices. "Epic gives us the ability to share patient information throughout the health system and with our peers to better coordinate patients' care," said Mohawk Valley President and CEO Darlene Stromstad.
Virtustream's cloud platform is now hosting Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Novant Health's Epic EHR system. The move would allow the nonprofit health system to create a more predictable cost model, avoid a complete redesign of its EHR system and improve business speed.
A Capgemini report -- Reinventing Cybersecurity with Artificial Intelligence -- said that the majority of companies, 61%, cannot detect cyberattacks without the use of artificial intelligence. Sixty-nine percent of companies said they will need to use AI to effectively respond to cyberattacks.
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