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7/25/2017

Officials at Tewksbury Hospital in Massachusetts fired an employee who they discovered had been inappropriately accessing the EMRs of more than 1,100 patients from 2003 until this spring. Affected individuals have already been informed about the activity, which compromised patient names, diagnoses, medical treatments, dates of birth, gender, addresses and, in some cases, Social Security numbers.

7/25/2017

Forty-seven percent of 1,037 medical group leaders polled reported using a mix of in-house and outsourced resources for their organization's cybersecurity needs, while 31% manage cybersecurity in-house and 21% outsource it completely, according to a Medical Group Management Association survey. Researchers found that larger organizations such as hospital systems tend to handle cybersecurity internally, while most other organizations said a lack of capability by internal staff is one of the reasons behind their use of a mix of resources.

7/25/2017

Health CIOs should prioritize adding value for their organizations to address post-EHR implementation challenges such as creating value from EHR investments, using IT to achieve value-based care, navigating the changing provider landscape and dealing with interoperability and data analytics, said Rob Barras of The Advisory Board. They should also start with data governance when developing an analytics road map to better determine their organizations' data requirements, Barras said.

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7/25/2017

Researchers at IBM and the University of Alberta found that machine learning algorithms and artificial intelligence had 74% accuracy in predicting instances of schizophrenia. Machine learning algorithms allowed researchers to analyze functional MRI to gauge blood flow changes in the brain and to develop a schizophrenia model for the identification of brain connections that are commonly related to the disease.

7/25/2017

Behavioral health providers who purchase and use EHR systems would be awarded incentive payments under a bipartisan bill introduced in the House. Public or private psychiatric hospitals, community mental health centers, accredited substance abuse treatment sites, accredited residential or outpatient mental health treatment facilities, clinical social workers and clinical psychologists would be covered under the proposal.

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7/25/2017

Don't miss 38 Special at the 2017 CHIME Fall CIO Forum, set for Oct. 31-Nov. 3 in San Antonio. The Forum brings together senior health IT professionals from across the industry and provides an opportunity for them to discuss everything about health care IT with fellow thought leaders and industry luminaries. Don't miss the final day's Leadership from the Edge, a new Forum offering. Register now.

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7/24/2017

A proposed bill that aims to reduce the volume of future requests for EHR-related hardship requests will "infuse necessary flexibility to make the Meaningful Use program meaningful again," Cletis Earle, CHIME's chairman-elect, said before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health. In a letter to the bill's co-sponsors, Reps. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, and Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., Health IT Now Executive Director Joel White stated that if the bill is passed, the CMS should use the flexibility it provides to speed up its work to reach the Dec. 31, 2018, deadline to achieve nationwide EHR interoperability.

7/24/2017

Investment in population health-management tools is expected to increase from about $3.6 billion in 2016 to almost $8 billion by 2021, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 16.6% and with electronic health records vendors controlling 55% of the North American PHM market, according to a study by Signify Research. The group also predicts a more than 80% increase in the number of lives in North America that will be managed by population health-management solutions, from 135 million lives in 2016 to 245 million in 2021.

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7/24/2017

AHIMA's model Patient Request for Health Information form has been released to help providers become compliant with HIPAA's right-of-access rules and to streamline the process for patient records requests, as called for in a recent report from ONC. Providers may edit the form, to be given to patients requesting for access to their EHR data, based on operational needs and system capabilities.

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7/24/2017

Health and wellness group PVHS-ICM informed 10,143 patients, who were seen at the UC Health Walk-In Clinic in Fort Collins, Colo., before Sept. 23, 2014, about a ransomware attack that could have potentially exposed their information, including names, medical information and Social Security numbers. Investigators found that an unauthorized user hacked the clinic's server, but they did not find any evidence that the information was accessed or removed from the server.

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