Urology Austin in Texas suffered a ransomware attack on Jan. 22 and has notified 200,000 patients who were affected by the incident. The breach may have compromised patient information including names, medical data, dates of birth, addresses and Social Security numbers, but the provider said it quickly shut down its network after being alerted of the attack and believes no information was taken or misused.
The University of Maryland Medical System received Stage 6 recognition on the HIMSS Analytics Outpatient EMR Adoption Model for implementing EMR initiatives to improve patient safety and clinician support. The system recently implemented the Epic portfolio.
A study in Pharmacotherapy showed that a web-based tool developed by researchers from the National University of Singapore can predict a patient's risk of being readmitted to the hospital within 15 days of discharge. Researchers conducted a trial of the tool at two Singapore-based hospitals in 2015 and found about a 6% higher risk of 15-day readmission for each additional medication prescribed.
The CDC's 2015 National Electronic Health Records Survey showed that 95.6% of cardiologists and 94.5% of neurologists in the US used any EHR or EMR system, while 83.2% of cardiologists and 89.9% of neurologists reported using a certified system. Psychiatrists and dermatologists were among the physician specialties with a low rate of using certified EHR systems, at 40.8% and 62.3%, respectively, the report stated.
HHS could have nearly 41% of its systems move to the cloud by the end of fiscal 2017, which could surpass the Office of Management and Budget's goal of 20%, HHS CIO Beth Killoran said. "As we have been moving some of our email-as-a-service and a couple of other capabilities, that has improved [acceptance of the cloud], and in some cases, some organizations' funding has driven that," Killoran said.
HHS Secretary Tom Price and CMS Administrator Seema Verma may lead changes in federal health care policy such as the reauthorization of user fee agreements and the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act after the proposed Affordable Care Act repeal was pulled from the House last week, said Leslie Krigstein, CHIME vice president of congressional affairs. Krigstein expects Price and Verma to act quickly on the inpatient prospective payment systems rule and MACRA.
Overall, 41% of US physicians responding to a Sermo survey said their state is doing a fair job of implementing telehealth programs. Twenty-two percent of physicians in Ohio and 20% in California said their state has implemented telehealth programs most effectively, while 59% of those in New Jersey and 51% in New York said their state has done poorly in implementing the programs.
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The third version of the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources standards framework has been released by Health Level Seven International. "We expect that the FHIR specification will continue to evolve in the future as we [respond] to the interoperability needs of the robust FHIR implementation community," an HL7 blog post said.
Allscripts, athenahealth, Cerner, CPSI and Epic are among the top inpatient EHR vendors based on the number of hospitals that have implemented EHR systems, according to data from Definitive Healthcare. Also included in the list are McKesson, MEDHOST, Meditech, NextGen Healthcare and NTT Data.
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