Patients whose personal information may have been compromised in a phishing attack against California-based Torrance Memorial Medical Center in April were notified by hospital officials on Monday. The incident involved an unauthorized access of two of the medical center's email accounts that contained patient names, medical record numbers, health insurance data and other diagnostic information, addresses, dates of birth, phone numbers and Social Security numbers.
While some mental health clinicians and nurses at the VA's Veterans Health Administration said using OpenNotes may boost patient collaboration and engagement, others said the program may change documentation and therapeutic relationships, according to a study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. The findings should prompt further studies aimed at boosting the program's benefits while minimizing its adverse effects in the mental health setting, researchers said.
Thirty percent of respondents from the health care sector cited the need to increase their cybersecurity workforce by more than 20%, which is higher than other industries surveyed globally in an (ISC)2 report. Dan Waddell, (ISC)2's director of the North America region, stressed the importance of training users how to identify a spear phishing attempt and implementing a robust cybersecurity strategy.
CHIME and other health care organizations expressed satisfaction with the proposed rule for 2018 requirements for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, which extends the transition to the 2015 Certified Electronic Health Record Technology program for another year. However, the CMS should address the concerns of hospitals participating in meaningful use, said Leslie Krigstein, CHIME's vice president of congressional affairs.
The House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations told HHS to focus its cybersecurity efforts on patient safety and protected health information security. "Overall, the health care and public health sector has improved its ability to manage cybersecurity events, including HHS' management of the WannaCry malware that resulted in minimal effect on US health organizations," said Health Subcommittee Chairman Michael Burgess, R-Texas, who added that protecting patient privacy and securing important data need "continuous evaluation and adjustment."
An athenahealth analysis found that 18% of rural patients used patient portals between January and August 2016, compared with 33% of urban patients and 21% of suburban ones. Researchers suggested that the geographical disparities in patient portal adoption may be because of lower internet access rates in rural homes.
As CHIME continues to expand internationally, so do the benefits offered as part of membership. The CHCIO international exam allows members to continue their professional development and distinguish themselves among peers as a leader within the health care IT industry. Enrolling in the CHCIO International program includes an application, study materials, practice exam and final exam. Learn more.
The 2017 CHIME Fall CIO Forum will bring together senior health IT professionals from across the industry. This four-day conference is an opportunity to discuss everything about health care IT with fellow thought leaders and industry luminaries. This year's program will feature a variety of topics such as patient identification, cybersecurity, data analytics, clinical workflow, public policy and cutting-edge innovation transforming health care. Register now.
Dogs develop cancers that are remarkably similar to human cancers; are susceptible to arthritis, diabetes, obesity and other conditions; have a similar microbiome as people and share the same living space, writes scientist Bernard Munos. He suggests starting canine research initiatives similar to the NIH's All of Us study, and organizations and academic universities are beginning to do just that.
As president of FBR, Matthew Bailey's mission is to educate lawmakers and the public about the vital importance of animal research and to dispel myths about how research animals are treated. "Currently, there appears to be a concerted effort to vilify the humane use of dogs in research; unfortunately, the public does not fully understand that many of the drugs available to them were developed with the help of dogs in research," Bailey said. "We also often forget that animal research helps animals, too."
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