New ransomware known as the "Spider Virus" was discovered Sunday by Netskope researchers. The campaign includes emails with Microsoft Office attachments that demand bitcoin payment within 96 hours, warning that if payment is not received within that time, files will be deleted permanently.
Health care providers seeking EHR optimization in their organizations should conduct initial and ongoing EHR training classes for newly hired physicians and staff, according to a KLAS best-practices list. Researchers found that personalization settings that allow quick data retrieval and chart reviews help improve clinician satisfaction, and a culture of user empowerment and IT service is typically found in successful organizations.
The American Medical Association and Accenture surveyed about 1,300 US physicians and found that 83% reported experiencing a cybersecurity attack, with phishing and computer viruses cited as the most common causes of cyberattacks. Just over half of respondents said they were very or extremely concerned about their organizations being affected by cyberattacks in the future, and about three-quarters said clinical practice interruption and security of patient records were their top concerns.
In the past three years, a provider dashboard linked to Geisinger's Epic EHR system helped the Danville, Pa.-based health system reduce the number of opioid prescriptions written in its community practice clinics, emergency departments and physician offices from an average of 60,000 per month to 31,000. Providers at Geisinger must document that they have reviewed data from the state's prescription drug monitoring program before they issue a prescription for controlled substances and note in the EHR if they change their decision to issue a prescription because of information in the database, according to Geisinger's Michael Evans.
Recent breaches show that the strategy many boards embrace for their cybersecurity efforts is falling short, Axio Global Chief Technology Officer Jason Christopher writes. Boards can implement a more effective strategy by looking at exposure in financial terms, focusing on a maturity-based cyberevaluation framework and having resources in place to recover from an attack.
A hand-held device called the MolecuLight can detect whether damaging bacteria are present in a wound. Smith & Nephew, which developed the scanner, said trials demonstrated 54% more accurate diagnoses and accelerated wound healing.
A ransomware attack against Hackensack Sleep and Pulmonary Center in New Jersey in September potentially affected 16,476 patients' data, including their diagnoses, insurance details, credit card information and Social Security numbers. The medical center regained the encrypted files from an offline backup system and did not pay the ransom, officials said.
Doctors practicing telemedicine should be certified in it because a virtual visit "involves a true medical interaction that needs to be defined and categorized," said Dr. Michael Nochomovitz, co-author of a paper published as a JAMA Viewpoint. Nochomovitz does not think there will be a problem with telemedicine adoption if the certification takes shape because "[d]octors will want to do it right."
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission says the CMS' Merit-based Incentive Payment System should be replaced by a voluntary program under which clinicians could choose to participate in a value-based reimbursement system scored on population-based measures and claims data. The proposal comes after many health care providers said they are unprepared for the financial and administrative requirements of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act's Quality Payment Program.
The Health Management Academy and the Center for Connected Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center surveyed 35 of the largest US health systems and found that although most are not getting reimbursed for virtual care or remote patient monitoring, more than 70% of those not receiving reimbursement think that will change in 2018, and many are continuing to implement telehealth programs. "Health systems are highly focused on becoming consumer-centric organizations, and view the integration of telehealth/virtual care/remote monitoring as part of the journey to putting consumers first," the report says.