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2/23/2017

Stolen complete EHR databases can be sold for as much as $500,000 on the deep web, while complete profiles of US victims, including their health insurance and medical information, were selling for less than $1 and medical insurance IDs with valid prescriptions went for $0.50, according to a report from Trend Micro. "What makes EHR in the underground so different is that some of the data can be used to create a whole new list of offerings," such as stolen prescriptions, fake IDs or fake birth certificates, said report author Mayra Rosario Fuentes.

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Dark Reading
2/23/2017

Using the EpiWatch app on the Apple Watch, Johns Hopkins University researchers tracked nearly 1,500 seizures in a 600-person test group over the course of 10 months. "The data collected will help researchers better understand epilepsy, while helping people with epilepsy keep a more complete history of their seizures," study author Dr. Gregory Knauss said.

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mHealth Intelligence
2/23/2017

ONC Acting National Coordinator Jon White said at the HIMSS17 conference that the agency is prioritizing implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act, which bolsters interoperability and replaces the Health IT Policy and Standards Committees with a new HIT Advisory Committee. The agency gave no time frame for creation of the new committee, and White said the ONC wants to ensure support from political leadership before moving forward on implementation.

2/23/2017

Forty-two percent of health care organizations said they had a vice president or C-suite official leading their cybersecurity efforts, and 62% reported discussing cybersecurity at quarterly board meetings, according to a CHIME and KLAS Research survey. The report also showed that only 16% of respondents had fully functional security programs, while 75% are following the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework.

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Health IT Security
2/23/2017

CHIME recently sent HHS Secretary Tom Price a set of recommendations for addressing critical health IT policy issues. Topping CHIME's list of action items were addressing patient identification, delaying meaningful use stage 3 and actively addressing interoperability. A full copy of the letter is available on the CHIME website. Read more.

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chimecentral.org
2/23/2017

The CMIO role in today's health care organization has never been more challenging. CHIME's CMIO Leadership Academy is designed for physicians currently in CMIO or associate CMIO positions seeking to take their role to the next level. This curriculum is modeled on CHIME's successful Healthcare CIO Boot Camp. This program's leadership content is specifically tailored for CMIOs to gain the real-world skills necessary for today's successful physician leaders. Taught by a faculty of health care CIOs and CMIOs, this intensive program features a collaborative teaching methodology combining presentations, small group discussions, case study analysis, progressive problem solving and personal mentoring -- focused on equipping CMIOs to be successful leaders working with the executive suite and CIOs. Learn more.

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chimecentral.org
2/23/2017

Aon has recently launched the 2016 Business Continuity Management Trending Index in partnership with BC Management Inc. This market-leading survey tool is designed to enable risk and business continuity leaders to self-assess the effectiveness and maturity of their organization's business continuity management approach. This complimentary survey takes approximately 25 minutes to complete, and participants have the opportunity to engage with Aon consultants for a 30-minute debrief to review their results. We encourage all risk professionals who are actively involved in their organization's BCM and emergency response initiatives to participate.

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aon.com
2/23/2017

The recent U.S. election, Brexit and the rise of populist politicians around the world have generated considerable global uncertainty. In these times of rising geopolitical uncertainty, the strongest organizations are characterized by their agility and how well they adapt to changing markets. "Companies that are built to last have organizational cultures that transcend external forces," says Paul Rubenstein, Partner & Leader for Talent Strategy, Leadership & Assessment Services at Aon Hewitt. Leaders must also prioritize how they think about one of their most critical assets -- their people. Learn more.

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theonebrief.com
2/22/2017

The Defense Department will sustain the Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application, the agency's legacy EHR system, until the full deployment of Cerner's MHS Genesis system in 2022, said Air Force Col. Richard Terry, acting Military Health System CIO. "We're going to continue to leverage the Joint Legacy Viewer to meet our interoperability needs to share data between the DOD and VA," said Stacy Cummings, program executive officer for Defense Healthcare Management Systems.

2/22/2017

A telemedicine program focused on neonatal care will allow physicians and patients at HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital Breese in Illinois to communicate with neonatalogists at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center in St. Louis using audio and video technology. Remote, real-time evaluations and consultations will be provided to neonatal patients through the program.