Joseph Goedert

Joseph Goedert is news editor at Health Data Management.

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Security Soars As a Priority, But Many Struggle to Use Tech for Protection
August 23, 2016 Respondents from 87 percent of hospitals and 81 percent of other healthcare providers say security has grown in stature to...

New Locky Ransomware Variant Hits Healthcare Hard
August 23, 2016 The attacks also are hitting the telecom, transportation, manufacturing, service provider and aerospace/defense sectors...

New Health Information Exchange Service Goes Live
August 19, 2016 Now, more than 3,000 clinics and 200 hospitals are live on Carequality, with data exchange underway in four states—California,...

Vendor Partner Exposes Data Of 650K Bon Secours Patients
August 17, 2016 Protected information at risk included patient names, health insurers, health insurance numbers, Social Security numbers, a...

Data Of Nearly 900,000 At Risk In Latest Cyber Attack
August 17, 2016 Valley Anesthesiology and Pain Consultants, a large practice with more than 300 providers serving multiple hospitals across...

Hackers Mount Ransomware Attack On Virginia Dermatology Practice
August 15, 2016 Protected health information at risk included patient names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, Medicare...

New Cybersecurity Program Targets Small Healthcare Practices
August 12, 2016 In September, HITRUST expects to expand physician practice access to the program across the nation, as well as hospitals,...

Medical Devices Offer New Security Risks For Network Access
August 11, 2016 Newer medical devices may be more robust in the types and amounts of data they collect, and they may connect not only to the...

Hack of Banner Systems Highlights the Need For More Firewalls
August 9, 2016 At Banner, the food and beverage system in the café that was used to ring up sales, often made with a credit or debit card,...

Data Of 12 Healthcare Payers At Risk Following Vendor Hack
August 9, 2016 Data at risk includes member names, addresses, types of plan, member and group ID numbers, dependents enrolled in a plan and...

Advocate Health Hit With Record HIPAA Fine For 'Lenghty' Violations
August 5, 2016 OCR noted that the $5.55 million penalty was a result of the extent and duration of the alleged noncompliance, and the large...

Motives Other Than Profit May Be Behind Recent Data Breaches
August 5, 2016 The attempts seem to take advantage of resulting news stories to draw attention to other issues, or to just prove that access...

3.7 Million At Risk In Banner Cyberattack
August 5, 2016 Banner said the attack was discovered on July 13, with indications suggesting that it had started on June 17. All affected...

Sheer Number Of Devices In Use Enlarges Security Gaps In Healthcare
August 4, 2016 For years, researchers have been trying to work with medical device manufacturers to improve the security of new devices being...

Most Healthcare Breaches Can Be Traced to One of Three Factors
August 2, 2016 Almost three out of every four healthcare data breaches can be linked to three common security problems, and managing those...

Hacker Goes Through a Business Associate to Attack a Clinic
July 29, 2016 Athens (Ga.) Orthopedic Clinic is notifying an unspecified number of patients following a cyber attack on its electronic...

President Signs Order To Improve Cyber Attack Responses
July 28, 2016 President Obama has released Presidential Policy Directive/PPD 41, establishing principles to govern responses to major...

AHA Lauds Growth In Patient Access To Electronic Records
July 28, 2016 Last year, 92 percent of hospitals could let patients view their records online, more than double the number that were able to...

Grant Program Aims To Build Network To Share Security Threats
July 27, 2016 Under the program, the ISACs and ISAOs could receive $250,000 in the first year of participation in the program to facilitate...

U-Miss Medical Center gets $2.75M Fine For HIPAA Violations
July 27, 2016 The agency contends that the organization took no meaningful action to mitigate risk until after the theft of a laptop in...

Analytics Supports Med Adherence Effort At Advocate Healthcare
July 25, 2016 As part of its analytics efforts, the Illinois-based medical system has taken aim at medication adherence as a way to improve...

FBI Sees Rising Cyber Threats To Healthcare Providers
July 14, 2016 The FBI declined to comment on any ongoing investigations, but it did issue guidance for providers on steps they should take...

Active Market for Healthcare Records Looms As Newest Cyber Threat
July 12, 2016 Offers to sell patient records with protected health information on the “Dark Web” market represent a new level of threat for...

UPMC, IBM Partner to Tackle Supply Chain Analytics Costs
July 12, 2016 University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has created an independent supply chain analytics company, Pensiamo, and has aligned...

How 2 Lawmakers Would Mete Out Responsibility For Ransomware
July 8, 2016 The HHS Office for Civil Rights is developing guidance on how to react to a ransomware attack, and two members of Congress...

Catholic Organization Hit With $650,000 HIPAA Fine For Data Breach
July 8, 2016 The HHS Office for Civil Rights has levied a $650,000 fine and a corrective action plan against Catholic Health Care Services,...

More Than 40,000 Affected In the Latest Cyber Attack
July 5, 2016 A recent cyber attack at Stamford Podiatry Group in Connecticut put protected health information of 40,491 patients at risk.

Healthcare Organizations Lag In Sharing Cyber Attack Info
July 5, 2016 Threat data sharing in healthcare has gotten off to a slow start even as cyber attacks have accelerated.

Claims Data Crucial to Population Health Management
July 1, 2016 Healthcare organizations adopting population health management often don’t ask a simple question before diving in: What is the...

Healthcare Providers That Fail to Stratify Risk Endanger Quality of Care
June 22, 2016 Many healthcare organizations entering risk-based contracts often don’t factor how difficult it will be to stratify the risk...

Will HITRUST, Federal Program Enable Easy Sharing of Security Info?
June 15, 2016 A program by healthcare industry consortium HITRUST that enables healthcare stakeholders to collect and share cyber threat...

HITRUST Effort May Help Identify Security Threats More Quickly
June 13, 2016 Nearly 90 percent of new cyber threats found by healthcare organizations during the past month were previously unknown in the...

Ransomware Attacks Taking Huge Toll On Healthcare Resources
June 13, 2016 The rising number of ransomware attacks against healthcare providers is prompting security professionals to intensify data...

Patient Data Breach Reported at Two ProMedica Hospitals
June 9, 2016 The incidents are a reminder that while cyber attacks from the outside receive significant media attention, other security...

AMA-led Coalition Blasts Current Level of Patient Data Interoperability
June 7, 2016 Metrics for assessing the extent of health data interoperability, grounded in electronic health records meaningful use...

Privacy Analytics Buy To Help Leverage IMS Health’s Data
June 1, 2016 The recently announced acquisition of Privacy Analytics by IMS Health helps it leverage its recent expansion of data sources...

SSM Health To Go Live With Service to Ease Patient Data Sharing
May 31, 2016 SSM Health is the first organization to go live with a new service from Surescripts that eases provider sharing of patient’s...

Risky Data Practices Jeopardize Health Providers’ Security
May 24, 2016 Gathering relevant data on patients is generally beneficial. But at the same time, there is risk of the loss of privacy with...

FDA Proposes Guidance On Using EHR Data In Clinical Trials
May 20, 2016 The agency’s draft covers using EHRs that interoperate with electronic systems supporting trials, and discusses ensuring the...

New Federal HIPAA Guidance Targets Data Security Incidents
May 19, 2016 The HHS Office for Civil Rights has released new guidance that specifies what business associates and subcontractors need to...

Roundtable Discussion Tackles How CIOs Can Lead Change
May 16, 2016 Technology leaders are change agents, but each has their own way of prodding others to change along with them. It is important...

8 Steps to Ensure You Have Adequate Cyber Insurance
May 10, 2016 Many organizations have data theft coverage, but policies rarely offer blanket protection and many have other coverage limits,...

IMS-Quintiles Merger Combines 2 Healthcare Data Specialists
May 4, 2016 MS Health and Quintiles, two long-standing companies offering a variety of technology and information services to healthcare...

New York City HIE Adds Predictive Analytics Capabilities
May 3, 2016 Health information exchange vendor Healthix is augmenting its data analytics services to include predictive analytics using a...

Errant Clicks On Phishing Email Led to Breach, Hospital Exec Says
April 29, 2016 It only takes one employee, or two in Wyoming Medical’s case, to fail to spot a phishing attack before an organization finds...

Wyoming Hospital Hit By Phishing Attacks That Expose Patient Data
April 27, 2016 Wyoming Medical Center in Casper will notify 3,184 patients after two employees were fooled by phishing emails that enabled an...

Hospital Hit With $2.2M Fine For HIPAA Violation In Filming TV Series
April 26, 2016 Overall, OCR found that NYP gave the network “virtually unfettered access to its healthcare facility,” which created an...

CMS Uses Data to Tackle Disparities In Patient Health Care
April 25, 2016 The data comes from the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set of medical and administrative data on how well the...

Data Powering Ambitious Search for Autism Understanding
April 25, 2016 The research is a landmark initiative because the amount of data to be analyzed will be magnitudes larger than previous...

Growing Number of Endpoints Raises Data Security Vulnerability
April 22, 2016 The risk of criminal access to networks and cyber attacks is rising because of endpoint vulnerabilities, according to results...

Carequality Working On Consent Plan for Patient Data Exchange
April 21, 2016 Carequality wants to develop a uniform way for providers to electronically communicate when patient consent is needed before...

Report to Congress Suggests Product Guidance Role for ONC
April 21, 2016 The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has sent Congress a report examining the feasibility...

Healthcare Portals, Patient Photos Pose Possible Data Security Gaps
April 19, 2016 Some potential gaps are not so obvious, and providers must look carefully at any potential gap in their perimeter defenses,...

12 Questions to Assess Your Data Breach Response Capability
April 18, 2016 A new Data Breach Response Guide from Experian walks through a myriad of processes for putting together an enterprise-wide...

Cybersecurity Staffing to get a Boost From National Game Plan
April 18, 2016 Working with government, universities and industries, NICE has developed a plan to accelerating training, providing a learning...

Continuous Backup Saves the Day When Ransomware Hits
April 13, 2016 When the Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Fund was hit by a recent ransomware attack, no one knew about it for a while. Here's...

Possible Hack Raises ID Theft Concerns In Florida
April 13, 2016 The Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County is investigating a potential hack of its information systems, but is...

Hospitals Will Continue to be a Focus of Ransomware Attacks
April 7, 2016 Ransomware is the newest big threat, and it’s attractive to those mounting cyber attacks because it’s quick money. Within a...

Cyber Insurance Coverage Gaps May Surprise Many Organizations
April 7, 2016 Many organizations are turning to cyber insurance policies to help them cover costs related to information security events,...

US, Canada Issue National Alerts On Ransomware
April 5, 2016 The alert takes a hard line on whether organizations should pay to unlock information or computers, suggesting that there is...

Should Ransomware Attacks Be Considered Breaches?
April 1, 2016 If an organization restores access to its data and the data never was compromised, security expert David Holtzman believes it...

New HIMSS Analytics Data Platform Targets Strategic Planning
March 30, 2016 Following pilot testing in 2015, HIMSS Analytics has launched Logic, an advanced market intelligence and strategic planning...

What to Do When A Breach Disables Your Systems
March 30, 2016 A new Data Breach Response Guide from Experian helps IT executives put together an enterprisewide plan to prepare for and...

MedStar Health Hit By Cyber Attack, Turns to Paper Records
March 30, 2016 MedStar Health, which operates 10 hospitals serving the Baltimore-Washington region, was the target of a cyber attack Monday...

New ICD-10 Codes Not Likely to Burden Most Healthcare Providers
March 29, 2016 Healthcare providers should not be overly stressed about the new codes, which primarily are coming because the industry has...

Data Backup Routines Crucial to Disaster, Hack Rebound
March 28, 2016 Even if backups are done only every 24 hours, there still may be a lot of data to re-enter, but maintaining that backup...

HHS names 21 to Health Care Cybersecurity Task Force
March 22, 2016 The Department of Health and Human Services has named 21 healthcare industry stakeholders to the Health Care Industry...

Ransomware Attack Hits Methodist Hospital in Henderson, Ky.
March 22, 2016 The Methodist attack came last week, and the organization told local media that it expected to have the situation resolved by...

Feinstein Institute Fined $3.9 Million For OCR Data Violation
March 21, 2016 The sanction against Feinstein Institute resulted from the 2012 theft of an unencrypted laptop from an employee’s car.

HIPAA Violations Lead to $1.55 Million Fine of Hospital System
March 18, 2016 The HHS Office for Civil Rights has again imposed a heavy fine and acceptance of a resolution agreement and corrective action...

Office Devices Often Pose Data Security Risks
March 18, 2016 Organizations often overlook the vulnerability of devices such as printers, all-in-one devices, fax machines, scanners,...

Move to Bundled Payments In Healthcare Increases Need for Analytics
March 17, 2016 Medicare’s new Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement bundled payment program, covering hips and knees, starts on April 1,...

Small Healthcare Providers Increasingly Likely to be Data Breach Targets
March 14, 2016 Too many small hospitals and small or mid-sized physician practices believe defending against cyber attacks is pointless and...

Stolen Laptop Puts Information on 206,000 Patients at Risk
March 10, 2016 Premier Healthcare, a multi-specialty group practice in Bloomington, Ind., on January 4 discovered that a laptop holding...

Cybersecurity Accreditation Program Targets Vendors
March 4, 2016 EHNAC is developing enhanced security criteria that presently accredited companies can implement at any time, but must comply...

HIMSS Conference Sees Lots of New Analytics Product Announcements
March 2, 2016 The first full day of HIMSS16 brought a number of vendor announcements of new analytics products and services. Here is a...

Big Data Project Takes Aim At Pediatric Cancer
March 1, 2016 A major project using big data and analytics is underway to advance treatment of pediatric cancer, initially focusing on brain...

IT's New Nightmare: Will Ransomware Hold Your Data Hostage?
February 22, 2016 Ransomware has moved center stage as a concern for information security, and experts fear that more incidents with providers...

Hospital Pays Ransom to Get IT Systems Back; Patient Data Unaffected
February 19, 2016 In a statement, the hospital said medial reports of a ransom demand for more than $3 million were false and there was no...

IBM to Acquire Truven Health Analytics for $2.6 Billion
February 19, 2016 IBM will buy Truven Health Analytics for $2.6 billion, its fourth health data-related acquisition in the past year.

Violate Patient Data Safety At Your Peril, Warns Judge
February 11, 2016 An administrative law judge has upheld the authority of the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human...

You’ve Been Hacked: How to Recover From the Nightmare
February 3, 2016 Data from the Department of Health and Human Services and its Office of Civil Rights show 56 large hacks of healthcare...

Phishing Attacks Among Greatest Plague Facing Healthcare
February 2, 2016 Hacking or IT incidents resulted in the release of protected health information of nearly 112 million individuals, about 65...

Feds Want Patients to Have Better Records Access
January 12, 2016 The HHS Office for Civil Rights recently issued extensive guidance for healthcare providers, insurers and patients on rules...

Issues with Duplicate Patient Records Hound HIM Professionals
January 8, 2016 A survey of 815 health information management professionals finds more than half routinely work on mitigating possible...

U-Rochester Medical Center Sanctioned for Patient Data Violations
December 24, 2015 The University of Rochester Medical Center recently settled a HIPAA enforcement action brought by New York State, paying a...

Congress OKs National Cybersecurity Framework, But Much Work Remains
December 22, 2015 Once several pages of definitions are out of the way, there is not a real plan; it is more of a process for getting to a plan.

Six Healthcare Organizations Fined for Putting Patient Data at Risk
December 16, 2015 Through mid-December, the HHS Office for Civil Rights has sanctioned six healthcare organizations during 2015 for serious...

Feds Seek Fresh Look at Nation’s Cybersecurity Plan
December 11, 2015 As cyber attacks increase across a number of industries, the National Institute of Standards and Technology wants to update...

Cyber Attacks Invite Follow-up Fraud Threats to Personal Data
December 10, 2015 MaineGeneral is experiencing a recent phenomenon of such attacks—dealing with fraudsters after the attack has been acknowledged.

Mock Cyber Attacks Reveal Vulnerabilities of Many Organizations
December 4, 2015 Twelve health insurance companies simultaneously hit with real but harmless cyber attacks had mixed results when the exercise...

Laptop Theft Earns Lahey Hospital $850K HIPAA Violation Fine
December 3, 2015 The fine and corrective action plan stems from the theft of a laptop that contained limited protected health data on medical...

Triple-S Management Fined For Multiple Breaches of Patient Data
December 2, 2015 The fine is the second largest levied against organizations that the HHS Office for Civil Rights believes substantially...

Five Cyber Security Predictions for 2016
November 25, 2015 Information security and risk management professionals will rebel against cookie-cutter approaches to cyber security in 2016 –...

Tips from a Hacker to Improve Network Security
November 19, 2015 If a hacker is good at phishing, which is the art of fooling an unsuspecting individual into giving up network credentials,...

Results Mixed in Early Efforts to Collect, Share Cyber Threat Data
November 17, 2015 To fight the growing threat of cyber attacks, HITRUST this year developed Cyber Threat XChange, a program to help...

Program to Help Cybersecurity Pros, Employers Find Each Other
October 28, 2015 The federal government will fund development of a visualization tool that highlights the demand and availability of...

Can ICD-10 Be This Smooth or Has Reality Not Struck?
October 23, 2015 The relatively smooth transition to ICD-10 has been a pleasant surprise for other healthcare organizations, and appears to be...

Salesforce Unveils Soon-to-Be Launched Health Cloud
September 11, 2015 Salesforce has introduced its first healthcare-specific cloud hosting service, called Salesforce Health Cloud, but it isn’t...

UCLA Health: Multiple Cybersecurity Breaches?
September 3, 2015 UCLA Health in mid-July announced it had suffered a cyberattack—which started in September 2014—that affected up to 4.5...

Analytics Startups Fill Healthcare Void
August 27, 2015 Healthcare analytics are getting the call to support the industry through massive change, and new companies are hoping to fill...

Cloud Data Platform Seeks to Accelerate Cancer Care Collaboration
August 24, 2015 Intel has launched Collaborative Cancer Cloud, a new service to enable providers and researchers to securely share genomic,...

Free Deloitte Program Transforms CISOs Into Strategists
August 17, 2015 Deloitte's one-day educational programs train chief information security officers (CISOs) to focus on strategic issues rather...

Premier Adds Analytics Functions with $65M Acquisition
August 13, 2015 Premier Inc. is significantly expanding its data analytics capabilities by acquiring Healthcare Insights LLC for $65 million.

Stop Old Patient Data from Causing HIPAA Headache
August 3, 2015 In the age of HIPAA, what happens to old servers, personal digital devices, pagers, copiers, fax machines, printers, floppies...

UCLA Hacked, May Affect 4.5 Million People
July 21, 2015 UCLA Health has suffered a cyber-attack that it presently believes could affect up to 4.5 million individuals.

Healthcare Data Pro Makes Medicare Analytics, Tools Push
July 20, 2015 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services continues to ramp up its data collection, analysis and dissemination, according...

Vertical Markets Struggle with App Security, Study Shows
June 30, 2015 A study on the state of software security for web and mobile applications finds healthcare performing poorly, but other...

Insurance Company Blames Service Provider for Security Breach
June 8, 2015 Columbia Casualty claims a service provider did not follow minimum required practices for protecting information and did not...

Email Boxes Hacked at Beacon Health in Indiana
June 1, 2015 The hospital system is notifying about 220,000 patients following discovery of a phishing attack that accessed some employee...

The CareFirst Hack: What Went Right, What Went Wrong
May 22, 2015 A closer look at the CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield hack, and the state of health insurer cyber security amid the evolving...

Xerox Acquires More Predictive Analytics Expertise
May 21, 2015 The copier company is getting deeper into data and predictive analytics. Here's what Xerox's buyout of Health Communities...

Healthcare Cyber Attack Hits CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
May 21, 2015 Hackers may have breached a database with information on 1.1 million customers of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield.

New IEEE Guidance on Medical Device App and Software Security
May 19, 2015 Amid HIPAA privacy regulations and growing cybersecurity concerns, the IEEE has issued guidance to help software developers...

Phishing Email Triggers Patient Data Leak
May 1, 2015 Partners HealthCare system in Boston is not giving much information on a breach it discovered in November 2014 and made public...

Pharmacy Ignores HIPAA Privacy Rule, Fined $125K
April 29, 2015 Cornell Prescription Pharmacy, a small, single-location business in Denver, will pay a $125,000 settlement fine and adopt a...

Health Technology Acquisitions Kick Off HIMSS15
April 13, 2015 At least four health information technology acquisitions -- including KPGM buying Beacon Partners -- were announced in recent...

Massive Healthcare Breach Highlights Need for Encryption
March 19, 2015 With Premera Blue Cross now the victim of a huge cyber attack affecting 11 million individuals—following Anthem’s attack that...

Pittsburgh to Become Health Analytics Center
March 17, 2015 The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is pairing with two local universities to expand research in health data...

Breach with a Twist: Data Encrypted but Still at Risk
March 17, 2015 Home health and hospice provider Amedisys is notifying more than 6,900 individuals of a breach of protected health...

Senate Pushes Cybersecurity Agenda Forward
March 16, 2015 Bipartisan legislation to ease the sharing of cyber threat information among industries and the federal government has easily...

Anthem Hack: Quick Security Tips for Customers
February 5, 2015 If you're an Anthem customer, be extra wary of phone calls and emails you receive following the health insurer suffering a...

Congress Explores National Data Breach Notifications
January 28, 2015 Congress held its first hearing on President Obama’s proposal for a national breach notification standard on January 27....

Roper Acquires Strata for Analytics Push
January 26, 2015 Roper Industries continues to expand its healthcare information technology holdings—this time buying analytics vendor Strata...

Google, PwC Pursue $11B Dept. of Defense Contract
January 16, 2015 Google is now a member of the PricewaterhouseCoopers vendor team competing for the Department of Defense electronic health...

Obama Cybersecurity Plan Could Change Healthcare Processes
January 15, 2015 Proposed cybersecurity legislation from the White House may compel a major change in the HIPAA breach notification rule.

How to Choose A Cloud Provider (Care of Uncle Sam)
December 17, 2014 Draft guidance from the government, being released for public comment, offer an early model for metrics that government...

IBM Watson Targets Personal Health Care App Market
November 17, 2014 IBM Corp. has a new plan for its Watson supercomputer: to support consumers’ personal health and fitness goals.

Should EHRs Include Social/Behavioral Data?
November 13, 2014 A new report from the Institute of Medicine advocates incorporating standardized social and behavioral data into electronic...

Conn. Attorney General Wants to Talk Privacy with Apple
September 17, 2014 Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen wants assurance from Apple Corp. that the Apple Watch product coming in 2015 has...

IBM Watson Takes Computing Capabilities to Next Level
August 29, 2014 Having learned the nuances of human language, improving its ability to search for and use data to support new procedures such...

Analytics Vendors See a Fast-Maturing Health Care Audience
July 2, 2014 Data analytics vendors were out in force on the exhibit floor of the Healthcare Financial Management Association annual...

Health Information Technology Safety: Where the Feds Will Focus
April 3, 2014 The federal government, in its new report on creating a risk-based regulatory framework for health information technology,...

Feds Give Guidance on Cybersecurity
February 18, 2014 The federal government has published an initial framework for improving cybersecurity throughout the nation and across...

Early Health Analytics Vendor Leaders Ranked by KLAS
January 10, 2014 A new KLAS health care analytics report shows satisfaction ratings for four categories of BI and analytics products

Database Firm IMS Health to Go Public
January 6, 2014 Pharmaceutical and life sciences database/analytics vendor IMS Health has filed an S-1 registration statement with the...

Privacy Group Testifies on Patient Data Matching
January 1, 2014 Initial findings from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on ways to match patients with...

IMS Health Expands Support for Mobile Medical Apps
December 16, 2013 Pharmaceutical and life sciences database/analytics vendor IMS Health is offering a way for providers and insurers to assess...

Methodist Health System Joins the Watson Ranks
December 10, 2013 Dallas-based Methodist Health System will use analytics and decision support software from health care supply chain vendor MD...

U of Chicago Researchers Developing Computer-Aided Diagnosis, Quant Image Analysis Methods
November 20, 2013 The role of quantitative image analysis is expanding beyond screening and toward application of risk assessment, diagnosis,...

AHIMA Guidance Covers Data Mapping and Integrity
November 15, 2013 New guidance from the American Health Information Management Association offers best practices on data mapping to ensure an...

Cleveland Clinic, IBM Making Progress on Watson Supercomputer
October 16, 2013 A year after starting work with IBM to develop ways for the Watson supercomputer to support medical training and serve as a...

Health Information Management: What a Ride it Has Been
October 2, 2013 In a transformational era that started with HITECH and continues with health reform, health information management leaders are...

Study Explains Errors Caused by EHR Default Values
September 5, 2013 A new study analyzes errors related to “default values” which are standardized medication order sets in electronic...

One-Hour Breach Notification Out of Final HIX Rule? Yes and No
August 29, 2013 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has dropped a proposed requirement that privacy and security incidents be...

Predictive Analytics Coming to Indiana’s Health Information Exchange
August 14, 2013 The Indiana Health Information Exchange intends to offer predictive analytics software to hospitals and accountable care...

A Sober Look at the Need for Analytics
July 24, 2013 John McDaniel, national practice leader at data storage and management vendor NetApp, lays out the sobering reasons why data...

HCA’s Early Experience With Near Real-Time Analytics
July 24, 2013 Hospital Corporation of America is wrapping up the first phase of an initiative to use real-time and near real-time analytics...

Federal Health Leader: HIEs are Progressing
July 1, 2013 In report to Congress, ONC notes that half of states now offer health information exchanges

HHS: Major Medicare Databases are a Mess
May 30, 2013 NPPES and PECOS, two critical steps in enrolling in Medicare, rife with inaccuracies in federal oversight sample

After a Data Breach, It’s Often Business as Usual
April 24, 2013 Ponemon Institute finds 40 percent of organizations do not develop formal breach preparedness plan after they’ve been...

Think You Can Fix Health Care Data Quality?
April 18, 2013 Quarterly cash contest on efficient and effective health care data use to be doled out by consortium of former Senate leaders,...

Is Your Health Care Social Media HIPAA Compliant?
April 8, 2013 Health Care Compliance Strategies Inc., a vendor of online compliance and competency training curricula, has introduced a new...

The Basics of Measuring Health Care IT Security
March 6, 2013 Consultant Tom Walsh at HIMSS: three areas for measurement, and all must pass HIPAA security audit

Modest Salary Increases for Health Care CIOs
March 4, 2013 Average base salary at $208,417 though much lower for smaller hospitals: College of Healthcare Information Management...

Personal Cloud Use Prompts Organizational Deployments
February 12, 2013 CDW survey shows 61 percent of organizations credit employee cloud use with speed toward enterprise adoption; storage still...

Standardizing Data Capture for Health Care Interoperability
February 6, 2013 ONC director Fridsma explains Structured Data Capture initiative to support electronic health records

Mobile Application Strategies in Health Care
January 17, 2013 Consumers worldwide will download 142 million health apps by 2015, but caregiver connections are growing slowly: Juniper...

Federal Grants Aimed at HIE Governance
December 31, 2012 Office of the National Coordinator for HIT to hold public hearing in January, publish guidelines and launch monitoring later

What’s the Federal Health IT Safety Plan?
November 16, 2012 Small business subcommittee Rep. Ellmers makes second inquiry for a study of the benefits, costs and safety of health...

Before Congress, Health Care IT Leaders Defend Meaningful Use
November 15, 2012 “Serious concerns” over progress toward EHR interoperability by House committee

Choosing IT Vendor Partners Can Hinge on a Single Incident
November 13, 2012 For health care providers in particular, promises over EHR and data systems must match reality

IBM’s Watson to Support Cleveland Clinic Doctor Training
November 5, 2012 Analytics supercomputer makes fourth health care industry foray a few years after TV trivia performance

How Can EHR Become More ‘Readable’?
November 1, 2012 Office of the National Coordinator of HIT offers a challenge to software developers on health records

VA Does a Poor Job of Information Tracking and Governance
October 30, 2012 Federal inspector general finds Veterans Affairs medical centers have security and quality issues when sharing data with...

Deloitte Buys, Renames Data Warehouse Builder
October 30, 2012 Newton, Massachusetts-based Recombinant Corp. specializes in warehouses and reporting systems for medical, life sciences

Data Breaches Back Up as Enterprises Remain Targets of Opportunity
October 26, 2012 Verizon report finds 174 million records compromised in 2011, offers a handful of mitigation tips

Heath Care Advocates: “Private Health Records” Instead of EHR
October 11, 2012 Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom says patient trust at risk; on the heels of Congressional calls to fix meaningful use

UPMC Invests $100M in Personlized Medicine Data Warehouse
October 5, 2012 IBM, Informatica, Oracle and dbMotion pitch in on two-year effort to handle more than 3.2 petabytes of Pittsburgh...

A Call for EHR Governance
October 3, 2012 AHIMA event kicks off by stressing unified governance structure for health records management

Making HIE Part of Disaster Preparedness
September 26, 2012 Gulf States health care provider report outlines procedure and response with information exchanges

Metadata Limits Records Use in HHS, VA Test
September 19, 2012 Federal agencies follow debated national standards guidelines in mock patient information transmission

Governance Softening with Nationwide Health Info Exchange
September 8, 2012 Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology backing away from some proposals

Open Architecture and Better Integration at Allscripts
August 14, 2012 CEO Glen Tullman and EVP Cliff Meltzer discuss the open philosophy behind their EHR, data exchange and app store

White House Too Timid on Data Security?
August 7, 2012 Delays in HITECH Act, breach notification rules show Obama Administration feet dragging on information protection

Health Care Analytics Too Often a ‘Zero-Sum’ Game
July 31, 2012 RelayHealth processing expert finds industry stakeholders taking on risk and losses

Cleveland Clinic: Dashboards to See a Difference
July 27, 2012 Analytics now easily show physician dedications and infection rates; adds reliance on governance

Davenport: Analytics Creating New ‘Decision Frontiers’ in Health Care
July 26, 2012 IT innovation and emerging processes just scratching the surface, author says in HDM Analytics Symposium keynote

IT Wins, ID Efforts Lag with Health Care Ruling
June 29, 2012 HIMSS government expert Dave Roberts cautions that political fight not over after Supreme Court ACA decision

Health Records Vendors to Feds: Step Back for Governance
June 22, 2012 Nationwide health information network needs a set governance model to ensure exchanges: HIMSS group

13 Tips for Managing Mobile Threats
June 14, 2012 ID Experts outline basics for health care mobility

HHS Releases New Data Management Tools, Claim Sets
June 13, 2012 Medicare and Medicaid data resources part of Datapalooza federal forum

Obama: Better Federal Data Quality, Availability within Year
May 23, 2012 White House directive for government info stresses standardized sharing, mobility, security

3M Opens Up Health Data Dictionary
May 17, 2012 Open source exchange part of contract with Department of Defense, VA

The Look of Health Information Management Departments in 2016
May 2, 2012 Expert Linda Kloss gives top 10 trends after reform and tech initiatives are set in place

Veritas to Buy Thomson Reuters Health Care Data Management Line
April 24, 2012 Analytics, compliance and research databases part of $1.25 billion proposal

Tablets in Health Care: A Healthy Prognosis
April 13, 2012 Mobile device use is taking hold, though software lags behind hardware options

Privacy and Large Genome Data Sets
March 26, 2012 Department of Health and Human Services seeking comment on ethical issues

Obama Promotes from Within for New CTO
March 9, 2012 Promotes from within to replace Chopra, who left for position at The Advisory Board Company

Docs Love Mobile Devices, IT Departments Don’t
February 7, 2012 Survey: Although they feel it isn’t ready, 80 percent of physicians see potential with iPad

Big Year Coming for HIT
January 27, 2012 National coordinator Mostashari lays out five predictions for 2012

Health IT on a Buying Spree
January 13, 2012 10 vendor deals in first 10 days of 2012

Health Data Not Better Protected Than a Year Ago
December 2, 2011 Survey: policies and staff training are improving; breaches, identity theft and poor control over mobile devices are pervasive

The Next Big Security Challenges
October 14, 2011 Experts wary of data on health care information exchanges, portable devices

Fed Advisors: Too Soon to Add EHR Metadata to Meaningful Use
October 14, 2011 National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics concerned with lack of standards

Time for a Health Care ‘Chief Knowledge Officer’?
October 6, 2011 CKOs are responsible for making good use of the increasing amount of data available

CHIME: Slow Down on Tying Metadata to Meaningful Use
September 26, 2011 Recommends ONC move forward with metadata initiatives "to fully vet the range of possible standards and assemble the needed...

FDA's Plans for Better IT Infrastructure, Data Analytics
August 18, 2011 Plan for 'mobile medical application' regulation not mentioned among enhancements

IT Association Wants More of the Health Care Pie
August 5, 2011 Policy changes needed to will help some in the IT industry become partners in health care's move toward automation and assist...

Report: Start Stage 2 Meaningful Use Work Now
July 22, 2011 A final rule on requirements under Stage 2 of the EHR meaningful use program is unlikely to be significantly different from...

Supreme Court Overturns Ban on Drug Data Mining
June 23, 2011 Justice Kennedy: law violates the speech rights of data mining by health information vendors

Thomson Reuters Looks for Health Care Exit
June 8, 2011 New York-based company plans to use BI resources, proceeds toward its legal, financial and media markets

CEO to Congress: Meaningful Use Helps EHR, Hampers IT Innovation
June 3, 2011 OptumInsight head testifies before subcommittee on health care and technology

ONC Launches Health IT Competency Exams
May 24, 2011 HITECH Act funds free exams in 6 coverage areas

Final PHI Protection Rule Won't Mandate Encryption
May 18, 2011 Q&A with federal health information officer covers mandates, security

MEDSEEK Acquires Third Wave
May 5, 2011 CRM software from Third Wave would work toward hospital marketing, programs

AMA's IT Platform for Docs Goes Live
April 20, 2011 BI resources, consulting services part of medical platform

VA Seeks an EHR Open Source Traffic Cop
April 5, 2011 Part of federal agency's mechanism to open broader-based public and private sector contributions

What's the Cost of Breaches?
March 25, 2011 New program to create framework to determine the economic affect of a disclosure or breach of protected health information

Open Source Health Care Technology Developers Now Push Implementation
March 22, 2011 Foundation promotes, updates CONNECT software

OCR Seeks More Health Information Enforcement, Money
March 21, 2011 Data breach notifications and HIPAA part of federal office's increased duties

Rule to Enable Medicaid Data Mining for Fraud
March 17, 2011 Federal funds would enable health care oversight units to review suspect data

ADP Jumps into Health IT
March 3, 2011 Multi-billion dollar process outsourcing and software company buys into medical data with AdvancedMD acquisition

EHR Growth is Spiking: Report
March 2, 2011 Software systems, services spending toward health data management may double to $32B in 2015

Data Breaches Often Have Simple Source, Fix
March 1, 2011 Security expert: malicious behavior only part of data privacy problem

IBM Targets Watson's Analytics for Health
February 18, 2011 Plans shaping up to commercialize the analytics capabilities of IBM's Watson supercomputer

Kronos to Buy API Healthcare
February 9, 2011 Workforce management software vendor making acquisition from private equity firm

Health Care Data Efforts in Limbo From Ruling
February 2, 2011 Obama Administration to seek stay; IT initiatives range from privacy to collection

Data Sharing: Just What More Doctors Ordered
February 1, 2011 75 percent of physicians want to share electronic patient information, and many consumers want online summary after visits,...

Lessons from EHR Pros
January 24, 2011 Accenture interviews CIOs far along in hospital system records program

2 IT Quality Booster Shots
January 10, 2011 National Quality Forum publishes free industry assessments

Dell to Buy Diagnostic Imaging Provider
December 23, 2010 InSite One will be offered across multiple industries with deal, Dell says

Feds Turn to Public for Health IT Standards Advice
December 17, 2010 Deadline next week for comment on meaningful use measures

Feds Ready Evaluation of IT Training
December 9, 2010 Survey will follow stimulus money toward expected health IT workforce shortfall

Meaningful Use Could Boost IT Investments
November 23, 2010 More than 50% of health providers surveyed expect to increase their IT spend, says Beacon Partners

PHNS, a Business Services Outsourcer, Sells for $250M
November 9, 2010 Bought by ConJoin Group, firm focusing on underperforming companies

Will GOP Takeover Change IT Policy?
November 5, 2010 Veteran observers of Capitol Hill don't see major health information technology policy changes coming following the Nov. 2...

ONC Looks to Boost Consumer IT Use
November 3, 2010 The office lays out four objectives for empowering consumers to better manage their health through use of IT and seeks public...

3M, Meditech Make Majority of Health Information Management Market
November 2, 2010 CapSite report analyzes 500 hospital medical records departments

Feds Ready National Claims Database
October 11, 2010 The Health Claims Data Warehouse will contain a wide array of information on individuals covered under the existing Federal...

Privacy Expert To Congress: Mandate More Protections
October 4, 2010 The Center for Democracy & Technology is recommending to Congress a series of steps to go beyond the HITECH Act and further...

Study to Assess Safety of Health IT
October 1, 2010 The federal contract is going toward a review of a range of patient safety issues

Expert: Don’t Count on Vendors for Compliance
September 28, 2010 Health information management professionals, and the industry as a whole, face the convergence of complying with several...

Oracle, Panasonic Boost Data Security
September 22, 2010 The two hardware vendors have introduced new initiatives to secure protected health information

CONNECT Open Source Advocates to Gather
September 15, 2010 Federal Health Architecture initiative and the Mayo Clinic will host the "code-a-thon" to continue work on the CONNECT open...

Stanford Outsources to Accenture
September 3, 2010 Under a seven-year contract, terms of which were not disclosed, the Chicago-based consultancy will manage applications and...

Making Data Downloadable for Patients
September 3, 2010 Medicare and the Veterans Affairs this fall will enhance their websites by adding a "Blue Button" that will enable...

Thomson Buy Expands Analytics Line
September 2, 2010 Content and analytics vendor Thomson Reuters has acquired Healthcare Data Management Inc., a vendor of data analytics software...

What Are The Top 10 Meaningful Use Challenges?
August 30, 2010 In comprehensive briefs, Virginia-based consultancy notes top issues as CPOE at hospitals, effective data for professionals

Assessing the Need for More IT Workers
August 24, 2010 A new report from consultancy and software firm Computer Sciences Corp. examines the health information technology workforce...

CIOs Write their Own EHR Guidance
August 23, 2010 The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives has published "The CIO's Guide to Implementing EHRs in the HITECH...

ONC Privacy Advisors Send Recommendations
August 19, 2010 The Privacy and Security Tiger Team of the HIT Policy Committee, which comprises industry stakeholders tackling certain...

Financial Firms Get Guidance on Privacy Changes
August 17, 2010 Four industry organizations have authored a white paper on how HITECH Act changes to the HIPAA privacy and security rules...

ERP Vendors Score Low on Satisfaction
August 12, 2010 A new report on financial enterprise resource planning software vendors finds none of the top three score high in customer...

IBM Buys Document Imaging Vendor
August 11, 2010 IBM Corp. has acquired Datacap Inc., a vendor of document imaging and management technology serving health care and several...

Vendors Team for Document Archiving
July 15, 2010 A new vendor alliance is aimed at enabling physicians to scan documents, automatically formatted into applicable standards,...

A New Security Ball Game for Subcontractors?
July 12, 2010 The proposed rule to strengthen the HIPAA privacy and security rules imposes on subcontractors to business associates the same...

Vendor Offers Cybersecurity Risk Guide
July 1, 2010 IT vendor CDW issued a guide explaining five steps for a cybersecurity risk assessment

Making Data Use More Transparent
June 23, 2010 To what degree should the federal government hold entities that possess patient data accountable for what they do with the data?

Expert: Optimize Revenue Cycle Apps
June 15, 2010 Provider organizations seeking revenue cycle management software should seek consulting help with the selection process if...

Study Looks at State of Clinical Analytics
June 11, 2010 Users of clinical data analytics have limited expectations that the technology can improve patient care and lower costs,...

U-Kentucky to Mine Transcription Data
June 10, 2010 University of Kentucky Healthcare will use the medical transcription services and data mining software of Webmedx Inc

GAO: Security at VA Remains Weak
May 24, 2010 The Department of Veterans Affairs was deficient in each of five major categories of information security controls in 2006 and...

Security: Strive for 'Defensive Depth'
May 14, 2010 Good data security means having "defensive depth" embedded in information systems

IBM Looks for Health Data to Crunch
May 6, 2010 IBM Corp. launched a multiyear research program, called SPLASH, to link and analyze huge amounts of data to better understand...

Two Data Breaches in Kentucky
May 3, 2010 Two Kentucky hospitals in recent days have disclosed breaches of protected health information

Report Ranks Data Analytics Vendors
April 30, 2010 Ten of the top 13 most considered data analytics vendors in health care purchases are industry-agnostic, rather than companies...

Survey: Breaches, ID Theft Increase
April 21, 2010 Instances of health information data breaches and medical identity theft continue to increase despite new federal regulations,...

Oracle Pays Big for Trials Vendor
April 19, 2010 Oracle Corp. will acquire clinical trials management software vendor Phase Forward Inc. for $685 million

OCR Explains Breach Data Uses
April 14, 2010 The Office for Civil Rights in the Department of Health and Human Services published a notice detailing how it will use...

Time to Encrypt? You Think?
April 13, 2010 John Muir Health recently started notifying 5,450 patients after the theft of two laptops containing their health information

BCBS Data Theft Now Affects 1 Million
April 12, 2010 BlueCross and BlueShield of Tennessee identified 998,422 current and former members as being at risk following the theft of 57...

Survey: Mixed Bag on Security Readiness
April 5, 2010 An updated biannual report from the HIMSS Analytics research unit shows health organizations take data security compliance...

Patient Monitor App Links With Sunrise
March 31, 2010 Rothman Healthcare Research will build its Patient Condition Tracker software on the Helios open architecture platform of...

HHS Adds to List of Data Breaches
March 29, 2010 The Office for Civil Rights in the Department of Health and Human Services added five more organizations to a Web page listing...

Vendor Teams for Ambulatory Analytics
March 19, 2010 Health data analytics vendor Humedica Inc. has introduced an ambulatory care version of its flagship MinedShare application

New Features with OnBase System
March 12, 2010 Hyland Software Inc. announced more than 850 enhancements and new functions in version 9.2 of its flagship OnBase document...

VA, DoD Expand Data Sharing Pilots
March 11, 2010 The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs are expanding to the Tidewater area of southeast Virginia pilot tests to share...

New Obama Health Plan Has I.T. Angles
February 22, 2010 President Obama has released a detailed summary of a new health care reform plan that includes several proposals that would...

HHS Buys Software for Extension Centers
February 19, 2010 The Department of Health and Human Services has licensed Web-based customer relationship management and project management...

KLAS Counts 89 Real HIEs
February 10, 2010 Axolotl Corp., Epic Systems Corp. and Medicity Inc. have the largest market shares of live, "validated" health information...

IBM Agrees to Buy Initiate Systems
February 3, 2010 IBM Corp. signed a definitive agreement to acquire health care data management vendor Initiate Systems Inc. for an undisclosed...

Thomson Reuters Buys Analytics Firm
January 28, 2010 Content and data analytics vendor Thomson Reuters acquired ProfSoft Inc., which sells data analytics software to health plans

Molina to Buy Unisys' Medicaid Business
January 20, 2010 Molina Healthcare Inc. will acquire the Medicaid health information management business of Unisys Corp.

HealthVault to Store EOB Data
January 20, 2010 Employees of Microsoft Corp. covered under Premera Blue Cross now can send explanation of benefits data to their Microsoft...

Records Firm Buys PHR Product
January 20, 2010 Medical records retrieval vendor MediConnect Global Inc. has acquired personal health records vendor PassportMD Inc. for an...

Tenn. Blues Breach Affects 500,000
January 15, 2010 BlueCross and BlueShield of Tennessee has announced the theft of identifiable data that affects an estimated 500,000 members

Health Insurer to Build Surveillance Pilot
January 15, 2010 Health insurer Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Inc. will develop a pilot of the Food and Drug Administration's Sentinel System to...

Vendors Test Interoperability in Chicago
January 12, 2010 Some 104 organizations are participating in the IHE North American Connectathon this week, testing the ability of their...

Lawson to Buy Healthvision
January 11, 2010 Lawson Software will acquire integration vendor Healthvision Solutions Inc. and its Quovadx holding company

Analytics Firm Expands Product Line
January 7, 2010 Health care data analytics vendor Humedica Inc. rolled out a real-time predictive clinical surveillance application

Forum Endorses 70 Quality Measures
January 6, 2010 The National Quality Forum endorsed 70 quality measures that combine data from two or more common electronic sources

Tracking Privacy and Security Changes
December 31, 2009 Requirements - and penalties - of the privacy and security rules now apply directly to business associates. These include such...

Industry Comments on HHS Breach Rule
December 31, 2009 Following the Department of Health and Human Services' issuance of an interim final rule governing notification of breaches of...

Survey Assesses Data Security Status at Health Care Organizations
December 30, 2009 A small survey of IT professionals shows that many health care organizations still have a long way to go when it comes to data...

EHR Pros Share Secrets
December 30, 2009 Information technology leaders gathered last fall at Health Data Management's Health IT Stimulus Summit in Boston to exchange...

Feds Get a Cybersecurity Czar
December 23, 2009 President Obama has appointed Howard Schmidt as the White House Cybersecurity Coordinator

Thomson Gets in the HIE Game
December 17, 2009 Thomson Reuters introduced a health information exchange platform that includes data analytics software and reporting functions

Klapstein: Use EDI Network for NHIN
December 16, 2009 The existing electronic data interchange networks of claims clearinghouses could serve as the foundation of a nationwide...

Microsoft to Buy Sentillion
December 11, 2009 Microsoft Corp. will acquire Sentillion Inc. a vendor of context management and single-sign-on software

Labs Bring Health Geography to Life
December 9, 2009 Loma Linda University opened two computer laboratories to teach students how to use geographic information systems technology...

Are HIEs the Answer?
December 9, 2009 Alternatives to regional health information exchanges are emerging

What's the Future of HIEs?
December 4, 2009 Nearly two decades after the advent of community health information networks and more than five years after the push for...

Kaiser, VA & Defense to Exchange Data
November 30, 2009 Kaiser Permanente will test the exchange of electronic health records between its clinical information systems and those of...

Insurer Breach Affects Four States
November 23, 2009 Insurer Health Net is reporting to insurance officials in four states the disappearance of a hard drive with protected health...

Study Casts Doubt on IT Benefits
November 23, 2009 A new study of cost data for 4,000 hospitals contends there is no evidence that computerization has lowered costs or...

PQRI Payments Up, Headaches Remain
November 17, 2009 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reported a large increase in incentives paid in 2008 to provider organizations...

Senate Bill Would Authorize IT Loans
November 17, 2009 Sen. John Kerry introduced legislation to authorize Small Business Administration loans to small health care practices to...

Supercomputer Maps HIV
November 10, 2009 Researchers with the international Center for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Immunology consortium recently used the Roadrunner...

Getting Medical Images into the EHR
November 4, 2009 Seven years ago, Crystal Run Healthcare in Middletown, N.Y., implemented an integrated radiology information system/picture...

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