Ransomware attack against Texas provider affects 200K patients | HHS may have 41% of systems on the cloud by end of fiscal 2017, CIO says | CMS officials mull future of advanced payment initiatives
March 28, 2017
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Ransomware attack against Texas provider affects 200K patients
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.
BeckersHospitalReview.com (3/27),  KXAN-TV (Austin, Texas) (3/24),  Austin American-Statesman (Texas) (free content) (3/24) 
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HHS may have 41% of systems on the cloud by end of fiscal 2017, CIO says
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.
BeckersHospitalReview.com (3/27),  FederalNewsRadio.com (3/24) 
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CMS officials mull future of advanced payment initiatives
The CMS' goal of shifting a proportion of Medicare spending to alternative payment models is in question after the agency delayed expansion of a joint replacement program, writes Elizabeth Whitman. CMS officials are considering postponing all mandatory bundled-payment initiatives until 2018, and HHS Secretary Tom Price has said he opposes the mandatory initiatives.
Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (3/25) 
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EHRs and MU
CDC examines EHR use among US physician specialties
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.
MedCityNews.com (3/27) 
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HIMSS awards Stage 6 recognition to Md. provider
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.
BeckersHospitalReview.com (3/27) 
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Survey examines physicians' views on telehealth implementation
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.
BeckersSpine.com (3/27) 
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Improved glycemic control tied to virtual glucose management, study finds
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Researchers noted a 36% drop in hypoglycemic readings and a 39% reduction in the daily number of inpatients with two or more blood glucose values of 12.5 mmol/L or greater in the year following implementation of virtual glucose management services, according to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Researchers conducted a 36-month cross-sectional study involving adult inpatients who underwent point-of-care blood glucose testing and used the virtual service, which includes automated reports along with clinician review and notes that are incorporated into the EMRs.
Medscape (free registration) (3/27) 
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Advancing Care With IT
Online tool shows promise in predicting readmission risk
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.
BeckersHospitalReview.com (3/27) 
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