Cybersecurity, risk and compliance software firm Nuix's 2018 Black Report found that 23% of hackers claimed they can complete a data breach in health care organizations in less than five hours, while 46% said that across all industries it would take over 15 hours to break into a computer system. The report also showed that 32% of hackers are postgraduates, 43% are college graduates and 14% are high school graduates.
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In a recent report, iboss and Vanson Bourne discovered that 64% of IT professionals responsible for adopting software-as-a-service felt that their organizations moved too quickly to properly secure it. Additionally, 91% reported that security should improve before completely transitioning to the cloud.
Thousands of websites have been targeted in a malware campaign that installs remote-access Trojans and malware through fake notifications, a Malwarebytes analyst reports. Websites running various content management programs are vulnerable to the cyberattacks.
Medicare Payment Advisory Commission members discussed expanding incentives for health care providers participating in advanced alternative payment models under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act in an effort to encourage more participation. The commission proposed paying a 5% bonus only on certain revenue derived from an AAPM.
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Fifty percent of 300 primary care physicians polled wanted better access to patient information through their EHR systems, compared with 33% and 17% of respondents who were very satisfied and extremely satisfied with their access to patient data, respectively, according to a survey commissioned by SureScripts and conducted by ORC International. Researchers also found that although 83% of respondents believed that access to medication adherence information is a high priority, only 17% reported being able to retrieve such data easily, while 56% didn't trust any adherence information they have access to.
New Jersey-based Virtua Health System was able to more smoothly transition to its Epic EHR by involving clinicians during the EHR selection and implementation processes and extensively training them to use the system after deployment, said Virtua Senior Vice President and CIO Tom Gordon. Health IT executives should ensure clinician awareness of the goal of EHR projects before implementation to maintain engagement, Gordon said.
CVS Health has developed a new tool to alert pharmacists when more affordable drug options are available to patients as they fill prescriptions. CVS Pharmacy's Rx Savings Finder flags less costly therapeutic equivalents, and pharmacists who see an alert then ask patients for permission to talk with prescribers about switching to the cheaper medication.
Iowa-based IDx has received authorization from the FDA to market IDx-DR, a device that uses artificial intelligence software to analyze retinal images and screen for diabetic retinopathy. The device is the first to use AI to return results without requiring interpretation by a clinician, allowing it to be used by primary care professionals who may not normally handle eye care.