Health IT groups praise Trump's pick for HHS secretary | Report: Health care cyberattacks to rise twofold in 2 years | Commentary: People are greatest cybersecurity risk
November 30, 2016
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Health IT groups praise Trump's pick for HHS secretary
Price pick for HHS foreshadows ACA repeal
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President-elect Donald Trump has chosen House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, R-Ga., to become HHS secretary, earning praise from stakeholder groups within the health IT industry. "[Chairman Price] has been an advocate for utilizing health IT to improve health outcomes for patients, while decreasing unnecessary burden on providers," HIMSS said in a statement.
Health Data Management (11/29),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (11/29),  Bloomberg (11/29), Associated Press (11/29) 
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Cyber Security Risk in Hospital Networks
Learn what the former CISO of The Mayo Clinic considers the potential problems and possible impact of network based medical devices in the healthcare landscape are. Watch the on demand webinar now. View the webinar
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Report: Health care cyberattacks to rise twofold in 2 years
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An IDC report reveals that ransomware attacks against the health care industry will double by 2018, driven by an increase in internet of things technology, lack of IT investment and "[t]he vulnerability of not having adequate and resilient security," said Lynne Dunbrack, research president of IDC Health Insights. Dunbrack stressed the importance of being hypervigilant regarding updating security software and installing security patches.
Health IT Security (11/29) 
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Commentary: People are greatest cybersecurity risk
People are the reason for every data breach, says security expert Frank Abagnale. "Every breach occurs because someone in that company did something they were not supposed to do or because someone in that company failed to do something they were supposed to do," he says.
Healthcare IT News (11/28) 
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Biomedical research is awash in data but lacks processing tools
Scientists are amassing vast stores of biomedical data, but they are lacking the tools they need to analyze and understand those data, stakeholders said during FasterCures' recent Partnering For Cures conference. Scientists must test hypotheses gleaned from data on patients, but research centers already struggle to find clinical trial participants, says FDA Commissioner Robert Califf.
National Public Radio (11/28) 
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The Truth about Cloud Security
72% of businesses are using the cloud. 56% said they are still figuring out exactly where they can use the cloud more. Why would so many businesses already trust these services with their own and their clients' most sensitive data? While security risks are real, the cloud is also more secure than you think. Read this eBook to learn more
EHRs and MU
Use of EHRs addressed in amended version of 21st Century Cures Act
The revised version of the 21st Century Cures Act, introduced by House Republicans on Friday, includes several provisions that aim to facilitate the adoption and use of EHRs and health IT. The legislation includes meaningful use hardship exemptions and addresses health IT certification and strategies for reducing provider reporting burden.
EHR Intelligence (11/29) 
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Why Platform Matters When Choosing an ERP System
In order to survive, grow, and compete in the digital age, organizations need an ERP that is highly flexible and able to adapt. So, what are the tough platform questions you should ask yourself when shopping for an ERP?
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Telemedicine bill gains Senate approval
The Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes Act, a bill that would make the University of Mexico's Project ECHO telemedicine program a national model for health care delivery in underserved and remote areas, was unanimously approved by the Senate Tuesday. "Our bill capitalizes on this technology to give health professionals in hard-to-reach areas the specialized training they need and help them reach more patients," said Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, who co-sponsored the legislation with Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.
mHealth Intelligence (11/29) 
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Diabetes patients benefit from continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion systems
Researchers evaluated data from the Insulet registry involving 1,269 type 1 diabetes patients and found that among those who began treatment with Omnipod, a continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion system, 72.5% reported positive changes for perceived control over diabetes, 69.6% for diabetes distress, 50.6% for hypoglycemic safety and 53.5% for general well-being. The findings in Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics also showed that 64.2% of participants had an improvement in A1C since using Omnipod.
Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (11/29) 
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Advancing Care With IT
Ultrasound technology used to develop 3D VR model of fetus
A study scheduled for presentation at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America shows that 3D immersive visualization, an ultrasound technology, can be used to create a 3D virtual reality model of a fetus. The technology has several potential applications, such as evaluating the status of a fetus' airways, educating parents on malformations and aiding in care coordination among multidisciplinary teams. (11/28) 
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