Nearly 90% of ransomware distribution in the first quarter of 2017 was attributed to the Cerber ransomware family, with former leader Locky only having less than 2% of the distribution, according to Malwarebytes' Cybercrime Tactics & Techniques report. Cerber is expected to keep being dominant in the ransomware market in the second quarter, Malwarebytes said.
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An internal audit at Virginia Mason Memorial in Yakima, Wash., found that 21 employees improperly accessed the records of 419 emergency room patients between October 2016 and January 2017. Compromised records may have included medical information, addresses and Social Security numbers, but investigators did not find any evidence that the information was used improperly.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology can improve its cybersecurity framework by providing more information on cyber supply chain risk management and addressing the lifecycle of assets such as devices, equipment, hardware and software, according to a letter sent by HIMSS to NIST Acting Director Kent Rochford. HIMSS also recommended measuring the progress of the framework and making insider threat management the focus of the framework's next iteration.
The CMS released proposed payment policies for fiscal 2018 that aim to "reduce burdens for hospitals so they can focus on providing high quality care for patients," CMS Administrator Seema Verma said. The proposed rule would result in 2.9% higher inpatient operating prospective payments, reduce payments to long-term hospitals by nearly 3.75% and relax clinical quality measure reporting standards for hospitals with an EHR system.
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A Black Book report named Cerner the EHR vendor most likely to replace the Department of Veterans Affairs' VistA EHR system. "Cerner outperformed in technology functionalities that support the health care delivery sector's role in combating the opiate crisis, scoring highest in drug surveillance tools and pharmaceutical prescription record tracking, behavioral health and addiction EHR capabilities," the report said.
A Government Accountability Office report issued last week found that providers cited "cost increases or inadequate payment and coverage restrictions" as somewhat or very significant barriers to adopting telehealth and remote patient monitoring within their practices. Providers named the "originating site" requirement for Medicare reimbursement and infrastructure requirements as other significant barriers to telehealth and RPM adoption.
The Study Watch, an investigational wearable device designed to collect heart rate, electrocardiogram data and other physiological readings from an individual, will be used in a $13 million, two-year study to track Parkinson's disease progression in 650 patients. The watch, developed by Verily Life Sciences, also is intended to be used in a planned Baseline study that will closely monitor the biomarkers of up to 20,000 initially healthy individuals.
Quidel has obtained 510(k) clearance from the FDA for an influenza A and B immunoassay that runs on its next-generation immunoassay platform Sofia 2. The platform, which provides higher- and lower-volume utilization than the standard Sofia platform, comes with an integrated barcode reader and an integrated router for the company's Virena wireless data management and instrument surveillance system.