HHS reminds health care sector to adhere to OCR ransomware guidance | Report: About 80% of consumers trust providers to protect their data | Medical, dental clinics under siege from hacker group
May 18, 2017
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HHS reminds health care sector to adhere to OCR ransomware guidance
Health care organizations should follow the HHS Office for Civil Rights' ransomware guidance and implement necessary data security measures following the global WannaCry ransomware attack, according to HHS. A HIPAA-covered entity "must determine whether such a breach is a reportable breach no later than 60 days after the entity knew or should have known of the breach," HHS said.
Health IT Security (5/17) 
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Report: About 80% of consumers trust providers to protect their data
The Ponemon Institute surveyed 549 consumers and found that although 34% of all data breaches and 44% of breached records were in health care organizations, approximately 80% of respondents reported trusting providers to protect their personal information. Researchers also interviewed IT personnel and found that only 39% gave a high ranking to their organization's ability to prevent a data breach and 47% ranked their organization high in detection ability.
Healthcare IT News (5/16) 
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Medical, dental clinics under siege from hacker group
The Dark Overlord hacker group has stolen hundreds of thousands of patient records over the past year from medical and dental offices and is selling them on the black market or posting them online if the clinics do not pay a ransom. The records can be used for fraud and blackmail, says Robert Lord, chief executive of cybersecurity firm Protenus.
McClatchy Washington Bureau (5/15) 
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Omnicare to resolve false claims allegations for $8M
CVS Health subsidiary Omnicare agreed to pay $8 million to resolve a qui tam lawsuit alleging the company violated the False Claims Act using its prescription verification system. Omnicare was accused of automating its label verification system to submit Medicare Part D and Medicaid claims for generic drugs different from medication patients actually received.
Reuters (5/16) 
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EHRs and MU
Athenahealth adds MU stage 3 guarantee for hospitals
Health IT vendor athenahealth's expanded guarantee program now includes a meaningful use stage 3 guarantee for hospitals, officials announced. Hospitals using the company's full-suite offering of EHR, patient engagement and revenue cycle management services are guaranteed to avoid negative Medicare reimbursement adjustments and perform at or above the government-mandated national threshold.
Healthcare Informatics online (5/17) 
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Pharmacist-led intervention might improve care of bacteremia patients
An EHR-driven, pharmacist-led intervention for the management of patients with Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia improved infectious disease consult rates, the use of targeted antimicrobial therapy and adherence to quality-of-care measures, compared with a pre-intervention group of patients, researchers reported in Clinical Infectious Diseases. All-cause mortality risk was lower in the intervention group, but no significant differences were noted in lengths of stay or readmissions.
Healio (free registration)/Infectious Disease News (5/16) 
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Study examines efficacy of telemedical coaching in diabetes
A study in Diabetes Care showed that patients with advanced-stage type 2 diabetes had a -1.1 ± 1.2% reduction in A1C 12 weeks after receiving telemedical coaching along with weighing scales, step counters and routine care, compared with those who didn't receive telemedical coaching. German researchers used a cohort of 202 patients and found similar results for secondary outcomes including body mass index, eating behavior, antidiabetes medication, quality of life, weight, systolic blood pressure and 10-year cardiovascular risk.
Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (5/17) 
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Advancing Care With IT
MAP Health, IBM Watson partner to combat substance abuse
MAP Health Management is partnering with IBM Watson Health to leverage its cognitive computing engine to identify patients most likely to relapse into substance abuse and provide treatment and intervention to boost care outcomes. Personalized care management programs will be delivered to at least 50,000 new people over the next year, MAP Health executives said.
Healthcare IT News (5/16) 
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