OIG releases cybersecurity audit results for DOD Health Agency | US partial shutdown compromising cybersecurity | Survey: Most IoT devices open to hacks
January 17, 2019
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OIG releases cybersecurity audit results for DOD Health Agency
A report by the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General found that the DOD Health Agency didn't meet its own password complexity requirements and failed to consistently implement cybersecurity measures to protect systems that processed, stored and transmitted patient information and EHRs. The OIG offered a range of recommendations to address problems, including holding chief information officers accountable for the protection of patient health information.
Health IT Security (1/16) 
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US partial shutdown compromising cybersecurity
US cybersecurity is one notable victim of the federal government's partial shutdown. Roughly half the staff in various associated departments are on furlough, and the interruption is accelerating the departure of key security talent as other options seem more appealing than unpredictable government work.
CNBC (1/15) 
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Survey: Most IoT devices open to hacks
A new survey by security company Gemalto has found that almost half of companies using internet of things devices have no way to determine if their devices are being hacked, despite citing security as one of the most important ways to earn customer trust. By 2023, an estimated 20 billion devices are expected to be on the market, but marketers are looking to government entities to set standards and regulations regarding cybersecurity, respondents told Gemalto.
Fast Company online (1/16) 
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What the Data Ordered
From systems analysts to chief technology officers, health IT leaders need a strong understanding of the technology that affects modern patient care and healthcare systems — and how that data is properly managed. Read this SmartFocus on Health IT to learn why expertise is needed and how you can get it.
EHRs and MU
Study examines health care organizations' approaches to HIE
Health care organizations use three proprietary approaches to health information exchange -- data exchange between physicians who "use the same EHR," those who "use an EHR that participates in an EHR vendor alliance" and physicians who "are part of the same integrated system" -- but smaller facilities have greater need for open approaches, according to a study in the American Journal of Managed Care. Researchers also found that 33% of Medicare patient transitions could be completed by using one of the three HIE approaches, while 45% of patients still require open data exchange methods.
Becker's Health IT & CIO Report (1/16) 
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Medtronic debuts pacer-connected smartphone app
Medtronic has released its MyCareLink Heart mobile app for use in connecting smartphones directly to its BlueSync technology-enabled pacemakers. The app enables wireless transmission of device data to the company's CareLink network, helping doctors monitor patients and providing them alerts on clinically relevant events.
MassDevice (Boston) (1/15) 
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Advancing Care With IT
Horizon 2020 project creates photonics-based CVD screening device
CARDIS, a Horizon 2020 project involving Medtronic, imec and seven other partners, has developed a prototype mobile, low-cost, multibeam laser Doppler vibrometry device that uses a silicon photonics chip and aids in arterial stiffness screening and cardiovascular disease diagnosis. The partners have conducted one clinical feasibility study of the device, and more are planned.
New Electronics (1/15) 
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