Data Warehousing

Ransomware dermatology
By Jessica Davis 03:38 pm August 10, 2016
The Reston, Virginia provider said patient protected health information and financial data was compromised by unauthorized third parties outside of the U.S.
By Jessica Davis 10:30 am August 09, 2016
The university aims to make genetic testing a regular part of healthcare using Google's Cloud Platform and informatics.
By Jessica Davis 11:30 am August 08, 2016
Newkirk Products, which provides ID cards for health insurance plans, reported an unauthorized access to a server containing member information.

The OCR investigation began in 2013, in response to Advocate's submission of three breach notification reports that pertained to separate events at Advocate Medical Group. (Photo: Advocate)

By Jessica Davis 03:22 pm August 04, 2016
OCR found the Illinois-based health system failed to conduct a thorough risk assessment and limit physical access to electronic health systems, among other infractions.
Health Catalyst Patient-reported outcomes

Health Catalyst senior vice president Paul Horstmeier said Patient-Reported outcomes promise in how clinicians and patients measure success.

By Bernie Monegain 10:14 am August 02, 2016
The small percentage of hospitals already tapping into the CMS PROs are tracking chronic care management, surgical interventions, mental health and cancer treatments, the company found. And there is evidence more healthcare entities will get in the game in the future.  

"I had an ever increasing need for better performance," said Chris Swartz, senior network and server analyst at Hutchinson Clinic. "It's the trickle-down effect, if I have one system running slowly, it can affect the rest of the organization."

By Jessica Davis 04:24 pm August 01, 2016
One 90-provider specialist practice is seeing improved workflows and better patient care after deploying hybrid storage capabilities aimed at accelerating the performance of its electronic health record, billing and practice management systems.
database hackers end breaches
By Bill Siwicki 07:17 am July 20, 2016
William Yasnoff, MD, has developed a personal grid format that can prevent hackers from accessing an entire database full of patient records. Hospitals or IT vendors can use the tactic – for free – to force cybercriminals to decrypt one record at a time.

"One of the biggest current threats to health information privacy is the serious compromise of the integrity and availability of data caused by malicious cyberattacks on electronic health information systems, such as through ransomware," said OCR Director Jocelyn Samuels.

By Jessica Davis 11:18 am July 12, 2016
Its advice includes ways to prevent and contain malware threats; OCR officials stress that these viruses are considered security incidents under HIPAA.
ONC blockchain
By Mike Miliard 11:31 am July 08, 2016
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is looking for ways that blockchain could be put to work in healthcare scenarios.
cybersecurity readiness

With the stakes of a data breach so high, many argue that security pros need more autonomy and power. One thing's for sure: With CISO salaries now often exceeding $400,000, many are taking on a lot more responsibility.

By Mike Miliard 10:48 am July 06, 2016
Healthcare providers typically spend less than 6 percent of their IT budget on security, according to HIMSS Analytics data. Financial institutions, by way of comparison, invest between 12 and 15 percent on average.

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