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By Jessica Davis 01:58 pm September 26, 2016
First spotted in January, security firm Trend Micro has seen an increase this month in the ransomware’s distribution campaign.
GE technology accelerator five.eight

GE Healthcare CEO John Flannery said the goal is go help foster a global healthcare ecosystem.

By Mike Miliard 01:07 pm September 26, 2016
Called five.eight, the accelerator seeks to fund 10 companies that can improve quality and access in the developing world.
AMA doctors digital tools
By Jeff Lagasse 12:26 pm September 26, 2016
The survey of 1,300 physicians found that 85 percent believe digital health tools hold at least some capacity to improve care while other appealing aspects include medication adherence and reducing burnout among doctors. 
ransomware USC Keck and Norris

Keck Hospital CEO Rodney Hanners said the investigation, which included the FBI, did not find any evidence that cybercriminals accessed or retrieved the encrypted data.  

By Bernie Monegain 11:51 am September 26, 2016
USC’s Keck and Norris Hospital restored data within days of the incident and did not pay a ransom, an official said.
Care New England HIPAA fine

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island.

By Bernie Monegain 10:41 am September 26, 2016
The case, which also includes Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, stems from lost backup tapes housing protected health information, the Office for Civil Rights said.
StartUp Health incubator Colorado

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Source: Jeffrey Beall via Wikimedia. 

By Jack McCarthy 10:09 am September 26, 2016
The organization is joining forces with the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Children’s Hospital Colorado and UCHealth to create a health innovation hub in the Rocky Mountains. 
Obama National Health IT Week
By Healthcare IT News 09:37 am September 26, 2016
"During National Health IT Week, we recommit ourselves to improving the health of our citizenry using the breakthrough technologies of our time and reaching for the next frontier of innovation," said Obama.
Zika Mitch McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell proposed legislation he said address concerns of both Democrats and Republicans. The $1 billion for Zika is also part of a bill that would fund the government and avert a shutdown. Source: Gage Skidmore. 

By Jack McCarthy 09:32 am September 26, 2016
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell proposed legislation that would fund Zika, support veterans and provide flood relief to several states. Democrats maintained they could filibuster the bill.
interoperability ripe for disruption

Penn Medicine CIO Mike Restuccia said that until the healthcare industry has common semantic, data model and data definition standards interoperability will lag in adoption and under-deliver in results. 

By Tom Sullivan 07:08 am September 26, 2016
Interoperability has, well, interoperability problems. Standards are being developed but EHRs are still under-delivering. And once data sharing picks up, more challenges will arise than we can understand today. Multiple tipping points are ahead. 
California public option

A public option rally. Source: Bernard Pollack via Wikimedia. 

By Kaiser Health News 07:05 am September 26, 2016
Dave Jones said that market consolidation among healthcare payers means the state should give careful thought to a public option for insurance.

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