ransomware HIPAA OCR HHS privacy security Kansas Heart Hospital malware

Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita paid the initial ransom but decided against paying the second request even though some of its data appears to still be locked. 

By Bill Siwicki 02:58 pm May 23, 2016
Kansas Heart Hospital declined to pay the second ransom, saying that would not be wise. Security experts, meanwhile, are warning that ransomware attacks will only get worse.
Epic Systems EHR electronic health record St. Charles Health System

St. Charles Health System in Bend, Oregon. Source: St Charles Health System

By Bill Siwicki 12:48 pm May 23, 2016
The Oregon-based network said the new electronic health record system will help it improve care quality and coordination.
Danny Sands, MD - Society for Participatory Medicine

Danny Sands, MD, is excited about patient-generated health data, but said healthcare providers need systems in place to help them separate signal from noise and identify important trends. 

By Mike Miliard 11:47 am May 23, 2016
The practicing physician and entrepreneur said that the carwash model does not work well for healthcare. But he’s optimistic about the future of patient-generated data, biometrics and connected devices improving doctor-patient collaboration.
By Jessica Davis 11:08 am May 23, 2016
Iowa- and Illinois-based Genesis Health Systems has joined forces with v
House calls Medicare Medicaid  Independence at Home
By Kaiser Health News 10:11 am May 23, 2016
An experimental program called Independence at Home saved an average of $13,600 per patient during its first year. 
Marc Harrison Intermountain

Intermountain's new CEO Marc Harrison, MD, will take the helm in October. 

By Susan Morse 09:44 am May 23, 2016
Marc Harrison, MD, will replace current CEO Charles Sorenson, who intends to stay on and work with Intermountain’s Healthcare Leadership Institute. 
CMS Medicare Mediciaid
By Bill Siwicki 08:26 am May 23, 2016
Networks are aiding medical practices and community health centers to prepare for population health and value-based reimbursement, executive director Debra Simmons says.

Melinda Gates is working on healthcare issues all around the world. She's also taking on gender equality in a big way.

By Bernie Monegain 06:34 am May 23, 2016
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced that it will donate $80 million to help close the gender gap and advance pay equality.
By Tom Sullivan 04:39 pm May 20, 2016
Angie Puffer, operations manager in the Mayo Clinic’s Office of Access Management, spoke at the Healthcare IT News Pop Health Forum 2016 and shared some of the lessons Mayo has learned in attracting those to the patient portal.
By Bill Siwicki 03:45 pm May 20, 2016
The physician will help implement an Epic EHR at the Connecticut health system and work as a hospitalist at one of UConn Health’s facilities.

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