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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.
HHS HIPAA limited
By Bill Siwicki 07:11 am July 20, 2016
Health and Human Services said in a new report to Congress that current regulations are not keeping pace with consumer engagement tools, including fitness trackers, social media, mobile health apps and wearables.
Google DeepMind medical records
By Bill Siwicki 06:58 am July 20, 2016
Google’s artificial intelligence technology is working on health issues but its reliance on large troves of health data has some CISOs, physicians and patients concerned.
Cigna CareAllies analytics
By Susan Morse 03:10 pm July 19, 2016
The insurer said its new subsidiary will work with health systems to create necessary core capabilities for alternative payment models or to hone those already in place for more effective physician alignment and clinical integration. 

"The apps that these challenges will produce have the potential to spur real-world improvements for individuals and clinicians throughout the health system," said Principal Deputy National Coordinator Vindell Washington, MD.

By Mike Miliard 11:07 am July 19, 2016
The Consumer Health Data Aggregator and Provider User Experience challenges focus on easing access to information for patients and clinicians, using open APIs and the FHIR interoperability standard.  
OHSU HHS HIPAA breaches

Source: M.O. Stevens via Wikimedia

By Bernie Monegain 10:16 am July 19, 2016
Officials from Oregon Health and Science University said that one of the incidents was because of a stolen laptop, while the other involved a cloud storage service business associate. 
Cerner RCM revenue cycle

Jeff Hurst said that it’s critical for hospitals to integrate revenue cycle management software with their electronic health records platforms.

By Bernie Monegain 09:50 am July 19, 2016
Cerner President Zane Burke said that Hurst, currently a senior vice president at Florida Hospital, brings both vision and operational expertise to the software vendor.  
Dignity SCL microhospitals
By Kaiser Health News 08:10 am July 19, 2016
Health systems in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and Texas are establishing small facilities with robust outpatient services to target specific regions.
#HIT100 list on Twitter

From left: Susannah Fox, Eric Topol, Karen Desalvo and Andrew Slavitt.

By Tom Sullivan 07:09 am July 19, 2016
The names and Twitter handles of this year's social media favorites as voted on by the people. 
By Jessica Davis 04:10 pm July 18, 2016
Hospital computer and math science positions are on the uptick, with 17.9 percent growth between 2010 to 2014, according to a MedPAC analysis of Bureau of Labor statistics. That growth may reflect healthcare's efforts to transition to electronic health records.

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