By Mike Miliard 07:48 am May 17, 2016
New species of the malicious code are found in the wild on a regular basis. Here are some of the newest types of ransomware.  
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Boston Children's CIO Daniel Nigrin, MD said that in the past he thought about cybersecurity related to health IT as safeguarding data. But experience, particularly the Anonymous attack, has since taught him that it is much more than that. 

By Bill Siwicki 07:07 am May 17, 2016
Cybercriminals have set their sights on healthcare. Ransomware is the new normal. And many providers are approaching security all wrong. CIOs, CISOs, ethical hackers and other experts point the way forward. 
By Mike Miliard 04:40 pm May 16, 2016
UC Health – the flagship University of Cincinnati Medical Center, as well as 167 of its affiliated practices – has reached the Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model.

University of Colorado Hospital (photo: Jeffrey Beall, Wikimedia)

By Jessica Davis 11:34 am May 16, 2016
Aurora, Colorado-based UCHealth has partnered again with LeanTaaS, a Silicon Valley-based predictive analytics startup. It will implement iQueue for Operating Rooms, which combines lean principles with advanced data tools for operating room utilization improvements.
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By Mike Miliard 11:04 am May 16, 2016
The collaboration aims to help health plans more easily scale both fee-for-service and value-based models.
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By Kaiser Health News 10:22 am May 16, 2016
Long-term care, out-of-pocket spending, and even dental care are among the challenges that America faces in the next few years but Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are not saying nearly enough about their intentions in those areas. 
Veterans Affairs Montana Sen. John Tester

“I’m telling you, it’s just flat laziness. These folks turn in their bills, and if they’re not paid in a timely manner, that’s a business model that’ll cause you to go broke pretty quick," Montana Sen. Jon Tester said of the Veteran Affairs department. 

By Kaiser Health News 09:42 am May 16, 2016
Veterans are still waiting to see a doctor. Two years ago, vets were waiting a long time for care at Veterans Affairs clinics. At one facility in Phoenix, for example, veterans waited on average 115 days for an appointment.
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the first time stated that women must be treated the same as men when it comes to healthcare and insurance. 

By Bernie Monegain 09:26 am May 16, 2016
The Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities states that women must be treated equally to men and bans discrimination based on race, color, national origin, age or disability and, for the first time, gender.

The Health Care Innovation Awards have already shown "a wide range of experiences that have resulted in tangible benefits for patients," said CMS Chief Medical Officer Patrick Conway, MD.

By Mike Miliard 02:16 pm May 13, 2016
Early returns from the Health Care Innovation Awards, a CMS initiative that tests new payment and service delivery models, already "show a wide range of experiences that have resulted in tangible benefits for patients" and have helped the agency develop better policies, said CMS Chief Medical Officer Patrick Conway, MD.
By Bernie Monegain 01:24 pm May 13, 2016
Heritage Group announced this month the closing of its latest Healthcare Innovation Fund, backed by 15 leading healthcare organizations, at $220 million.

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