Benjamin Harris

Benjamin "Benzo" Harris is a contributing writer to Healthcare IT News and former new media producer for HIMSS Media. Follow him on Twitter: @BenzoHarris.

Hospitals are paying for not vetting their vendors
By Benjamin Harris 12:36 pm July 11, 2019
More than half of hospitals say they've had one or more data breaches caused by third-party vendors in the past two years, with an average cost of $2.9 million per incident – but too many are still failing to do adequate risk assessments.

Dr. Suzanne Schwartz, FDA's deputy director of the Office of Strategic Partnerships and Technology Innovation, says all device manufacturers should "monitor and assess cybersecurity vulnerability risk, and to be proactive about disclosing vulnerabilities."

By Benjamin Harris 02:24 pm July 01, 2019
The agency warns that older MiniMed devices – which have been recalled by Medtronic – could be hacked and remotely controlled, adding to the list of cyber concerns for IoT devices.
Intermountain, deCODE launch massive new genetics study
By Benjamin Harris 11:20 am June 14, 2019
The largest U.S.-based genetics study – 500,000 samples drawn from Intermountain Health’s patient population – aims to improve precision medicine.
Streamlining billing with IT to increase hospital revenue
By Benjamin Harris 01:45 am June 13, 2019
Technology can notice oversights and help with formatting. And artificial intelligence has a role to play.
EHR optimization can stop common diseases in their tracks
By Benjamin Harris 12:20 pm June 12, 2019
Many illnesses are easy to treat if caught in time. New EHR studies show how optimizing data can spot problems clinicians might overlook.
Using artificial intelligence, speech recognition to optimize note taking
By Benjamin Harris 11:57 am June 11, 2019
A new AI service promises to improve physician performance by doing the typing for them.
Artificial intelligence shows promise in detecting lung cancer
By Benjamin Harris 01:51 pm June 10, 2019
Northwestern University and Google have partnered to use AI technology to spot cancer earlier.
Managing population health with analytics and social determinants of health
By Benjamin Harris 12:04 pm June 07, 2019
Knowing more about a patient than ever before means healthcare providers are in a position to better serve high-risk populations.
As cybersecurity threats change, so must hospitals
By Benjamin Harris 11:28 am June 07, 2019
A new assessment of cybersecurity threats highlights consumers’ growing role and predicts things will get worse before they get better.
WannaCry 2019: Ransomware is alive and well
By Benjamin Harris 11:25 am June 06, 2019
Because a new class of devices is emerging, WannaCry is very aggressive and a variety of other factors, the healthcare industry is still at risk from the ransomware.

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