Erin McCann

Erin McCann is Managing Editor at Healthcare IT News. She covers healthcare privacy and security, meaningful use, ambulatory care and healthcare policy. Follow Erin on Twitter @EMcCannHITN and Google+

By Erin McCann 10:37 am May 04, 2015
Every 60 seconds, 232 computers are infected with malware; 12 websites are successfully hacked; more than 571 new websites are created, and 204 million emails are sent. Combine this with the fact that on the black market, medical records are worth $60, compared to credit card data, which typically sells for $20. "That makes us a significant...
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By Erin McCann 10:12 am May 01, 2015
Patient safety organization The Leapfrog Group has published its newest results for hospital safety scores, and some hospitals didn't fare so well. We have the list of the 20 hospitals that received failing grades for safety.
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By Erin McCann 02:53 pm April 29, 2015
Patient safety organization The Leapfrog Group has published its newest results for hospital safety scores, and we have the list of the 782 safest U.S. hospitals that earned the top score of 'A.'
By Erin McCann 11:10 am April 29, 2015
Another healthcare employee opened an email that turned out to be a phishing scam that ended up compromising the protected health information and Social Security numbers of 39,000 patients.
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By Erin McCann 11:06 am April 28, 2015
There's a problem in the world of data analytics. A new survey of health IT professionals shows that the lion's share of them see clinical and business intelligence as top priorities for 2015, but the majority also say they don't even know what data to actually collect.
By Erin McCann 11:01 am April 24, 2015
How many breaches, how many compromises of patients' confidential medical information does it take before there are some questions asked of an organization and its security policies? One health system, for instance, recently announced its seventh large HIPAA breach.
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By Erin McCann 11:11 am April 23, 2015
At first glance, patient satisfaction surveys that are linked to hospital Medicare payments may seem great in theory. But tying hospital payments to subjective patient experience metrics may actually result in serious harm by diverting attention away from clinical outcomes.
Surgeons prepping for surgery
By Erin McCann 03:29 pm April 21, 2015
Each year, some 722,000 hospitalized patients will acquire a serious infection. A staggering 75,000 of them will die in the hospital due to the HAI. Here is a map and searchable list for hospitals who scored worse than the national average on different infection metrics.
By Erin McCann 10:45 am April 21, 2015
ONC has released a new and improved handbook for securing electronic health information. Among the highlights: How to comply with meaningful use security requirements, questions to ask health IT vendors and HIPAA compliance checklists.
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By Erin McCann 07:45 pm April 14, 2015
Let's face it: Security has never really been the healthcare industry's strong suit.

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