Jessica Davis

Jessica Davis is Senior Editor for Healthcare IT News, exclusively covering cybersecurity and government policy. She writes the bi-weekly HITN Cybersecurity Checkup and is lead editor for Women in Health IT.

VA secretary Wilkie announces VA signs Cerner EHR contract

Acting Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie delivers a brief statement during the daily news conference at the White House on May 17. The VA later announced its decision to sign Cerner contract. Photo by Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images)

By Jessica Davis 09:30 am May 18, 2018
After nearly a year of speculation, the Veterans Affairs Department will implement the same EHR as the Department of Defense.
Retired Navy Commander Kirk Lippold speaking at HIMSS Security Forum
By Jessica Davis 12:35 pm May 17, 2018
Retired Navy Commander Kirk Lippold will share his vision for leadership within an organization, including creating a culture of integrity and personal accountability, at the HIMSS Security Forum in June.
Veterans Affairs EHR modernization project
By Jessica Davis 02:36 pm May 16, 2018
In the last four months, the agency has lost about 40 senior staffers and the lack of experienced IT leadership puts the EHR modernization project at risk, 11 Congressional members argue.
Sutter health cybersecurity breach in california

Photo via Google Maps

By Jessica Davis 01:21 pm May 16, 2018
The activation of a fire suppression system of one of the health system’s data centers on Monday shut down its Epic EHR and other information systems.
doctor reviewing CT scan security flaws
By Jessica Davis 03:24 pm May 14, 2018
Some vulnerabilities in Philips’ Brilliance CT scanners and GE Healthcare Mobile tech could allow an unauthorized user to obtain elevated credentials and make modifications to system settings.
cybersecurity password login on hospital computer

Some clinicians share their passwords with nurses in order to complete charts with the idea of “a care efficiency: rather than a risk.

By Jessica Davis 03:07 pm May 11, 2018
From legacy infrastructure to potential medical device hacks, some of the industry’s leading voices opened up about how the industry can begin to combat the inevitable breach.
By Jessica Davis 11:52 am May 11, 2018
The final rule will override state laws to create a nationwide telehealth program to improve care access and reduce wait times for veterans.
medical device like this MRI can be hacked
By Jessica Davis 09:54 am May 11, 2018
The threat to medical devices is real and happening now – and it’s a patient safety issue, much more than one of HIPAA compliance.
VA Cerner EHR

VA CFO Jon Rychalski testifying before Senate on Wednesday. Credit: C-span

By Jessica Davis 10:18 am May 10, 2018
VA CFO Jon Rychalski told the Senate Appropriations Committee that the latest delays in contract negotiations were because the acting secretary “came in cold” to the position.
Veterans Affairs EHR modernization
By Jessica Davis 01:22 pm May 09, 2018
The bills, introduced by the Committee on Veterans Affairs, also give legislative authority for VA providers to practice telemedicine across state lines.

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