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123 million Americans exposed in misconfigured cloud database: What infosec leaders should know

Data analytics firm Alteryx breached the personal information of 123 million U.S. households after leaving its Amazon Web Services S3 cloud storage bucket open to the public, a new report from security firm UpGuard found. UpGuard discovered the open ...

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Health Share of Oregon teams up with Health Catalyst to co-develop machine learning opioid tool

Health Share of Oregon and analytics specialist Health Catalyst announced an arrangement to jointly create a tool that predicts the risk of opioid abuse.  Called Population Builder, the risk-prediction tool consists of machine-learning algorithm...

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As IT devices crowd the point of care, experts weigh new EMI risks

More than a decade ago, healthcare information technology leaders – concerned about electromagnetic interference (EMI) from mobile electronics – banned cellphones in patient care areas. While there was little empirical evidence documentin...

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Former ONC chief Karen DeSalvo to join Dell Medical School

Karen DeSalvo, MD, who served as National Coordinator for Health Information Technology from 2014 to 2016 and U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health from 2014 to 2017, will join the faculty at the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin...

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Kaspersky sues US Homeland Security Department over ban

Kaspersky Labs is firing back at the U.S. government and filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security for failing to provide the company basic due process. In the suit, filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colum...

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OCR revamps HIPAA guidance in wake of opioid crisis, 21st Century Cures rules

As it works to implement the provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act, the Office for Civil Rights is also keeping an eye on the data sharing needs of the ongoing opioid crisis. In response to both, the HHS office has published some new information r...

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Cedars-Sinai accelerator companies announce deals with DoD, Merck, MD Anderson, and more

The Accelerator Class on Demo Day last week is the third hosted by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's third accelerator class held its demo day last week as the 10 companies announced a slew of pilots, deployments...

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Biggest EHR challenges for 2018: Security, interoperability, clinician burnout

From left, Michelle C. Lardner, RN, Kris K. Wilson and Matthew Ernst Moving into 2018, hospitals and health systems continue to face many challenges in implementing, maintaining and upgrading their electronic health record systems. These challeng...

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Trump administration says North Korea 'directly responsible' for WannaCry

Kim Jong Un. Credit: Wikimedia North Korea was directly responsible for the WannaCry ransomworm that infected over 300,000 devices in more than 150 countries in May, the Trump administration’s Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert announced...

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Telehealth tactics: A look at Penn Medicine's three-tiered approach

While there is nothing really new about video-based collaboration — or even telemedicine for that matter — a technology ecosystem is emerging to make next-generation medical visits and business interactions mainstream. That means it shoul...

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Clinicians still struggle to quickly access EHRs at point of care

Computers and workstations on wheels (WoWs) were designed to help clinicians spend less time working from nursing-station desktops and more time at the point of care. The reality, however, is that the ideal has yet to be fully realized. All too often...

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Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital cuts readmissions by 58% using email to coordinate care

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Credit: UCSF It might even seem overly simple, but using an email approach to care coordination between physicians can not only improve outcomes and provider satisfaction, but also have a fairly profound...

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