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Shadow IT Plagues Organizations, Undermining Cloud Security

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Shadow IT continues to affect organizations, which is undermining their cloud security and exposing sensitive data to breaches, according to a survey of 450 IT and cybersecurity professionals from a range of industries including healthcare. Shadow IT is the use of unsanctioned personal devices and cloud services and apps by employees. A whopping 93 percent of survey respondents said...

FDA OKs Ascom Digistat Medical Device Integration Software for US

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of Ascom’s Digistat medical device integration software in the U.S. market, Swiss-based Ascom announced Feb. 20. The Digistat medical device integration software suite includes Digistat Connect, Digistat Smart Central, and Digistat Smart Central Mobile. The Digistat Connect software collects clinical data, alarms, and...

Upgrading Health IT Infrastructure Top Challenge for Healthcare

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Upgrading health IT infrastructure was cited as among the top challenges facing healthcare executives in 2019. On behalf of SAP, Porter Research polled 100 healthcare CEOs, CFOs, and CIOs from acute care hospitals and integrated delivery networks with more than 300 beds about the top challenges facing health systems this year. Asked to identify their top health system challenge,...

Food and Drug Administration OKs First Interoperable Insulin Pump

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first interoperable insulin pump, which enables patients to customize treatment using their diabetes management devices. The alternate controller-enabled (ACE) insulin pump, made by Tandem Diabetes Care, can be used with different components making up diabetes therapy systems. With the pump, patients can tailor their diabetes...

Intel Uses Purchasing Power to Spur Health IT Interoperability

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Through its Connected Care model, Intel is using its purchasing power to accelerate health IT interoperability to benefit employees, their families, and the communities where they live and work. Intel offers its Connected Care health plans in five areas where it has a large employee population: Rio Rancho, New Mexico; Hillsboro, Oregon; Chandler, Arizona; Folsom, California; and Santa...

IT More Upbeat Than Clinicians About Healthcare Interoperability

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More than three-quarters of IT and tech leaders judged their healthcare interoperability efforts as excellent or good, but fewer than half of clinicians had the same opinion. Around one-third of respondents to a survey conducted by HIMSS media for Hyland Healthcare reported the highest level of healthcare interoperability, with two or more systems exchanging, interpreting, and using...

Precision Medical Imaging Market to Reach $8B by 2027, Says Frost

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The precision medical imaging market is forecast by Frost & Sullivan to grow from $120 million in 2017 to over $8 billion by 2027. Technology advances such as clinical decision support software, sensors, 3D printing, deep learning, and artificial intelligence (AI) will be applied to medical imaging, predicted Frost & Sullivan. “Precision medical imaging has...

WellSpan Deploys Citrix Desktop Virtualization to Speed EHR Use

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WellSpan Health has partnered with Citrix Systems, a provider of desktop virtualization and cloud computing, to deploy a digital workspace for its more than 1,500 doctors and clinicians to speed up access to WellSpan’s Epic EHR and other applications and data. WellSpan operates eight hospitals and has more than 19,000 employees and 170 patient care locations in central...

Wireless Medical Device Proliferation Could Overwhelm Networks

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Monitoring and managing wireless medical devices and reducing downtime on wireless networks are top priorities for healthcare organizations in improving clinician productivity and patient care quality, according to a survey of Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Technology (AEHIT) members by Nyansa. Wi-Fi network quality has become a safety and security issue as the...

Broad-based Panel Tackles Healthcare Interoperability Challenges

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Timed to coincide with the release of a new report by the Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC) and Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), a broad-based panel of public and private sector representatives at HIMSS on Thursday tackled the thorny issue of healthcare interoperability. The panel was moderated by Tom Daschle, BPC cofounder and former Senate Democratic Leader from South...

Hackensack Meridian Health Unveils 2 Healthcare Cloud Deals

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Hackensack Meridian Health, the largest healthcare network in New Jersey, announced two healthcare cloud deals this week, one with Google and other with Microsoft. Using the Google Cloud, Hackensack Meridian Health said it will be able to create and use serverless solutions that enable its engineers to focus on building and connecting services that scale to any size and...

Outdated Health IT Infrastructure Attracts Hackers to Hospitals

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Outdated healthcare IT infrastructure is attracting cybercriminals to hospitals, which are the most vulnerable type of organization, judged a new cybersecurity report. Other factors attracting cybercriminals to healthcare include lack of experienced cyber personnel, highly valuable data, and vulnerability to ransomware attacks, the Cisco/Cybersecurity ventures 2019 Cybersecurity...

More Healthcare Organizations To Adopt Hybrid Cloud Computing

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The healthcare industry is increasingly adopting hybrid cloud models, according to a survey of more than 2,300 IT decision makers by VansonBourne on behalf of cloud provider Nutanix. Hybrid cloud deployment by healthcare providers is expected to jump from 19 percent penetration to 37 percent in two years, respondents forecast. While 88 percent of respondents said that they expect...

Portland Clinic Boosts Communication about Emergency Department Visits

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The Portland Clinic was getting piecemeal notifications about emergency department (ED) visits by its patients, which was causing gaps in treatment at the hospitals as well as in follow-up care at the clinic. To help fix the problem, the clinic turned to Collective Medical’s EDie technology, which collects data from ED visits by patients, notifies providers about the visits,...

Network Infrastructure Complexity Cited as Security Challenge

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The complexity of the healthcare network infrastructure is a barrier to remediation and mitigation of security incidents, according to 166 health information security professionals surveyed for the 2019 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey. Respondents were asked to rate various barriers to remediation and mitigation of security incidents, on a scale of 1 (no challenge) to 5 (extreme challenge)....

ONC Proposes Certification Criteria for Developers of Healthcare APIs

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ONC is laying out certification criteria for app developers in developing standardized healthcare APIs to allow individuals to securely access structured and unstructured electronic health information (EHI) using smartphones and other mobile devices. In a wide-ranging notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) released Feb. 11, ONC has laid out a series of measures intended to implement...

Microsoft Azure Launches Healthcare API for FHIR Standard

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Microsoft Azure has launched a healthcare API for the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard, which will enable health system interoperability and sharing data in the cloud. The FHIR API and data store allows healthcare organizations to connect securely and interact with any system that uses FHIR-based APIs, explained Heather Jordan Cartwright, general manager...

HITRUST Unveils Tool to Assess Healthcare Supply Chain Risk

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The Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) has unveiled as third-party assurance (TPA) risk triage methodology, which provides a framework for assessing the risk exposure of third-party IT relationships in the healthcare supply chain. The methodology provides a standardized approach to determine the type and rigor of assurance required of vendors and business partners. When...

Digital Health Is Strategic Priority for Healthcare Investors

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Close to two-thirds of healthcare business leaders and investors said digital health is a strategic priority for them, with 63 percent planning to invest more in the future. A full 83 percent of 441 respondents to a global survey by law firm Simmons & Simmons said that collaborations, such as consortiums and corporate joint ventures, are the best way to take advance of digital...

Investment Needed in Health IT Infrastructure for VA EHR Program

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Aging healthcare IT infrastructure at VA facilities requires more investment in preparation for deployment of new VA EHR platform, VA General Counsel and Acting Deputy Secretary James Byrne told a Senate panel on Tuesday. After reviewing the final Current State of Review in preparation for deployment of the Cerner EHR platform, the VA determined that additional investment will be...

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