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Outdated Health IT Infrastructure Attracts Hackers to Hospitals

February 13, 2019 - Outdated healthcare IT infrastructure is attracting cybercriminals to hospitals, which are the most vulnerable type of organization, judged a new cybersecurity report.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...


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Network Infrastructure Complexity Cited as Security Challenge

by Fred Donovan

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...

Investment Needed in Health IT Infrastructure for VA EHR Program

by Fred Donovan

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...

Some Rural Hospitals Lack Health IT Infrastructure for CMS PIP

by Fred Donovan

In its recently released Rural Report, the American Hospital Association (AHA) cautions that some rural hospitals lack the health IT infrastructure required to meet the CMS Promoting Interoperability Program (PIP), formerly called the...

HHS Warns Health IT Infrastructure Could Put Patient Data At Risk

by Fred Donovan

Healthcare’s increasing dependence on interconnected health IT infrastructure, such as electronic health records and connected medical devices, could put sensitive patient data at risk, warned HHS in its quadrennial National Health...

Healthcare IT Segment Makes Up Half of Industry M&A Volume

by Fred Donovan

The Healthcare IT segment accounted for about one-half of the healthcare and pharmaceutical IT industry’s aggregate volume of mergers and acquisitions (M&As) last year, according to a new report by Berkery Noyes Investment...

Microsoft Ends Support for Windows Legacy IT Infrastructure in 2020

by Fred Donovan

Microsoft is ending support for its legacy IT infrastructure products Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 on Jan. 14, 2020. After that date, Microsoft will no longer provide regular security updates for those products. Microsoft is...

Enhanced IT Infrastructure Key Element in Healthcare Interoperability

by Fred Donovan

A cost-effective, enhanced IT infrastructure is one of the key elements outlined in a new report laying out an agenda to promote healthcare interoperability prepared by the American Hospital Association (AHA) and six other national...

Healthcare IT Spending Priorities Include Big Data Analytics, AI

by Fred Donovan

Top IT spending priorities for healthcare executives are accelerating digital transformation, investing in big data analytics and artificial intelligence, and modernizing IT infrastructure, according to the third annual...

Senator Criticizes Cuts to VA Health IT Infrastructure Budget

by Fred Donovan

Proposed budget cuts to IT projects could undercut healthcare IT infrastructure modernization requirements of the Department of Veterans Affairs, a key senator is warning. In a Jan. 11 letter sent to recently confirmed Veterans...

ONC Urges Progress in Upgrading US Health IT Infrastructure

by Fred Donovan

Collaboration and innovation are vital to progress in upgrading the US health IT infrastructure, said ONC in its annual report to Congress. The report backed full support for implementing the health IT provisions of the...

Health IT Infrastructure Investment Key to NHS Long-Term Plan

by Fred Donovan

UK National Health Service (NHS) plans to invest a substantial amount of money in upgrading its health IT infrastructure to make digital health services a mainstream part of the NHS in the next five years, according to its long-term...

Precision Medicine Requires Data Storage, Infrastructure Upgrades

by Fred Donovan

Precision medicine will require significant investments in data storage, infrastructure, and security systems in the coming years to achieve its full potential, a recent report by the California Precision Medicine Advisory Committee...

Global Healthcare IT Market to Increase at 8% CAGR to 2022

by Fred Donovan

Global healthcare IT market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 8 percent, reaching $206 billion by 2022, according to a market report by Technavio. The growth will be fueled by the need for greater efficiency and reduced...

Institutional Investors to Pump $200B More Into Healthcare Infrastructure

by Fred Donovan

Global institutional investors are forecast to increase their investment in healthcare infrastructure by $200 billion over the next five years. For its report, the Octopus Group surveyed more than 100 global institutional investors with a...

US Gov’t Report Says Health IT Infrastructure Impedes Competition

by Fred Donovan

Health IT infrastructure often facilitates anticompetitive practices in healthcare, such as blocking clinical information exchange between providers or not supporting regional information sharing, according to a report released this...

Aetna, Ascension Sign On To Healthcare Blockchain Alliance

by Fred Donovan

Aetna, a health insurance subsidiary of CVS Health, and Ascension, a St. Louis-based nonprofit health system, have agreed to join the Synaptic Health Alliance, a healthcare blockchain group formed to apply blockchain technology to...

Implementing 21st Century Cures Act Preoccupies ONC’s Work

by Fred Donovan

The work of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is dominated by implementing the 21st Century Cures Act, particularly in the areas of reducing provider burden and promoting health IT...

HHS Aims to Reduce Burden of Cumbersome Health IT Infrastructure

by Fred Donovan

HHS has issued a draft strategy designed to reduce administrative and regulatory burdens, which can make health IT infrastructure, such as electronic health records (EHR), cumbersome to use. Administrative and regulatory requirements...

Healthcare CIOs’ Power over IT Purchasing Decisions in Free Fall

by Fred Donovan

The power of healthcare CIOs over the IT purchasing decisions of their organizations has virtually evaporated, according to a newly released survey by Black Book Research. Three years ago, healthcare CIOs controlled 71 percent of IT...

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