Ransomware Strain SamSam
Healthcare’s reliance on IT and operational systems which guard important patient data and records makes them appetizing bait for hackers. According to this alert from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, ransomware SamSam is still crippling the healthcare sector through ongoing attacks. Due to the value of the information hackers are able to attain, ransomware attacks like SamSam are expected to continue.
6 Things Keeping CIOs Up At Night
Healthcare CIOs are becoming increasingly burdened by enticing emerging technologies coupled with increased security concerns. As the exchange of patient data and health records as well as patient & provider interaction becomes more digitalized, the gain in innovation and ease of access is met with increased risk of hacking and malicious data seizure.
AMA & Google $50,000 Interoperability Contest
The American Medical Association & Google are partnering to look for an integrated platform to pull patient generated data and make it accessible to medical practices. This will not only improve health knowledge overall but will also aide in patient/medical professional interoperability. The 3 best ideas will be awarded a cumulative $50,000 in Google cloud credits.
Apple’s Health Records Feature
If you were asked to retrieve all of your past health records, how long would it take you to pull everything together? With many different electronic health record platforms in use today, Apple seeks to provide one platform where every record can be kept and accessed, quickly and efficiently, in one place. Apple Health Records not only increases patient and provider accessibility to past records, but also keeps patients more informed and involved in their health decisions.
GE Healthcare Sells Value-Based Care Division to Veritas Capital for $1.05 Billion
Private equity firm Veritas has expanded further into the healthcare technology space through their acquisition of GE Healthcare’s value-based care division. The trio of businesses purchased by Veritas through the $1.05 billion deal include mostly workflow management and IT functions that will help to further modernize our current healthcare system.
ONC Provides Online Resource for Accessing Health Data
Many patients choose to forego accessing their medical records due to various accessibility issues. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has released an easy to follow guide with steps for obtaining, understanding and updating health records to alleviate these issues and allow users to get the most out of their records.