Information security and risk management professionals will rebel against cookie-cutter approaches to cyber security in 2016 – that’s just one of many ways that prevention, detection and response to cyber threats will change in the next year, according to a new report from Forrester Research.
Two long-time hospital information systems vendors serving small and rural hospitals are joining forces. Computer Programs and Systems Inc. is buying Healthland Holdings Inc. for $250 million in cash and stock.  more »
While hospitals are ramping up security efforts to protect information, a large percentage of them are vulnerable to attacks on their web sites.  more »

Electronic health record adoption rates are rising at U.S. hospitals, with 75 percent now having adopted at least a basic EHR system, up from 59 percent in 2013. However, small and rural hospitals continue to lag behind.

Big data investments are paying off in a big way this year, with organizations that are investing in the ‘big-four’ technology trends - big data, mobile technology, cloud computing, and IT security - experiencing up to 53 percent higher revenue growth.

To fight cyber attacks, healthcare industry security consortium HITRUST this year developed Cyber Threat XChange, a program to help organizations collect and share cyber threat information. The initial results are mixed.

Healthcare isn’t the only industry plagued by data breaches. A new analysis finds 90 percent of the industries it studied experienced a breach that involved protected health information.

The healthcare system is too focused on technology-based checklists and protocols requiring data entry by physicians, leaving less time for patients and getting in the way of productive doctor-patient relationships.

Participation in interoperability initiatives has been growing. Most striking has been an influx of interest from groups that have not been at the table before, such as professional groups and the pharmaceutical industry.

The Food and Drug Administration warns that networked medical devices have vulnerabilities that could enable hackers to access hospital networks, putting protected health information and patient safety at risk.

Connecticut's Office of the Attorney General is looking into allegations of information blocking against Epic and major hospital-based networks in the state.

The Enterprise Wireless Alliance will serve as frequency coordinator to ensure interference-free sharing of data between wireless patient monitoring devices in hospitals and aeronautical testing systems.

When a “never event,” a catastrophic failure of care resulting in significant harm or death to a patient occurs, a hospital may focus on capturing and analyzing data on the event and classifying it. But how often does a hospital translate findings into actionable and measurable programs to improve safety?

An audit of how well the HHS Office for Civil Rights follows up investigations of breaches of protected health information has found that OCR may not adequately consider the level of resources available to the agency.

To enhance care coordination and support long-term growth of its retail clinic business, Walgreens will install Epic’s electronic health record platform across its more than 400 retail healthcare clinics.
Urgent care is on the fast track for growth in the U.S., for reasons that are economic, as well as related to consumer cost and access to care. The nation has about 6,900 urgent care centers, according to the Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA). While the market is fragmented, there are some major players in the urgent care market. Here, we list some of the largest operators of centers in the U.S.  read more 
ACA reporting becomes mandatory in 2016. Preparing employers to be compliant with reporting requirements is a core service that advisers should be offering, industry experts say.  read more 

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