Recent HIT headlines you may have missed

Recent HIT headlines you may have missed

From Chanel Benoit, Account Director at Greenough Brand Storytellers

Facebook takes aim at preventative care 

Facebook is making a targeted push into healthcare with the launch of a new tool that encourages users to use the platform to stay on top of routine health tasks such as getting flu shots and cancer screenings.

Following public controversy around its privacy practices, Facebook’s success will depend on its ability to regain the trust of consumers, no easy task with information as personal as one’s health history. 

Get the full story at STAT

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Alphabet buys FitBit

Earlier this month, Alphabet, Google’s parent, announced its intention to buy FitBit, valuing the smartwatch maker at more than $2 billion. CNBC reported that the acquisition pits Alphabet against fellow tech giant Apple in the wearable fitness tracking arena.

Fitbit’s stock surged more than 30% following the announcement – good news considering the company has been losing ground to Apple’s smartwatch for some time.

Learn more about the deal in CNBC

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Provider orgs most likely target for data breaches

Experts predict that data breaches in healthcare will cost the industry as much as $4 billion by the end of 2019, with no signs of slowing down in 2020.

According to Black Book’s annual report on data security, provider organizations such as hospitals and physician practices are the most likely targets. In fact, so far in 2019, providers have the been victims of nearly four out of five breaches.

The takeaway: Providers need to invest much more aggressively in protecting their information assets. While hospital systems are making modest increases in investments (about six percent in 2019), a whopping 92% of physician organizations still lack full-time security staff.

Get all the info in Health Data Management

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WSJ reports on “Project Nightingale,” sparking privacy concerns

More health news out of Google this month! The Wall Street Journal reported that the company is engaged with one of the nation’s largest health care systems, Ascension, with a mission to collect the personal health information of millions of people across more than 20 states.

Reportedly, the project launched in secret in 2018. The data involved includes lab results, doctor diagnoses and hospitalization records, amounting to a near-complete health history, including patient names and dates of birth.

Patients and doctors alike are understandably uneasy, but the companies insist the project follows federal health law and includes robust protections for patient data.

Read the full story at WSJ

Recent Healthcare IT news bites you may have missed

Recent Healthcare IT news bites you may have missed

Patients embrace digital health technology

A recent survey by health IT software company ResMed found that 8 in 10 Americans agree that technology has made seeking medical treatment easier.

The survey also found that remote digital technology has enhanced people’s connection with their physicians, rather than distanced them from one another. This is good news as consumer use of the technology is widespread: 56% of those surveyed currently monitor their health with at least one digital data collection tool.

Read more about the survey findings on the ResMed website.

 

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Karen DeSalvo appointed as Google’s first chief health officer

Google and parent company Alphabet are investing broadly in the health industry. The recent appointment of Karen DeSalvo, a former health official in the Obama administration, as its first chief health officer signals just how aggressive they are going after the market. The news comes just a few weeks after the company tapped former FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf to lead the company’s health and strategy policy.

Califf and DeSalvo will both start later this year.

Read the full CNBC story

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UT Austin announces healthcare cybersecurity leadership program

Aiming to address a cybersecurity workforce shortage issue in healthcare, UT Austin announced a Leadership in Health Care Privacy and Security Risk Management certificate program, which university officials say is a first-in-the-nation professional program.

The program is designed to develop leaders who can manage risk in American healthcare systems, protecting them from fast-evolving cybersecurity threats. Data shows that there are currently 350,000 unfilled cybersecurity job openings in the United States. Some estimates note that the cybersecurity workforce gap will hit 1.8 million globally by 2022.

Get all the info in Healthcare Innovation

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Patients value a quality digital experience

New data from New York-based patient billing company Cedar shows that about 41% of patients would consider switching healthcare providers for a better digital experience.

The company’s survey of healthcare consumers found that nearly half were frustrated over the lack of digital adoption by their providers. It also found that many patients are looking to complete routine administrative processes such as paying a bill online.

The takeaway: As healthcare becomes increasingly digital, providers that fall behind in offering their patients convenient online options – such as clarity on bills and flexible payment options, could suffer.

Get the full story at Healthcare Dive

Recent HIT articles you may have missed

Recent HIT articles you may have missed

From Chanel Benoit, Account Director at Greenough Brand Storytellers


IoT-focused cyberattacks in healthcare are on the rise

A recent survey by security software company Irdeto revealed that 8 out of 10 healthcare organizations have experienced an internet of things-focused cyberattack in the past year.

As the integration of internet-connected medical devices increases across healthcare, network security will no longer be enough to protect organizations from the associated risks. The takeaway: Healthcare organizations need to factor security at both the app and device level into their 2020 strategies.

Read about the survey findings in FierceHealthcare


Americans don’t trust healthcare orgs to keep their data safe

New data from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and POLITICO shows that less than 20% of Americans have a great deal of trust in health insurers to keep their personal information secure, while less than a quarter have a great deal of trust in hospitals to do the same.

Highly publicized, large-scale data breaches have clearly shaken American trust, and lackluster efforts by healthcare organizations to invest in proper cybersecurity means that’s not likely to change anytime soon. It’s time to address this issue and restore American confidence in our nation’s ability to protect their data. 

Read the full Healthcare Dive story


Hospital refuses to pay ransom to cybercriminals

Grays Harbor Community Hospital took the good advice of cybersecurity experts who urge healthcare organizations to not comply with ransom demands. Most experts believe that paying only gives cybercriminals an incentive and, as we’ve seen in many cases, hackers won’t provide the decryption key even after receiving payment.

Unfortunately, not all organizations have followed this guidance. Earlier this year, physician owners at Spokane, Wash.-based Columbia Surgical Specialists paid hackers more than $14,000 in response to a ransomware attack, after determining that they needed access to the encrypted data to provide care to their patients.

Despite the uptick in ransomware attacks in the last several years, many healthcare organizations are still not adequately prepared. Board buy-in on cybersecurity strategy, qualified personnel and employee training remain high priorities in this new landscape.

Get all the info in Modern Healthcare


First appointment of medical director of cybersecurity

Emergency physician and medical informaticist Christian Dameff, M.D. became the first medical director of cybersecurity at any U.S. patient care organization. The University of California San Diego Health system broke new ground this past July with the appointment.

In an interview, Dameff said a big focus for him will be cyber preparedness. “Hospitals have plans in place for earthquakes and hurricanes and other natural disasters. There’s a dearth of guidance around what to do when you are hit with ransomware, or by Anonymous,” he said.

Read the Q&A in Healthcare Innovation

Recent health IT articles you may have missed

Recent health IT articles you may have missed

From Chanel Benoit, Account Director at Greenough Brand Storytellers


IoT-focused cyberattacks in healthcare are on the rise

A recent survey by security software company Irdeto revealed that 8 out of 10 healthcare organizations have experienced an internet of things-focused cyberattack in the past year.

As the integration of internet-connected medical devices increases across healthcare, network security will no longer be enough to protect organizations from the associated risks. The takeaway: Healthcare organizations need to factor security at both the app and device level into their 2020 strategies.

Read about the survey findings in FierceHealthcare


Americans don’t trust healthcare orgs to keep their data safe

New data from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and POLITICO shows that less than 20% of Americans have a great deal of trust in health insurers to keep their personal information secure, while less than a quarter have a great deal of trust in hospitals to do the same.

Highly publicized, large-scale data breaches have clearly shaken American trust, and lackluster efforts by healthcare organizations to invest in proper cybersecurity means that’s not likely to change anytime soon. It’s time to address this issue and restore American confidence in our nation’s ability to protect their data. 

Read the full Healthcare Dive story


Hospital refuses to pay ransom to cybercriminals

Grays Harbor Community Hospital took the good advice of cybersecurity experts who urge healthcare organizations to not comply with ransom demands. Most experts believe that paying only gives cybercriminals an incentive and, as we’ve seen in many cases, hackers won’t provide the decryption key even after receiving payment.

Unfortunately, not all organizations have followed this guidance. Earlier this year, physician owners at Spokane, Wash.-based Columbia Surgical Specialists paid hackers more than $14,000 in response to a ransomware attack, after determining that they needed access to the encrypted data to provide care to their patients.

Despite the uptick in ransomware attacks in the last several years, many healthcare organizations are still not adequately prepared. Board buy-in on cybersecurity strategy, qualified personnel and employee training remain high priorities in this new landscape.

Get all the info in Modern Healthcare


First appointment of medical director of cybersecurity

Emergency physician and medical informaticist Christian Dameff, M.D. became the first medical director of cybersecurity at any U.S. patient care organization. The University of California San Diego Health system broke new ground this past July with the appointment.

In an interview, Dameff said a big focus for him will be cyber preparedness. “Hospitals have plans in place for earthquakes and hurricanes and other natural disasters. There’s a dearth of guidance around what to do when you are hit with ransomware, or by Anonymous,” he said.

Read the Q&A in Healthcare Innovation