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2/22/2018

Increased reliance on artificial intelligence will also increase the risk of hacking attacks targeting AI systems, a recent study states. Although many positive AI applications exist, comparatively little attention has been paid to the possibility of malicious attacks by hackers, says Miles Brundage, a research fellow at Oxford's Future of Humanity Institute.

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Reuters
2/22/2018

Officials at the University of Virginia Health System notified almost 1,882 patients who may have been affected when a malware infection allowed an unauthorized individual to access their protected health information stored on a laptop and other devices used by a health system physician between May 2015 and December 2016. The incident may have compromised patients' names, birth dates, addresses, treatment information and diagnoses.

2/22/2018

Cerner's Millennium EHR will feature Surescripts' Real-Time Prescription Benefit tool to provide prescription-drug price transparency at the point of care, the companies announced. The functionality will allow patients to work with their physicians in creating a medication plan and provide added visibility to prescription choices, said Cerner President Zane Burke.

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Cerner, Surescripts
2/22/2018

Mercy Hospital St. Louis in Missouri earned the Stage 7 designation on HIMSS Analytics' EMR Adoption Model for the advanced use of its Epic EHR system. The hospital was able to reduce mortality rates and costs by integrating evidence-based treatment into the EHR system, said HIMSS Analytics' Philip Bradley.

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EHR Intelligence
2/22/2018

Cybersecurity insurance agency Beazley analyzed about 2,500 data breaches in the US and several other countries in 2017 and found that health care was the top industry hit by ransomware, accounting for 45% of the total number of cyberattacks, followed by finance and professional services at 12% each. Meanwhile, health care accounted for 28% of W-2 email phishing scams in 2017, putting it again at the top of the list of industries affected by such incidents.

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Beazley, Ransomware
2/22/2018

Randy McCleese, CIO at Methodist Hospital in Kentucky and recipient of the 2017 John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year award from CHIME and HIMSS, said he focused on providing stability to his organization when he assumed the leadership role and wants to work to address caregivers' needs in providing patient care. He also says Methodist is encouraging increased involvement from physician group management to identify possible changes to improve the physical environment of patient flow.

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HealthSystemCIO
2/22/2018

CHIME and other health IT organizations expressed concern over the ONC's Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement draft's aggressive timeline, implementation details and alignment with other provisions under the 21st Century Cures Act. CHIME called for another comment period before the agreement is finalized, which ONC officials already dismissed, as well as careful selection of recognized coordinating entity members who will operate the framework.

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ONC
2/22/2018

Health care organizations can be successful in implementing systemwide telemedicine by being aware of the benefits of telehealth, allowing the IT department to spearhead the review of potential vendors, and encouraging the involvement of clinical, IT and business teams, writes Avizia co-founder and CEO Mike Baird. They should also conduct regular meetings between vendors and IT teams to address user issues early on, as well as establish success criteria and clear metrics to monitor improvement, Baird writes.

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Mike Baird, Avizia
2/22/2018

CHIME sent a letter to Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., recommending support for the CDC's mobile app-supported guidelines and e-prescribing for controlled substances under the Merit-Based Incentive System, better data interoperability and improved EHR integration with prescription drug monitoring programs to address the opioid crisis. CHIME also urged allowing federal regulators to determine standards for improving patient identification to boost data sharing between Medicare, Medicaid and PDMPs.

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CDC
2/21/2018

Ctenocephalides felis, or the domestic cat flea, may be developing resistance to commonly used insecticides, but until now, progress on a vaccine has been limited. Researchers recently used transcriptomics and proteomics data from C. felis to identify protective recombinant antigens, developed a subcutaneous vaccine and reported in Parasites & Vectors that the antigens could be used alone or in combination in vaccines to control cat fleas.

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American Veterinarian