Only 28% of practices with 16 to 50 physicians and 20% of health practices with 15 physicians or fewer are prepared to meet the core requirements under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, according to a survey from Healthcare Informatics and Sermo. The report was based on data involving about 2,100 practicing physicians.
An updated version of the Cerber ransomware, which arrives by email and looks similar to other ransomware, has been discovered by Trend Micro. This version has a new loader that can avoid detection from machine learning and uses a self-extracting tool to make the file appear safe to machine-learning tools.
Healthcare Access San Antonio may now assist eligible health care providers and physicians in meeting MACRA reporting requirements for Medicare payments after the CMS approved the Texas health information exchange as a qualified registry. The HIE will secure consolidated patient health data into a single EHR and use a suite of reports to submit reports for eligible providers.
CareCloud's new guarantee program will help its clients avoid paying penalties associated with failure to submit Merit-based Incentive Payment System data this year. The program guarantees that all of the EHR provider's existing clients and new providers using the latest version of its CareCloud Charts EHR as of the end of September 2017 will not be penalized by the CMS.
Health care providers and CIOs should understand the social determinants of health for their patients to understand how the continuum of care should be extended in the community to bolster patient access and engagement, said Dr. Shafiq Rab, CIO at Rush University Medical Center. Health IT expands mobility, Rab said, and provider organizations need to meet patients' needs for pertinent information on the go.
More than 4 billion records were leaked across the world last year, which included personal health information, passwords and credit cards, but some significant breaches were related to unstructured data such as source code, email archives and intellectual property, according to an IBM Security report. Health care accounted for a high number of data breach incidents, although the number of compromised records was down -- 12 million in 2016, compared with almost 100 million in 2015 -- because attackers have been focusing on smaller targets, the report stated.
Sharing your knowledge and insights is one of the best ways to help push the industry forward. CHIME is accepting track session proposals for the CHIME17 Fall CIO Forum, Oct. 31-Nov. 3 in San Antonio. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. ET April 27. There are four tracks: Strategy and Leadership, Business and Care Transformation, Emerging Issues in Healthcare and Health Information Technology, and Clinical Informatics. Learn more.
Two Phase III studies of Vertex Pharmaceuticals' cystic fibrosis Tezacaftor/Ivacaftor combination treatment showed improvement in patients versus placebo. In both studies, the treatment was well tolerated by patients.
Listen as Aon colleagues provide an update on some of the notable events that took place within Aon's Cyber Risk Practice in 2016, including the acquisition of Stroz Friedberg and launch of Aon's Cyber Captive Solution. The result of these innovations and investments is a robust suite of solutions aimed at assessing and mitigating cyber exposures, and efficiently resolving them when they occur. Watch video.
Are your employees happy? Considering that studies show that happy workers are more engaged, productive, and likely to stay at their company, you'd better hope so. Mounting evidence suggests that maintaining a happy and healthy office isn't just good for employees, but good for the business as a whole. Economists at the University of Warwick found that happiness is correlated with productivity -- those considering themselves happy saw a 12% increase in productivity compared with those who were unhappy. Read more.
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