The ONC and the HHS Office for Civil Rights have updated the Security Risk Assessment Tool, which is designed to help small to medium-sized health care practices, business associates and covered entities identify and assess security risks related to electronic patient health information. The revamped tool, available for Windows users, includes a progress tracker, asset and business associate tracking, an enhanced user interface and a modular workflow.
An unauthorized individual was able to access three employee email accounts at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, N.C., which learned about the incident Aug. 13 and notified patients last week. The phishing attack may have compromised patients' names; treatment, procedure and health insurance information; dates of birth; and Social Security numbers for some, although officials found no evidence that the information has been misused.
The ONC's EHR Reporting Program should include criteria focused on testing EHR usability for patient safety, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts, which suggested reducing the administrative burden on end users and taking a life-cycle approach when creating usability-related criteria. The Arch Collaborative said EHR training could help improve EHR usability and provider satisfaction in terms of using health IT, adding that "the structure of training matters less than the availability and quality of the education."
A panel of health IT leaders at the HIMSS Media Security Forum agreed that progress has been made in the health care sector in terms of cybersecurity and maturity, but there are still issues that require attention. Christiana Care Health System CISO Anahi Santiago said many small to midsize hospitals are still having difficulties, while Sirius' director of cybersecurity, Matt Sickles, warned of the new threat of hackers manipulating data apart from taking it.
Michael Garcia, CIO of Jackson Health System, notes that an important focus for the health care industry in 2019 will be leaders' ability to implement new technology and to manage the steady pace of change. Garcia also says his organization is supporting the sector's efforts to develop interoperability between health IT systems.
A new study has found that patients who were given access to their physicians' notes via electronic medical records and completed a final survey post-treatment trusted their doctors more and gained a more enhanced understanding of their illnesses and the treatments they undergo, according to the online journal Practical Radiation Oncology. The respondents were cancer patients at the University of California, Los Angeles, Jonsson Cancer Center who were undergoing radiotherapy in 2017.
When considering the value of a physician's practice, market size, the competition and the practice's place in the market should be considered, writes Nick Hernandez, MBA, FACHE, and CEO and founder of ABISA. Valuations should also look at operations, strategy and practice management, he writes.
Company culture is one of the three primary reasons a job doesn't work out, according to a report published by GMR Group. (The other two are the boss and the job was misrepresented or changes once you're in it.) In this podcast episode, senior manager of human resources at MGMA, Jenny Morales, SHRM-SCP, GBA, explains the critical role company culture plays in finding and keeping the right job. Visit MGMA online for more.
While pay for performance is an important element of good management, the question is: What kind of pay for what kind of performance? How can practice leaders set up performance-based compensation for office staff that aligns with the practice's mission and required outcome measures? The first step is to define, in measurable terms, your organization's mission, objectives and perceived value outcome measures. Visit MGMA online for more.
A synthetic DNA vaccine that targets glycoproteins on the surface of the Ebola virus immediately stimulated a strong immune response in monkeys that continued for a year after the last dose, researchers reported in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. The vaccine was delivered directly into the skin.
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