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10/18/2018

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.

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10/18/2018

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.

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10/18/2018

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.

10/18/2018

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.

10/18/2018

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.

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10/18/2018

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.

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10/17/2018

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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10/17/2018

Scientist in China said they used CRISPR gene editing to breed mice with same-sex parents, shedding light on a biological mechanism that prevents reproduction in the absence of both maternal and paternal DNA. The pups with two mothers grew to adulthood and were able to bear pups of their own, but none of the bipaternal pups survived to adulthood, the researchers reported in Cell Stem Cell.

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10/17/2018

Anesthesia causes changes in circadian rhythms and hormone levels in laboratory animals that could confound experimental results, and anesthesia timing should be standardized across individual studies, says Guy Warman, whose study on the effects of anesthesia was published in Experimental Neurology.

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10/17/2018

Basic firewalls and unsecured personal devices make businesses more vulnerable to cyberattacks, experts say, and a cyberattack could put the majority of small businesses out of business. However, working with partners that have solid security in place and shoring up your own security with multilayered protection could help prevent attacks.

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