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10/11/2018

The Department of Veterans Affairs awarded a three-year, $11.4 million contract to Liberty IT Solutions to help increase providers' access to patient health data and improve care coordination via the agency's legacy VistA EHR system. Together with PGT Solutions and ManTech, Liberty will implement the second phase of Computerized Patient Record System enhancements, Liberty CEO Bill Greene said.

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10/11/2018

A misconfigured Amazon S3 storage bucket left 10,000 patient files at North Carolina-based MedCall Healthcare Advisors exposed online, the second time in a month that the vendor has dealt with such an incident. The exposure, which was discovered by a security researcher, compromised patient names, recordings of patient conversations with doctors and evaluations, personal health data, birthdates, postal addresses and Social Security numbers.

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10/11/2018

Focusing on patients and long-term goals are two of the strategies used by successful medical practices, according to the 2018 MGMA DataDive Better Performers report. Successful practices also invest in technology to improve operations, the report said.

10/11/2018

Politicians and healthcare executives are falling short when it comes to taking care of people, said Simon Sinek, the opening speaker at MGMA's annual conference. Democrats and Republicans should be equally embarrassed, Sinek said.

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10/11/2018

A five-second countdown can fight procrastination tendencies and motivate you to act, said Mel Robbins, a speaker at MGMA's annual conference. The countdown can also help ease fear and anxiety, she said.

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10/11/2018

The consolidation of physician practices by larger organizations is expected to continue, writes Colin Hung. An emerging trend is patient data created from smartphone apps that will be used by physicians in the clinical setting. "It is important to note that there has been increasing financial pressure on practice owners as changes to reimbursements have eroded margins over the past several years," he writes.

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10/11/2018

Mayo Clinic's care network, which uses affiliations with other providers and helps coordinate care, has improved patient outcomes, according to Eric Crockett, vice chair of provider relations at Mayo Clinic and speaker at MGMA's annual conference. The network allows patients to obtain the "right care in the right place," Crockett said.

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10/11/2018

Fifty-two percent of health care consumers were given access to their online medical records by their providers in 2017, up from 42% in 2014, and 28% of them viewed their records one or more times during the past year, according to an ONC report. The findings, based on data from the National Cancer Institute's 2017 Health Information National Trends Survey, also showed that patients encouraged by providers to use online records were nearly twice as likely to view records than those who weren't, while a preference to speak directly to providers was cited by 76% of respondents as the main reason why they didn't access their online records.

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10/11/2018

Data from HIMSS Analytics' Logic Analyze showed that the number of CIO positions held by women in health care dropped from 32% in 2007 to 24% in 2017, but the emergence of the chief nursing informatics officer position may help alleviate the gender gap, with 166 hospital CNIOs in 2018 being registered nurses and 90% of RNs being women. Meanwhile, women in health information and management system jobs only received 83% of the pay given to their male counterparts, according to the 2018 HIMSS Compensation Survey.

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10/11/2018

A cybersecurity team made up of representatives from HHS agencies, including the Office of Audit Services, Cybersecurity and Information Technology Audit Division, and the Office of Counsel, was established by the HHS Office of Inspector General to help promote cybersecurity best practices and protect HHS data and systems. The HHS OIG also launched a webpage to inform the public about the agency's activities related to cybersecurity and allow review of cybersecurity reports.

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