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Mail merge mishap leads to data breach
Healthcare IT News : September 29, 2014, 11:07 am
A mail merge gone wrong has officials at the University of Florida and Texas Health and Human Services in a rush to send 418 patient notification letters after the error, which occurred one year ago, resulted in a data breach.
Despite patient notification letters being mailed this past week, the incident occurred nearly one year ago and it took officials four months to report the error to the university board.
A security threat worse than Heartbleed
Healthcare IT News : September 29, 2014, 10:58 am
The Health Information Trust Alliance has put out a word of warning about Shellshock, a system vulnerability it says could wreak much more damage than the infamous Heartbleed bug.
The HITRUST Cyber Threat Intelligence and Incident Coordination Center, known as C3, announced this past week it has been tracking the remote code execution vulnerability, which it says can allow hackers to bypass commands and execute arbitrary code, leaving OS X and Linux machines open to attack.
Feds ramp up tech efforts for Ebola
Healthcare IT News : September 29, 2014, 10:24 am
Amidst the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, which has claimed the lives of some 3,000 people thus far, government entities in the U.S. and abroad are moving to harness personnel and technologies to better manage the outbreak.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, in fact, projected that the number of infected people could potentially double every 20 days if nothing is done – a figure that could skyrocket to 1.4 million by January's end.
Sink or swim? What hospitals can learn from retailers about consumer loyalty
Healthcare IT News : September 29, 2014, 9:20 am
For a while, it seemed that bigger was better. Early adoption of information technologies enabled retail businesses to specialize and streamline processes. As a result, big-box retailers like Home Depot and Wal-Mart squashed competition with substantially lower prices enabled by their sheer size and volume.
ICD-10 delay has hurt readiness
Healthcare IT News : September 26, 2014, 10:52 am
The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange this week shared the results of its latest ICD-10 survey with HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell. It suggests that some momentum was lost as payers, vendors and providers eased up on the gas pedal.