CIOs are acutely aware of the security complications medical devices and telehealth bring. Last month, LexisNexis brought together 30 high-level executives, most of whom were CIOs from hospitals, nursing homes and health plans of all sizes from across the county to find out what data-related issues are weighing on them most as we get further into 2018. Ed Domansky, LexisNexis manager of media and analyst relations, and Erin Benson, Director of market planning, said six major themes emerged from their responses ...LEARN MORE
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services needs to improve its oversight of security controls for Medicare beneficiary data used by research organizations and qualified entities, according to an audit by the Government Accountability Office. While CMS has developed guidance for Medicare Administrative Contractors (MAC), GAO says the agency has not developed similar guidance for research organizations such as colleges, universities and non-profit institutes, which is putting Medicare beneficiary data at risk ...LEARN MORE
The Department of Homeland Security has acknowledged the presence of what appear to be unauthorized mobile surveillance devices in the Washington, D.C. area and elsewhere in the United States that could be exploited by foreign spies to track and intercept phone calls. The devices, often referred to as Stingrays after a popular model made by Harris Corp., imitate a cell tower to capture caller location and other associated data. While they have been used by U.S. law enforcement for years, their use for foreign espionage in the U.S. has been a source of speculation ...LEARN MORE
Our nation’s first responders face harrowing emergencies while saving lives and protecting our communities. While the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) creates innovative technologies that support their mission, we recognize that stand-alone devices may not be useful if they don’t work with existing systems, so we’re helping responders get integrated cutting-edge solutions that can increase their safety and effectiveness ...LEARN MORE
Healthcare organizations should be prepared to see applications for blockchain and more uses for AI in 2018. Analytics provided by EHR vendors will also emerge ...LEARN MORE
The growing number and sophistication of cyberattacks prompts organizations to increase their healthcare network security. Last year, healthcare network data breaches hit an all-time high as cyberattackers targeted patient records. Entities need to gain more visibility and control over their networks and protect patient data by upgrading healthcare network security. The healthcare industry was the target of over 23 percent of all data breaches in 2017 ...LEARN MORE
Merlin International continues to build its cyber capabilities but this time it is not with an acquisition. Nor a new hire or contract win. Instead, the company has made a $10 million investment into another company to help it continue cyber-related research and development work. Vienna, Va.-based Merlin has invested in Centerity Systems, an Israel-based company that provides advanced performance analytics and business services management for IT and Internet of Things environments ...LEARN MORE
Two closely watched cyber startups in Greater Washington have hit key development milestones in recent days while a third IT company landed $80 million in third-quarter contracts and task orders to help government health care agencies beat back new threats to network encryption ...LEARN MORE
If the NotPetya virus taught health care organizations anything, it was that having a backup plan in place should be a top priority. Health care organizations across the country watched as the NotPetya virus crippled Nuance customers this summer, creating havoc within many HIM departments... LEARN MORE
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – As home health care organizations increasingly become aware of their vulnerability to cybersecurity risks, Brian Wells, director of health care strategy at Merlin International, offered his expert opinion on the unique challenges faced by the health care space...LEARN MORE
Leaders from the technology industry are optimistic about the status of Federal IT after the release of the White House’s IT Modernization report...LEARN MORE
Former Federal CIO Tony Scott has a new home after leaving the public sector in January. Scott will be heading to law firm Squire Patton Boggs, where he will serve as senior data privacy and cybersecurity advisor...LEARN MORE
The number of smartphone connections is expected to reach six billion by 2020, accounting for two-thirds of the nine billion global mobile connections by that time, according to a report from GSMA...LEARN MORE
Sarah Weldon, Azure program manager at Microsoft, said in a blog post published Tuesday that the Network Performance Monitor system helps users observe the connectivity between cloud deployments, data centers, multi-tier applications, user locations and web-based applications...LEARN MORE
Included in the ransacked databases was three years of research data on leukemia patients...LEARN MORE
The federal government is looking to modernize and secure IT systems by tapping into shared services and consolidating the use of networks, according to an IT modernization plan released last week by the American Technology Council (ATC). The report calls on federal agencies to ...LEARN MORE
Research published by SecurityScorecard found that though Federal and state governments have improved their cybersecurity since the rating system’s last report, they still fall behind the rankings of most industries in the U.S...LEARN MORE
Ted Diacoumis, formerly vice president of application services at AECOM (NYSE: ACM), has joined information technology provider Merlin International as its new vice president of federal civilian programs...LEARN MORE
A new bill has been introduced in Congress that aims to ensure the confidential medical information of patients on medical devices is protected and security is improved to make the devices more resilient to hacks ...LEARN MORE
Next wave of attacks will likely target Internet of Things and medical devices, which remain tempting targets for their lack of sufficient protections, experts say ...LEARN MORE
Gartner's latest backup and disaster recovery magic quadrant highlights the evolution of the solutions as they adapt the HIT infrastructure advancements ...LEARN MORE
Michael Millenson explains why “collaborative health” is a better frame than “patient-centered care” ...LEARN MORE
Protenus, in conjunction with, has produced its Breach Barometer mid-year review. The report covers all healthcare data breaches reported over the past 6 months and provides valuable insights into 2017 data breach trends ...LEARN MORE
Recent studies indicate that there is not necessarily a solid trend in whether healthcare cybersecurity budgets are increasing as needed to meet evolving threats ...LEARN MORE
The Food and Drug Administration is taking major steps to foster digital health innovation, including issuing guidance to provide clarity around the medical software provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act and streamlining the regulatory agency’s software review process ...LEARN MORE
A recent MGMA poll found that half of healthcare organizations utilize a combination of in-house and outsourced healthcare cybersecurity needs ...LEARN MORE
A cybersecurity task force report released Friday revealed a laundry list of vulnerabilities including the lack of capable security workforce ...LEARN MORE
Many agencies are considering moving to the cloud. This transition is more than a “lift and shift” to one of the major cloud offerings. Merlin International and NetApp have combined to help you take advantage of the hybrid cloud...LEARN MORE
Brian Wells served in a plethora of positions at Penn Medicine. He joined in 2007 as chief technology officer, then became...LEARN MORE
The Third Annual FedHealthIT Innovation Awards will bring together more than 250 Federal Health leaders from government and industry as we recognize 25 of the top Federal Health programs and teams being the innovative efforts at Veterans Affairs ...LEARN MORE
Over the years I've heard a lot of folk debate the merits of strategic versus tactical approaches to success in the federal health care market ...LEARN MORE
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The U.S. Health and Human Services Department — which oversees the Obamacare law — released a new tool Tuesday to help states seek waivers from certain Obamacare rules, as the department continued the Trump administration's push to undercut the Affordable Care Act ...LEARN MORE
Linda Dearman at her home in Bartlett, Ill. She and her husband supported last week’s vote by the House to repeal the Affordable Care Act. “We are so glad to feel represented for a change,” she said ...LEARN MORE
The current debate on health care has been framed largely in terms of policy, with disagreements focusing mostly on whether the details of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) or the details of the American Health Care Act (the bill that was recently passed by Republicans in the House of Representatives) are bad or good ...LEARN MORE