Security Breach: IT Contractor Steals $100k from Franciscan Health Care

Security Breach

A former IT contractor has been charged with stealing more than $100k in computers, monitors, scanners and other electronic equipment from Tacoma, WA based Franciscan Health System, reports KIRO7 News. According to the court documents, 32-year-old Justin Pace was assigned to Franciscan Health System by IT staffing firm Apex Systems from October 2013 to July 2014; however, his security badge remain active months after his assignment ended. As a result, Pace was able to gain access to St. Joseph
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Payers Form ICD-10 Consortium to Help Smaller Providers with ICD-10 Readiness

ICD-10 Consortium

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Humana, and other payers have joined together to form the ICD-10 Consortium to help smaller providers with the transition to ICD-10, reports ICD-10 Monitor.  ICD-10 Consortium Plans The consortium members goal is to meet with healthcare provider specialty groups, such as cardiology, dermatology, etc. to prioritize the ICD-9 codes they use most, then map them into ICD-10 codes. By identifying their top 25 ICD-9 codes, these smaller practices can help gauge
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CMS Extends Meaningful Use Attestation Deadline to 12/31

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CMS has announced a one month extension for eligible hospitals and Critical Assess Hospitals (CAHs) to attest to meaningful use for the Medicare EHR program reporting period 2014 to December 31, 2014. According to CMS, the one month extension will allow more time for hospitals to submit their meaningful use attestation data for their incentive payments and avoid the the 2016 Medicare payment adjustments. Additionally, CMS is also  extending the deadline for eligible hospitals and CAHs that
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University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics Selected as 2014 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award Recipient

HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award Recipient

University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, have been named a 2014 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award recipient. Since 1994, the HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence has recognized outstanding achievement of organizations that have utilized health information technology to substantially improve patient outcomes while achieving return on investment. The Davies Awards program promotes electronic health record-enabled improvement in patient outcomes through sharing of case studies
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9 Healthcare Executives Envision Care Delivery in 5 Years

Healthcare Executives

PwC’s Health Research Institute (HRI) today recently released a new report, Healthcare delivery of the future: How digital technology can bridge the gap of time and distance between clinicians and consumers. The report reveals a shift in attitudes among clinicians, suggesting an increased openness toward using digital technology, and offers detailed recommendations for how healthcare companies, clinicians, and new entrants can harness developing technologies to benefit patients and the
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Beth Israel Hospital to Pay $100k for Patient Data Breach

Patient Data Breach BIH

  Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has agreed to pay a $100,000 fine for a patient data breach involving 4,000 patients and employees, Boston Globe reports. The fine stems from a stolen physician's laptop back in May 2012 that contained health information of 3,796 patients and Beth Israel employees, as well as personal information, such as Social Security numbers, of 194 other Massachusetts residents. According to the Massachusetts attorney general’s office, the hospital’s
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Lakeland HealthCare Selected as 2014 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award Recipient

HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award Recipient

Lakeland HealthCare of St. Joseph’s Mich. has been named a 2014 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award recipient. Since 1994, the HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence has recognized outstanding achievement of organizations that have utilized health information technology to substantially improve patient outcomes while achieving return on investment. The Davies Awards program promotes EHR-enabled improvement in patient outcomes through sharing case studies and lessons learned on implementation
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Physicians: The Omnipotent Consumer of EHRs

EHRs

  According to the American Medical Association, there were approximately 685,000 physicians in patient care, post-residency, not employed by the federal government, in 2012. 60% of these physicians practiced in independent private practice, and 84% were working in small to medium size practices. Assuming that the trend to employment of doctors by health systems continued unabated to this day, over half of practicing physicians are still in private practice and the overwhelming majority
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Cognizant Completes Acquisition of TriZetto

Cognizant Acquires TriZetto for $2.7 Billion In Cash

Cognizant, a global leader in information technology, consulting and business process services, today announced it has completed the acquisition of TriZetto Corporation for $2.7 billion in cash. The combination of the Cognizant and TriZetto platform and capabilities will enable healthcare organizations to focus on making their operations as efficient as possible, while at the same time investing to drive future growth in an increasingly competitive environment.  TriZetto develops, licenses
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Healthcare Supply Chain Leader GHX Closes Vendormate Acquisition

Private Equity Firm Acquires GHX, Healthcare Supply Chain Leader

Healthcare supply chain leader Global Healthcare Exchange (GHX) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Atlanta-based Vendormate, a privately held company that specializes in vendor relationship management solutions for healthcare providers and suppliers. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Vendormate solutions help healthcare providers better manage the process of who they do business with including vendor on-boarding, business associate management,
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