Health IT costs exceed $32k per physician per year

Since 2009, technology costs at physician-owned multispecialty practices have grown by more than 40 percent. In 2015, such practices spent more than $32,500 on IT-related costs per full-time physician per year, according to a survey and analysis conducted by the Medical Group Management Association.The MGMA outlined its findings in its 2016 MGMA Cost and Revenue[…]

Ransomware attack on dermatology office breaches more than 13,000 patient records 

Reston, Virginia-based Professional Dermatology Care reported that an unauthorized third party accessed protected health information and financial data of 13,237 of its patients.The cybercriminals encrypted the patient data with ransomware, intending to extract money from the healthcare organization According to officials, the breach was not to ‘misuse patient data.’ The incident occurred between June 19[…]

FBI Agent to CHIME/AEHIS LEAD Forum: Healthcare Leaders Still Not Up to Speed on Basic IT Security Tasks 

A Nashville-based FBI agent offered a strong dose of reality to healthcare IT professionals attending the CHIME/AEHIS LEAD Forum Event, being held Monday, August 10 at the Sheraton Downtown Nashville, in Nashville, Tennessee, and co-sponsored by the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), and its subsidiary association, the Association for Executives[…]

Still afraid of data? Let’s start with the fundamentals

Is your website data-driven or data-informed? If “data-less” is a more accurate description, let’s take a step back and look at what it takes for sites to adopt a data-driven mindset and strategy.IT resume makeover: Don’t try to please everyoneWriting a resume means knowing your audience. If you try to please everyone, you’ll only wind[…]

The ‘cloud shift’ grows: Gartner predicts more than $1tn IT spend affected by 2020

IT spending has long since been shifting from traditional IT offerings to cloud services – and according to the latest prognostication from Gartner, more than $1 trillion (£759bn) of IT spending will be directly or indirectly affected by the shift to cloud in the coming five years.The aggregate amount of ‘cloud shift’ in 2016 is[…]

AMIA Challenges FDA over EHR Data Quality Claims

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) is raising concerns over EHR data quality in current systems in comments on draft guidance issued by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for the use of EHR data for clinical investigations.“As a picture of the future state, this guidance provides an important window into how interoperable EHRs and electronic[…]

How Ticketmaster deployed DevOps to improve global IT efficiency 

Few companies in the world have quite the same combination of challenges as Ticketmaster. The company has to meet sharp spikes in demand while shutting out touts, coordinate that across 21 countries, and consolidate a sprawling IT estate established over a period of 40 years. This is partly why the company embarked on a shift to[…]