Healthcare Remains a Ripe Target for Cybercriminals

Forrester, a research and consulting firm, offers healthcare organizations cybersecurity guidance as 2017 shapes up to be an uncertain year.

from Healthcare IT News

As most everyone in healthcare will remember, health insurer Anthem suffered a data breach in 2015 that affected as many as 80 million patients. While healthcare did not witness a breach of that scale in 2016, numerous hospitals fell victim to ransomware attacks, and healthcare security budgets continued to lag behind those of other industries, according to Forrester Research.

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Hospitals Find Ways to Serve Patients on Demand

Extended hours, same-day appointments are fine, but not nearly enough to give today’s consumers the convenience and access they demand.

from Hospitals and Health Networks

Calling the physician’s office. Making an appointment. Driving to a medical clinic near a hospital. Waiting. Those well-worn steps for reaching health care services are falling away as health systems reposition themselves with bold new access strategies.

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Social Media Posts Trigger Cyber Concerns

For hospitals, a seemingly innocent Facebook or Instagram post from a clinician can quickly turn into a cybersecurity vulnerability.

from FierceHealthcare

The age of social media has left hospitals and health systems in the complicated position of attempting to ensure pictures posted online don’t inadvertently expose patient information or give hackers just enough information about a physician to gain access to login credentials, Don Lindsey, vice president and CIO of Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, told FierceHealthcare at the HIMSS 2017 conference in Orlando, Florida.

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Medical Drones Will Thrive in Healthcare: A Safe Road to Health

In future medical emergencies, where urgent response will be necessary, drones will mean the fastest answer.

from Medical Futurist

Drones have great potential in making the transport of drugs, vaccines or medical aids faster. They are able to help in circumstances when time is crucial; e.g. in situations requiring urgent responses, during disasters or medical emergencies. Google, the tech giant with a significant medical portfolio, patented a device that can call for a drone in emergency situations to fly in with life-saving medical equipment on board. You would push a button, and a drone would appear on the spot. How amazing would that sound? And what about drones deliver automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) directly to people who have just suffered a heart attack? Researchers from the University of Toronto are already experimenting with the idea based on their inspiration from ambulance drones in the Netherlands.

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Why My Health System Collects and Publishes Patient Reviews

Physicians and health care systems should welcome the opinions of patients, learn from them, and share them with the public.

from STAT

It’s no secret that the US health care system needs to improve. Consumers — in this case patients and employers — have more collective power to influence change than they realize by choosing how, where, and from whom they get health care. Uber, Nordstrom, and many other companies seek their customers’ opinions and respond to them. Health care needs to follow suit to become the patient-centered service industry that it should be.

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