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Researchers are developing platforms to securely and quickly send data to and from smartphones. A new mobile application developed to assist providers in meeting patient privacy regulation allows for the sharing and storing of patient-related photos, videos and audio.

The lack of cybersecurity in mobile applications meant to assist dementia patients and their caregivers could put patients' personal health information at risk, according to researchers at McLean Hospitals in Belmont, Massachusetts, and clinicians at Harvard Medical School. A study in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry examined app security policies and provided recommendations.

Cyberattacks occur on many types of devices—including 3D printers. A new study, conducted by researchers at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Georgia Institute of Technology, examines methods in protecting 3D printers for improved cybersecurity.

Facing an increasing amount of cyberattacks, healthcare organizations are building up their cybersecurity programs, according to the 2017 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey. After speaking with 126 health information technology leaders, researchers outlined current security measures to show points of improvement and explore how the industry can prevent future attacks.

The healthcare industry has fought an uphill battle against hackers in 2017—and it shows in the latest Beazley Breach Insights report. The report, conducted by the cyber and data breach response insurance firm, found the rate of ransomware attacks had increased by 50 percent in the first quarter of 2017, with demands up 133 percent.

 

Recent Headlines

AHIMA CEO to step down Linda Kloss, CEO of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) for the past 15 years, has decided to retire from that role on March 31, 2010.
HL7 invites public opinion on personal health record model Health Level Seven (HL7), a healthcare IT standards development organization, has released a ballot to approve its Personal Health Record System Functional Model (PHR-S FM) as a draft standard for trial use.
Imaging techs part of the nationwide healthcare staff shortage Speaking during an AHIMA convention breakout session, a panel of presenters discussed methods for addressing the alarming shortage of HIT workers.
McKesson touts installs at AHIMA McKesson Corp. was one of the more than 240 exhibitors at the 2005 National Convention & Exhibition of the American Health Information Management Association, held in San Diego last week.

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