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The “internet of things,” or IoT, is in its infancy everywhere in healthcare, according to Warren Averett security services director Paul Perry. For those on the finance side of hospitals and health systems, he says this connected technology offers great opportunity to those who realize its potential.

Out of the $6 billion CMS made in Medicare electronic health records (EHR) incentive payments by June 2014, the HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) estimated $729 million was paid to professionals who didn’t meet meaningful use requirements.

Confirming months of speculation, Cerner has been selected to replace the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ in-house electronic health record system.

Electronic health record (EHR) vendor eClinicalWorks will pay $155 million to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging it “falsely obtained” meaningful use certification and gave customers kickbacks in exchange for publicly promoting its products.

Reducing funding to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) from $60 million to $38 million, as the Trump administration has proposed, may hamper advancements in interoperability and the goals of 21st Century Cures Act, according to several leading health IT groups.

 

Recent Headlines

CIOs expecting IT spending to grow in 2017

Chief information officers (CIOs) in healthcare said they’re more likely than IT professionals in other industries to increase their budgets in 2017, according to a new Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO survey.

Mind games: Real physicians more accurate than symptom checker apps

Patients relying on symptom checker apps and websites aren’t getting as accurate of a diagnosis as they would by visiting a real physician, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Oracle reaches $100 million settlement with Oregon over failed exchange site

The state of Oregon paid $240 million for software giant Oracle to create the state’s Cover Oregon insurance exchange site, but the company will settle several lawsuits related to the site’s failure for just $100 million.

Health IT firm develops system to track, share info on hackers

Ransomware has developed into a growing infection for the medical industry, except that healthcare providers can’t treat these problems so easily. In an effort to fight data-stealing hackers, MedCrypt has recently raised $750,000 to develop new means of protection.

What sectors of the market are embracing telehealth?

Telehealth has the ability to bring patients and doctors who are miles apart face-to-face through the use of technology, but exactly what kind of facilities actually take advantage of the advancements of telehealth?

Healthcare industry accounts for 88 percent of all ransomware attacks

In the newly released Security Engineering Research Team (SERT) Quarterly Threat Report for Q2 2016, Solutionary analyzed the rates of ransomware attacks in all industries. Unsurprisingly, the healthcare industry topped the list.

HHS releases guidelines for healthcare facilities facing ransomware attacks

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have released its newest guidelines for healthcare facilities when faced with a ransomware attack in response to insufficient security of data, reports Fedscoop.

CMS finalizes rules allowing sale of claims data to providers, employers

Medicare and private sector claims data will be permitted to be sold or shared to organizations which will use the information to improve care, as long as those recipients follow privacy and security requirements laid out in newly finalized CMS rules.

AT&T strategy chief lays out plans to improve healthcare IT

AT&T’s chief strategy officer announced the company’s plans to improve healthcare technology by opening its sixth innovation center in Houston’s medical district, reports Healthcare Daily.

Zimmer Biomet to acquire LDR to enhance innovation and growth of spine business

Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc., a global provider of musculoskeletal healthcare, and LDR Holding Corporation, a global medical device company, have announced that both boards of directors have approved a definitive agreement under which Zimmer Biomet acquire all the outstanding shares of LDR for $37 per share in cash, a value of approximately $1 billion. 

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