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for: ‘Health Data’

Allscripts Hit By Ransomware Attack

It was bound to happen at some point. The first big health-care industry ransomware attack of 2018 has hit, with electronic health records vendor Allscripts falling victim. As Healthcare IT News and others first reported, the Thursday attack on the company’s North Carolina-based data centers resulted in outages in cloud-based services for about 1,500 practices […]

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Florida Medicaid Data Breach Impacts 30,000 Patients

For as many as 30,000 Florida Medicaid patients, 2018 is starting off with some unwelcome news: their personal data may have been exposed following a November 2017 breach. As Healthcare IT News first reported, Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration, which operates the state’s Medicaid program, announced in a press release earlier this month that the source of […]

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Cybersecurity Leadership is Limited at Many Health Care Orgs: Study

You could be forgiven these days for thinking that there was a large-scale health care data breach every other day, with the degree to which they’ve dominated headlines. Indeed, an Accenture study from earlier this year found that 26 percent of Americans have had their data breached. And in May, the “WannaCry” ransomware attack caused […]

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Telehealth in 2018: What Can We Expect?

In many ways, 2017 has been a banner year for telehealth and mHealth, from the introduction (and in some cases, passage) of more than 200 bills in state legislatures, to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) proposed rule making it easier for the agency’s practitioners to treat patients across state lines, to continued investment in […]

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Telehealth Advocates Concerned About FCC Net Neutrality Plan

Chances are you’ve probably heard the term “net neutrality” used quite a bit recently, as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prepares for a crucial vote this month on whether to overturn a 2015 decision that officially classified the Internet as a public utility and forbade Internet service providers (ISPs) from censoring content. With polls showing […]

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Using Fitbits to Further Precision Medicine: Fitbit, STSI Team Up

For the more than 23 million people (at last count) who currently use Fitbits, the devices might seem like they have little purpose beyond a user’s own daily life—beyond serving as a way to track weekly exercise and sleep habits, or to fuel weekly step competitions with friends and coworkers. But for researchers at the […]

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Big Savings From Digital Health, Per New Study

It’s easy to visit Apple’s App Store or the Google Play store and feel overwhelmed by the number of health-related apps now available for download. Indeed, apps can do everything from providing infant care and health tips to new parents, to assisting in managing diabetes, to helping users track weight loss. Now, new research is […]

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“Are You Taking Your Meds?” Predictive Analytics Could Help Adherence

To put it simply: Medication non-adherence is a widespread problem, with researchers estimating that approximately 50 to 80 percent of people fail to follow their health care providers’ instructions regarding their medication. And its costs have been well documented; indeed, it’s the reason behind as many as $289 billion in health care spending each year. […]

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CTeL Summit: Get the Early Bird Rate While You Still Can!

Have you registered for the CTeL Fall Executive Telehealth Summit yet? If you still haven’t bought your ticket (and what’s stopping you?), there’s good news: You can still register at the early bird rate, but only until this Friday. Bonus: Along with a lower rate, early bird registration also gets you complimentary access to any of the […]

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Could Your Apple Watch Detect a Heart Condition?

Could your Apple Watch someday end up saving your life? If the initial results of Apple’s latest venture are a success, that could very well be the case. As CNBC first reported, Apple will soon begin the process of testing to determine whether its signature watch might be able to detect certain cardiac conditions. Working with researchers […]

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