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Halamka's Advice to the Trump Administration

As I've listened to the confirmation hearings for cabinet nominees, I’ve realized that no one with healthcare IT expertise has yet been identified by the transition team. I continue to ask all my colleagues about any contact they’ve had with anyone advising the new administration - so far, no one has been asked anything by anyone related to healthcare IT. At this early time in the administration, it’s important to offer advice as to the priorities ahead for the next few years. What would I recommend to the new administration?

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Hospitals Paying the Price of Not Investing in IT Security

The fact is, most of healthcare simply doesn’t spend enough on data security. In a study conducted by HIMSS Analytics and Symantec that polled 115 IT and security professionals in hospitals with more than 100 beds, more than half (52 percent) said their organization dedicated between zero and 3 percent of the IT budget to security. Just 28 percent said they spent between 3 and 6 percent of IT budget on security. “All of this makes healthcare organizations rich targets for cybercriminals,” reads the study summary.

Is Healthcare Ready For Cyber Attacks?

Chris Nerney | Healthcare IT News | May 13, 2014

A cyber threat response drill for healthcare organizations conducted this past month highlighted some serious challenges facing healthcare security professionals.

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OpenMRS Holds World Wide Summit in Singapore

OpenMRS held its first annual World Wide Summit for interested participants and contributors (including developers and implementers) in Singapore from December 8-14, 2015. The World Wide Summit meeting is designed to create a collaborative global space to share and discuss work and ideas about OpenMRS, showcase innovative development that has occurred over the last year, and support an OpenMRS Hackathon. This first annual summit was planned to build, support and grow the OpenMRS community as well as the OpenMRS software suite. The conference was attended by over 100 participants from 6 continents. There were more than 50 sessions by close to 30 speakers.

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Sequestration Can’t Halt Government’s ‘Historic’ Health IT Spending

Frank Konkel | Nextgov | July 21, 2016

Federal health IT spending grew 27 percent annually from fiscal 2011-2015, with the market jumping from $2 billion four years ago to $6.5 billion in fiscal 2015, according to research from big data and analytics firm Govini. Civilian health agencies fueled health IT spending the most. The Health and Human Services Department increased its annual health IT spend by a compound annual growth rate of 34 percent, with about half of its total obligations driven by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is preparing for a major modernization effort and call center upgrade...

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The Radical Potential Of Open Source Programming In Healthcare

Nicholas Filler | Healthcare IT News | May 21, 2015

...electronic health records pose interesting problems related to sorting through vast amounts of patient data. This is where open source programming languages come in, and they have the ability to radically change the medical landscape. So why aren’t EHRs receiving the same care that patients expect from their doctor? There are a variety of answers, but primarily it comes down to how the software interprets certain types of data within each record. There are a variety of software languages designed to calculate and sort through large amounts of data that have been out for years, and one of the most prominent language is referred to as “R”.

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VA, HHS Continue to Invest Heavily in Health IT and Telecommunications Services

Phil Goldstein | FedTech | July 11, 2016

Despite across-the-board federal budget cuts in recent years, the departments of Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs have continued to invest in new health IT and technology services, according to a recent report from Big Data and analytics firm Govini. Further, the report found that the fiscal year 2017 budget outlook for the two health-focused agencies is strong, with the VA and HSS expected to make technology investments geared toward systems modernization, networks and cybersecurity infrastructure...

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