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ECMC EHR Outage Teaches Valuable Ransomware Recovery Lesson

May 23, 2017 - Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) spoke out about the ransomware attack that caused a hospital EHR outage spanning six weeks. The New York hospital recently shared its cautionary tale with a local newspaper, painting a grim picture of the reality hospitals across the country now face as the healthcare industry becomes a target for cyberattacks. In the early hours of Sunday, April 9, ECMC...


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ECMC EHR Outage Teaches Valuable Ransomware Recovery Lesson

by Kate Monica

Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) spoke out about the ransomware attack that caused a hospital EHR outage spanning six weeks. The New York hospital recently shared its cautionary tale with a local newspaper, painting a grim picture of the...

RI HIE Enables Bidirectional Health Data Exchange with VA

by Kate Monica

The Rhode Island Quality Institute and Providence VA Medical Center (VAMC) recently announced the start of a new project designed to improve the quality and safety of care for Rhode Island veterans through improved information sharing. The Health...

VT Health Information Exchange Makes Key External Connection

by Kate Monica

The operators of the Vermont Health Information Exchange are celebrating a successful connection to the Department of Veterans Affairs Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record. Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc., which operates the Green...

VA Hospital Connects to NY Health Information Exchange

by Kate Monica

Canandaigua VA Medical Center recently joined the Rochester Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) in an effort to improve veteran health record access and patient care. Through a connection to the community health information exchange...

San Diego EMS Gains Access to EHR Data with ONC SAFR Model

by Kate Monica

An EMS organization in Orange County, CA has begun efforts to engage the recently published ONC Search, Alert, File, and Reconcile (SAFR) model for instant health information exchange that will grant access to patient EHR data at the scene of...

DirectTrust, the Sequoia Project Grow Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

DirectTrust and the Sequoia Project are celebrating growth in their recent health data exchange efforts. On Wednesday, DirectTrust announced significant and continued growth over the first quarter of 2017. The healthcare alliance created by and...

Arizona Health Information Exchange Rebrands to Continue Growth

by Kate Monica

Arizona Health-e Connection (AzHeC), a statewide nonprofit health information exchange operating since 2007, is relaunching under the new brand Health Current. The relaunch and new name are emblematic of the community-based HIE’s significant...

Health Data Integrity the Focus of ONC Innovation Challenge

by Kate Monica

ONC recently announced its new Health Data Provenance Challenge to address health data integrity at the point of care. As part of the contest, the federal agency is inviting participants to develop innovative solutions for determining the...

Physicians to Launch Connecticut Health Information Exchange

by Kate Monica

The Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) recently partnered with KaMMCO Health Solutions (KHS) to institute a statewide health information exchange (HIE). The physician-lead HIE will allow clinicians, hospitals, and other in-network healthcare...

Texas HIE Gains CMS Approval as a MACRA Qualified Registry

by Kate Monica

Healthcare Access San Antonio (HASA), a Texas health information exchange, has recently received approval from by CMS to serve as a qualified registry capable of helping physicians and eligible healthcare providers with fulfilling reporting requirements...

Health Information Exchanges Report Information Blocking

by Kate Monica

Despite widespread disapproval and Congressional scrutiny, information blocking remains a problem for health information exchanges working to connect providers and their EHR systems. Drawing data from a national survey of 60 HIE leaders, a new...

Ensuring Patient Concerns Don’t Limit Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

A new op-ed by former National Coordinator David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, addresses the potential for digital health information exchange to dramatically change healthcare so long as providers address patient health data security and privacy concerns....

HealthlinkNY Redefines Role of a Health Information Exchange

by Kate Monica

HealthlinkNY, the health information exchange (HIE) in central New York, continues to cement its position as one of the leading health information networks currently in operation. A recent study used the HIE headquartered in Binghamton to measure...

3 Health Information Exchanges Experiencing Recent Growth

by Kate Monica

Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC), a health information exchange (HIE) in Michigan, recently announced their Health Connect service platform has received Certified Status for information security by HITRUST Alliance. The award qualifies GLHC...

Vermont Health Information Exchange Adds Telehealth Component

by Kate Monica

An agreement between the Vermont Health Information Exchange (VHIE) and two healthcare organizations that provide telehealth services in the state now give providers connected to the statewide network access to telemonitoring data. In a recent...

HIE Partnership to Improve Health Data Exchange of Imaging

by Kate Monica

Syracuse-based regional health information organization HealtheConnections is working with HIE solution developer eHealth Technologies to facilitate exchange of medical images between healthcare providers throughout the state. The ability to...

Michigan HIE Enables State Immunization System Queries

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A partnership between Lakeland Health System and Great Lakes Health Connect has enabled the hospital organization to become the first of its kind in Michigan to allow EHR users to query patient immunization in the Michigan Care Improvement Registry...

IHE, PCHAlliance to Launch Joint Interoperability Initiatives

by Kate Monica

The Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHAlliance) and Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) are set to kick off several joint initiatives this year centered on improving health data exchange between EHR and health IT systems. Specifically,...

Epic Systems Takes Home Top Honors in 2017 Best in KLAS

by Kate Monica

In the report published today, Epic was also named the top Overall Physician Practice Vendor, receiving Best in KLAS awards in eight segments, the research firm announced. Included in Epic’s myriad awards are Best in KLAS Ambulatory EMR...

AMIA Seeks Improvements to PCORI Data Access, Exchange Policy

by Kate Monica

In response to a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) request on its Data Access and Data Sharing Policy, the American Medical Informatics Association voiced general support for the guidelines while seeking four changes to the...

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