Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is trying to make up for the exposure of more than 2,000 patients’ personal information that was hacked from a hospital computer. The hospital told reporters that a computer repair vendor, who remains unnamed, failed to restore the computer’s security settings after servicing the machine. The computer was later found to have contracted a virus that snagged patient files and sent them to an unknown recipient. The virus accessed patient [...]
In 1974 Peter Szolovits made a prediction: By the 1980s, a majority of large hospitals would adopt electronic medical records. While the technology did not progress as quickly as expected, the U.S. government is currently making a major push to have hospitals switch from paper folders stuffed with memos to a secure and efficient electronic system for collecting, storing and retrieving medical records. Now Szolovits — a professor of computer science and engineering, health sciences [...]
American medical records will need to be updated by October 2013, at a projected cost of $12 billion to $30 billion
Computer Task Group will push its expansion into health care solutions further this year, according to CEO James R. Boldt, who addressed about 60 shareholders at CTG’s annual meeting Wednesday. The Buffalo-based information technology company will also continue its focus on technology services, financial services and energy in 2011. Several solution-based projects are in the works for the company’s health care portfolio, which makes up 28 percent of CTG’s business mix. With the population aging [...]
The American Medical Association and four partner organizations in late April issued an updated version of “A Clinician’s Guide to Electronic Prescribing.” The organizations said the guide reflects changes in the health care environment. The original guide, published in 2008, predated events aimed at pushing physicians toward e-prescribing. The events include the Medicare e-Rx program, which pays physicians bonuses for e-prescribing through 2013. Physicians who don’t e-prescribe by 2013 will see a 1% reduction in [...]
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