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4/19/2018

Scott Blackburn, the Department of Veterans Affairs' acting CIO, announced his resignation Tuesday, bringing more uncertainty to the long-delayed contract with Cerner to modernize the agency's EHR system. Interoperability issues, as well as the firing of VA Secretary David Shulkin, contributed to the delay.

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4/19/2018

A jury determined C.R. Bard should pay $35 million in punitive damages and $33 million in compensatory damages to a woman who said she was injured by the company's vaginal mesh devices. C.R. Bard still faces about 150 more lawsuits in New Jersey and thousands of lawsuits that have been consolidated for consideration before a federal judge in West Virginia.

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4/18/2018

Cybersecurity insurance company Beazley analyzed data breach incidents within the health care sector during the first quarter of this year and found that hacking or malware and accidental disclosure each accounted for 29% of the total incidents, followed by insider causes at 15%. The report also showed 6% of the incidents were attributed to physical loss and 5% to portable devices.

4/18/2018

Mammals' instinct to feed, shelter, protect and nurture their offspring is wired into the brain, and scientists using genetic and optical techniques mapped the neural network underlying the behavior in mice. The related brain circuitry described in Nature resembles a hub and spokes and is driven by neurons that express the signaling molecule galanin to form a sort of parenting command center in the hypothalamus, researchers found.

4/18/2018

A telemedicine robot enabled Miramont Family Medicine in Fort Collins, Colo., to improve efficiency, job satisfaction and productivity, said Miramont CEO Dr. John Bender, and it enables physicians to more easily see patients at multiple offices. The robot can be controlled using a computer or a smartphone app.

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4/18/2018

A phishing attack against UnityPoint Health in Des Moines, Iowa, enabled unauthorized individuals to access the email accounts of several employees between Nov. 1, 2017, and Feb. 8, 2018. An investigation found the incident potentially compromised patients' protected health information, including names, service dates, medical record numbers, treatment and surgical information, diagnoses, laboratory test results, provider and insurance information, and birth dates.

4/18/2018

Version 1.1 of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Cybersecurity Framework adds sections that explain how to use the document to evaluate an organization's cyberrisk, supply chain risks and risks related to the acquisition of commercial off-the-shelf products and services. The new version, which incorporates feedback gathered during the past two years, also includes updates on vulnerability disclosure and authentication and identity.

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4/18/2018

HIMSS Analytics awarded the Stage 7 designation on its EMR Adoption Model to University of North Carolina Health Care in Chapel Hill in recognition of its efforts to implement a complete EMR system, develop IT governance, security and privacy plans, and use advanced analytics. The designation applies to all of the health system's hospitals and associated clinics.

4/18/2018

Nicolas Graham, an integrative neuroscience major at Binghamton University in New York, writes that he went through extensive training on USDA and NIH standards before working with animal models, and research labs must pass inspections to ensure animal models are handled with the utmost care. Though some arguments against animal research have merit, some are misinformed, and "the pros outweigh the cons when considering animals as research models," Graham writes.

4/17/2018

Eighty-two percent of US consumers reported being more worried about cybersecurity today than they were five years ago, while 63% indicated being more concerned about cybersecurity than a possible war in the next year, per a poll of nearly 10,000 consumers worldwide that was commissioned by IBM and conducted by The Harris Poll. Researchers also found that 68% of US consumers expressed concerns of being hacked within the next five years, and 67% agreed with the statement, "The bad guys are winning over the good guys in the cybersecurity war."

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