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Children’s Hospital Colorado alerts patients of data breach

Editor's Note Officials at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora are sending notifications to nearly 3,400 patient families about a data breach that may have compromised their health information, according to the September 11 Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review. On July 11, investigators found an unauthorized person may have accessed…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 13, 2017
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Wearable technology brings both benefits and risks to the OR

Personal wearable technology, which covers the gamut from activity trackers such as Fitbit to e-textiles that monitor vital signs, have the potential to revolutionize healthcare. Like most innovations, however, the technology comes with risks. For OR leaders, those risks include possible security breaches, distractions, and violation of patient privacy and…

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By: OR Manager
July 19, 2016
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June healthcare security breaches affect 11 million patient records

Editor's Note June was the worst month of 2016 for healthcare information security, with 29 breaches that affected more than 11 million patient records, the July 7 Healthcare IT News reports. A total of 24 healthcare providers accounted for 86% of the breaches, with three occurring at health plans and…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 13, 2016
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California hospital pays hackers $17,000 to unlock EHR

Editor's Note Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center paid hackers who infiltrated and disabled their electronic health record (EHR) a $17,000 ransom to unlock their system, the February 18 Modern Healthcare reports. Administrators at the Los Angeles hospital said they paid the ransom because it was the quickest and most efficient way…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 19, 2016
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HHS releases guidance on when HIPAA applies to mobile apps

Editor's Note The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released guidelines on how the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) applies to health information a patient creates or manages through a health app and when app developers are required to comply with HIPPA rules. The new…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 17, 2016
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Wise use of social media can enhance your professional career

Privacy violations, work distractions, wasting time—with all these risks, who needs social media? You do. Social media is key for OR leaders to successfully manage their professional lives. Savvy leaders accept that social media is a two-sided coin. “The reality is that every post, Tweet, and text is filled with…

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By: OR Manager
January 15, 2015
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You can’t say that: Using social media in the healthcare setting requires sound judgment

It is hard to have tea with a friend or brag about a school soccer victory without involving social media. What was once a private or family matter no longer seems real until it is texted, posted, or even turned into a movie. Healthcare organizations, including ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs),…

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By: OR Manager
November 17, 2014
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