Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford is reporting a stolen laptop with unencrypted personal health information affecting nearly 13,000 patients. This is Stanford’s fifth data breach since 2010. In 2011, Stanford was sued over a data breach in a suit that sought $20 million in damages. In 2010, they were fined $250,000 for failing to report a breach.
IBM’s Watson supercomputer has completed its installation at The Maine Center for Cancer Medicine and is now helping doctors create individualized care plans for lung cancer patients. Watson is being beta tested while engineers continue to enhance its ability to interpret clinical information and weigh treatment options.
The Indian Health Service is spending $10 million upgrading its EHR system to one integrated platform. Indian Health Services EHR was the first federal agency to have its EHR certified for Meaningful Use and received more than $50 million in EHR incentive payments thus far. They are first focusing on integrating across their network, and then will tackle larger interoperability projects with the VA and CMS.
Calif-based Sonora Regional Medical Center, an Adventist Health System hospital, has been selected as the pilot site for Adventist’s system-wide Cerner implementation. Sonora will go live September 4th, with Adventist’s remaining 18 hospitals scheduled to go live by the summer of 2014.