Home » Headlines » Currently Reading:

Morning Headlines 7/3/14

July 2, 2014 Headlines 6 Comments

Big cyber hack of health records is ‘only a matter of time’

A Politico report interviews IT security experts who fear that health IT is primed for a massive cyberattack on par with the recent headline grabbing attacks on Target and Yahoo. Experts say that medical records are worth far more on the black market than credit card data, and the infastructure protecting the data is far more vulnerable  to attack.

Veterans Affairs Selects ASM Research to Modernize Electronic Health Records

Accenture signs a three-year $162 million VA contract to support and enhance VistA. Accenture will provide workflow analysis, software development, implementation, and end-user training. The project will address interoperability and data security, and will provide an enhanced web-based user interface to the Computerized Patient Record System used by VA clinicians.

Executive Insights on Healthcare Technology Safety, 2014 Report

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation has teamed up with the ECRI institute to publish a healthcare technology safety report. The 2014 edition, its inaugural report, focuses on alarm systems, Luer connectors, cybersecurity, batteries, and recalls.

View/Print Text Only View/Print Text Only

HIStalk Featured Sponsors


Currently there are "6 comments" on this Article:

  1. So what’s the big deal if someone steals my medical records? So they’ll see that I am 30 lbs over weight, have a bad hip and that the doctor put is finger up my rear last year. Not much they can do with that..

  2. Only sell it to everyone on earth. Including your next prospective employer who might just decide you’ll raise the cost of their insurance too much.

  3. I’m not sure why the VA is paying Accenture $162 million over 3 years to upgrade VistA when it will undoubtedly be replaced in the next few years. It seems like a waste of my federal income tax dollars.

  4. Bob the Builder: I was less concerned for your getting insurance than I was for your getting a job. That being said, I’m not one for hyperbole. Do I think medical records being stolen are the end of the world? No. But I also think your off-hand dismissal of the problem downplays the consequences that could be very real for individual people out there. Doing our best to secure them shouldn’t be controversial.

Subscribe to Updates



Text Ads

Report News and Rumors

No title

Anonymous online form
Rumor line: 801.HIT.NEWS



Founding Sponsors


Platinum Sponsors































































Gold Sponsors















Reader Comments

  • Annon: 100% agree, this is vaporware, they are not doing anything remotely close to interoperability. Not the only ones though,...
  • Brian Too: Wait... I thought that any voids in the brain automatically filled up with cerebro-spinal fluid? Wouldn't an air void c...
  • Ophelia: Where are you seeing the 97% MIPS claim? I'm aware of their claimed 97% attestation rate for MU, but I haven't seen anyt...
  • Sue Powell: Re: "airhead". Maybe Q04.9 Congenital malformation of brain, unspecified or G93.9 Disorder of brain, unspecified? #notac...
  • Not Mr. Bush: It is very interesting that they claim to be able to guarantee something that is so dependent on physician behavior....
  • Debtor: Athena has a long history of supporting MU and PQRS attestation. It wouldn’t surprise me if they have insight into the...
  • Frank Discussion: Cerner--the best Visual Basic 5 application our tax dollars can buy! Then there's CCL (*vomits into nearest trashcan)...
  • Stormy MU: Hi, Does anyone have any feedback on athena's claim of 97% MIPs success rate? How can they publish that when 2017 at...
  • HypocritOath: This post was all over the place, but I can't help but notice some huge inconsistencies in your stance here. In one ...
  • HIT Girl: Holmes swindles people out of millions, pays a fine (with the swindled money?!), and is sent to CEO-timeout for a few ye...

RSS Industry Events

  • An error has occurred, which probably means the feed is down. Try again later.

Sponsor Quick Links