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Finding the kill switch to stop the spread of ransomware

The WannaCry ransomware attack that quickly spread to computers across the globe, including 48 NHS hospitals, is halted after a cybersecurity researcher, noticing that the malicious code routinely pinged an unclaimed domain, registered the domain in his own name, inadvertently halting the spread of the attack.

CareCore Admits to Improperly Authorizing Over 200,000 Procedures Paid For With Medicare and Medicaid Funds

MedSolutions CareCore agrees to a $54 million settlement with OCR, putting an end to the fraud lawsuit brought against the company after it authorized thousands Medicare and Medicaid payments for procedures without validating their medically necessary.

Use IHealth software, not paper, defiant Nanaimo doctors told

In Canada, Island Health announces that it will no longer support alternative workflows for the nine internal medicine doctors that have refused to use the recently implemented, $174 million Cerner EHR, citing patient safety concerns over its CPOE system.

Clover Health Tops $1 Billion Value With Alphabet Backing

Silicon Valley-based health insurance startup Clover Health secures a $130 million Series D investment round led by Google Ventures, bringing the three-year-old startup’s valuation to $1.2 billion.

Death By A Thousand Clicks: Leading Boston Doctors Decry Electronic Medical Records

One year after going live on Epic, three physician leaders from Massachusetts General Hospital pen an opinion piece in a local paper arguing that the administrative burden caused by poorly designed EHRs software is compromising the diagnostic abilities of providers and driving good physicians into early retirement.

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  1. Re: Death By A Thousand Clicks. As a patient, this article makes me “mildly nauseous” as yet another example of whining by entitled M.D.s (usually from highly paid specialities).

    Take one example: “Need to write a prescription — an exercise that used to take less than 15 seconds? Another set of clicks.” OMG, doc, are you concerned that those extra minutes are taking away your precious minutes in the day and prohibiting you from jumping to the next 4.5 RVU visit? Is that making you late for you tee time? As a patient, I am assured that your 15 second chicken scratch will no longer make the pharmacist confused and potentially put me in a life threatening situation (when you get a chance, go read some research from a few of your more enlightened brethren about how many lives have been saved by that).

    Those clicks annoy you? As a patient, I am assured that the system is doing some basic medication reconciliation, alerting you to some life threatening drug-drug interactions (when you get a chance, go read some research from a few of your more enlightened brethren about how many lives have been saved by that).

    Bottom line – there’s plenty of blame to go around between government regulations, hospital admins, EHR vendors, and practicing clinicians. However, it is telling that you never mention “practicing clinicians” as being part of the problem as well. That makes me think that you don’t want to be part of the solution but are rather more interested in grandstanding. But I am glad that there are many many clinicians who are working diligently with other stakeholders in making the situation better by first recognizing that this is a complex situation and problem and needs nuanced answers and needs every stakeholder to be part of the solution.

  2. Have to agree with RollingMyEyes. It is pretty easy to pick out which doc is going to send the physician demo off the rails before it even starts. Unfortunately said specialist tends to be a patient magnet and usually is a big-bill-er. Watching very bright and seasoned hospital executives navigate them always tends to be more so sad than interesting. I’m willing to bet catering to them has inflated the overall cost of EHR projects by sizable percentage and no doubt always siphons valuable resources and time away from actual tangible system wide optimization and improvements because of catering to them.

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