The cyberattack that hit British hospitals and hundreds of other organizations in more than 100 countries last week continues to unfold and has been called unprecedented in its scope.
For health care journalists, there are important questions to ask hospitals, other health care organizations – and even their own media organizations – about their level of preparedness and response plans for such an attack. Continue reading
Imagine you’re researching a story about a new medical device undergoing federal review. You send an email to a source seeking details. But unbeknownst to you, your email has been infected with malware. When your message is opened, the software secretly scours your source’s computer for insider information.
It’s a hypothetical situation – but not far-fetched, says Geoffrey King, a lawyer and lecturer who previously ran the Internet and technology policy program at the Committee to Protect Journalists. Continue reading
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It’s time for annual predictions for health IT, and it’s no surprise that some are expecting slower growth this year as health providers focus resources on shifting winds expected for insurance coverage and reimbursement.
Black Book Market Research’s nine health care tech trends, drawn from surveys of health care executives, suggests “the brakes being pumped on advanced software acquisitions due to political and funding uncertainty that is menacing long term strategies….” Continue reading
While it’s unclear what President-elect Donald Trump’s views are on health IT, the issue has traditionally enjoyed bipartisan support.
Here are some top issues that journalists can track as we move forward into this unknown landscape: Continue reading
Maybe you’ve seen the meme “There is no cloud… it’s just someone else’s computer.” It’s been circulating on the Internet for a while. You can have a laugh over the variations here (GoT, Star Trek, the Matrix).
In a new tip sheet, I give an overview of cloud computing, how health care entities are using it and why the cloud is increasingly important to the health sector. Continue reading