EHRs and security threats for healthIT and rads taking a leadership role are in the news

Articles include: Mamba ransomware is attacking healthcare, crippling computers by encrypting entire hard drives; University of Texas breast radiologists are calling for the creation of a national imaging repository in the cloud; Apple designers work to expand its HealthKit to aid in diagnosis; Electronic health record data could hold the key to predicting the onset of sepsis; and most physicians are using some digital tools and expect to increase the use of assistive technologies in the near future.

 

New virus disables computers by encrypting hard drives – Health Data Management

A new strain of ransomware called Mamba is circulating through multiple industries including healthcare and crippling computers by encrypting entire hard drives. So far there really isn’t much that can be done except pay the ransom to gain a key to decrypt the hard drive, experts say. Ironically, Mamba emulates protections found in commercial data security products, but uses the protections against the victim.open lock

This week’s articles include: a study examining healthcare IT technology adoption in rural areas; the need for additional training on correct interpretation of digital breast tomosynthesis scans; a study showing remote patient monitoring does not reduce readmissions or mortality for patients with heart failure; a Q&A with radiologist Stamatia Destounis, Healthcare ITMD; and news that more than 100 health industry stakeholder organizations have agreed to push the industry and policymakers to take six steps—many supported by information technology—which they say can immediately improve the nation’s healthcare system.

A study entitled “Variation In Rural Health Information Technology Adoption and Use,” recently published in Health Affairs, noted that while initial health IT adoption and meaningful use achievement were higher among rural providers and hospitals than those in urban areas, these populations were less likely to return in