Impact Insights

Protecting Against Ransomware with Layered Security

April 28, 2016

Ransomware is rampant in our networks this year. Every week, the headlines announce another healthcare system that has had a downtime or outage due to... More

Continued Concerns Over Ransomware

April 7, 2016

Last month, I addressed protecting yourself from ransomware. At that time, ransomware was primarily an attack that was caused by an end user accessing infected... More

What Happened in Vegas – HIMSS 2016 Takeaways

March 8, 2016

The annual HIMSS Conference is always huge; and when it’s held in Las Vegas, it is a surreal experience. And this year’s event did not... More

Protecting Against Ransomware

February 23, 2016

In early February 2016, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center made national headlines as a result of becoming infected with a specific type of malware called “ransomware.”... More

Week in Review 1/8/16 – New MU Hardship Exception; Next Generation of Wearables

January 8, 2016

RELIEF (AND ALSO MORE CONFUSION) WITH MEANINGFUL USE… Last week, President Obama signed a bill into law that essentially establishes a blanket hardship exception for... More

Week in Review 10/30/15: Cybersecurity Bill; New Study on IT Benchmarking

October 30, 2015

SIGNIFICANT CYBERSECURITY BILL PASSED BY THE SENATE… Earlier this week, the Senate passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), which encourages private entities to exchange... More

Week in Review 9/18/15

September 18, 2015

THE MEANINGFUL USE STAGE 3 SAGA CONTINUES… Earlier this week, the chairman of the Senate HELP Committee (Sen. Lamar Alexander), called on CMS to hold... More

Week in Review 6/12/15

June 12, 2015

Late last week, CMS published a final rule updating the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) – which is CMS’ biggest ACO initiative.  The final rule... More

Week in Review 6/5/15

June 5, 2015

In public comments submitted to CMS, many industry stakeholders were highly critical of the proposed meaningful use Stage 3 requirements. The College of Healthcare Information... More

Week in Review 5/15/15

May 15, 2015

The average cost of a data breach for a healthcare organization is more than $2.1 million, according to the Ponemon Institute’s 5th Annual Benchmark Study... More

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Meaningful Use Stage 3: Objective 1 – Protect PHI

May 4, 2015

Today we’ll tackle the first of the Stage 3 objectives, “Protecting PHI”.  More

HIMSS 2015: Top 10 Takeaways!

April 22, 2015

This time last week my feet hurt, my head was spinning with too much information and I had the overwhelming sense I was at the... More

Week in Review 3/6/15

March 6, 2015

A new report from KLAS finds that competition between Epic and Cerner is “closer than it has been in years past,” with a greater number... More

Week in Review 2/6/15

February 6, 2015

There were two VERY big stories related to value-based payment models this week: HHS announced a goal to tie 50% of Medicare payments to “quality... More

Fast-Paced Society Needs Medical Data to Keep Up

January 26, 2015

Electronic health record systems are a boon and a security risk. Today’s electronic health systems with advanced monitoring capabilities like the ability to detect potentially... More