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Tag Archives: Hospital

State investigates KentuckyOne hospital over staff layoffs

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services has begun an investigation of the hospital after several of its physicians claimed that layoffs among nurses and other staff have caused major patient-safety concerns.
Modern Healthcare Breaking News

D.C. pick to lead hospital came from troubled Indian Health Service facility

The new head of Washington’s public psychiatric institution has just one other hospital stint on his resume: chief executive of an American Indian reservation’s hospital where emergency services were halted because federal and tribal officials said…
Modern Healthcare Breaking News

Hospital pays ransom to regain control of its data

It’s the price of accessing their own data.

That’s what executives at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center say they were forced to do following a Feb. 5 cyberattack that disabled the facility’s computer network.

On Wednesday, CEO Allen Stefanek issued a statement that the hospital paid the equivalent of $ 17,000 in bitcoins to hackers who used malware to crash the network. It said, in part:

The malware locks systems by encrypting files and demanding ransom to obtain the decryption key. The quickest and most efficient way to restore our systems and administrative functions was to pay the ransom and obtain the decryption key. In the best in interest of restoring normal operations, we did this.

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Law enforcement and IT professionals seem divided on whether organizations should pay ransom in these situations. However, a post on Healthcare-Informatics.com reminds those in health care that most security breaches are preventable:

We all know that health care IT leaders are working very hard to try to ensure data security and cybersecurity, but the reality is that the dangers are becoming more menacing all the time now, not less. And independent community hospitals like Hollywood Presbyterian are particularly vulnerable with regard to the kinds of human and capital resources available to master these ever-intensifying issues.

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Writer Mark Hagland said the issues are becoming apparent “in every sphere of patient care organization activity.” The threats, he said, are coming from:

  • Phishing scams that get unsuspecting staff members to open infected emails

  • Straight-out hacks by crime syndicates

  • Hostile foreign governments

  • Cyberattacks against medical devices that are connected to EHRs and other clinical information

A post on Computerworld.com offered a few snarky insights, including this one:

It appears the hospital failed with its disaster recovery (DR). Looks like it either didn’t have backups, or the restore failed…Oopsy daisy, hashtag-fail, oh noes, etcetera. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers see a lesson for all of us: Backups aren’t backups unless you can restore them!

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Ohio hospital fails to comply with mandated abortion reports

Some Ohio hospitals may have failed to report abortion procedures to the state after an inquiry by a news organization found one hospital failed to do so for several years.
Modern Healthcare Breaking News

Hospital consolidation gains speed in Atlanta

Hospital systems in and around Atlanta are now moving swiftly and far from their traditional territories to consolidate a market that has been slow to consolidate.
Modern Healthcare Breaking News

Tucson hospital parent company lays off 100 workers

Tucson hospital owner Carondelet Health Network, which earlier this year switched from a nonprofit to for-profit company, has laid off three percent of its workforce.
Modern Healthcare Breaking News

Yelp jumps into local SEO arena with hospital reviews

Make room at the table for Yelp. In addition to posting customer reviews about tasty—or not-so-tasty—tilapia or tacos, the public review website is venturing into health care.

A recent post from CEO Jeremy Stoppelman says Yelp has signed a deal with ProPublica, a Pulitzer Prize-winning nonprofit investigative newsroom. The information is compiled by ProPublica and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Yelp will incorporate health care statistics and consumer opinion data onto the Yelp business pages of more than 25,000 medical treatment facilities in the U.S., says Stoppelman. They include:

• More than 4,500 hospitals

• Some 15,000 nursing homes

• Approximately 6,300 dialysis clinics

Hover text on the business page will explain the statistics, which include the number of serious deficiencies and fines per nursing home, as well as emergency room wait times for hospitals, according to Stoppelman’s post.

With the addition of Yelp, health care providers will have to keep a closer eye on their providers’ online reputations. This can be balanced with local SEO to attract new patients.

This infographic offers a variety of ways hospitals and practices can use inbound links for local events and onsite optimization to promote conveniences and specialty services in their communities. 

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Louisiana receives plans for Charity Hospital redevelopment

Five potential development groups have submitted plans to rescue New Orleans’ Charity Hospital — the huge art-deco style building vacant since the catastrophic flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina.
Modern Healthcare Breaking News

Carotid Artery Stenting Outcomes Vary Widely by Hospital

In-hospital outcomes among patients undergoing CAS in the US varied fourfold after adjusting for differences in patient risk factors in an analysis of data from a large, nationwide stenting registry. From MedPage Today.

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Hospital Infection Reporting to Widen, Definitions to Get More Precise

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services plans to expand reporting of certain hospital-acquired infections beyond ICUs in an effort to reduce confusion among providers, health officials say.

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