Posts From February, 2013

Vast Majority of Surveyed Hospitals Experience Breaches 

(Photo credit: Credit: Flickr/Mr. Cacahuate)

Ninety-four percent of hospitals responding to a recent survey experienced a data breach in the past two years, according to the Ponemon Institute. Forty-five percent of these hospitals indicated that their data was breached more than five times – an increase from 2010 when the percentage of respondents indicating more than five breaches was 29 percent.

With the potential for penalties under HIPAA, the cost of notifying stakeholders and civil suite awards, the possibility these hospitals could be stuck with millions in costs due to data breaches is staggering.

Even more discouraging, those hospitals that had not joined a health information exchange (HIE) cite low or lack of confidence in data security as the number one reason they were reluctant to share information within organizations.

As the move to electronic health records (EHR) continues, what measures is your organization taking to ensure patient data security?

Russell P. Branzell Named As New CHIME Head 

Richard Correll steps down after 20 years as CEO

​The College of Healthcare Information Executives (CHIME) announced the selection of Russell P. Branzell of University of Colorado Health as the organization's new President & CEO, according to a press release. Branzell is currently serving as the CEO of Colorado Health Medical Group within the University of Colorado Health.

“As a respected IT executive who possesses deep industry knowledge, Russ will continue CHIME’s successful legacy of achievements and assure CHIME’s position as the association leading the national transformation of health IT," said CHIME Board Chairman George T. Hickman, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Albany Medical Center. Hickman also headed the search committee.

Branzell will succeed President and CEO Richard A. Correll, who will become the organization’s chief operating officer, in April. This marks an end to a 20-year term for Correll.

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