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Confi dence in single-factor security tokens waning

A new nationwide survey of more than 400 information technology (IT) professionals from a wide variety of industries found that over half of respondents are now evaluating two-factor authentication alternatives to traditional security tokens. According to the survey’s sponsor, PhoneFactor, the results indicate that “organizations that utilize security tokens, many of which are already frustrated with the burden tokens place on their IT departments and end users, are being driven to action by the recent RSA breach.”


The survey found that the vast majority of respondents with current token deployments (93 percent) are aware of the RSA breach affecting SecurID tokens, which was disclosed in March 2011. Of those, 44 percent are now re-evaluating their current use of tokens, and another 15 percent are speeding up an already planned evaluation of token alternatives. If it becomes necessary to replace se- curity tokens already deployed, 70 percent would prefer to replace them with an alternate two-factor method. PhoneFactor is a provider of multi-factor authentication solutions. Read more about the survey results at


“ICD-10: Improving Care Plans, Interoperability and Business Practices” is a complimentary e-book from MEDecision that offers health plans a strategic perspective on the opportunities and benefi ts that the transition to ICD-10 medical code sets can have on care management and business strategies. The ICD-10 code sets offer several benefi ts over ICD-9, including increased specifi city with deeper levels of detail and the fl exibility to grow and add new codes. Download the e-book at

“Lean Six Sigma for Hospitals: Simple Steps to

Fast, Affordable, Flawless Healthcare,” by Jay Arthur (McGraw-Hill; March 2011; $40), explains how to use tested LSS methods and tools to improve hospital operations and quality of care and reduce costs. These strategies follow the patient from the front door of the hospital or emergency room all the way through discharge – examining key aspects of patient fl ow and quality – and also follow the trail of billing and collections to discover major cash-fl ow leaks. The book emphasizes both the clinical and operational sides, so the “three demons of healthcare” – delay, defects and deviation – can be reduced.


The World Congress 3rd Annual Leadership Summit on mHealth, July 28-29, Boston, will offer strategies for harnessing emerging mobile health technologies for both provider- and consumer-directed initiatives. Applying mobile technology for clinical decision support for anytime, anywhere connectivity and generating consumer engagement with the newest wearable, wireless biometric sensors will be highlights of this event. HMT Managing Editor Phil Colpas will moderate a panel discussion.


The 2011 American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA) 47th Annual

Conference & Exposition, Sept. 10-13, Phoenix, will feature plenty of opportunities for networking and knowledge sharing on state-of-the-art services in healthcare HR. More than 150 exhibitors are expected.


The 83rd AHIMA Convention & Exhibit, Oct. 1-6, Salt Lake City, will draw HIM professionals from all areas of health informatics and information management for a week-long focus on HIM’s global transformation. Learn how to implement some of the most important changes in HIM history.


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