HMT: HIMSS names CIO of the year, planned Cyber RX, new security breach, and more
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Health Management Technology News
January 15, 2014
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In this issue:

Edward Marx Named CHIME-HIMSS 2013 John E. Gall, Jr. CIO of the Year

Healthcare Organizations Plan “CyberRX”: First Industry-Wide Cyber Attack Exercise

Court strikes down net neutrality rules

Major security breach hits patients, firefighters

Do you have what it takes to be considered “tech savvy?”

Edward Marx Named CHIME-HIMSS 2013 John E. Gall, Jr. CIO of the Year

Edward W. Marx FCHIME, FHIMSS has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year Award. Marx is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Texas Health Resources in Arlington, one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. He will receive the award at the Annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition in Orlando on February 25, 2014.

The award, sponsored by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and HIMSS, recognizes healthcare IT executives who have made significant contributions to their organization and demonstrated innovative leadership through effective use of technology. The boards of directors for both organizations annually select the recipient of the award, which is named in honor of the late John E. Gall Jr., who pioneered implementation of the first fully integrated medical information system in the world at California's El Camino Hospital in the 1960s.

“This prestigious award is the greatest professional honor I have received. My world is rocked!” said Marx. “While I am humbled and grateful, this recognition is a collective reflection of Texas Health employees and clinicians, my team, and the unconditional support from my wife Julie.”

Marx’s distinguished career in the healthcare industry spans 24 years, 16 of which have been spent as CIO. Concurrent with his career in healthcare, he served 15 years in the Army Reserve, first as a Combat Medic and then as a Combat Engineer Officer.

Read the full HIMSS news article here

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Healthcare Organizations Plan “CyberRX”: First Industry-Wide Cyber Attack Exercise

HITRUST announced today that it will lead an industry-wide effort to conduct exercises to simulate cyber attacks on healthcare organizations, named CyberRX. The results will be used to evaluate the industry’s response and threat preparedness against attacks and attempts to disrupt U.S. healthcare industry operations. These exercises will be conducted in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and major healthcare industry companies.

CyberRX will include the participation of providers, health plans, prescription benefit managers, pharmacies and pharmaceutical manufacturers, and DHHS. The exercises will examine both broad and segment-specific scenarios targeting information systems, medical devices and other essential technology resources of the healthcare industry. CyberRX findings will be analyzed and used to identify areas for improvement in the coordination of the HITRUST Cyber Threat Intelligence and Incident Coordination Center (C3); with security and incident response programs; and in information sharing between healthcare organizations, HITRUST and government agencies. These findings will be summarized into a report distributed to the industry and presented at HITRUST 2014 in April 2014.

“We have been coordinating and collaborating with HITRUST to enhance the resources available to the healthcare industry,” said Kevin Charest, chief information security officer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “Our goal for the exercises is to identify additional ways that we can help the industry be better prepared for and better able to respond to cyber attacks. This exercise will generate valuable information we can use to improve our joint preparedness.”

Read the full El Paso Times article here

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Court strikes down net neutrality rules

A federal appeals court has struck down Federal Communications Commission rules that prohibit Internet service providers (ISPs) from restricting access to legal Web content.

The ruling is the latest development in the long-running battle over net neutrality -- the principle that all sites on the Internet be equally accessible. Net neutrality advocates want to preserve the Web's status quo, in which providers such as Verizon (VZ, Fortune 500) and Time Warner Cable (TWC, Fortune 500) can't auction off priority traffic rights to one site over another, or impose tolls for high-bandwidth sites such as video streamers Netflix (NFLX) and Hulu.

The FCC adopted the regulations at issue in 2010, imposing so-called "Open Internet" rules that barred ISPs from blocking or "unreasonably discriminating" against Web content. Those regulations were challenged in 2011 by Verizon, which claimed the move overstepped the commission's legal authority.

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Verizon's favor Tuesday. The court said that because the FCC had previously placed broadband Internet service in a separate regulatory category from phone service, it lacked the legal justification to impose the Open Internet rules.

Read the full CNN article here

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Major security breach hits patients, firefighters

Retailers have been in the spotlight recently for security breaches, but now, a major security breach is hitting medical patients and firefighters across Puget Sound.

A hacker managed to get into a server that stored the records of thousands of medical responses in three King County communities.

The North East King County Regional Public Safety Communication Agency, NORCOM, is working with local and federal agencies to investigate the breach and is reaching out to those possibly affected.

Duvall is among the affected communities. The information for around 3,500 people needing medical care is now in the hands of a hacker, but the information obtained is what could be found on Facebook.

However, 40 firefighters in Duvall are on alert because their identities could very well be stolen.

Duvall Fire Chief David Burke is contacting 39 firefighters, including four current and others dating back to 2004, telling them their personal information may have been stolen.

"We don't know what the sole purpose of the breach was," said Burke.

NORCOM said “the preliminary investigation reveals the hacker broke the code of a highly complex password on a server.”

That server stored personal information for around 6,000 patients and more than 230 firefighters.

Those who are possibly affected are the Duvall and Skykomish Fire Departments as well as Snoqualmie Pass Fire and Rescue District 51.

The hacker may have patients’ address, date of birth and reason for calling for medical aid.

But the hacker may have even more information for first responders: social security numbers, driver’s license information and date of birth.

Burke said that in October, his department was in the process of moving personnel information to a new database when the hacker struck.

Read the full article here

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Do you have what it takes to be considered “tech savvy?”

For the last 34 years Health Management Technology has been exploring and chronicling the growth and development of computers and other technologies used in healthcare organizations to provide high-quality patient care.

This year we’d like to shine a klieg light on those hospitals, hospital systems and integrated delivery networks (IDNs) that make optimal decisions about the tech they need and want (in that order) and use it effectively and efficiently. We’re not just looking to recognize those organizations with deep pockets and a fiscal war chest that allows them to stock up on all the latest tools and toys. Instead, we’re looking to recognize those facilities that make optimal use of the tech they have – leaving few capabilities ever untouched – whether large or small, cash-full or cash-strapped.

What makes a provider organization “tech savvy?” What they’re doing and why they matter in the areas of cost-conscious, efficiency-driven, clinically motivated and patient-centric concepts, ideas and activities that can generate quality outcomes.

Here’s where we need your help. Within your organization or within your customer base, who’s using technology and how are they using it to do top-notch, innovative work? We plan to publish mini-profiles of these organizations in HMT’s March 2014 edition, relying on your nominations.

1. If you were to look at your current customer/membership roster, what are the top five hospital, hospital system and/or IDN organizations you’d recommend we consider for this list? (Please provide the organization name, city, state and proper contact information, including name, title, email and telephone number, for each of the five organizations you nominate.)

2. For each of your recommendations, please highlight a few bullet points and/or sentences why you believe this organization’s operation measures up to being “tech savvy.”

We’re going to collect the recommendations and evaluate them based on their “nominations.” Please note that you or your organization will not be identified as nominating the organization, but if a number of your organizations make the list you’ll certainly earn some bragging rights. At the end of the “official” list we will ask readers to submit organization names that should have been on the list and that we should consider for the 2015 compilation.

Please submit your recommendations to HMT via email no later than Monday, January 20.

Feel free to pool as many folks within your organization for recommendations as you’d like. As always, we appreciate your help and insights and look forward to sharing them with our valued readers.

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