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Cyberattacks Predicted to Triple in 2021, Black Book State of the Healthcare Industry Cybersecurity Industry Report

Press Release | Black Book Market Research | November 12, 2020

Seventy-three percent of health system, hospital and physician organizations report their infrastructures are unprepared to respond. The survey results estimated 1500 healthcare providers are vulnerable to data breaches of 500 or more records, representing a three hundred percent increase over this year. Black Book Market Research LLC surveyed 2,464 security professionals from 705 provider organizations to identify gaps, vulnerabilities and deficiencies that persist in keeping hospitals and physicians proverbial sitting ducks for data breaches and cyber-attacks.

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New Research Shows Attackers Turning to Encrypted Cyber Attacks During Pandemic

Press Release | Zscaler, ThreatLabZ | November 10, 2020

Zscaler, Inc...today released its 2020 State of Encrypted Attacks report, published by the Zscaler ThreatLabZ team. The threat research reveals the emerging techniques and impacted industries behind a 260-percent spike in attacks using encrypted channels to bypass legacy security controls. The report provides guidance on how IT and security leaders can protect their enterprise from the rising trend of encrypted threats, based on insight sourced from over 6.6 billion encrypted threats across the Zscaler™ cloud from January through September 2020 over encrypted channels. To download and read, see the 2020 State of Encrypted Attacks.

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Plurilock Security and Cycura to Co-Host Healthcare Cybersecurity Webinar

Press Release | Cycura, Plurilock | November 10, 2020

Plurilock Security Inc...an innovative cybersecurity company that provides frictionless and continuous authentication using machine learning and behavioral biometrics and Cycura, a subsidiary of WELL Health Technologies Corp. and a leading provider of proactive cybersecurity services, today announced that they will be co-hosting a virtual panel discussion, titled 'Patient Data in the Crosshairs: Healthcare Breaches of 2020' on Thursday, November 12th at 2:00 pm (EST).

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HLN Releases Update to Open Source Immunization Forecaster in Preparation for COVID-19 Vaccine

Press Release | HLN Consulting | November 9, 2020

On November 6, 2020, HLN released a new version (v1.24.2) of the Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE). ICE is a state-of-the-art open source software system that provides clinical decision support for immunizations for use in Immunization Information Systems (IIS), Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Personal Health Record (PHR) Systems.

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"apps.health" Marketplace Unveils Six New Digital Health Applications

Press Release | WELL Health Technologies | October 30, 2020

WELL Health Technologies Corp...a company focused on consolidating and modernizing clinical and digital assets within the primary healthcare sector, is pleased to announce it has expanded its apps.health marketplace to include a total of 26 digital health applications provided by 14 different app publishers. apps.health is WELL's digital health app marketplace and innovation hub that connects digital health technology companies and software developers to the WELL network of over 2,000 primary healthcare clinics and 10,000 physicians across Canada. Its mission is to connect healthcare professionals with new and pioneering solutions or "apps" which integrate securely and seamlessly with a clinic's Electronic Medical Record (EMR) software. Read More »

Recession Spurring Increased Adoption Of Open Source Software According To Latest Yearly Survey By Tidelift

Press Release | TideLift | October 7, 2020

Use of open source software is expected to increase during the pandemic as businesses look to save time and money, while increasing efficiency, according to the third annual Managed open source survey released today by Tidelift, the largest provider of commercial support and maintenance for the community-led open source behind modern applications. More than 600 technologists shared how they use open source software today, what holds them back, and what tools and strategies would help them use it even more effectively.

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Bitscopic's Machine Learning Algorithm Detects COVID-19 from Standard Blood Labs

Press Release | Bitscopic | October 2, 2020

Bitscopic Inc., a Silicon Valley based healthcare analytics company, announced today they have developed a machine learning prediction model that can identify COVID-19 infected patients using data from standard laboratory blood tests. The model, published in "Clinical Infectious Diseases," was developed using laboratory data from over 75,000 COVID-19 infected Veteran patients receiving care at VA medical centers. Payam Etminani, Bitscopic's CEO, said: "We are very excited by these results, as it demonstrates that inexpensive and easily attainable patient data can be used to construct a diagnostic fingerprint that can identify symptomatic cases of COVID-19. We are learning how the relatively blunt instrument of routine blood tests, through the power of machine learning, can be crafted into something approaching a precision tool."

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New Book from MIT Professor Helps Companies Reshape Supply Chain Strategy Beyond COVID-19

Press Release | MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics | October 2, 2020

In his new book The New (Ab)Normal: Reshaping Business and Supply Chain Strategy Beyond Covid-19, published today, MIT Professor Yossi Sheffi maps how companies grappled with the chaos of the Covid-19 pandemic and how they can survive and thrive as the crisis subsides. Sheffi pays particular attention to supply chain's role in helping companies manage and recover from the pandemic. Supply chains worldwide play a crucial role in sourcing, making, and delivering essential products to the world's 7.8 billion people at a price they can afford.

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Ocean Platform Joins apps.health Marketplace to Help Connect Patients with Healthcare Providers

Press Release | CognisantMD | September 29, 2020

The Ocean Platform, Canada's leading EMR-integrated digital health suite for patient engagement, is now available on apps.health, a digital health app marketplace and innovation hub from WELL Health. With this release, CognisantMD is also launching a series of powerful new tools and features for OSCAR Pro Electronic Medical Record (EMR) through its enhanced Cloud Connect API integration. Over 13,000 healthcare providers across the country use the Ocean Platform to allow Canadians to securely share health information, update their patient record, and connect with their physicians each day.

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WELL Health Launches "apps.health," a Digital Health App Marketplace for EMR users

Press Release | WELL Health | September 29, 2020

WELL Health Technologies Corp., a company focused on consolidating and modernizing clinical and digital assets within the primary healthcare sector, is pleased to announce the launch of apps.health, a digital health app marketplace and innovation hub that connects digital health technology companies and software developers to the WELL network of over 2,000 primary healthcare clinics and 10,000 physicians. WELL intends on collaborating with digital health application developers to market and promote the features and benefits of their products and services to clinics and physicians, and by doing so accelerate adoption and enable improved healthcare experiences for both physicians and patients.

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WELL Health Forms New Business Unit Focused on Allied Health Services

Press Release | WELL Health Technologies Corp. | September 28, 2020

WELL Health Technologies Corp...is pleased to announce the formation of its new business unit called WELL Health Allied Care Inc. ("WELL Allied"), which will be a consolidation point for a number of key operating activities and investments related to specialized care in identifying, evaluating, preventing and treating a range of conditions and illnesses including, but not limited to, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, dietary, chiropractic, mental health counselling and sleep related services. WELL Allied will include health practitioners working in a collaborative environment to support primary care physicians in a multi-disciplinary, team-based care support model.

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ApacheCon 2020 features Natural Language Processing for Electronic Medical Records in dedicated track on Apache cTAKES

Press Release | Apache Software Foundation | September 21, 2020

ApacheCon, the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the world's largest Open Source foundation, announced today its first dedicated track on Apache cTAKES. The track will be held on all three days of the ApacheCon@Home virtual conference, taking place online 29 September - 1 October 2020. Registration is free of charge for all participants and is required in advance to participate. Now in its 22nd year, ApacheCon is the primary gathering of the collective Apache community worldwide, drawing attendees from more than 130 countries. ApacheCon showcases the latest breakthroughs from dozens of Apache projects, upcoming innovations in the Apache Incubator, and sessions on developing community-led Open Source projects "The Apache Way".

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VA's Palo Alto Hospital Selects Bitscopic's PraediAlert Clinical Surveillance Platform

Press Release | Bitscopic | September 14, 2020

Bitscopic Inc., a Silicon Valley based healthcare analytics company, announced today that the US Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) Palo Alto Medical Center has selected Bitscopic's PraediAlert platform for clinical surveillance. PraediAlert is an FDA registered clinical surveillance system that allows hospitals to improve patient care and patient safety by minimizing and managing patients at risk for hospital acquired infections (HAI) as well as optimizing care team productivity and workflows to improve patient outcomes.

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Tampa General Hospital and USF Health Implement careMESH to Advance Care Team Collaboration with Community Providers

Press Release | careMESH, Tampa General Hospital, USF Health | September 9, 2020

careMESH today announced that it has launched its services with both Tampa General Hospital (TGH) and USF Health (USF). Integrated with TGH's Epic Electronic Medical Record (EMR), patient admission and discharge notifications are automatically and digitally sent to the patient's primary care physician, and clinical staff are able to send referrals and transitions of care to any provider in the country. "We have long sought new ways to engage with the community and better communicate and collaborate with partner physicians and practices while ensuring operational efficiency and patient privacy. We were drawn to careMESH because they solve a key challenge: how to move all communications with external clinicians to digital communications," said Scott Arnold, Executive VP & Chief Information Officer for Tampa General Hospital.

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OpenEMR's Participation at the Google Summer of Code 2020 a Resounding Success

Press Release | OpenEMR Foundation | September 9, 2020

The OpenEMR project participated in the recently completed Google Summer of Code 2020. Google Summer of Code is an international program by Google which sponsors and pairs open-source organizations with students to work on software development projects. Selected students are sponsored by Google to work on an open-source project for three months. For OpenEMR, Google Summer of Code was a resounding success and the OpenEMR community could not be prouder of the participating student's achievements. OpenEMR is appreciative of the 20 mentors who contributed their time and expertise. One of the core OpenEMR mentors, Tyler Wrenn, stated, "Google Summer of Code was a great experience for mentors, students, and OpenEMR, and I look very forward to doing it again next year."

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