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ASF Announces Program for ApacheCon@Home 2021

Press Release | Apache Software Foundation (ASF) | August 17, 2021

The Apache® Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced keynotes, sponsors, and program for ApacheCon@Home, taking place online 21-23 September 2021. Registration is open and free for all attendees. "With dozens of compelling talks on the latest Apache innovations, presented by noted community experts and supported by an impressive roster of sponsors, we expect a record turnout of attendees," said Ruth Suehle, ASF Executive Vice President and ApacheCon@Home co-Chair. "We're excited to enable participants to join us at their own convenience online and to build on the success of last year's inaugural ApacheCon@Home, with nearly 3,500 attendees."

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Health Gorilla and the Puerto Rico Department of Health Reach Milestone in Health Information Exchange Network

Press Release | Health Gorilla | July 29, 2021

Health Gorilla, the largest interoperability provider in Puerto Rico, in conjunction with the Puerto Rico Department of Health (PRDOH), today announced a milestone achievement following the official launch of the Puerto Rico Health Information Exchange (PRHIE) on July 1st. In the one month since go-live, Health Gorilla has successfully connected 25% of Puerto Rico's population to the PRHIE. This innovative project enables healthcare providers to access and share patient medical record data securely and electronically across more than 400 care sites, 4,200 providers, and more than 700,000 patients.

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IBM Report: Cost of Data Breaches Hit Record High During Pandemic - Healthcare Breaches Cost the Most By Far, at $9.23 Million per Incident

Press Release | IBM Security, Ponemon Institute | July 28, 2021

IBM Security today announced the results of a global study which found that data breaches now cost surveyed companies $4.24 million per incident on average - the highest cost in the 17-year history of the report. Based on in-depth analysis of real-world data breaches experienced by over 500 organizations, the study suggests that security incidents became more costly and harder to contain due to drastic operational shifts during the pandemic, with costs rising 10% compared to the prior year...Healthcare breaches cost the most by far, at $9.23 million per incident - a $2 million increase over the previous year.

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Roger Baker: Why VA's Electronic Health Record Mega-Project is Failing

Roger Baker | FCW | July 26, 2021

The Department of Veterans Affairs currently is reassessing its $16 billion-plus Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) effort. Faced with productivity and patient safety issues in its initial pilot site, further rollouts of the EHRM have been paused by VA Secretary Denis McDonough. And while VA has not yet announced the details of the actions it will take to correct the EHRM program, those actions must include addressing the program's fundamental problems, not just the readily apparent quality and productivity problems surfaced at the pilot site. Read More »

King's College Accelerates Synthetic Brain 3D Image Creation Using Open Source AI Models and Software Powered by Cambridge-1 Supercomputer

Press Release | King’s College London | July 26, 2021

King College London, along with partner hospitals and university collaborators, unveiled new details today about one of the first projects on Cambridge-1, the United Kingdom's most powerful supercomputer. The Synthetic Brain Project is focused on building deep learning models that can synthesize artificial 3D MRI images of human brains. These models can help scientists understand what a human brain looks like across a variety of ages, genders, and diseases. The AI models were developed by King's and NVIDIA data scientists and engineers as part of The London Medical Imaging & AI Centre for Value Based Healthcare research funded by UK Research and Innovation and a Wellcome Flagship Programme (in collaboration with University College London).

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Germany's Healthcare System Is Using This Open Source Standard For Encrypted Instant Messaging

Daphné Leprince-Ringuet | ZDNet | July 23, 2021

A fast-growing open communication platform has been picked by the German healthcare system to support instant messaging between health professionals and organizations across the country. Called Matrix, the platform will provide German developers with the infrastructure, tools and protocols to build custom-made applications that will let up to 150,000 healthcare organizations securely share messages, data, images and files.

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Researchers Hid Malware Inside an AI's 'Neurons' and It Worked Scarily Well

Radhamely De Leon | Motherboard | July 22, 2021

Neural networks could be the next frontier for malware campaigns as they become more widely used, according to a new study. The study, which was posted to the arXiv preprint server on Monday, found that malware can be embedded directly into the artificial neurons that make up machine-learning models in a way that keeps them from being detected. The neural network would even be able to continue performing its set tasks normally.

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Relentless Cyber Attacks Pressure Hospital Operations

Press Release | Fitch Ratings | July 22, 2021

Ever-increasing cyberattacks on the US public healthcare sector will place material revenue and expense pressures on not-for-profit (NFP) hospitals and health systems, Fitch Ratings says. The healthcare sector has seen a historic increase in the number and severity of cyber assaults over the past 18 months. The sector is viewed as a target-rich environment due to the large amount of sensitive data that healthcare entities maintain for patient care and operations.

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The region of Catalonia just released an RFI on technology elements to build an open platform using openEHR ~ ECHAlliance

Press Release | European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance) | July 15, 2021

The region of Catalonia has launched today a Request for Information (RFI) with the purpose to obtain technical information on the possibilities of supplying the elements of a technological platform for the development of the Electronic Health Record of Catalonia. Given the technical complexity of the technological platform for the development of the Electronic Health Record and the need to finish defining its design and the components of the platform to be tendered, as well as to inform the economic operators active in the market of the need that has arisen...

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Artificial Intelligence and Human Learning Systems - Key Topic of KIT Science Week 2021

Press Release | Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) | July 14, 2021

From October 5 to 10, 2021, the KIT Science Week will celebrate its premiere. Researchers from all over the world, actors from politics and industry, and citizens from Karlsruhe and the region are invited to immerse into the world of artificial intelligence, AI for short. This new type of event of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) will offer diverse access to AI and open rooms for discourse. KIT, for its part, will receive impetus for its research agenda.

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23 European Cloud Technology Companies form the European Cloud Industrial Alliance (EUCLIDIA)

Press Release | EUCLIDIA | July 8, 2021

Today, 23 European companies have announced the creation of the European Cloud Industrial Alliance (EUCLIDIA) formed by independent European original technology manufacturers, for the promotion of digital independence and strategic autonomy...EUCLIDIA will carry the voice of European cloud technology innovators. Its members are all European-based with the majority of shareholders being European. Its mission is to provide lawmakers and policy makers with the field expertise and vision that will reinforce policies that accelerate the adoption and development of leading cloud technologies made in Europe. Such policies should reflect European values such as the protection of privacy and the promotion of fair competition while enabling European cloud industries to be competitive.

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J P Systems Wins $120 Million VA Terminology Services Support Recompete

Press Release | J P Systems, Inc. | June 28, 2021

JPSys, received notification of a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recompete contract award, which is a single award, Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract for clinical terminology standards services with a ceiling threshold of $120 million. The contract includes a base 5 year period from 6/28/2021 through 6/27/2026. JPSys, founded in 1983, is owned by Jackie Mulrooney and Galen Mulrooney. In 2015 JPSys won the first Terminology Standards Support IDIQ contract for 100 M. This follow on win solidifies the firm for the next 7 years. JPSys has been supporting the Veteran's Health Administrations as a prime since 9/29/2015 and as a subcontractor since 1998.

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EHRs Not Meeting The Challenges Of Primary Care According To New Study

Press Release | Regenstrief Institute | June 15, 2021

"The human mind can do many things well. Digesting vast amounts of patient information while multitasking in time-constrained situations exposes a limitation. EHR technology should be able to complement or enhance physicians' abilities in these scenarios," said Regenstrief Institute Research Scientist April Savoy, PhD, who led the new study. "But current EHRs are overloading primary care physicians with information in disparate files and folders rather than presenting comprehensive, actionable data in a context that gives meaning.

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The Apache Software Foundation Welcomes its Global Community Online at ApacheCon Asia 2021

Press Release | Apache Software Foundation | June 9, 2021

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced keynotes, sponsors, and program for ApacheCon Asia, taking place online 6-8 August 2021. Registration is open and free for all attendees. "We're excited to hold ApacheCon Asia online following last year's highly successful ApacheCon@Home," said Sheng Wu, ApacheCon Asia co-Chair and member of the ASF Board of Directors. "The pandemic mobilized the global Apache community to collectively produce a first-rate online event, supported by an outstanding group of sponsors. We are proud to build on ApacheCon's new virtual format and bring the ApacheCon Asia program to participants joining us from any location."

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Three Lessons Learned From A Technology Entrepreneur’s Journey: It Takes People, Patience, And Persistence

Joe McKendrick | Forbes | June 5, 2021

...it takes much, much more than a great idea to build a business — no matter how wondrous the technology. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to speak with many technology professionals who got tired of working for someone else and parlayed their talents into starting new businesses. What they consistently have shared is that technical chops and interesting ideas are only half the story — or maybe even only 25% of it. Success is more dependent on developing the people skills and coping mechanisms to deal with fickle customers, difficult employees, nervous investors, constantly probing competitors, and incursions by larger tech giants. Oh, and one more thing — tending to the needs of one’s family and personal well-being....Bruno Lowagie has a word for the individual with technical skills who channels their technical chops into a business idea — “entreprenerd.”

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