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In the wake of the Community Health Systems (CHS) disclosure that hackers breached its computer system and accessed personal but not health data it held on 4.3 million people, a representative of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) joined the monthly Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) cyber threat information call to discuss work being done to build a better public-private partnership on cyber threats facing the healthcare industry.

 - senior

As healthcare systems implement EHR systems with patient portals for sharing test results and other health information in order to comply with Meaningful Use requirements, many have expressed concern that patients may be unable to comprehend their test results outside of a physician consult. A new study by University of Michigan researchers indicates that these critics may be right.

 - Michael Hunt

In June Michael Hunt, DO, CMO/CMIO at St. Vincent’s Health Partner’s in Bridgeport, Conn., was selected as one of two recipients of the 2014 Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) Award for excellence and outstanding achievement in applied medical informatics.

 - virus

In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Community Health Systems (CHS), the nation’s leading for-profit publicly-traded operator of general acute-care hospitals, disclosed that this spring, a group likely originating in China was able to bypass its computer security measures and copy non-medical information on approximately 4.5 million individuals either treated at or referred to one of its facilities in the past five years.

 - Christopher Longhurst

Clinicians looking to get certified in the clinical informatics subspecialty flocked by the hundreds to take the inaugural American Board of Preventive Medicine board certification exam last fall. They’ll have the same opportunity this fall but should remember that this pathway to certification is only available until 2017.