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1-darrellpruitt[By Darrell K. Puitt DDS]

“Ransomware Attacks Can’t Hide from HIPAA Anymore – Hospital and health system executives are on notice: Come clean about ransomware attacks as early as possible or be prepared to face sanctions.”

By Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, July 19, 2016.

Dean Sittig, a clinical informatics professor at University of Texas Health Science Center and the Houston UT-Memorial Hermann Center for Health Care Quality and Safety, tells HealthLeaders,

The new HHS guidance is going to really ratchet up people’s attention, because now you’re also talking about big fines from the government, as well as the effects of the ransomware.”




Show Me the Money?

“Survey: Nearly Three Quarters of Physicians Say They Haven’t Seen ROI From Electronic Records.”

By Matt Goodman: [Dallas/Fort Worth Healthcare Daily, July 21, 2016]


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  1. Breaking news:

    Item 1.

    “Ransomware attack on dermatology office breaches more than 13,000 patient records – The Reston, Virginia provider said patient protected health information and financial data was compromised by unauthorized third parties outside of the U.S.”

    By Jessica Davis for Healthcare IT News, August 10, 2016.

    Regardless of blame, a significant portion of the practice has already gone elsewhere. The breach could just as easily have been a dental office.

    After a long history of being misled about the cost and safety of EHRs by industry leaders, hapless dentists do not deserve bankruptcy for self-reporting a ransomware attack.

    Item 2.

    “New malware campaign spreads backdoors instead of ransomware – One of the most active Trojans this year has changed tactics and now installing backdoors on target machines instead of ransomware.” By Rene Millman


    Paul Ducklin, senior technologist at Sophos, told SC that backdoor Trojans are, in many ways, much worse than ransomware. “With proper backup, you can recover from ransomware without paying. Even without backup, there’s usually a chance to get yourself out of trouble by sending US$ 500 £385 to the crooks, for all that it hurts your heart to do so,” he said. [In addition, healthcare providers who are hacked will likely have to notify patients of the breach – which can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost business].

    “On the other hand, you can’t ever fully recover from having had crooks in your network for days, weeks, maybe even months.”


    Do you think it’s still too soon to demand transparency? Give it a little more damn time.

    D. Kellus Pruitt DDS

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  2. Ponemon Institute, May 2016:

    “Criminal attacks are the leading cause of half of all data breaches in healthcare, according to the Sixth Annual Benchmark Study on Privacy and Security of Healthcare Data by the Ponemon Institute. The study also found healthcare organizations feel vulnerable to data breaches lack the resources to address cyber threats and keep patient data safe.”

    D. Kellus Pruitt DDS

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  3. Solo Doctor Forfeits Medical License Over Paper Records

    “Solo Doctor Forfeits Medical License Over Paper Records – A New Hampshire doctor has agreed to surrender her medical license as a result of refusing to digitize her practice and instead opting for paper records.” 

    By Kate Monica
    [EHR Intelligence]
    Konopka is one of many physicians concerned about the digitization of the healthcare industry.
    Earlier this year, an op-ed to Boston’s WBUR written by three doctors raised concerns about the effects of EHR adoption on the patient-provider relationship.
    The doctors spoke on behalf of providers in Boston frustrated with the demands of EHR documentation.
    “Electronic medical records, or EMRs, were supposed to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of health care, and provide instant access to vital patient information,” wrote the authors. “Instead, EMRs have become the bane of doctors and nurses everywhere. They are the medical equivalent of texting while driving, sucking the soul out of the practice of medicine while failing to improve care.”
    HIT is a scam.
    D. Kellus Pruitt DDS

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  4. AGREE

    I have to deeply agree with Dr. Pruitt above in that EMRs had great intentions. However, it is an absolute liability in more ways than one. There is literally NO way to ensure attacks will not happen. Some of our most powerful financial institutions have data breaches regularly despite investing millions into cyber security.

    We can not afford (as patients or as health care providers) to ignore these risks because those consequences are pretty great.

    The example of the doctor losing her license to practice medicine because of failure to adopt EMRs is RIDICULOUS!



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