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According to the Innovation Through Inclusion: The Multicultural Cybersecurity Workforce report by (ISC)², 32 percent of minorities in the cybersecurity field have experienced some form of discrimination in the workplace.

Artificial intelligence (AI) has raised plenty of eyebrows across healthcare, including in radiology, public health and digital health. But a new 100-page report from some of the leading organizations in the development of AI points potential problems with the technology, which could include cyberattacks, drone misuse and large-scale surveillance.

The Office of the Attorney General at the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the development of the Cyber-Digital Task Force, which aims to develop strategies to fight cyberthreats and the misuse of technology.

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has announced John Riggi, who spent 30 years working for the FBI, as senior adviser for cybersecurity and risk.

Siemens and eight partners to sign a joint charter to improve cybersecurity, identifying 10 action areas where governments and business could engage in the growth of security.


Recent Headlines

AHIMA: Health IT Pro certification is here The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has worked with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to develop health IT professional competency exams to help to fill the estimated 50,000 new positions that will be needed to implement the U.S. health systems transition to EHRs.
AHIMA responds to proposed disclosure rule The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is welcoming the proposed rules from the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) requiring accounting of disclosure, according to Bonnie Cassidy, AHIMA president.
Data Privacy & Security: Staying Ahead of Moving Targets Earlier this year, the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights list of breaches affecting 500 people or more reached a grim milestone: The tally of breached patient data hit 10 million individuals. With more data resident on more medical devices, IT systems and networks than ever before, privacy and security are imperative, but also ever more complicated.
Conn. hospital reports data breach A hard drive containing names, addresses, dates of birth, marital status, Social Security numbers and medical record numbers of MidState Medical Center patients has been misplaced, according to a notice posted on the Meriden, Conn. medical centers website.
VA issues RFP for open-source EHR effort The Department of Veterans Affairs has released a draft request for proposal aimed at forming an open-source community around its VistA (Veterans Integrated System Technology Architecture) EHR system.
Calif. hospital reports breach A computer containing an index file that held limited patient information was stolen from Eisenhower Medical Center on March 11.
AHIMA updates ICD-10 tools The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has updated its ICD-10 tools with a Top 10 List for Phase 1 ICD-10-CM/PCS Implementation Plan Development and Impact Assessment.
PHI breach research program launches The American National Standards Institute and Shared Assessments Program have launched a project to explore the financial impact of unauthorized protected health information (PHI) access.
California hospital signs FairWarning Methodist Hospital of Southern California, in Arcadia, Calif., has selected privacy auditor FairWarning to upgrade patient privacy in its EHR system.
Access Denied: Avoiding Patient Data Disasters The best way to avoid data breaches is to lock down everything. We wish. While thats not possible, data encryption and strongestablished, known and enforcedpolicies can certainly help.