We kid you not — today our nation observes “Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day”! It’s officially time to grit your teeth, hold your nose and toss out those nasty forgotten items lurking in the back of your fridge (at home and at work). Once you’ve scrubbed those shelves clean, here’s some fresh food for thought when it comes to health IT topics — ranging from IoT device vulnerability to mobility adoption to care coordination tools.

  1. Fast-acting. Many IoT medical devices can be hacked in under three minutes, says a new report. Lacking basic cybersecurity protocols and often operating with out-of-date firmware, these devices make appealing targets for hackers seeking access to networks, systems and patient records. And to make matters worse, would you believe these compromised devices are nearly impossible to repair?
  2. Mobile musings. When it comes to mobile tools, healthcare CIOs named physician adoption their top challenge as well as their top measure of success — acknowledging how tough it can be to balance security requirements and expectations for ease of use. But a new CHIME survey also found CIOs are forging ahead, with 81% reporting that strengthening data security was their top IT goal for the next 18 months. Nearly 70% are actively implementing secure text messaging, and 53% have already put an enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution in place.
  3. 5 cybersecurity nuggets. Security experts say there are five key lessons healthcare organizations can learn from the rash of recent cyberattacks, such as the massive DDoS attack that disrupted Netflix and other major players. Number one, health data governance must become a business issue, not just a technology issue. Number two, data breaches can drive worried patients away and affect business relationships. See what other wisdom they have to share.
  4. Tele-fueled transformation. The head of Johns Hopkins Medicine’s newly created telemedicine office is hard at work developing guidelines and policies, predicting, “Things you would think you can’t possibly do from home are going to become a reality in coming years.” Eager to jump on the bandwagon, nearly 75% of large companies offer telemedicine visits as part of their health plans this year, up from less than half in 2015. More than 15 million Americans received virtual care in 2015 — a number expected to increase 30% by year-end 2016.
  5. Tools for tools. A new portfolio of free online tools is available for long-term care providers trying to figure out which care coordination and care planning software best meets their needs. Developed by the LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST), the tools include a product matrix, white papers and case studies covering everything from team-based information at provider sites to patient education. FYI, CAST selection tools are also available for EHRs, medication management systems and telehealth.
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